Harvesting a crop of Elba Potatoes.
Potatoes give me more garden satisfaction per square foot and time invested than any other vegetable I grow. A few years ago I planted six different potato varieties and kept records on how many pounds I harvested from each. The project made a good County Fair exhibit and won a blue ribbon, which p [...]
The weather in late summer and early autumn is perfect for establishing cool-season turfgrasses.
In New England and other cold-winter climates, August and September are the best months to sow grass.
After the contractors left late last summer, our back yard was a mess of tire ruts, torn up sod and exposed soil. Not that we had a grea [...]
At our store, and I suspect across the nation, the demand for fruit plants is up sharply.
Everbearing strawberries produce succulent berries all summer.
The grow-your-own movement is stronger than it’s been in about 60 years, judging by the way vegetable seeds, onion sets, and seed potatoes are flying off the racks. Germinating mix a [...]
Pattypan squash, grown and photographed by Kate Stauffacher
Like many gardeners, Kate Stauffacher tried something new last season: pattypan squash, which looks a little bit like a flying saucer.
“They were great additions to our garden. Because they produced so many squash, I had to try all sorts of recipes plus give many to family and [...]
What’s it like to have more than 50 delphiniums in bloom in your garden? Sweet. Follow the story of a new kind of delphinium, from seed to bloom in 15 months.
Slide Show: New Millennium delphiniums, from seed to bloom. Click on the images to see captions or go to full-screen mode.
A little over a year ago, I wrote abo [...]
Spanish moss adorns the alléeIf you find yourself in the Miami area this winter, be sure to check out Vizcaya Gardens.
It contains 50 acres of formal gardens, a villa and native hammock (jungle forest) on Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Expansive gardens combine Italian and French design with an American content.
Gardener’s Supply staffer Debbie Page goes to Nicaragua with a few packets of seeds and the goal of starting a garden.
Rudi and I planted a garden in a cement box that was part of the hospital ruins.
Nurses from the Miskito villages along the Rio Coco in northwestern Nicaragua choose seeds to plant.
Local children are curious [...]
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.