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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Save Water with Container Gardening

Gardeners in drought-stricken areas are wondering if they should plant a vegetable garden this season. It’s a good question because research shows that up to 60 percent of household water is used outside. And up to 40-50 percent of that water is wasted because of inefficient irrigation systems and methods. I live in a part […]

Start the Gardening Season with the New Edition of The Colorado Gardener’s Companion

The second edition of my first book is ready in time for gardening season! I worked over the winter months to fill this new edition with more of everything to help Colorado gardeners grow great gardens starting now. The Denver Post newspaper calls the new edition of my gardening book an “an essential manual” for […]

Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces Class

My new Craftsy class has launched! Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small Space Solutions is designed to help gardeners at all skill levels find creative ways to make the most of their growing space. I’m so excited to introduce my new vegetable gardening class to you! I’ve partnered with Craftsy, the online educational provider, to create a […]

Annual Gardening Photo Contest is On

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for gardeners–the 6th Annual Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com! What’s in your garden? If you’ve grown a potato that looks like Mickey Mouse, a tomato shaped like a duck or a heart-shaped raspberry, you need to share it with the world. Don’t miss […]

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