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Dealing With Aphids
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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...
Fresh Fruit Crisp: My Easy Last-Minute Dessert
I never plan ahead with my desserts unless it's a special occasion. So, the old-fashioned fruit...
Great Ideas for a Garden Makeover
Give your garden personality! Here are some great ideas for a garden and yard makeover from The Old...
Tomatoes: Fruit or Vegetable?
Last blog I asked you what edibles you would plant if you were limited to only three. The response...
A gray-bearded man in the audience stood up and asked me, “If you could only pick three edible...
Potatoes are a staple in our home. We don’t eat them every day, but when we do, we love them. I...
Plant Extra for the Hungry
Red, white and blue potatoes are in the ground. Red onion sets are planted in neat rows. Gobs of...
Spring-Cleaning the (Hen)House
April is the beginning of the busy season for me. The snow is gone and the garden beckons, but the...
Attract Butterflies for More Flowers and Joy
A couple days ago I spotted the first Monarch butterfly of the season on a dandelion. Of course, I...
Ideas for all Seasons
I just planted ‘Jade’ cabbage and “Purple Graffiti” cauliflower plants I grew from seed amongst the...
Flowers for Everyone
A number of readers asked me about which plants are the easiest to grow, what are the ones that...
Planting Spinach I love spinach. When I first began gardening, I looked forward to getting the...
Beets and their leafy brothers
I’ve planted few beets in my gardening days, mostly to photograph them. Other than a rare pickled...
Gardening in Miniature
Soon I’ll be up to my elbows in dirt outdoors, cleaning up beds, spreading mulch and planting the...
Now is the time to plant onions indoors. If you want onions that are going to keep...
Pot those veggies!
Last year, I dabbled in container vegetable gardening, due to shoulder surgery that prevented me...
Apple Trees are a Delicious Investment
Have you thought about growing your own apples, pears, and Asian pears? They’re easy, and super-...
Planning the Garden
While temperatures are still frigid and days remain short, it’s time to begin to plan the garden....
Why Do People Dislike Black Tomatoes?
In the dead of winter when grocery stores offer flavorless, hard tomatoes at astronomical prices, I...
Caring for Amaryllis in the Winter
Here in New Hampshire, winters are long. The landscape is somewhat bleak (although snow scenes can...
Valentine's gift from my garden and more strange plants
Yesterday, a small heart appeared in my hand. It’s a Russian Banana Fingerling potato that...
Alaska is killing my plants!
Buried under 25 feet of snow, coastal Alaska gobbled up the winter cold and snow we normally have...
When you are as busy as I am in the spring, summer and fall, winter is a time to recoup, restore...
Three mistakes I won't make in 2012
Benjamin Franklin once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting...
I love this time of year. The garden is done, my pantry, root cellar and freezers are full and it’s...
Garden Talk: what's new, blue, and what I've seen lately
Even though gardening season is ending, new plants and ideas are popping up every day in press...
Next Year's Garden
And Now to Next Year. No sooner has the garden been put to bed, most gardeners are already...
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...
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