Organic gardening

How to Have an Old-Fashioned Holiday

How to decorate with fruits and berries for an old-fashioned holiday.

Are You America’s Best Gardener?

Could you be one of America’s Best Gardeners? Maybe! That’s if you’re willing to enter your indoor garden, ornamental garden or vegetable garden in the 2017 America’s Best Gardener contest, sponsored by Seedlingers. Not sure your garden can stand up to the competition? Perhaps a $10,000 grand prize will convince you to enter! America’s Best […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Companion Gardening Expands Options for Small-Space Vegetable Gardens

There are just some things in life that make ideal combinations. It’s peanut butter and jelly for lunch; cookies and milk for dessert. When it comes to the garden, there’s tomatoes and basil; radishes and spinach. These combinations of vegetables and herbs make perfect partners when grown together in the garden, especially if you’re gardening […]

Defining Seed and Plant Terms Avoids Confusion

While answering questions after a recent vegetable gardening talk, a beginning gardener asked me to explain some common seed terms found in garden catalogs and on seed packets. Because there’s a lot of confusion these days about seed and plant terms, I thought I’d share my answers to help you with your seed sorting, too. […]

What’s so special about honeybees?

Today may be the official end to National Pollinator Week, but the work of bees — and gardeners — continues. Please keep adding plants to your garden that attract bees with the nectar and pollen they need. Stop using pesticides in your garden that can harm bees. Register your pollinator garden with the Pollinator Partnership […]

Behold Some Important Facts About Bees

I hope the idea of National Pollinator Week has inspired you to consider ways to help the pollinators in your garden. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, there’s a book I’d like to recommend to you. “Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind” is a book from Dr. Stephen […]

Moth emerges from garage, lives to tell about it

When John was trimming the red twig dogwood shrubs earlier this season, he found a cocoon clinging to one of the newly pruned branches. The cocoon looked like a tightly wrapped bunch of leaves and it had some weight to it, too. He left the cocoon, still attached to its branch on the patio table […]

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