The seed catalogs start piling up in January.
We speak with tens of thousands of gardeners over the course of a year, and one of the questions we’re often asked—especially by new gardeners and people who have relocated—is “Where should I purchase my flower and vegetable seeds?”
If it’s a gardener from New England, the tas [...]
Healthy turf grows on healthy soil. It starts with a simple soil test.
It’s been quite a while since I tested soil samples from my lawn, but it’s clearly time to do so. The turf is looking a bit thin and the weeds seem to be gaining ground. I suspect that soil pH is the source of both problems. When the pH is out of kilter, plants ca [...]
The Purple Sensation allium bridges the gap between spring and early summer-flowering perennials.
Deer discovered my garden a few years ago, so I’ve been growing more plants from their do-not-eat list. It turns out that deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits find alliums— plants in the onion family— distasteful. That’s great news because [...]
Freshly dug parsnips
By the middle of March, the only food I’m still eating from last year’s garden are onions, shallots and garlic. I feel pretty good about that until I think about the fact that some lucky gardeners out there are digging parsnips right around now.
I love parsnips (roasted or roasted and then pureed), but have nev [...]
Windowbox by Suzanne Dandeneau, Denver, Colo.
Spring is almost here and now is a great time to drag out your pots, planters and window boxes and get them prepped for another year. Of course the best part about this job, is it means you can start dreaming about all the great new plant combinations you’re going to put IN those con [...]
You can increase your pea harvest dramatically by using an inoculant
There are a couple tricky things about growing garden peas. The first is planting time. Plant too early and your peas may be stunted by cold soil and frost. Plant too late and your plants may start to shrivel up from the heat just as you get ready to start picking peas.
Sunflowers are now available in a wide range of colors and sizes—from little ones that get no more than 1-foot tall to 12-foot giants.
If I could plant just one seed this spring (!) I think it would be a sunflower seed. Sunflowers deliver a whole lotta flower power in one summer. They require almost no attention at all, are fun to wa [...]
The overwintered salvia, with new growth emerging from the crown.
Many years ago, I discovered salvias. It’s one of those times when you think you’re the only gardener who really knows about this new class of plants. The next thing you know, you’re obsessed with a genus. And you find that you’re the last garden [...]