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.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on butterfly milkweed plants. The eggs hatch about four days after they are laid, and the tiny caterpillars, with their dramatic stripes, take about two weeks to grow to their greatest size — during which time they eat butterfly milkweed plants exclusively. Here, a monarch caterpillar is just beginning its m [...]
A ripe Indigo Rose tomato. Photo: Tiffany Woods, Oregon State University
What’s the garden’s most fashionable color this growing season? It’s purple, at least as far as tomatoes are concerned. A new variety of tomato, called Indigo Rose for its deep purple, nearly black skin, is gaining popularity with gardeners for its unus [...]
Freshly harvested plum tomatoes become more intensely flavored in my simple technique.
Although fresh tomatoes are available year-round, I enjoy them most during the summer, especially from my own garden or a farmer’s market.
A farmer here in Vermont once told me to eat one of her just-picked heirloom tomatoes with only a sprinkling of [...]
Brugmansias, stealing the show.Every summer, the front border at our house is reserved for a display of annuals. It’s beside the sidewalk on one of Burlington’s main thoroughfares, so we want it to be special. This year, my partner designed a border that features brugmansias and other plants in hot colors, including a Chinese bana [...]
Liz grew heirloom Pink Brandywine tomatoes in her Tomato Grow Bags. Talk about tough—the plants survived Hurricane Irene.
We’re an eclectic bunch of gardeners here at Gardener’s Supply. We love to try out new products in our own gardens and experiment with unusual plants. After hearing about some of these adventures in lunchroom a [...]
Mary shared this photo on our Facebook page.
Mary Ahrens of California shared this photo on our Facebook page. We were intrigued and asked her to share the technique:
“Well, I use a small cherry tomato type. I sort out the miss marks, over- and under-ripes, wash, cut them in half, put them skin side down. You can sprinkle dried herbs o [...]
A crow on a barren branch in Death Valley, California.
All spring and summer, our fields and gardens are crowded with busy songbirds flitting in and out of feeders, carrying bits of twig and string to their nests and filling the air with their bright songs. But as autumn brings frosty nights and lengthening shadows, the songbirds depart one b [...]