Plant a diversity of tomato varieties to reduce the possibility of disease.
Like many gardeners who lost their tomato crop to late blight last year, I’m wondering: How can I make sure it doesn’t happen again this year? Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.
Use an angel food cake pan (or a bundt cake pan) to make it easier to shave the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife.
I used to grow enough corn that we could eat it for dinner every night during August and still have enough to freeze for winter. Once you’ve been eating home-frozen corn for a few years, it’s difficult to be sati [...]
I used to do much more canning and freezing than I do now. With our household down to just two, we’re cooking smaller meals and don’t need to have as much food around.
But there are still quite a few garden crops that I squirrel away in my freezer or pantry, and one of those is parsley. I can chop and freeze a huge [...]
Though cold winds chill the air and snow blankets much of the U.S., pesticide use remains a hot topic — and not only among gardeners. The most recent comments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health, whose December 2012 policy statement makes a clear link between pesticide exposure and children’s hea [...]
A recycling trailer at the Missouri Botanical Garden, part of a pot- recycling program that uses collection trailers that can be pulled behind a pickup truck. Photo: Steve Cline
About a dozen garden shops in the St. Louis area participate in the program as satellite recycling centers, where customers can sort and drop off their plastic pots. [...]
Diatomaceous Earth, featured in a 1984 Gardener’s Supply catalog
Back in 1984, when we first started selling 4-pound bags of Diatomaceous Earth, people often asked, “What exactly is it?” Well, 20 years later, people are still asking.
Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE, is made from the mineral remains of [...]
The fact that wild asters grow abundantly and in so many climates makes them a good choice for low-maintenance borders and butterfly gardens.
A wild aster, thriving in a New England meadow.
A reliable, low-growing aster called Woods Pink.
An old-fashioned pink aster, paired wit [...]
Our nursery manager explains why plants die — and how to avoid it. The first consideration is location. For plants to thrive, they must be planted in a site that meets their needs. Some trees and shrubs are more tolerant of a range of conditions while others are quite specific.
Why did it die? This aralia is a zone 4 plant that got pla [...]