Marvelous Mums, Mums for Fall

Now showing at a garden near you (or perhaps in your own) the Golden Flowers of the Orient are bursting into bloom. Though best known for firing up fall with color, chrysanthemums are among the easiest perennials to grow in a garden-regardless of where that garden happens to be. Mums are happy in the dry heat of … Continue reading Marvelous Mums, Mums for Fall

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Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins and Squash

As the weather begins to cool and the days begin to shorten, we look forward to the colorful harvest of pumpkins and winter squash. These sturdy vegetables are emblematic of autumn, whether for seasonal decorating, grinning Jack-o-lanterns, Thanksgiving pies, or warming stews and casseroles. And with proper harvesting and storage techniques, you can enjoy this … Continue reading Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins and Squash

Our Garden Guide {Just A Few Tips}

Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden Many readers have expressed interest in creating their own organic garden in their own backyard. As a result, I wanted to share a few tips for starting a backyard garden that is organic, sustainable and earth-friendly. There are numerous benefits to planting your own organic garden at home. … Continue reading Our Garden Guide {Just A Few Tips}

Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Tomatoes will surprise you! They can withstand mighty close quarters and still deliver. If you don't have space in the ground, but you do have a hanging planter or a bushel basket and a sunny spot somewhere indoors or outside, prepare to grow your own tomatoes! Container Pointers Sun. Container tomatoes, like those in the garden, need … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Where you plant your tomatoes in the garden is important. Tomatoes need at least six to eight hours of sun a day to produce well -- and full sun is best, especially in cooler, more northern climates. Tomato roots won't do well in soggy soil -- a sunny, well-drained part of your garden is best. Best Soil … Continue reading Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you're new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first - perhaps two or three plants of two to three different varieties. But of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices? Criteria … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes

Growing Leeks

Leeks have an unfair reputation for being complicated to grow. These delicious, mild-tasting, non-bulbing onion relatives are in fact easy to start from seed and, with some simple techniques, produce long, white stalks that taste great in traditional leek and potato soup, braised in wine, or chopped in casseroles and risottos. About leeks Leek cultivars fall … Continue reading Growing Leeks

Six Tropical with Fantastic Foliage

Tropicals are trending this summer, from natural nursery specimens to leafy prints on picnic plates and outdoor pillows. We love the remarkable array of leaf shapes, sizes, and colors that can be found in forests around the world, from towering palms to striking Staghorn ferns. Today, we're embracing the tropical trend with 6 of our … Continue reading Six Tropical with Fantastic Foliage

6 Bug Repellent Patio Plants

We love to spend our summer days outside with family and friends, but pesky bugs are quick to drive a party indoors. For a chemical-free way to keep insects at bay this season, we asked the experts from our green goods team to recommend their favorite bug repellent plants. Planted near the doorway or transformed … Continue reading 6 Bug Repellent Patio Plants

Japanese Rose

Names can be confusing especially in the world of plants. While the botanical or scientific names for plants are often difficult to remember, they are universally accepted and used. On the other hand, common names, while easier to pull from our memory and pronounce, can be a source of confusion. Take the word rose as … Continue reading Japanese Rose