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The Best Tomato Varieties

  With more than 10,000 tomato varieties to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. But the answer is...

Pruning 101: What to Prune When

  Ever get confused as to what to prune when? Or simply wonder where to begin? The good news is, there's no rush to prune. In...

10 Best Kitchen Garden Herbs

  Imagine a garden that elevates everyday living, is a dose of medicine with every bite, and doubles as a pollinator haven. If you grow...

6 Things to Remember When Planting Seeds

  Have that feeling like you could mess up a good thing when you have it? Like seeds. Some thrive while others die. So, how...

Frenzied Foraging

The poppies have bloomed.  I have to say that they are suspiciously beautiful, in a way reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland character.  Strangely fascinating....

Plant Pick: California Poppies

  It’s easy to see why California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, have made their way into the hearts of gardeners throughout the world. Their golden and...

Bee-Friendly Plants for your Garden

The best bee-friendly plants for your garden are a diversity of plants that bloom through the seasons and are chemical-free. Look to native plants,...

Companion Planting with Edible Flowers

  I've tried growing all sorts of flowers as companion plants in and near my kitchen garden. Calendula, Calendula officinalis, remains my go-to plant. They're...

Time for Lunch

These cosmos starts were ready for "lunch" at least 2 weeks ago. At least in my mind they were. But I didn't get around...

Feed the Birds with a Holiday Wreath

Is there a bird lover in your house? Add a small twist to the holidays and make a festive wreath to feed the birds.  When...

Small Space Gardening Tips in Chicagoland

  What happens when you endure an unusually long, cold winter and finally the weather starts to turn the corner toward spring? Right! Pull out...

Trash Can Tomatoes: How to Plant & Grow Tomatoes

http://youtu.be/6QsBl7ROxcE Tomatoes are at the heart of most summer gardens and a successful harvest will keep you coming back for more. Planning, planting and dreaming....

How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

Are you wishing ladybugs would find your garden as easily as aphids? Never fear, the trick for attracting ladybugs to your garden begins with...

Grow Your Own Microgreens

Yep. Even you can grow your own microgreens. If pink is the new black then microgreens are the new kale. Packed with nutrition and gleaming...

What to Plant: How to Grow Chard

  If you’re planning your spring garden, put Swiss chard on the list. It’s not only delicious and easy to grow, it’s a super food...

Plant Pick: Hollyhocks

  Tough as nails, charming and a pollinator powerhouse. Hollyhocks are what's new again. If you haven't grown them before now's the time to plant....

Tips for Harvesting & Saving Seeds

The process of collecting and saving seeds is a powerful act, igniting a cascade of positive change. On one hand, it might seem like...

How To Grow Rosemary From Cuttings

It's easy to grow rosemary from cuttings with the simple steps outlined in this video. What You Need To Grow Your Own Cuttings To get started,...

How to Grow & Forage: Miner’s Lettuce

  Miner’s lettuce is in full swing here in California, especially after a much awaited for rainy winter. It’s growing with a zeal I’ve not...

In The Garden

A closer look at the school garden I manage reveals a few faithful winter classics. The same standards of my obsessive winter diet. Broccoli,...
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