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April Birth Flowers
By April, spring’s in full swing, and these birth month flowers are ready to express its happy...
Vegetable Seedling Identification: Pictures and Descriptions
When plants are very young and just tiny seedlings, it can be difficult to tell vegetables from...
Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds | How to Make Hummingbird Nectar
Who doesn’t love hummingbirds! Learn all about the beautiful ruby-throated hummingbird, how to...
A Spring Song: Wood Frogs, Peepers, and Frog Chorus
The wood frog, which literally freezes its body, comes back from the dead. The spring peeper calls...
Build a Bug Hotel
Not all insects should be considered pests. Some insects are crucial to the success of fruits and...
A perennial favorite native to North America, bee balm (also called wild bergamot) is beloved in...
Garden-grown carrots are full of flavor and texture. However, gardeners will complain that their...
Common Garden Weeds
No one likes to talk about weeds, but if you’re growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, or flowers, it’s...
Weeds as Indicator Plants
Weeds are annoying, but they can also be great indicator plants, telling you what nutrients your...
How to Lay Out a Vegetable Garden
Learn how to lay out a vegetable garden for your space and the plants you want to grow—from super-...
How to Predict a Frost
Learn how to predict frost, differentiate between a light frost and a hard freeze, and protect your...
First Day of Spring 2019: The Spring Equinox
In 2019, spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March...
Spinach, a super–cold-hardy leafy green, is a popular crop that can be planted in very early spring...
Kitchen Garden Plants: Vegetables for Containers and Small Spaces
Kitchen gardens—grown for eating and cooking—are often grown in smaller spaces and containers. So,...
Tips for Transplanting Seedlings
Are you ready for the first big hurdle of the gardening season? Here’s how to make sure that your...
How to Grow Potatoes from Seeding to Harvest
Potatoes are one of the most satisfying vegetables you can grow! Then, there’s the harvesting!...
What is Aquaponics? | The Basics of Aquaponic Systems
Aquaponics is a gardening method that leverages the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants...
Kale is added to recipes for good reason. Much like its well-loved cousin, spinach, kale is a very...
Square Foot Garden Plans and Layouts
Square-foot gardening (SFG) is an easy-to-follow method of planting vegetables which makes...
How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
Fresh cut flower arrangements, whether homegrown or purchased, look fabulous in a vase. Here’s how...
What We Wish We'd Known Before Starting a Garden
Starting a new vegetable garden from scratch? Here are 10 things we wish that we had known before...
Keeping Plants Watered in Dry, Hot Summers
Keeping your plants properly watered during dry, hot summers isn’t easy. Here are our tips to help...
Phenology in the Garden: Planting by Nature's Signs
For centuries, gardeners took their cues for planting times from nature—a technique called...
Forcing Branches into Bloom Indoors
Generations of gardeners have “forced branches” in winter, bringing the beauty of forsythia, pussy...
Growing Calendula: How to Grow Pot Marigold
No other flower in the cutting garden glows with cheerfulness quite like calendula, commonly called...
Ever thought about growing plums? Less demanding than most fruit trees, plums are a great choice...
With their seductive fragrance, sweet peas make great flowers for gardens and bouquets. These pea-...
With immense flower heads, hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist....
Perennial Flower Garden Design
This perennial flower garden design will provide many years of enjoyment and, since perennials come...
The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
Corn, beans, and squash are called the “three sisters.” Native Americans always inter-planted this...
Growing Allium: The Ornamental Onion
Eye-catching and easy to grow, ornamental onions, of the genus Allium, deserve a place in every...
Cooperative Extension Services
Got gardening questions? You can ask the Almanac, but you should also know about your state’s...
Choosing a Location for Your New Vegetable Beds
Whether you’re starting a new vegetable garden or extending an existing one, take time to choose...
Planning a Square-Foot Garden
Square-foot gardening is a method of densely planting in squares for multiple harvests in a small...
Asparagus is one of the first plants that greets us in springtime. It’s a perennial, which means...
Sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. Native to North America, sunflowers are heat-tolerant...
Wondering how to grow potatoes? We’re here to help! The taste and the texture of homegrown potatoes...
Vegetable Garden Planner Review: Allie W.
See Allie’s beautiful garden go from plan to plenty! Here’s her review of the Almanac Vegetable...
Signs of Spring in the Night Sky!
Once spring is under way, nature lovers can find it hard to keep up with the rapid day-to-day...
With our Green Bean Guide, find information on growing green beans in your garden. We’ll show you...
March Birth Flower
March’s birth flower is the daffodil. It’s no surprise. These cheerful flowers are harbinger of...
Herb Recipes: Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Those of us with herb gardens are eager to start trying easy, healthy recipes that include herbs!...