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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...
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...
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 thinking...
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...
A Cellar to Root For
Follow these tips on using a root cellar to make the most of your harvest and save on groceries....
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...
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...
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...
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 Plans: Foliage
Flowers bloom and fade, but foliage is forever—or at least for the season. Here’s a very attractive...
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe from Garden-Fresh Cookbook
In this video, learn about the health benefits of butternut squash, a “super vegetable”, and see...
Plant these radishes for their tasty seed pods
Forget those crunchy, bland, red, pink and white radishes found on relish plates. They’re tasteless...
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...
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...
Heart-shaped cucumbers make debut
I missed it two weeks ago, but Sainsbury, the largest grocery chain in the United Kingdom, ...