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All About Asters
Hardy, heat- and drought-tolerant plants. Read article
Fast Food Garden - Hot Dog
Fast food, from your garden. Read article
Earliest Spring Blooming Bulbs
Satisfaction in being first on your block with beautiful blooms. Read article
Fast Food Garden - Pizza with Leeks
Fast food, from your garden. Read article
Best Direct-Sow Seeds

Some gardeners are a little intimidated by the thought of starting plants from seeds indoors under lights. But that doesn’t mean they can’t grow their own plants from seed.

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All About Eggplants

Wait until night temperatures are consistently in the 60's before setting out eggplant transplants.

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All About Asparagus

Asparagus plants will grow well in virtually all areas of the US and lower Canada, except where there is extreme summer heat.

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All About Peas

Once planted, peas need little attention other than watering and harvesting. Pests and diseases are rarely a problem, particularly if disease-resistant varieties are planted.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • There’s nothing like going into the garden in the middle of December to pull large, luscious parsnips for your holiday dinner. Wash and gently scrub the roots, then briefly steam them to make paring easier. With larger roots, remove the woody core and use only the tender outer flesh.

    To retain the parsnip's delightful, sweet flavor, don’t boil them as the sugar in the roots dissolves in water. Many people ruin the taste of parsnips by cooking them until they’re mushy and bland. The best way to prepare parsnips is to brown the slices in butter or sauté them in a little oil, keeping the heat low to lock in the flavors and avoid scorching the sugar in the flesh. Or simply bake them. If you want a simple side dish for Christmas dinner, steam parsnip slices with fresh peas until tender and serve drenched in melted butter. It’s so delicious, it’s almost decadent!