When unexpected seedlings appear in the garden, it’s a sign that nature is trying to work in concert with the gardener.
Volunteer seedlings add unexpected delight. Here a clump of foxgloves thrives while a morning glory vine begins its ascent.
As gardeners, we are often reminded that we are not in charge. Despite our best ef [...]
A few years ago a young woman asked me for help with her large, potted acacia tree. “I’ve had it for several years, and it was doing fine until recently. Now, the leaves are yellowing and dropping, and it’s just not thriving.”
This geranium blooms nonstop, thanks to regular fertilizing and top-dressing with worm castin [...]
A spring-planted crop of arugula, growing at our display gardens in Burlington, VT.
Once you’ve cultivated a taste for arugula, you’ll probably want to eat it as often as possible, dressed very simply.
Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a non-heading, peppery green, also known as rocket or roquette. Popular in Italian cuisine, it’s b [...]
Last week, I got an e-mail from Jeff, who works in our customer contact center: “I had a seedstarting failure this season. I used some older seeds (2008-ish) and placed the seed tray by a cool window to germinate. Cheap and stupid right? I am getting zero sprouts on day six. What would you recommend?”
I hear this question a lot at [...]
Think you’ve had a hard year in the garden? You’re not alone. Vegetable gardeners are calling this season the worst in recent memory.
A squash plant in our display garden, during better times.
A squash vine borer, one of the many challenges of summer 2009. More than 50 percent of the squash plants in our d [...]
Part of the 2012 potato harvest
The 2012 harvest keeps coming. This month, Deborah Miuccio, who manages the test gardens here at Gardener’s Supply, harvested about 60 pounds of potatoes from her family’s backyard garden.
“I planted them in a 4×5′ raised bed and fertilized with a thick layer of our homemade compost [...]
Growing potatoes is like reading a good mystery; you have to wait until the very end.
Carola and Reddale potatoes freshly dug from my raised bed.
Growing potatoes is like reading a good mystery; you have to wait to the very end until what lies beneath the surface is finally revealed. Unlike the end of a book, however, the end of the [...]
Leafy vegetable takes center stage as fall draws to a close.
This kale does get top-heavy and I’ve staked mine with bamboo canes. Due to my haphazard staking job, the plants have fallen flat to the ground a couple times. But I’ve managed to right them in stages, doing it right after a rain when the soil is moist.
One of t [...]