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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...
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...
Watering Devices: Do It Yourself!
Keep your garden green with these do-it-yourself watering devices. For tomatoes and peppers: 1....
When is Soil Ready for Planting?
When is your garden soil ready for planting? Here are some tips from The Old Farmer's Almanac....
Coping with Drought
Drought is a pervasive problem in the United States and Canada. In addition, did you know that one-...
Lichens are an amazing group of plants that could be the oldest living things on Earth. Their...
African Violets: Fusspots
African Violets are stunning tropical plants whose flowers resemble violets in color and shape....
Best Bulbs for Naturalizing
When you shop for bulbs, you’ll see some labeled as “good for naturalizing.” This means that they...
Best Berries to Grow in Your Garden
Here’s a great chart listing the best berries to grow in your garden by region and by variety of...
Weed Control: How to Reduce Weeds in Your Garden
Here are tips on how to control weeds in your garden—and recommended treatments for different types...
Manure creates nutrient-rich, moisture-retaining soil for your plants. The most common sources of...
Plants for Fall Color
Add an extra season of interest with fall-blooming flowers, colorful shrubs, and other plants that...
If you are looking for an attractive ornamental tree for your yard, there are the old standbys like...