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Plant for Hummingbirds on Earth Day

 Happy Earth Day 2016! For the last 17 years I’ve worked to create an eco-friendly naturescape in my suburban backyard. I’ve planted native flowers, added low-maintenance perennial plants, reduced water use, and completely eliminated synthetic chemicals. My certified wildlife habitat includes food, water, shelter and places for all kinds of insects, birds and fuzzy critters […]

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 […]

Glowing Review for Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Yes, I’m giddy about vegetables! The first review is in for my newest gardening book called Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The Secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce. Publisher’s Weekly wrote the review and I couldn’t be happier. “Torpey writes giddily about vegetable gardening, going so far as to use the animated film […]

Writing a vegetable gardening book is like growing a biennial plant

It’s taken two years to see what my Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening book will look like. It’ll be another five months before I can hold it in my hands. But pre-ordering has already begun. Just like a biennial plant, this gardening book has taken its time to put down roots and start to grow. Biennial […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plant Spinach in July for a Fall Harvest

Here’s a little known gardening fact: If not for a misplaced decimal point, Popeye the Sailor Man might have gained his incredible strength from eating kale instead of spinach. The comic book hero helped build spinach’s reputation as a power-house vegetable because of a chemist’s simple mistake. Instead of recording spinach with 3.5 milligrams of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plant for Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by planting the flowers bees, butterflies and hummingbirds like the most.

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