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Caring for Hydrangeas
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How to Make a Hollyhock Flower Doll
Learn how to make old-fashioned hollyhock doll out of flowers, a delightful children’s craft for...
Growing Herbs in the Garden
Growing herbs in containers or a small space is so easy—and who likes paying for a package of herbs...
Stinky corpse flowers put on a good show indoors
I look forward to the vivid burgundy vase-like, stinking corpse flowers of March every year— which...
Growing Melons in the Garden
This is such a hopeful time in my garden. Nothing has gone wrong yet, no bugs have attacked and no ...
Growing Cherry Tomatoes
One of the joys of summer is standing in the garden eating sun-warmed cherry tomatoes right off the...
Back to the Garden
I count among my greatest achievements the fact that I’ve eaten something from the hillside garden...
An Early Winter 2016 Weather Prediction
Now that winter is over, it’s time to look to the year ahead to see our most likely weather over...
How to Build a Garden Bed
How to Build a Garden Bed from The 2016 Garden Guide! You do not need to spend a lot of money to...
Best Crabapples for Your Yard
Everyday I pass a roadside row of old crabapples on my way to work. They are beautiful trees in all...
Basil Varieties for the Garden
Every spring we plant about a dozen different varieties of basil but I’m told there are over 150...
Leafy Greens: Health Benefits
Aside from supplying conventional nutrients, all leafy greens (especially the deeply colored ones)...
Raspberries: Health Benefits
Raspberries are a delicious power food prized for the vitamins, fiber, and many health benefits...
Broccoli: Health Benefits
Broccoli has many health benefits that make it really good for you and your family, so even if you...
Vegetables That Grow Well in Shade
Many readers ask how they can grow vegetables and fruit in the shade. A shady spot may not be the...
Tune in to the Almanac monthly podcasts, including the long-running “Garden Musings” and “The...
Dandelion Health Benefits
Gardeners curse the ubiquitous dandelion and its pervasive nature. They pop up everywhere in spring...
Growing Sprouts Indoors
Don’t let the winter weather stop you from gardening. You can still enjoy healthy fresh produce by...
Fruit Kvass Recipe: Fermented Drink
See how to make fruit kvass, a fermented drink that’s probiotic-rich, refreshing, and hydrating!...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates April 2016
Use the April 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days...
A Spring Tonic, using the early greens of spring, may be just the thing you need to get through...
Landscaping with Myrtle: The Sorcerer's Violet
Myrtle (Vinca spp.) is among the hardiest of evergreen ground covers, hardy to Zone 4 and growing...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates May 2016
Use the May 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days for...
Growing the Siberian Iris
When you hear the word “iris,” do you see a big bearded beauty rising up above swordlike leaves?...
More Good Reasons to Eat Your Vegetables
Think about plants. We can learn from the way they keep themselves healthy, and there are many ways...
Plant Guides: Flowers, Bulbs, Roses, Shrubs, Houseplants
Our Growing Guides for flowers cover popular annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and shrubs—as well...
Early Spring Weather Warmer Than Normal
This year, the early spring weather really is warmer than normal. Nope, you did not imagine it! You...
10 Tips for Starting Seeds
Succeed with seeds! Here are 10 tips for starting your seeds indoors. The Hindi word for seed is ”...
Kale: Can’t get into it? Try a massage
I knew I hadn’t failed childrearing entirely the night my young daughter walked into the kitchen...
When to Plant Peas
“Plant peas as soon as the ground can be worked” is a popular saying in the gardening world....
Pulses Recipes: Cooking With Beans, Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas
Here are 12 delicious recipes using pulses—lentils, peas, beans, and other dried legumes. What are ...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates
Use the March 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days...
Beautiful Orchid Pictures and Growing Tips
Ready for a tropical interlude? Luckily, I only had to go as far as our state’s Orchid Society’s...
Upcycling Ideas: Reuse and Repurpose
Look at some of your regular household items differently! Here are ways to repurpose, reuse, and...
Winter Sowing Vegetables
Ever tried sowed seeds outside in the hard winter ground? My friend, Jackie Caserta told me about...
The Earliest Spring of our Lives
Spring will be off to a very early start in 2016, thanks to leap day weirdness! Have you noticed...
Carrots: Health Benefits
Carrots offer even more health benefits than the Vitamin A you might know about. Plus they’re...
How Crows and Jays Save Trees
Have you read the latest science news? “Jays and crows act as ecosystem engineers”? These birds...
How to Choose the Best Potatoes to Grow in Your Garden
Potatoes are one vegetable we simply couldn’t be without. But what type and variety of potato is ...
Yes, There Will Be a Winter!
It’s now February, 2016. With the strongest El Niño on record taking control of our weather,...
Overwintering Rosemary: Growing Rosemary Indoors
Find out how to overwinter rosemary and grow rosemary indoors to keep this wonderful herb growing...
Catalogs: Read Between the Lines
Between the cold weather and the football games on television, I have had lots of time to pore over...
How to Care for and Sharpen Gardening Tools
Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? Treat them to a little bit of TLC and they...
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