Gardens & Gardeners

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is Next Stop

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area on March 16, I hope you’ll stop by the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. That’s the next stop on my Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening book tour. I’ll be presenting “How to Grow Prizewinning Produce” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and signing books right after the talk. […]

Special Offer for Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardeners

It’s as much fun as a funnel cake to enter a vegetable contest and be part of the excitement at an American fair! If you’re ready to bring a competitive edge to your vegetable gardening — or just impress your family and friends with picture-perfect produce — here’s a special offer just for you: Save […]

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening Speaking Schedule

It’s February and that means the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle is just around the corner! I’m excited to kick off this gardening season with two programs at the show followed by signings of my brand new book, Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Hood Room Blue Ribbon […]

Hot Pepper is Weird Veggie Winner for 2015

A hot chile pepper took top honors in the annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com and Bonnie Plants.

Corpse Flower Viewing is Botanical Craziness

I’ve done a lot of kooky things in my day, but waiting in a long line of other early-rising plant nerds to get a glimpse (and whiff) of a flower could top the list. The alert went out last night on the 10 o’clock news: The Corpse Flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens has started […]

Vegetable gardeners have more control when planting in container gardens

The 2015 vegetable growing season had a cool, rainy and slow start, but plants are finally responding to the warm dry days. After the first 95-degree day, I noticed every squash plant had blossomed overnight. Each plant had several large squash blossoms, with plenty of buzzing bees, because they were so happy to get the […]

Win Big with Ugly Fruits and Vegetables

What’s the oddest fruit or vegetable you’ve found in your garden? I’ve found many crazy-looking edibles in my garden, but the tomato I named “Casper the Friendly Cyclops” is the most memorable. This misshapen, but smiling, tomato could be a winner in the WesternGardeners.com annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest. Every year gardeners […]

How to plant peppers in your vegetable garden

I’ve never met a pepper I didn’t like. Hot, sweet, fried or dried, I’m crazy about them all. That’s why I plant at least a dozen different pepper varieties in my garden every season. There will always be several jalapeno plants, but each year I enjoy adding new-to-me varieties. I’ve been known to pick a […]

How to make aerated compost tea for your garden

If you’re a gardener who’s been conscientiously composting your kitchen waste and using the rich, crumbly material as a soil conditioner in your garden, it’s time to take your composting to the next level. By mixing that earthy concoction with water and allowing it to steep, you can create a beneficial tea loaded with the […]

Improve your Small-Space Vegetable Gardening with this Special Summer Discount

At my house, summer gardening dreams are all about growing a bountiful vegetable garden — one filled with a variety of ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes. All of these tomatoes, from the smoky Black Krims to the small yellow pear tomatoes, grew in my small-space vegetable garden. Some grew in the postage-stamp sized 6 x […]

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