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 [...]
Can you guess what this is? (You’ll find the answer at the end of the post.)
This year’s Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction showcased the remarkable range of farm products raised, crafted and sold in the state and, in some cases, nationwide. Here’s a sampling of vendors at the show.
These charming characters are knitted fro [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Who says vegetables can’t be ornamental? They can be stars of the border.
A kale and cardoon “hedge.” really stands out.
Redbor kale has gorgeous, frilled leaves.
The buds of the cardoon are as striking as the foliage. The flowers are about the size of a baseball. In kitchen gardens, cardoons are g [...]
Opuntia cactus covered with white scale insects.
I hate scale. This persistent insect pest eventually caused the untimely death of my prized Meyer lemon tree. During the annual winter infestations, I would try to keep the insect in check with periodic applications of Neem oil, but after several years of battle, I grew weary of fightin [...]
Compact trees are better suited to withstand stormy weather.
Japanese maples add grace and stunning beauty to small landscapes without endangering property.
Seeing scenes of storm damage from around the country this summer made me realize how destructive large trees can be when they come crashing down on houses, cars, and utility w [...]
When it comes to annuals, gardeners can get a little, well, snooty. Some disdain any plant that’s not a perennial. But the fact is, annuals provide some of the best non-stop color in a garden. Sure, they only last one season, but they bloom more than any perennial ever could.
This is what my friend Kathy came up with when I challenged [...]