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Upcycled Garden Projects: Repurpose Old Items
The garden is a great place to recycle old items into new. From transforming tins into planters to...
Gardening by the Moon: Region 1
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Mistletoe Meaning and Lore | Why We Kiss Beneath It
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Recycle That Christmas Tree
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, take down your Christmas tree … then what? Here are ideas from our...
Heirloom Catalogs and Pioneer Seedswomen
Even though many seed companies have gone digital, I’m amazed at how many catalogs we still receive...
Garden Planning for Beginners: 10 Tips
Contemplating your first vegetable garden? How hard can it be? Just stick a few seeds in the ground...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign January 2018
Use the January 2018 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
The Beauty and Benefits of Snow in the Garden
We finally had our first snow of the season. Whatever you may think of snow (and snow removal!), ...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
Have you decked the halls? Consider your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting...
When Is The Darkest Time of the Year
Did you know that early December is when the darkest days of the year occur? It’s a major winter...
Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus
Our Christmas cactus is blooming its heart out right now. Did you know: A Christmas cactus is one...
Christmas Cacti are easy to grow. When they bloom, they produce colorful tubular flowers in pink or...
Snowy Owls Are Returning!
The snowy owl is coming! This giant rare owl—which breeds in the Arctic tundra—was last seen in the...
Half-eaten pages in your books? Chewed-through boxes in your pantry? These are signs of a...
Canadian Seed and Plant Mail-Order Sources
Here’s a list of Garden Seed Catalogs and Web sites for Canada. If you’re seeking a list of U.S....
Growing Garlic from Planting Through Harvest
Garlic is best planted before winter in many areas. It’s very easy to grow; all it needs to thrive...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red poinsettias signaled Christmas to me as a child, especially growing up in balmy southern...
What is Hugelkultur? The Ultimate Raised Bed
What is hugelkultur, anyway? When I first heard the word, I thought it must be a new kind of yogurt...
Hoppin’ John: Good Luck Food at New Year
Welcome the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow you...
Spring Bulbs: The Perfect Present for Any Gardener
Whether it’s a particular smell which triggers childhood memories or the way they brighten a dull...
Amaryllis: How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs
Amaryllises are beautiful Christmas bulbs that are easy to care for. Find out how to buy the best...
Bowls and Boards For The Holiday Table
Facing some health issues this fall, I turned my mind toward how to make holiday meals that would...
Frozen Pipes: How to Keep Pipes from Freezing
Frozen pipes are one of the most distressing problems a homeowner can encounter. Here’s how to...
The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins
When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries?...
Plants With Seeds to Feed the Birds
Most of the garden has been stripped down to bare bones but I am in no hurry to cut down any plants...
How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Christmas trees seem to be getting more expensive each year! Here are some tips for buying the...
Garlic is easy to grow and produces numerous bulbs after a long growing season. Plus, it’s frost...
Year of the Rose: Best Types of Roses
In honor of the rose’s long and colorful history, as well as its place in gardens, the National...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign December 2017
Use the December 2017 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Five Fun Facts About Cranberries: An American Native
Here are five fun facts about cranberries, an American native and a favorite seasonal ingredient in...
Few flavors rival garlic’s. It’s pungent, exotic, powerful, and scrumptious. Garlic has also been...
Get Your Perennials Ready for Winter
Prepare your perennials for winter! Most perennials can be cut down after the first killing frost;...
Repotting Agapanthus (African Lily)
Several years ago, I was given a potted agapanthus or African lily. After waiting all summer for my...
How to Make a Braided Pie Crust
Jazz up your next pie with a braided pie crust design! This short video will show you the process....
How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust
If you’re making a top crust for your pie, making a lattice top is quick and easy. This short video...
Unusual Places to Grow Your Own Food
When it comes to finding space to grow your own fruit and vegetables, it pays to look beyond the...
How to Create a Year-Round Vegetable Garden
In this short video, we share six proven strategies to keep your homegrown harvests coming year-...
Growing Asian Pears: Easy and Exotic
I was first turned on to growing Asian pears by a friend of ours who grew a wide range of uncommon...
Garden Seed Catalogs by Mail
It’s never too early to start planning your garden! Here’s a list of mail-order seed catalogs that...
Using Fences, Walls, and Espaliers to Grow Fruit
Plant new trees and shrub in the fall—or, in more severe climate regions, in the spring. Ever grown...
Growing Allium: The Ornamental Onion
Eye-catching and easy to grow, ornamental onions, of the genus Allium, deserve a place in every...
What is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is a shrub that blooms in late fall and can make for both a valuable landscaping plant...
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