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The legend of the dogwood is shared in Sunday Schools every spring. Take a tour of these native trees that surround our many American forests. Choose a spring flowering dogwood for your own back yard.
Giant, juicy and sweet, this late season heirloom is a garden star. One slice will cover the bread on your BLT. Your golden salsa will be a hit. Gold Medal is the secret to your white chicken chili.
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 new perennials and hardy annuals. Choose New Begonia, Coleus, Heuchera, and Herb plants for a quick burst of color or, invest in perennials.
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.
Don't throw away those used coffee grounds. They make great mulch, compost, soil conditioner and free fertilizer.
Create chocolate covered strawberries or dark chocolate bark. Make these pricey gourmet chocolates your specialty. Always an impressive dessert, birthday, anniversary gift or a sweet Valentine.
Whether you bought too many onions or you can't use up all the garlic before it goes bad, try these frugal and space saving tips. Enjoy the closest thing to fresh garlic and onions all year.
The perfect fall harvest cake recipe and a seasonal celebration anytime. Loaded with your choice of apples, carrots or zucchini, all made from one versatile recipe.
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.
Never boil another egg. Learn how to peel eggs perfectly every time. Use eggs as a protien source to complete lighter seasonal meals.
This is your new favorite covered dish. It will quickly become the most requested picnic salad. Oh, and did we mention that the best chicken salad recipe ever is included?
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The 5 worst tomato problems and how to prevent them. How to prevent the odd or ugly tomato. Grow more, big, beautiful tomatoes.
This is a basic wilted lettuce recipe. It is often the home gardener's springtime specialty. Include mixed lettuces, baby spinach or kale. Some recipes call for the addition of hardboiled eggs.
Turn a garden disaster into twice as many plants and double the tomatoes. How to double your homegrown tomatoes for free.
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.
When planting for summer color, consider the view from inside the house. Choose flowers that attract birds and butterflies. Add a bird bath as a focal point and to add height.
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. What's in it, and why. What you need to know whether mixing your own potting soil or buying bagged.
Get your tomatoes off to a good start. Planting correctly will get you juicy sun-warmed tomatoes weeks ahead of the neighbors.
Get more and better tasting tomato choices for just pennies.
A small batch of of buttery, dark chocolate cookies loaded with dark chocolate chips. Yes it's legal, but just barely.
Fill your salad bowl with these early spring greens and the lightest of salad dressings
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.
Humming Birds love it. It grows as a solid mass of green covered in one inch flowers all summer long.
Take back your outdoor summer with this highly effective Mosquito repellant.
Chocolate Amazon is one of the prettiest black tomatoes. Perfectly shaped, with a complex earthy tomato flavor.
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. More tips for scallions, leeks, chives, onions and shallots
Making and using herb vinegars, salad dressings, marinades. Homemade herb vinegars are a favorite way to preserve garden herbs.
Some of the healthiest food is little food. Baby Greens are a snap to grow. Grow your own nutrient rich vegetable patch. How to choose the fastest growing and healtiest foods in your garden.
Chard is a season stretching plant, a powerhouse food and, one of the prettiest plants in the garden. Grow chard for three seasons in the garden or in a container.
Early in the garden and the last in the garden, these pansies will stretch the garden season my months. Add a few of these flavorful flowers to salads as garnish.
Meet Copia, a bicolor striped tomato that is the star of any plate. Shop early because this seed is hard to find. Once you taste it, you will become a devoted fan. We tell you where to find seed.
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.
Grow this black beauty as a sweet pepper or an ornamental. Hungarian Black has only a hint of heat. I'll grow this small pepper again. Here's how to find it and how to grow it.
For Garden Party luncheons or breakfast on the patio; red & golden heirloom tomatoes make this recipe your specialty. Include these ingredients as pantry staples to have a special meal on hand.
Stretch the season growing your own mix of salad greens. Fill hanging baskets with salad greens. There will be plenty of time before you need to fill the baskets with colorful summer annuals.
Saving home grown tomatoes at the peak of their flavor doesn't have to be hard, hot and difficute. What to do with a sudden deluge of tomatoes.
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.
Add a fresh layer of compost as garlic starts growing quickly in the spring. Garlic grows into big white bulbs ready for harvest by midsummer. Gentle harvesting will extend the garlic's longevity.
Marigolds fight plant disease and attract polinators. How to collect seed from the best flowers.
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.
Proper staking or support is required for the big, beautiful tomatoes. A review of the best supports.
These are the secrets to growing the biggest tomato. Over fertilzation may mean you get a really big tomato plant but few tomatoes.
These easy first steps will ensure your biggest tomato harvest yet.
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.
Garden plants love cow manure. Why not make containers out of biodegradible composted cow manure?
growing heirlooms from seed requires a few steps to "harden off" plants, preventing transplant shock and sun burn.
You have plenty of time to order and start tomatoes from seed. Heirlooms are consistently winning taste tests across the country. Consider these heirlooms for rich, complex flavor.
An heirloom favorite that is hard to find. Big, rich, old-fashioned tomato taste.
The best tomato for sauces and drying. Try this Italian tomato. meaty, rich-flavored plum tomatoes with determinate vines.
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.
Unsightly blossom end rot is a problem easily solved and usually temporary.
Look for this new blue tomato. From fighting cancer to fighting wrinkles, anthocyanins are regarded as one of the best reasons to eat deep blue colored fruits and vegetables.
Grow this giant, juicy red and yellow, one pound heirloom tomato. Rare and worth the search for that rich and complex flavor that almost has cult status.
Rio Grande are big, productive paste tomato that should be in every home garden.
This heirloom tomato is winning taste test awards through out the country, try this black tomato. Best fresh, and makes an excellent salsa.
Grow rich sweet-tart flavor in pink fruited indeterminate tomato plants. A cult favorite.
Too many cherry tomatoes? Quick dry them in a food dehydrater to safely preserve and consentrate that gourmet sun-dried tomato flavor.
A guide to potato leaf and regular leaf tomato plants. Choose angora or rugose leaf tomatoes.
OK, we will let you in on the secret. What does VFTNA, F1, determinate mean on the tomato tag?
Collect seed from your heirloom plants. These plants are well adapted to your garden environment.
Break off a stem, stick it in the ground. Multiply your tomato plants. It's easy, it's free.
Picked young, leaves are mildest. Enjoy this simple Green Rice Casserole recipe. Brightly colored stalks are an ideal eddible landscape plant and quick growing vitamin rich leafy green.