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All About Watermelons

Every gardener should plant a hill or two of watermelons as they are easy to grow and, oh so good on sultry summer afternoons.

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All About Potatoes

Potatoes are thickened underground stems called tubers. For good tuber development, potatoes require deep, loose, well-drained soil that is free from stones.

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All About Zinnias

Zinnias are undemanding annuals that simply need full sun, warmth, and well-drained soil rich in organic matter.

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All About Squash

Summer squash does everything but plant itself! If you're looking for a vegetable that's easy to grow and produces huge yields, you can't beat summer squash.

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All About Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi prefers rich, well-drained soil in full sun. You can plant this cool-season crop for a spring for a spring or fall harvest in the North, or for a winter harvest in the South.

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All About Leeks

Leeks prefer deep, rich soil in full sun. Start seeds 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost in spring.

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All About Lettuce

Gardeners can select from a large variety of lettuces that are easy to grow, highly productive in limited space, and virtually pest and disease free.

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All About Onions

Onions fit into three categories: short-day, intermediate-day and long-day varieties. Gardeners in plant hardiness Zone 7 and south will succeed best with short-day onion varieties. 

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  • "There are several crocus-like autumn flowers. Their bulbs must be planted by mid August to bloom in October. So order now.
    Autumn crocus, sternbergia, and colchicum flowers all resemble popular spring crocuses. Plant them in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.
    Because of their late-season bloom time, the foliage of these fall bloomers has an unusual schedule. Colchicum leaves emerge in the spring and die down in early summer long before the colchicum flower (leafless) appears in the fall. Sternbergia foliage appears with the bloom, lasts all winter and dies in the spring. The foliage of autumn crocus emerges well after the flowers and lasts into spring.
    Saffron, collected from the fall crocus (C. sativus),is the orange stigma of the plant."