Even if you don't eat okra, consider growing the plant just for the blooms.
Celebrate the grand garden season finale. Here are some faster, space-saving methods to harvest and store garden produce at its best.
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.
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.
Keep sidewalks and driveways weed-free all summer. Try these simple and safe remedies as weed and grass killers.
Solving zucchini overload. Make two cakes. Eat one, freeze one. Repeat. And repeat again. And again. Kids will love eating their vegetables with this moist, chocolatey cake.
Never boil another egg. Learn how to peel eggs perfectly every time. Use eggs as a protien source to complete lighter seasonal meals.
The 5 worst tomato problems and how to prevent them. How to prevent the odd or ugly tomato. Grow more, big, beautiful tomatoes.
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.
How to select the best plants for the hottest weather. These portable plants attract birds and butterflies. When planting for summer color, consider the view from inside your house.
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. Is it better than garden soil? What you need to know whether mixing your own potting soil or buying bagged.
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. Here's how.
Tarragon is fragrant, tasty and good for you. Make gourmet herb vinegar for pennies with just two ingredients. Recipes for French Tarragon Chicken, sleep inducing tea and home grown Herbes Fines.
Eating black eyed peas is a fun family tradition in the South now. But once eating cow peas, Southern peas or black eyed peas was a matter of survival.
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.
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. Get new tips for scallions, leeks, chives, onions and shallots
Meet the new Proven Winners annual: Señorita Blanca™ Cleome. A carefree hummer and butterfly magnet perfect for any flower bed or container garden.
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.
A few extra steps in the fall will put you weeks ahead in the spring. Try these simple low cost or no cost suggestions. That will mean less work and more vegetables for you.
Easy and Elegant. Easy enough to throw together for tonight's meal or, elegant enough for company brunch. Red & golden heirloom tomatoes will make this recipe your specialty.
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.
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.
Follow these tips to grow the biggest and best tomatoes you ever tasted.
Proper staking or support is required for big, beautiful tomatoes. A review of the best supports.
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.
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.
"Harden off" tomato plants to prevent transplant shock and sunburn.
Plant the potted seedlings right into the garden for healthier transplants. Turn toilet paper rolls into seed starting pots. Jump start seedlings with ready made compostable containers.
An heirloom favorite that is hard to find. Big, rich, old-fashioned tomato taste.
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.
From fighting cancer to fighting wrinkles, anthocyanins are regarded as one of the best reasons to eat deep colored fruits and vegetables. More than a novelty, blue foods are healthier and beautiful.
A guide to potato leaf and regular leaf tomato plants. Choose angora or rugose leaf tomatoes.
What does VFTNA, F1, determinate mean on the tomato tag? It's easy to understand. Here's how to read the label on a tomato.
Be a gourmet gardener and grow several basil varieties. Begin with seeds, starter plants or cuttings. These beautiful plants grow well in gardens, containers and hanging baskets and window boxes.
Break off a stem, stick it in the ground. Multiply your tomato plants. It's easy, it's free.