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 Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

When people tell me they wish they had the space to grow a vegetable garden, I always respond the same way: If you have a small sunny space, you can grow just about anything you want. I’ve learned this is true after many years of experimenting with small-space gardening. My growing experiments have taught me […]

How to Start Vegetable Seeds for Gardening

There’s a lot going on in my basement these days. The eggplant and pepper seeds have germinated and the tiny plants are shedding their seed coat to show off their seed leaves. As these cotyledons grow, they’ll form their first “true leaves.” The tomato seeds I carefully saved at the end of last season will […]

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 […]

Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Gardening Contest

Welcome to the fifth annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit gardening contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com. Late summer means it’s time to harvest prize-winning tomatoes, perfect peaches and a bonanza of beautiful vegetables. It’s also the time of the gardening year when Mother Nature’s sense of humor shows through and she puts noses on eggplants, pants […]

Win a Blue Ribbon at the Denver County Fair

Do you have any prizewinning produce in your garden this year? The 2013 Denver County Fair starts on Friday and the flower and vegetable competition deadline is tomorrow, Thursday August 7. Walk-in entries will be accepted from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the National Western Complex. All the exhibitor information is available at the […]

Round Carrots are Fun to Grow

Now’s the time to plant cool-season vegetables and round baby carrots are a top crop. I’d never been interested in growing carrots before, until I planted round ‘Romeo’ carrot seeds from Renee’s Garden a few seasons ago. All I did was sprinkled the seeds on top of the soil of a large container, covered them […]

Peas Pass Some Green Giant Farm Fun

I’ve always wondered how vegetables get from the field to my table… and now I get to find out. I’m heading to Minnesota to meet the folks that put the jolly in Jolly Green Giant. As one of 24 bloggers invited on a Green Giant Valley Visit, I’m going to get a behind-the-scenes view of […]

Gardening is Just a Bowl of Cherry Tomatoes

The truth about tomatoes is evident when tastefully arranged in a 1930s vintage glass bowl. “Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit.” It’s the first of September and now that tomatoes are being eaten at every meal, it’s easy to say gardening here is just a bowl of cherry tomatoes. The frustrations of a […]

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