Look for these new perennials: hardy hibiscus with giant 8" flowers and summer-long blooms. Bring exotic pinks, dark red, lavender and rose colors to containers, foundations and small space gardens.
Sweet potatoes are easy to grow. Some say easier than “Irish Potatoes.” Once harvested, learn the best way to store and extend your harvest.
Look for these new Astilbe, Hostas, Impatiens for color, texture and variety. Choose both perennials and annuals to update a shady spot. The right plant becomes a focal point in the shade garden.
Upgrade your shade garden with colorful containers. Choose new varieties of Begonia, Coleus, Heuchera, and Herb plants for a summer long burst of fresh color.
Petunias are a hanging basket staple. Try this new Black Cherry Petunia, a Must Grow for your patio. Learn container garden planting techniques. Look for bold new colors in the garden center.
Carefree clusters of tiny purple blooms cover this brand new annual. Mild fragrance and nonstop flowers attract butterflies all summer. Great for hanging baskets, borders and edging.
Don't throw away those used coffee grounds. They make great mulch, compost, soil conditioner and free fertilizer.
Create chocolate covered strawberries or dark chocolate bark. Make these pricey gourmet chocolates your specialty. Always an impressive dessert, birthday, anniversary gift or a sweet Valentine.
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is a Christmas tradition. Just 15 miles east of St Louis, the Way of the Lights is a perfect getaway.
Whether you bought too many onions or you can't use up all the garlic before it goes bad, try these frugal and space saving tips. Enjoy the closest thing to fresh garlic and onions all year.
The perfect fall harvest cake recipe and a seasonal celebration anytime. Loaded with your choice of apples, carrots or zucchini, all made from one versatile recipe.
Keep sidewalks and driveways weed-free all summer. Try these simple and safe remedies as weed and grass killers.
Never boil another egg. Learn how to peel eggs perfectly every time. Use eggs as a protien source to complete lighter seasonal meals.
This is your new favorite covered dish. It will quickly become the most requested potluck salad. Also included: the best chicken salad recipe ever.
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The 5 worst tomato problems and how to prevent them. How to prevent the odd or ugly tomato. Grow more, big, beautiful tomatoes.
This is a basic wilted lettuce recipe. It is often the home gardener's springtime specialty. Include mixed lettuces, baby spinach or kale. Some recipes call for the addition of hardboiled eggs.
Do a Double Take™ on this hot new perennial shrub in three colors. A home gardener's dream, heat and cold tolerant, deer resistant and thornless.
When planting for summer color, consider the view from inside the house. Choose flowers that attract birds and butterflies. Add a bird bath as a focal point and to add height.
Build a raised bed this fall. Get a jump on spring gardening with a little planning now. You will be weeks ahead of the neighbors.
Time to build a 4' x 4' concrete block raised bed. Make this a fall project. Add leaves and grassy material throughout the cool seasons. Get a jump on spring with your new raised bed.
Grow all the vegetables and herbs needed for the best fresh and canned spaghetti sauce. Know where your food comes from and what's really in it. Start with this pasta sauce.
Soilless Potting Soil. What's in it, and why. What you need to know whether mixing your own potting soil or buying bagged.
Get your tomatoes off to a good start. Planting correctly will get you juicy sun-warmed tomatoes weeks ahead of the neighbors.
Are you ready? It's time! In the coldest and ugliest of winter, when you are desperate to see Something - Anything grow, start big juicy tomatoes from seed.
A small batch of of buttery, dark chocolate cookies loaded with dark chocolate chips. Yes it's legal, but just barely.
Create exclusive gourmet herb vinegar for pennies with just two ingredients. Try this famous but simplified French Tarragon Chicken.
Buy extra bags of fresh cranberries while they are here. Use these recipes when the season is over.
Try a new variety of French style green beans: 'Mascotte' Beans, the 2014 AAS Vegetable Award Winner. Dwarf size plants, full size beans. 6" long, straight, skinny, crisp.
Take back your outdoor summer with this highly effective Mosquito repellant.
The secret to growing long straight carrots is a quick fix any home gardener can master.
Sow onion seed in flats six weeks before the last frost date in your area. All alliums are heavy feeders and require plenty of water. More tips for scallions, leeks, chives, onions and shallots
Quick, grab a handful of herbs before the big frost, Gather fresh herbs before the winter sweeps them away. A fast and favorite way to preserve garden-fresh herbs.
Some of the healthiest food is little food. Baby Greens are a snap to grow. Grow your own nutrient rich vegetable patch. How to choose the fastest growing and healtiest foods in your garden.
Chard is a season stretching plant, a powerhouse food and, one of the prettiest plants in the garden. Grow chard for three seasons in the garden or in a container.
Make a small batch of chunky, spiced applesauce. Create a tasty, gourmet gift that your friends are sure to eat up this holiday season. Add a custom designed label for an unforgettable gift.
Wild wasabi arugula is as peppery as water cress though much easier to grow in the garden or in a container. Learn how to buy, sow, grow and, eat this tasty healthy leafy green.
Meet the new Proven Winners annual: Señorita Blanca™ Cleome. A carefree hummer and butterfly magnet perfect for any flower bed or container garden.
Meet Copia, a bicolor striped tomato that is the star of any plate. Shop early because this seed is hard to find. Once you taste it, you will become a devoted fan. We tell you where to find seed.
This shasta daisy will bloom and bloom again. Give this much-improved variety a place in your landscape or container garden. Low maintenance, easy care. Add a little sunshine with Banana Cream.
Saving home grown tomatoes at the peak of their flavor doesn't have to be hard, hot and difficult. What to do with a sudden deluge of tomatoes.
What to do when the garden explodes. How to bring out the very best flavors from your garden. Just say "ra-tuh-TOO-ee'
At Last! Pet friendly pest control. Stop tomato stealing squirrels. Keep rabbits from eating all the tender green bean seedlings.
The most tender and flavorful lettuce I grew this year. Rarely seen in American home gardens, this heirloom has been in Italian gardens for generations.
Plant in the fall. Add a fresh layer of compost as garlic starts growing quickly in the spring. Garlic is ready for harvest by midsummer. Gentle harvesting will extend the garlic's longevity.
Save seed from your biggest and best flowers for a repeat performance next summer. Allow the flower heads to dry before clipping and saving. Learn how to collect and store your own seeds.
Marigolds fight plant disease and attract polinators. How to collect seed from the best flowers.
Have you ever seen this Sanguine Ameliore lettuce? Here's how to find it and grow your own rare French heirloom lettuce.
What causes ugly cracks in home grown tomatoes? Splits are an easy, no cost problem to solve. A tomato fruit is 95 percent water, so tomatoes need lots of water to grow and develop fruit.
Proper staking or support is required for the big, beautiful tomatoes. A review of the best supports.
Mulch choices add easy access to the garden and complete the landscape..
These easy first steps will ensure your biggest tomato harvest yet.
Make it a habit to label plants. We show you how and where to find attractive labels. Arrange seed in the order in which it will be planted.
I am growing healthy tomato plants, all started from seed that was 1, 2 or 3 years old. All tomato seed packets had a 99% germination rate. Read how here.
Pinching will not make plants healthier or more flavorful. It will encourage a fuller, bushier plant with more flowers and leaves.
White flies will seriously damage a plant and cold weather solves the problem. Several organic controls are listed.
Pure and perfect white spring flowering trees, shrubs, perennials.
What to grow first. Cool season suggestions for the earliest garden. Raised beds and container gardens mean a 1 or 2 week head start. Grow mixed spring greens, wilted lettuce or baby spinach salads.
Garden plants love cow manure. Why not make containers out of biodegradible composted cow manure?
Try these new, cool peppers. A few tricks to growing big juicy peppers. Where to order your favorites.
"Harden off" tomato plants to prevent transplant shock and sunburn.
An heirloom favorite that is hard to find. Big, rich, old-fashioned tomato taste.
The best tomato for sauces and drying. Try this Italian tomato. meaty, rich-flavored plum tomatoes with determinate vines.
A note of caution, popping the red-ripe orbs in your mouth can become addictive. That first bite is an explosion of pure tomato flavor.
Look for this new blue tomato. From fighting cancer to fighting wrinkles, anthocyanins are regarded as one of the best reasons to eat deep blue colored fruits and vegetables.
Rio Grande are big, productive paste tomato that should be in every home garden.
This heirloom tomato is winning taste test awards through out the country, try this black tomato. Best fresh, and makes an excellent salsa.
Too many cherry tomatoes? Quick dry them in a food dehydrater to safely preserve and consentrate that gourmet sun-dried tomato flavor.
A guide to potato leaf and regular leaf tomato plants. Choose angora or rugose leaf tomatoes.
OK, we will let you in on the secret. What does VFTNA, F1, determinate mean on the tomato tag?
Learn the secrets to growing poppies.
Toast pumpkin seeds from your Jack-O-Lanterns. Add toasted seeds to dips and salads.
Fried Green Tomatoes are even better homemade. Here is how to make this Southern delicacy.
Collect seed from your heirloom plants. These plants are well adapted to your garden environment.
Break off a stem, stick it in the ground. Multiply your tomato plants. It's easy, it's free.
Picked young, leaves are mildest. Enjoy this simple Green Rice Casserole recipe. Brightly colored stalks are an ideal eddible landscape plant and quick growing vitamin rich leafy green.