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Perennial Salvias (also known as “sage”) are mainstays of the midsummer garden border—blooming summer to autumn! Planted in the spring, these aromatic beauties are great for...
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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...
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...
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, ...
Banish the winter blues by preparing for spring
After the blizzards and sub-zero temperatures of the last two months, I’m more than ready for...
Know your dirt: soil types in the garden
As you flip through seed catalogs assembling your wish list, think about dirt. It’s the most...
Clean House with Tropical Plants
NASA calls it Sick Building Syndrome. I know it as a stuffy house that needs a good airing, as my...
The holidays are history, seed catalogs are piled in a basket next to a comfortable chair by the...
Tomato Tarte Tatin Recipe—It’s Dessert!
As much as I love roasted Roma tomatoes, Tomato Tarte Tatin, which appeared in the August issue of...
Parsnips, popular with ancient Greeks and Romans, were brought over to the Americas with the first...
Gardening: The Beer Slug Board Game
Do you have a problem with slugs in the garden? Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac...
5 Tips for a Butterfly-Friendly Garden
Make your yard butterfly-friendly to bring color and movement to the landscape while aiding the...
Honeybees in the Garden: As Busy As Can Bee
Honeybees provide a great service to agriculture: they pollinate more crops than any other insect,...
Blog: Garden Prep, Planting Lettuce, and Picking Rhubarb (yea!)
This past weekend, I hauled compost from the recycling center across the road. (I make my own but...
Getting Antsy: Ants in the Garden
Ants are among the most successful of insects, outnumbering all other individual animals combined....
Birch Trees: Barking Up the Right Birch
With its distinctive peeling chalky-white bark, the white birch tree (Betula papyrifera) is a...
Blowing in the Wind: Allergies and Pollen
If misery loves company, then hay-fever sufferers should never have to be alone. Thirty-five...
Seed Swap Rules
The following rules govern the use of the Almanac.com Seed Swap. Please read these rules carefully...
Plant Guide: Vegetables & Herbs
Welcome to our plant guide to vegetables and herbs! Our plant pages provide essential planting and...
Tarragon is a perennial herb with long, light green leaves and tiny greenish or yellowish white...
How to Cook Apple Tarts Recipe
Choose whatever apples you like for this Open-Face Apple-and-Almond Tart. Ginger Golds, Empires, ...
Honeybees and Climate Change
Bees, plants, and weather are all interrelated. Is honeybee pollination moving earlier each year?...
Weed Killer Gardening Technique
Check out this weed-killer gardening technique! We admit that a completely weed-free garden may not...
Growing Potatoes in a Trash Can
View this video of a great gardening container for growing potatoes—and experience the fun of trash...
Blog: It's Blueberry Time
In August, the blueberry bushes here in New Hampshire overflow with berries. Birds love them and so...
Blog: Ants in the Mailbox
A few weeks ago, I had a surprise one morning when I opened my mailbox to put in a letter. Inside...
Blog: The Tomato Circle: Planting Tomatoes Horizontally
I think I learned something last weekend about growing tomatoes. A woman at the high school plant...
Blog: The Lazy Composter
I discovered composting rather late in life—but it's never too late to start or, if you get lazy,...
The Water-Wise Garden
Plants drink their food. If your soil dries out, your plants will starve—or wilt. Take these steps...
Easiest Ever Gardening Container
See how to plant herbs in the easiest-ever container garden! The Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac...
Planting Tools and Techniques
For a successful planting season, here are some tips on planting tools and proper techniques from...
Sunflowers: Smiling Faces for Sunny Places
The smiling faces of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) growing in your yard are sure to brighten up...
Flowers: Annuals and Perennials to Start Indoors
Below is a list of annuals and perennials that can be started indoors by seed. Note: not all...
Growing Roses: Tips and Advice
Growing roses can be difficult; in fact, a truly “easy” rose doesn’t really exist outside our...
The History of Roses: Living Legends
Roses, besides being magnificent flowers, have a long history. Roses’ links to antiquity are...
Lily Flowers: Will the Real Lily Please Stand Up?
Lily flowers are magnificent plants that command attention wherever they are planted. Add some...