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Bittersweet End to the Gardening Season
The first snowflakes of the season are falling as I write this. We avoided the October blizzard...
Putting the Garden to Bed
Ah, fall! The air turns crisp, the days get remarkably short and the leaves fall off of the trees...
Garlic's History of Healing
You might know garlic simply as your favorite fall crop, but it also has a long history of healing...
Houseplants for black thumbs and travelers
As the leaves turn gold, orange and red, it is natural to think of greenery indoors and...
Plant breeders have the blues.
Blue roses at $50 a stem, vivid blue geranium houseplants and more of those shocking (some say...
Zucchini Potato Soup and Herbed Popovers
These recipes for Zucchini Potato Soup and Herbed Popovers complement each other perfectly. Cozy...
Extreme gardening saves plenty of dollars
Extreme couponers have nothing on me. They may have their own television show and purchase $...
Crying for Onions
Follow this advice on planting onions in different regions and different types of soil. Also, see...
Fall Garden: Shrubs and Trees for Fall
Get those beloved colors of autumn right in your own yard with a beautiful fall garden. Many...
A Cellar to Root For
Follow these tips on using a root cellar to make the most of your harvest and save on groceries...
Fall harvests are rewarding, labor-intensive and tricky
Harvest season for me started Labor Day. I spent the entire day digging up Russian Banana...
What's new in the gardening world
At the end of August, I attended a garden writer’s symposium and two trade shows that featured a...
Tomato Trials: from blue to grafted; what grew this summer.
In March, Tom Wagner, the tomato breeder who created Green Zebra, Banana Legs and more, sent me...
Dwarf conifers are the right scale for every garden.
My gardens are filled with a plethora of perennials, flowering shrubs, annuals and dwarf conifers...
Never Say "No" to Zucchini!
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors...
How to Compost
Learn how to compost! You can turn your kitchen scraps and organic yard debris into nutrient-rich...
How to Make Vegetable Stock Out of Kitchen Scraps
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly...
When the garden gives you cucumbers, make orange pickles and beauty products.
Despite drought, heat and lately deluge, cucumbers produce prodigiously. It’s their manner. I’m...
Dry Flowers Now for Bouquets and Wreaths
I’m out in the garden these Dog Days of Summer cutting flowers to dry for wreaths and bouquets to...
Shop and save at garden centers carefully
75 percent off on all stock! It’s like the siren’s song to gardeners this time of year when big...
Reclaiming Your Garden Soil
Reclaim a small field, farmland, or large garden soil that is either over-spent or neglected. Then...
Beauty and Hardiness Grow in the Shade
Many gardeners complain they can’t grow any plants in the shade other than hostas. And those are...
Heat, late snow, floods, tornadoes: this year is challenging for every gardener.
Our nation has experienced one of the most bizarre and severe spring-summer transitions in over a...
Beans are easy vegetables to grow in any climate.
Have you planted beans yet in your garden? I haven’t and am pushing myself out the door this...
Mint Chiller: The Perfect Summertime Drink Recipe
I found my new go-to summer drink recipe: Mint Chiller. Doesn’t the name alone make you want to try...
Plant sales are fertile hunting grounds for the unusual and inexpensive.
Every weekend in May I shopped plant sales at local botanical gardens, arboretums, garden clubs and...
Great Garden Plants
Looking for great garden plants? Here are plants lists and advice for different types of gardens....
Seven savvy ways to get the most out of container gardens
Did you get a container garden or potted plants for Mother’s Day? I did. The hydrangea my son gave...
Garden Wedding Ideas: The Love Garden
Looking for garden wedding ideas? A love garden, like a relationship, benefits from harmonious...
Garden Plans: Foliage
Flowers bloom and fade, but foliage is forever—or at least for the season. Here’s a very attractive...
Vegetable Garden Plans
This vegetable garden plan and plant list will please your palate! Harvesting fresh veggies, herbs...
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe from Garden-Fresh Cookbook
In this video, learn about the health benefits of butternut squash, a “super vegetable”, and see...
Apple blossoms mean bagging starts in a week or two.
I’m an organic gardener and demand that my crops be free of chemicals. Apples are the most...
The ABC's of Fertilizing Containers
A continuous supply of nutrients and fertilizer is an absolute for lush container bouquets and...
Plant these radishes for their tasty seed pods
Forget those crunchy, bland, red, pink and white radishes found on relish plates. They’re tasteless...
Blog: How to Make a Container Garden Planter
I recently attended an interesting lecture on outdoor container gardening at The Boston Flower and...
Signs of Spring in the Garden: Blackbirds, flies, and bulbs are popping up everywhere
Last week, there was a foot of slushy snow on the ground. Today, as I cleaned out the front flower...
Blue Potatoes: Plant an Easy-to-Grow Heirloom in the Spring
With thoughts of crisp blue potato skins heaped with bacon bits and melted cheese, I planted my...
Black, Blue and Bi-colored: Exciting New Flowers Coming to Garden Centers in 2011
I’m able to trial the new flowers and plants a year or two before they come to the market. A few I...
Wandering Jews (Tradescantias) are valued for their stripes of white, green, silver, and purple...
Jasmine is known for its intensely fragrant blossoms that flower all year to brighten your home....
Heart-shaped cucumbers make debut
I missed it two weeks ago, but Sainsbury, the largest grocery chain in the United Kingdom, ...
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