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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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COVID-19: A Few Food Safety Precautions
Is our food safe? Reassuringly, there’s currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through...
Gardening With Kids: What to Plant and Fun Activities
With kids at home, harness a bit of their energy (and your own) by enticing them to help in the...
How to Grow Your Own Salad Greens
Growing your own salad greens will put a world of fresh ingredients at your fingertips. Whether you...
10 Best Chicken Salad Recipes
Everyone has their favorite chicken salad. Do you prefer the traditional chicken salad with...
How to Choose the Best Potatoes to Grow in Your Garden
Home-grown potatoes have home-grown taste. But what type and variety of potato should you be...
Where to Put a Vegetable Garden
Whether you’re starting a new garden or extending an existing one, it’s important to give careful...
15 Early Spring Gardening Tasks
It’s early spring! How do you get the garden ready? Which vegetables can be planted in early spring...
First Day of Spring 2020: The Spring Equinox
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) occurs on Thursday,...
Starting Seeds Indoors: How and When to Start Seeds
Starting seeds properly can make or break your entire growing season! Here’s what you should know...
Garden-grown carrots are full of flavor and texture! They are a popular, long-lasting root...
What’s a Spring Tonic? While the vernal equinox may mark the moment of spring, the appearance of...
Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties
Coneflower, or Echinacea, is my favorite native American plant. This rugged pollinator magnet comes...
Our Growing Tomatoes Guide covers everything from planting through harvesting! Tomatoes are not...
Traditionally, cabbage seeds were planted on St. Patrick’s Day in northern zones. Old-time farmers...
Why You Should Plant Annual Flowers
Annual flowers are like Rodney Dangerfield: They “don’t get no respect.” However, if you have no...
Companion Planting Garden Layouts
This year, don’t just plan a vegetable garden—plan a “companion” vegetable garden which takes into...
When Pests Invade the Home
Every rural, suburban, or urban household runs into various problems with pests and critters—to use...
If you want to plant horseradish, now is the time! Spring is the season—but only in places where...
Broccoli is a sun-loving, cool-season crop that is best grown in the spring or fall. It’s also...
A staple in our garden, beets grow easily and you won’t have to wait long until harvesting their...
Chives are a perennial member of the onion family that sport beautiful edible flowers. Here’s how...
Easter and the Paschal Full Moon
Did you know that the date of Easter—April 12 this year—is tied to the full Moon and the March...
N-P-K Ratio: What Do The Numbers On Fertilizer Mean?
Fertilizer terms can be confusing. What is the N-P-K? What are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium...
Growing Hellebores: The Christmas Rose and the Lenten Rose
The earliest plants to blossom in my garden are the snowdrops. While they are a welcome sign of...
Colorful Coleus Plant Varieties for the Garden
As a young girl, one of my first plants was a coleus grown from a cutting my grandmother gave me. I...
Known for its colorful foliage, Coleus is a wonderful, low-maintance plant to add to summer flower...
Oh, dear! Do you have problems with deer eating your garden plants? See our list of deer-resistant...
Growing Sprouts vs. Microgreens
Winter is a great time for experimenting. Since I was feeling starved for green, growing goodness...
The old-fashioned bleeding heart is a favorite perennial of the shady flower garden and was called...
5 Garden Hacks for Seed-Sowing Success
When it’s time to sow your garden seeds, do it right! Sow seeds more easily with seed tape, soak...
Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both...
Peas are one of the first crops we plant in the spring. The taste of garden-grown peas is nothing...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
What does each flower symbolize? Which flowers represent love, hope, healing, loss, and good luck?...
How to Grow Leeks From Sowing to Harvest
Leeks are a hardy, no-fuss plant that can be seeded outdoors about the time of the last spring...
Signs of Spring From the Sky
What are signs of spring in the sky? Perhaps you’ve noticed the earlier sunrises. Let’s observe a...
Spring 2020: The Earliest Spring in Over 100 Years
The rumors are true. It’s the earliest spring of your life. Spring, marked by the vernal equinox,...
March Birth Flower
March’s birth flower is the daffodil. It’s no surprise. These cheerful flowers are a harbinger of...
Pruning 101: A Guide to Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Do you know how to prune correctly? Pruning directly benefits the health and visual appeal of...
Pothos (also called Devil’s Ivy) is a tropical vine with shiny, heart-shaped leaves that often have...
Community Gardens: What Are the Dos and Don'ts?
Lacking a yard for gardening? Community gardens are such a wonderful solution but keep in mind some...
If you plan to enter the world of growing fruit, strawberries are one of the easiest fruit to grow...
How to Sow and Grow Sweet Peas
Few annual flowers have the lasting appeal and bucolic beauty of sweet peas. Twining lazily around...