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Fertilizing Your Garden

What you feed your plants can make a mighty difference when you come to harvest your vegetables and flowers. And spring is the time to make sure they get enough of the 13 essential mineral elements required for normal growth. Fortunately, most soils contain the micronutrients that vegetable and flowering plants require in small amounts […] ... More
Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses

Early spring is the time to plant ornamental grasses as well as to prune back last year’s growth of established clumps so that new shoots can grow unhindered. Ornamental grasses have emerged as one of the gardeners’ greatest gifts. They are available in a multitude of colorful varieties and require very little care. Most are […] ... More

New Potatoes by June

One of the joys of country living is the harvesting and eating of delectable new potatoes in spring. The tender, succulent tubers only 1¼-inch in diameter, gently boiled and served steaming with a touch of salt, pepper, butter, and fresh dill is one of the rare delicacies that everyone can enjoy. ... More
Increase Your Asparagus Harvest

Increase Your Asparagus Harvest

It used to be nobody cared when they bit into a tasty spear of asparagus whether it was a she or a he. In fact, most people didn’t even know there was a difference. Gardeners happily planted popular open-pollinating varieties, such as “Martha Washington” and “Mary Washington,” and were pleased with the results three years […] ... More
Attract Songbirds to your Garden

Attract Songbirds to your Garden

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining, especially for our feathered friends. So as you plan new landscaping this spring, keep the birds in mind and add some “songbird plants” to your yard. The best choices are native species of trees and bushes. Native plants lure more native insects than do nonnative species, which in […] ... More
Get Going in the Garden!

Get Going in the Garden!

Late February is not the time for gardeners to recline in their favorite easy chair beside the wood stove. Spring is waiting in the wings and an early start on gardening chores can make the difference between a mediocre and a great harvest of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Here are some of the gardening tasks […] ... More
Early Bird Planting

Early Bird Planting

The early bird gets the worm they say; and for garden lovers, the early seed planter gets the flowers. Some flowering plants require early planting, and depending on where in the country you live, February may be the time to get going and gain a jump-start on the growing season. Some flowers, such as larkspur, […] ... More

Living Works of Art

You don’t have to be a master gardener to appreciate—and enjoy—the ancient craft of espalier. It’s a centuries-old horticultural technique with roots as far back as ancient Egypt. There, through faded tomb paintings of fig trees planted and flattened against sun-drenched stone walls, evidence suggests that espalier (ess-PAL’-yay) had a place in the garden. Later […] ... More
Brave New World of Vegetables for 2009

Brave New World of Vegetables for 2009

Don’t be a stick-in-the-mulch with your garden growing habits, planting the same vegetables year after year. This spring, plan on planting at least one new vegetable that you haven’t grown before. New dwarf varieties offer intense flavor and compact sizes that can fit easily into your garden space or even be grown in containers. Here […] ... More
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