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Kale is a cold-hardy crop that can be planted in early spring or late summer. Cool weather brings...
Garden-grown carrots are full of flavor and texture! They are a popular, long-lasting root...
Garlic is an easy-to-grow crop. Beyond its intense flavor and culinary uses, “the stinking rose” is...
Create a Rain Garden: Two Designs and Plant List
With a rain garden, use—don’t lose—the torrent of rain water that falls on your paved areas and...
Lavender for Health and Home
Lavender is more than just a pretty plant. This fragrant perennial has been revered throughout the...
Fertilizer Tea from Plants, Weeds, and Grass
Using your own garden weeds and grass, you can make homemade fertilizer tea. It’s a great boost for...
Garter Snakes: The Gardener's Friend
Garter snakes are a gardener’s friend! A benign snake to humans, they eat all the pests that wreak...
How to Ripen Avocados and More Tips
How do you ripen avocados so that they’re just right—not too mushy? Here’s what you need to know...
Growing Lettuce and Salad in Containers
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to grow salad greens in containers for fresh, young leaves in a...
How to Make a Self-Watering Plant Pot
When the weather gets very hot, how do you keep up with the watering? Make it easier on yourself...
Keep Weeds Under Control (Without Weed Killers)
Dealing with weeds in the garden? Their often persistent nature can make for a truly frustrating...
10 Great Camping Recipes
Isn’t cooking on the open fire one of the best parts of camping? Here are 10 of our favorite...
Biting into a juicy pear is one of the joys of the season. See how to plant, grow, and harvest...
Eggplants—also known as aubergine or brinjal—are warm-weather vegetables that are harvested in mid...
Cooperative Extension Services
Got gardening questions? You can always ask the Almanac, but you should also know about your own...
When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit
How do you know when to harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs? Here’s expert advice on how to pick...
How to Can Tomato Sauce: Recipe and Tips
Have you ever canned tomato sauce? This super-basic canned (jarred) tomato sauce contains only...
Predicting the Weather With Plants
Wondering what the weather will be today? Look no further than your garden! These weather-...
What Is Diatomaceous Earth?
Gardeners are often given the advice to sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around plants to deter...
How to Make Homemade Lavender Rose Potpourri
See how to make a simple, classic flower potpourri recipe. We especially like roses and lavender ...
Feed Your Plants for Free
How and what you feed your plants with is important, especially if you garden organically. Many of...
How to Save Your Tomato Seeds Successfully
It’s easy to save your own tomato seeds from one year to the next. Most tomatoes hold 100 or more...
How To Make Refrigerator Pickles
Ready for quick pickles? Making refrigerator pickles is so easy—no special canning equipment needed...
Planting Vegetables for a Fall Harvest
Summer is still at its peak, but the days are getting shorter and fall is on the way. Are you...
Beneficial Insects in the Garden
Some bugs are good for the garden! Here’s a list of some of the best beneficial insects to have in...
Fall Vegetable Garden Planning: Choosing the Best Plants for Autumn Growing
Plan a vegetable garden to extend into autumn. Now’s the time to plan the fall garden because you...
Letting all that milkweed grow around my yard has paid off, and we have some monarch butterfly...
Cutting Back and Thinning Summer Plants
Garden thugs are plants (not weeds) that quickly get out of control in the garden. They can really...
Squash Vine Borer
Are your squash plants suddenly struggling? It could be the work of a squash vine borer. Here are...
Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as “pincher bugs,” in the ...
Slugs and Snails
Seeing slug and snail damage in your garden? Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid...
Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees,...
Cantaloupes are a delicious, heat-loving melon with a relatively long growing season, making them...
With immense flower heads, hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm in summertime that’s hard to...
Where Does Black Pepper Come From?
Most of us have a pepper shaker on our kitchen table, but do you know where that pepper actually...
No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than the marigold. These flowers are the spendthrifts...
Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is used most commonly in soups...
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient...
Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are native to North America and one of the most popular...
Speedy Vegetables to Plant in Summer
Summer is in full swing! By now, the peas and radishes have likely all been picked, the cilantro is...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent mosaic viruses on a variety of plants. What...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent blossom-end rot on your tomatoes and other...