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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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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • New gardeners can’t go wrong with annual flowers. Planted in average soil and deeply watered once a week, annuals will provide a summer’s worth of wonderful blooms. Started from seed or set out as transplants, these winners will really perform if a few inches of compost are worked into the soil before planting.

    Try wax-leaf begonia in partial shade. Cleome is perfect for the background where it gets full sun. Impatiens is wonderful in the shade. Lantana loves hot weather with flowers from yellow to orange to lavender. Torenia, or wishbone flower, is a relatively new ""toughie."" It grows best in partial shade loves heat. Zinnias are tough sun lovers that really put on a show in a variety of colors.