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Plant Colorful Zinnias
are one of the easiest flowers to grow, as they grow quickly and bloom heavily. Zinnia flowers can create a massive burst of color in your garden, so...
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Over-the-counter Herbs For Self-Health?
Have you considered trying an over-the-counter (OTC) herbal remedy to treat a medical condition, or...
Saving Seed: How to Save Your Own Seed From Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans, etc.
Using seeds from your own plants connects you with the earth's natural cycles, and many gardeners...
Bee Buzz & Blue Berries
My yard is abuzz with bees from early Spring until late October. Sometimes, I have to swat them...
An Almanac Minute- Trees
What are the biggest trees of the forest? Check out some impressive tree facts in this month's...
Fall Tasks: Harvest, Store & Plant
Like you, I’m harvesting vegetables and fruits from my garden and preparing them for storage. I...
Strategic Moves: Tips for Easier Gardening
Strategic Moves, Stuart Wood’s New York Times best-selling mystery, is one of my favorite books,...
Succession Planting using the Garden Planner
Succession Planting is where you grow more than one crop in the same area of ground during...
Skunks are handsome, skunks have style—the nobility of that roly-poly, ambling gait! Long live the...
Planning Irrigation for your Garden
Supplying adequate water to plants is essential to having a successful garden. In this video we...
Thinning & Cutworms
Thinning crops is one of the most important aspects of gardening. Each and every plant needs to...
Antiquity Blooms in My Garden
All the historical, antique, or heirloom plants in my gardens put on spectacular shows. I’ve...
Growing Grapes in Your Backyard
Have you always wanted to have grapes in your backyard? Or, do you have an old grapevine that has...
Taste Summer Now with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!
In grocery stores and at farmers’ markets all over, fresh fruit and berries are beginning to appear...
Let Us Bare Roots
From Georgia to Quebec to my currently frigid Wisconsin, it’s time to plant bare root roses. If...
The Seedy Side of Changing Climate
It’s time to start dreaming of a garden. You whip out your seed packets and cheerfully gaze at the...
Impatient for Impatiens?
Are you having trouble finding impatiens in garden centers this spring? Did the ones you planted...
March is Jam-Packed with New Plants and Ideas
I thought I’d seen all the new stuff for 2013. Wrong! Two veteran seed companies have sprung a...
Vegetable Garden Design Ideas
The best way to plan a successful veggie garden is to look at what other gardeners have planted and...
Salad from Garbage
I couldn’t believe what I saw on Facebook a couple weeks ago—lettuce growing in a glass of water. ...
Seeds and Bees
Every seed you plant is a GMO (genetically modified organism), including heirloom and organic seeds...
Catalogues & More on Onions
Seed catalogue companies mostly send out their magazines in December. This is the period when most...
Invasion of the Garden Catalogs--Part 2
So many gorgeous flowers and too little space! That’s my dilemma as I pore over the seed catalogs...
Garden Seed Testing
Did you save seed packets from prior gardening seasons? Here is a system to test your garden seeds...
Invasion of the Garden Catalogs
The first one arrived in mid-November. My mailbox still overflows daily with garden catalogs. I...
Tips and Treats
Outdoor gardening has ended for most of us north of an imaginary line drawn from Los Angeles...
Sleeping with Bananas and Other Ways to Overwinter Tropicals
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long. A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is. It’s...
The Great Pumpkin
New England state fairs made pumpkin history in late September. Just one day after a New Hampshire...
Travel Safe Monarchs
A week ago, I waved goodbye to the last Monarch butterflies that hatched in my garden on the...
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the...
Potpourri: from the best annuals to giant cabbages
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most...
Healing Power Grows in the Garden
Gardeners take for granted their ability to plant, rake, weed and deadhead. However, when sudden...
Making Garlic Powder
Garlic is a wonderful and powerful savory addition. It jazzes up many recipes and also contains...
More Winding Down a Difficult Season
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing. #1: High...
Broccoli has many followers and also abundant detractors. For those who have only tasted the...
Herb Garden Solutions
Mint is an invasive thug in my garden and everyone else’s. Runners spread rapidly and can choke...
More Thinning and Trellising
Thinning Vegetables 2 Thinning vegetables in the garden is a chore that lasts for most of the...
Don’t Shrink from Violets
Wild violets (genus Viola, many species; probably escaped from cultivation) pop up everywhere and...
New Plants and a Blueberry Recall
A trio of perennial plant “stars” are lighting up my drought-stricken garden this summer. Two...
Toxic Garden Tools?
If you’re like me, almost every day you read reports of some new toxic threat in food, water,...
Thinning Vegetables and Herbs in the Garden
Thinning the vegetable and herb crops, I think, is one of the hardest jobs in the garden. Once the...
I find that getting seeds to germinate properly is the most difficult aspect of planting the garden...
Old Roses are Tough and Gorgeous
The only hybrid tea rose that will survive in my -20F winters is ‘Cherry Parfait’. It’s beautiful...
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