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Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus
Is your Christmas Cactus blooming in November? You probably have a Thanksgiving Cactus! Yes, there...
Coexisting With Winter Deer and Wildlife
When there is snow on the ground, it is easy to see who has been visiting the garden when we are...
The sunny orange blossoms on my Clivia miniata plant contrast nicely with the bleak landscape...
Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Nature Lovers
Your Almanac editors have collected some fun and useful gift ideas for garden lovers this year—from...
Holiday Plant Care: Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis
How do you keep your holiday plants alive in the new year? Three longtime favorites—the poinsettia...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red Poinsettias signal Christmastime. But how did this tropical plant become the traditional...
Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Of all the plants used as Christmas decorations, none has as...
The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath
This time of year, there are Christmas wreaths everywhere from doors and fences to lampposts and...
Christmas Weather Forecast 2019: Will It Snow on Christmas?
Will it be a white Christmas this year? Will it snow for Christmas? Here is the 2019 Christmas...
How to Make a Terrarium | Gardens Under Glass
Why not try your hand at creating a terrarium, a miniature garden under glass? Anyone can have a...
The Amazing Ways That Plants Disperse Seeds
In autumn, ever noticed all the seeds scattering? Plants are launching their offspring into the...
How to Grow Ginger Indoors
Cold and flu season is coming up and, if you find yourself under the weather, a steaming hot cup of...
The Darkest Time of the Year (is Not on the Solstice)
When is the earliest sunset of the year? Many folks think it’s on the winter solstice. But the...
Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant
Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are attractive, easy-care houseplants that will bloom continuously...
Mice can be quite frustrating when they munch on your plants and on your pantry snacks. Here’s how...
10 Ways to Save Money on Heating
Everyone wants to save on their heating bill, so here are 10 ways to cut heating costs and keep...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other—one being a bulb and the other an...
Homemade Bird Food Recipes
Here are some great homemade bird food recipes that can be used at any time of the year, but...
The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins
When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries?...
Gourds: Types of Gourds, Growing Gourds, Curing Gourds
Good Gourd! What’s with the bumpy, weird-looking decorative squash? We get many questions about...
How to Compost: Hot and Cold Methods
If you compost, stash a pile of leaves to use as dry material next year. Dry (brown) material is...
Spider plants produce a rosette of long, thin, arched foliage that is solid green or variegated...
Best and Worst Thanksgiving Foods for Cats
This Thanksgiving, as you’re preparing the family feast, don’t forget about your favorite feline...
How to Grow a Bonsai Tree
A few years ago I was given a beautiful bonsai container and decided to try my hand at growing a...
Unusual Squash and Gourds for the Thanksgiving Displays
Colorful squash and gourds are signs of Thanksgiving to me—harking back to the Pilgrims—and the...
Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog Can and Can’t Eat
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and spend time with friends and family. For many people, this...
Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Thanksgiving side dishes make the meal! We have some delicious options—from the historically-...
Sweet Potato Facts and Health Benefits
Twenty years ago, our Almanac declared sweet potatoes to be the “healthiest vegetable of them all...
Garden sage is easy to grow—and a wonderful culinary herb that flavors meat and bean dishes (...
Cauliflower is a sun-loving, cool-season crop to grow in spring and fall. It can be a temperamental...
7 Favorite Egg Recipes
Eating eggs is an inexpensive way to get more protein, vitamins, and minerals into your diet. Eggs...
Christmas cacti are a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they produce...
Best Indoor Plants for Low Light
Less water, less light, and less care. If you’re like most people, you have little time to fuss...
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
One of many traditions is to pick pumpkins for Halloween! Here are 5 tips on how to pick the...
Chrysanthemums or “mums” are associated with autumn, appearing in jewel colors in garden centers in...
Seasonal Crafts: Apple Heads
The Native American art of making apple heads is both easy and fun. Follow these easy instructions...
All About Cranberries: An American Native
Here are five fun facts about cranberries, as well as tips for growing this American native and ...
How to Bring Outdoor Plants Indoors
When frost threatens, it’s time to move many of your outside plants indoors. Many tender bulbs,...
African violets are small houseplants that produce clusters of white, blue, or purple flowers over...
What To Do With Fall Leaves
We don’t call it “fall” around here for nothing. If lots of leaves have fallen in your yard, why...
Fall is Time for a Garden Soil Test
Happiness is a positive soil test, one that lets you know that you have been doing something right...
Easy Houseplants for Your Home
Have you caught the houseplant bug? See our list of favorite easy-care houseplants and find the...