Vegetable Gardening

Happy Healthy New Gardening Year

January is the time of year when many folks promise they’ll change their eating habits. They resolve to make fewer stops at the fast-food drive-thru, limit the unhealthy snacks kept in the cupboard, and add more fruits and vegetables to the grocery shopping cart. Most vegetable gardeners will tell you the easiest way to keep […]

How to Have an Old-Fashioned Holiday

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

Rosa Blanca Brothers Win 2017 Weird Veggie Contest

Two eggplants with personality from North Carolina take the top prize in the 2017 Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit contest. Congratulations to Romelle Peterson for growing these guys!  Romelle also deserves special recognition for entering this tomato that looks like a catcher’s mitt. And another tomato that resembles a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle. There sure […]

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 […]

Gravenstein Apple wins 2016 Weird Veggie Contest

How ’bout them apples?! A double Gravenstein apple put the Funny into the 2016 Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com. Rena DeMello of Corvallis, Oregon, grew this apple in the small orchard on her mini-farm. The contest judge thought the picture of her apple still on the tree looked like a “friendly […]

Enter the 2016 Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest

It’s time to enter the 2016 Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com. Submit your digital photos of crazy carrots, oddball eggplants and tasteless tomatoes from August 10 to September 10 for a chance to win a gardener’s gift package. Learn more at WesternGardeners.com.

Come Along to the Country Living Fair Contest

Win two passes to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., June 3-5. Add your comment about what you love about going to fairs for a chance to win in this random drawing.

Miracle Tomato Plant Survives Denver Blizzard

Like many gardeners in a cold climate, I always have to start my tomato seeds indoors early each spring. I typically start in March if I want to have tomato plants ready for transplanting into the vegetable garden in May. In more than 30 years of gardening, this year is the first time I’ve seen […]

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 […]

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