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Monthly archives for May, 2008

Eggplant in the Spotlight

Eggplant in the Spotlight
Eggplants need plenty of sun to grow well. With a growing interest in healthier diets and reducing meat consumption, the lowly eggplant is becoming quite a star. This is great news for gardeners, because it’s stimulating lots of new breeding efforts on the part of seed producers. We’re seeing interesting new varieties with bett [...]

Results: Tomato Support Poll

Results: Tomato Support Poll
After reading all the comments, it’s clear that many gardeners are looking for a tall support. At 53 inches, the Tomato Tower is our tallest. Our poll has ended and the results are in! Over 3,000 votes were cast, and the Tomato Cage is the preferred tomato support with 59% of the vote. Tomato Ladders came in second (17%), and [...]

Show Us Your Tomato Supports

Show Us Your Tomato Supports
Sent by Frank H. of Newton, Mass.: “The cherry tomato I grew in my Self-Watering Planter got so big so fast that I had to cobble together this frame support really fast. You can hardly see the framework, which is just as well cause it’s pretty ugly. I’ll be better prepared this year!” Earlier this year, we asked gardeners [...]

Demystifying pond water

Demystifying pond water
Floating waterlily leaves cover the water surface to provide shade for fish and reduce algae growth. Lively, sparkling fountain or calm, glassy pool, water completes a garden and brings life to patios and decks. Water gardening has grown in popularity as people discover the tranquil beauty of water plants, colorful fish, and soothing [...]

Sorrel: An Ancient Pot Herbwith a Lemony Zing

Sorrel: An Ancient Pot Herbwith a Lemony Zing
Common garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa) Common garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa) is an attractive, long-lived perennial herb that’s unfussy about soil conditions, untroubled by pests or disease and doesn’t spread. It’s always the first edible plant to appear in my garden each spring, and for the first week or two I eat its spinach-like leaves as qui [...]

Glads are Good

Glads are Good
Green Star gladiolus The first time I saw a gladiolus was back in the ’60s at the Minnesota State Fair. At that time, every farm family worth its salt grew them. The fair is at the very end of August when glads are at their prime, so along with dahlias, they were always (and probably still are) the most popular entry in the floral co [...]

All-Summer Strawberries

All-Summer Strawberries
Strawberry flowers bloom in spring; the fruit begins ripening in early summer. As far back as I can remember, strawberries have been part of my family’s traditions. My grandparents grew a large patch of strawberries to help supplement their income. Grampa peddled the brimming wooden baskets of fruit door-to-door. Other customers sto [...]

Perennial Diva: Stephanie Cohen

Perennial Diva: Stephanie Cohen
Stephanie Cohen touts her book, The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer. “Good things come in small packages” is an apt description of perennial plant expert Stephanie Cohen. She calls herself “vertically challenged” and named her own perennial place Shortwood Gardens in a tongue-in-cheek nod to nearby Longwood Gardens in Kennet [...]
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