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7/11/2014
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
6/19/2014
It is important that you understand the soil characteristics of your garden if you want to make the most of your planting endeavors.
6/19/2014
Learn the basics of site assessment with this guide, and maximize your available yard and garden space.
4/7/2014
It's that time of year again - empty milk jugs, egg cartons and plastic containers pile up to serve as temporary greenhouses for young seedlings.
11/19/2013
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
11/15/2013
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
11/2/2013
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
10/30/2013
Important tips for community gardening and an introduction to yard sharing.
10/30/2013
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
10/14/2013
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
10/13/2013
Karen shares her favorite seed catalogs that offer specialized seeds.
10/4/2013
How to prevent an ant invasion
9/20/2013
Karen walks you through what to do when dealing with viruses or parasitic nematodes in the garden. She also provides a quick overview of her previous posts on vegetable diseases.
9/17/2013
A well-stocked hummingbird feeder throughout September and October will not only give you hours of entertainment, but it will also keep your birds happy come migration time.
9/10/2013
How to diagnose and treat bacterial disease in your garden.
8/30/2013
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
8/30/2013
This post is about the prolific growth of the garden over 16 hot, wet July days when we were away on vacation in the Yukon.
8/29/2013
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
8/21/2013
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
6/17/2013
What you need to know about starting a farmers’ market.
5/28/2013
Growing squash is easy and there are many summer and winter varieties to grow and cook with.
4/16/2013
Readers share stories of food preservation methods.
4/16/2013
Great-Great-Grandmother shares how generations of her family has continued the tradition of preserving food.
4/16/2013
Reader tells of life during the Great Depression and how food preservation was necessary for survival.
4/15/2013
A couple shares canning recipes made with fresh produce from the garden and fruit trees.
4/15/2013
Freezing corn fresh from the garden in summer means your family can enjoy delicious, home-grown corn in winter.
4/15/2013
Woman recalls going from asking elders for advice on canning vegetables to becoming one of the elders.
4/15/2013
Woman shares her rewarding experiences of preserving the bounty of her garden vegetables.
4/15/2013
Summers spent freezing and canning food for the winter months.
2/18/2013
Readers share stories of old-fashioned natural cures.
2/18/2013
Grandchildren were grateful for most of grandma’s natural remedies.
2/18/2013
Mom got old-fashioned sassafras tea recipe from Grandma.
2/12/2013
Neighbor’s remedy for pain in heel paid off.
2/12/2013
Mom was always ready with healing treatments for childhood illnesses.
2/12/2013
Aunt and neighbor share knowledge of the health benefits of saltwater.
1/31/2013
From fried cactus to Russian thistle "spinach" and more, one family of Kansas homesteaders took their edible wild plants cues from the cattle.
12/21/2012
The basics of seed saving include hand pollination, drying and storing. Learn how to save squash seeds ensure the best plants for next season.
12/18/2012
Growing squash can be a breeze if you plant them in a sunny spot with rich soil and water moderately.
12/18/2012
Drying squash can be rewarding. Learn how to do it using the sun or a dehydrator and incorporate it into soups, stews and more.
12/14/2012
Learn about the squash varieties available throughout three seasons, how to cure them and how to cook them to reap the full flavor of each season.
12/13/2012
A prime winter squash is impossible to get if you don’t put enough time and effort to cure it. Learn how curing squash leads to better flavor, texture and overall quality.
11/26/2012
As the days get chillier, you can still plan for your next year’s production by building new raised beds. 
11/26/2012
As the days get chillier, you can still plan for your next year’s production by building new raised beds.
10/31/2012
Growing Gardens, in Portland, OR, provides low-income families and schools with the material and educational resources needed to grow their own food.
10/15/2012
Check out this fall gardening guide brought to you by the staff of Sunset Magazine, creators of The One-Block Feast and One-Block Diet.
9/25/2012
Get your lawn and garden priorities in order this fall.
9/11/2012
Natural solutions to help you have a clean and fresh home. 
9/7/2012
Next time you fire up that grill, use these tips and tricks on how to grill meat, poultry and fish for delicious results.
9/7/2012
This recipe is easy and the result is addictive. Save your jalapeños for this great smoked jalapeño poppers recipe.
9/7/2012
Try these seed-to-table grilled appetizer recipes that will bring out the robust flavors of your garden harvest.
9/4/2012
What you need to know to keep pests out of your home. 
6/4/2012
Tips to help you care for your lawn and garden. 
5/23/2012
Toxic plants and perennial weeds can be sneaky garden foes. Learn how to battle them and win with advice from Teri Dunn Chace.
5/22/2012
From deathly diseases to pruning disasters, learn how to solve your worst rose problems with this gardening advice from Teri Dunn Chace.
5/2/2012
Tips for creating an organic garden in your backyard.
4/17/2012
Five spring tips to help you achieve a beautiful summer yard.
4/2/2012
Five tips for growing beautiful roses. 
3/28/2012
Tips to get your lawn and landscape off to a healthy start this spring.
3/19/2012
Take care of your lawn, and your lawn will take care of you. 
3/14/2012
Five time-saving tips for gardeners. 
3/9/2012
Iowan recalls making a 150-mile trip in his father's cantankerous Model T truck during the depression era.
2/29/2012
Illinois man recalls chinch bugs, grasshoppers, and drought destroying his crops during the depression era.
2/29/2012
Oregon woman recalls living in the dust bowl and enduring invasions of grasshoppers during the depression era
2/29/2012
Kansan recalls growing up during the depression era, battling dust storms to get to school, and grasshoppers to save her garden.
2/29/2012
Illinois man describes ways that people ignored the 18th Amendment in Chicago during the depression era
2/28/2012
Wisteria vine is a favorite spring flowering vine. 
2/28/2012
Starting vegetables indoors from seed. 
2/22/2012
Missouri woman offers a skillet recipe from the depression era for enjoying the last of the garden vegetables
2/22/2012
Kansas woman recalls the joys and hardships of surviving the Great Depression
2/13/2012
A Michigan woman briefly recounts a morning on her family farm, splitting wood with a wood splitter
2/13/2012
New York woman recalls the farm chores that had to be done while growing up on her family farm
2/13/2012
A Missouri woman discusses the way that threshing and harvesting grain was done in the late 1930s
2/13/2012
A Missouri woman recalls driving a Ford Tractor as a child during the war years to help her father harvest on the family farm
2/9/2012
A Missouri woman remembers hay baling by old-time methods on her family farm
2/9/2012
Illinois woman recalls the goings-on during threshing time at her family farm
2/9/2012
A New York woman recalls haying during World War II with a modified Federal truck and a buck rake
2/9/2012
An Illinois man recalls harvest-time on his family farm, including his father's oil-pull tractor, binder and hay wagons
2/9/2012
An Iowa woman recalls threshing time on her family farm, and the flurry of activity that surrounded it
2/9/2012
An Iowa woman recalls the threshing bees of her youth, held during harvest time on her family farm and others nearby
2/9/2012
A woman recalls growing up on a Wisconsin farmstead without electricity during the Great Depression
2/9/2012
Kansas woman recalls how a big garden provided food, fun, and fodder on her family farm
2/9/2012
Iowa woman remembers how learning to plant more than they needed led to a bumper crop, and the solution to money problems on their family farm
2/9/2012
An Alabama woman relates funny stories about learning how to cook, pick cotton, and other misadventures while learning to farm
2/8/2012
Oklahoma man remembers the trials and triumphs of starting a family farm with his parents
10/11/2011
Tips to help your lawn and landscape recover from the difficult summer, and spring back into shape next year.
8/24/2011
Woman remembers images of grasshoppers destroying Kansas homestead in 1876.
5/12/2009
Tips on how to plan and start a container garden.
5/12/2009
Five tips every gardener should know.
4/20/2009
Here are five perennials that will give of their best from August onward, when cool weather returns.
4/20/2009
Simple, straightforward tips for converting your landscape into a haven for clients, passersby, and wildlife by making it more eco-friendly.
3/19/2009
Online tool helps gardeners plan their gardens and select their plants.
3/19/2009
Year-round garden beauty is possible, it just takes a little planning and effort.
2/18/2009
Garden hoses can be used in a number of creative ways and will remain useful long after they cease being used for watering your lawn.
2/16/2009
Famous for its lighthouses, gardens and parks, Door County, Wis., is a favorite vacation destination for many folks.
1/13/2009
Why go and spend a fortune at the nursery on new tools, when there is probably a wealth of unused stuff tucked away in your kitchen that will do the job.
1/13/2009
A simple solution for the end-of-winter doldrums is to plant flowers that will bloom in late winter, such as witch hazels, snowdrops and hellebores.
12/23/2008
In Bonnie Plants’ Third Grade Cabbage Program, third-graders from across the nation grow oversized plants. Lucky students in the competition have the chance to win a $1,000 education scholarship in statewide drawings, and everyone learns lessons about plants, patience and perseverance.
12/15/2008
STIHL, maker of the No. 1 selling brand of chain saws, and garden expert P. Allen Smith offer tips and tricks for pruning in the winter to enjoy a garden that blooms beautifully in spring and summer.
12/15/2008
In an effort to bring Loveland, Colorado’s two greatest claims of fame together, the local not-for-profit organization En­gaging Loveland invited local artists to decorate 5-foot-tall fiberglass hearts with a key element of Loveland's history or culture, or a local landmark.
11/19/2008
The Portland Japanese Garden offers garden lovers in the Oregon city Far Eastern beauty in the Northwest. Through plants, stones and water, beautiful, serene areas emerge to harmonize with nature. Five garden styles, each ideal for meditation and contemplation, make up the attraction.
11/18/2008
Compost is great for the garden and the environmen, and using a compost bin is a great way to recycle.
10/16/2008
Tips that will help gardeners choose and produce beautiful roses that are sure to be the envy of the neighborhood.
10/16/2008
The weed-lined former swimming pool in Sidney, Neb., becomes a beautiful memorial garden, thanks to a local government receptive to fresh ideas and a community willing to volunteer time and labor toward a common goal.
9/25/2008
If you've been considering changing you're home's landscaping, don't forget to consider your family's lifestyle as you create your initial plans. Everyone's routines and daily activities need to be considered before you make any significant changes.
9/25/2008
Perched atop mountain, Canadian park full of stunning sights
9/22/2008
I sometimes catch flak about the amount of resources that go into my lawn and garden.
9/22/2008
Kansas garden honors those who lost their lives in 9/11 attack
8/1/2008
A recent trip through the vegetable garden reminded me that even with the heat, this time of year is a gardener's delight. Buckets of tomatoes and peppers make us oblivious to insect bites and sweat on the brow.
8/1/2008
Flower Farming
7/1/2008
There are many things in the garden I anticipate seeing each year before the Kansas wind and heat rob them of their luster
7/1/2008
Easter lily flower
6/1/2008
'Why aren't my vine crops putting on fruit?' That's a popular question from gardeners trying to grow pumpkins, melons and cucumbers, especially early in the growing season.
6/1/2008
Botanical garden in Birmingham, Ala., is a beautiful, peaceful oasis
5/1/2008
Soaring fuel prices affect just about everything we do, from travel to grocery bills.
5/1/2008
California garden celebrates Mediterranean
4/1/2008
Plant trees in public places for all to enjoy in the future.
4/1/2008
A beautiful variety blooms in Washington’s ‘City of Lilacs’
3/1/2008
Plant bulbs in spring for beautiful summer blooms
3/1/2008
Books have been written about growing them, and they have their own special potting soils and fertilizers.
2/1/2008
February usually includes a few warm days that get the blood flowing and the thoughts heading in the direction of the garden. Once there, gardeners ponder the question, 'What can I do?'
2/1/2008
Shimmer of silver plants brings glamour to garden
1/1/2008
Coming soon: A rose that will have gardeners thinking pink
1/1/2008
All-America Selections adds three new plants to long list of winners
12/1/2007
Festive trees are part of traditional American Christmas celebrations
12/1/2007
Garden centers offer great gift ideas
11/1/2007
Cranberries are a traditional part of the Thanksgiving holiday, but how much do you really know about them?
11/1/2007
Park in Kansas has been helping families make memories for more than 100 years
10/1/2007
Herb garden in foothills of Fresno County, Calif., is a spectacular sight
10/1/2007
Now is your last chance to use this year’s garden produce
9/1/2007
Gardeners' plan of action for month of September.
9/1/2007
Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., was founded in 1871, and since opening, it has provided women an education of uncompromising quality.
8/1/2007
The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of summer flowers. Read more from the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center about keeping the joy of summer flowers alive with late-blooming lilies and dahlias.
8/1/2007
Mike Lang sets a plan for fighting gardening doldrums that force our feet to drag in the late summer months.
7/1/2007
Desert climates can create tricky gardening environments for many. Find out how one reader beat the killer heat by filling her landscape with hybrid cacti.
7/1/2007
Mike Lang offers advice for ridding your garden of the iccoragible poison ivy.
6/1/2007
Volcano is a series of perennial phlox that are compact, sturdy, exceptionally floriferous and extremely tolerant of the powdery mildew that plagues and defoliates many other phlox varieties.
6/1/2007
Homemade ice cream, jam and pie are the delicious results of a little care in the fruit garden. There isn't much we can do right now to ensure that this season's crop is not a bust, but this is the time to do some things that will help produce a good harvest of brambles and strawberries next year.
5/1/2007
Museum and gardens offers visitors beauty and art
5/1/2007
Recently, I was asked, 'How do I fertilize my vegetable garden?' There isn't really one answer. There are several factors to consider.
4/1/2007
Planting fever is extremely contagious this time of year.
4/1/2007
If you've ever seen the popular PBS television gardening show The Victory Garden, you've seen Callaway Gardens, located in Pine Mountain, Ga. The gardens, founded by Cason and Virginia Callaway, opened to the public in May 1952 and offer a fascinating glimpse of what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication.
3/1/2007
Those who find the prospect of growing roses daunting have never grown an easy-care, repeat-blooming Flower Carpet rose. The addition of scarlet to the series lineup this spring provides a compelling reason to give these popular roses a try.
3/1/2007
Fruit trees have been a staple of the edible landscape for centuries. Who can deny the satisfaction gained from slicing into a cherry pie made from fruit growing in the backyard, or opening a jar of apple butter that was made from the first crop of a new apple tree? Even a trip to the timber can stock the pantry with native fruits, such as pawpaws and persimmons, if you're lucky enough to beat the raccoons to them. Yet, only a small percentage of us have room in the garden for a fruit tree or native plant.
2/1/2007
More than 35 years after being established, The Living Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., is the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the world’s deserts. It’s also the only zoological and botanical park that specializes in just one entire ecosystem. It’s no wonder The Living Desert is ranked one of the most unique institutions in the United States.
2/1/2007
My house sits on a half-acre of some of the best soil in Kansas. The sandy-loam soil texture is enough to spoil a gardener. It seems that with the addition of water, most plants will do well, which makes me a fortunate gardener.
1/1/2007
Besides being a time to start fresh and resolve to do or not do certain things, to gardeners, this time of year means the mailbox will be brimming with new nursery catalogs. It also means that the winning plants from All-America Selections (AAS) have been released. And this year, AAS – an organization based in Downers Grove, Ill. – has selected four winning plants for 2007.
1/1/2007
Chandor Gardens, located about 25 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas, in the city of Weatherford’s historic district, combines ancient Chinese architecture with formal English garden elegance. The 3.5-acre estate includes fountains, grottos and a waterfall.
12/1/2006
Amaryllis bulb production has more than doubled worldwide since the 1990s, and the colorful, large-flowered native of the southern hemisphere has become North America’s flower of choice to take the gray chill out of winter.
12/1/2006
Poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, pines and spruce are all plants we use to decorate our homes for the holidays. Their colors provide a sense of joy during a time when the outdoor garden is drab, if not dormant.
11/1/2006
The calendar might say winter doesn’t start until Dec. 21, but in my garden, the season starts this month.
11/1/2006
There is a traditional saying that Chinese gardens are built, not planted. These types of gardens are filled with mosaic pavement, pavilions, bridges and benches. The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden reflects this philosophy faithfully, yet within its walls, there also lie lush, beautiful flowers, plants and foliage.
11/1/2006
Almanac planting dates for December are:Dec. 1: A poor time to plant.Dec. 2-3: Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
10/1/2006
It seems that every time I read, watch or listen to anything about cooking, one of the ingredients mentioned is the herb wasabi. I didn’t know anything about it, so, after hearing its unique name several times, I decided to research it.
10/1/2006
Within the barren Mojave Desert, near Tecopa, Calif., China Ranch Date Farm is a surprising haven of greenery. “Hidden Oasis” reads the big yellow sign on Old Spanish Trail Highway. Undeniably, China Ranch is a true desert oasis.
9/1/2006
The first tulips were brought to Europe from Turkey in the mid-1500s. In the early 1600s, however, they were still rare – mostly found in university botanical gardens. It was at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, where some locals, desperate to get their hands on the rare flowers, climbed the wall of the botanical garden, stole some tulip bulbs and began cultivating them for sale. Thus began the wild ride that became Tulipmania.
9/1/2006
Sometimes referred to as the lilac of the South, the common crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, brightens up gardens all over the southern part of the United States as a large shrub or a small tree, which can reach a height of 30 feet.
8/1/2006
Travel any country road in late August and early September, and breathe the fragrance of autumn’s sweetest clematis. This redolence emanates from the lacy white flower of Virgin’s bower – the most delicate of wildflowers – as it follows fencerows and treetops while reaching for the sun, forming wide to narrow sweeps of breathtaking beauty.
8/1/2006
August stirs up two completely opposite emotions in my gardening psyche.
7/1/2006
Whether it's because of freezing conditions in the winter, or the hot days of summer, there are times of the year that make it difficult to garden. But we never have to quit landscaping.
7/1/2006
Not even an Oklahoma ice storm can keep 86-year-old Gloria Howard from gardening. In 2002, an ice storm that surprised central and western Oklahoma left trees and fences broken, and limbs scattered everywhere. The persimmon trees in Gloria’s backyard, which had been there for more than 50 years, broke under the weight of several inches of ice, and some of them fell on electric wires and fences. So, she had all 14 of them removed.
6/1/2006
I’ve had this hedgehog (Echinocereus) cactus for about three years now. It initially was just the large cactus in the middle of the dish. I keep it in the house or garage during the winter months, then put it outside each summer.
6/1/2006
Have you ever thought about the wonders that surround us? For instance, technology has brought conveniences that were dreams only a few decades ago. The Internet, which can provide information on almost any subject, is available at the tips of our fingers, cell phones keep us in touch with others, no matter where we are, and debit cards allow us to buy things without having money in our pockets.
5/1/2006
You stand in the middle of your perfect garden, where colors shimmer, orioles trill in goldenrain trees, and water murmurs down the waterfall to a hidden pool where cloudy white water lilies float. What could be better?
4/1/2006
Acidic soils push hydrangeas to a blue color blossom, while higher pH soils let pink blooms prevail.
4/1/2006
A 3-feet-square compost pile is large enough to hold heat, but small enough to admit air. If a large pile is needed, build one that is 5 feet tall by 5 feet wide by any length.
3/1/2006
Improving soil structure is one factor that increases garden productivity. This can be accomplished in several ways. One of the best methods is to rototill compost directly into the soil.
3/1/2006
Herbicides seem to be difficult to understand for the novice gardener. There are two phrases that are used to describe how an herbicide works: pre-emergence and post-emergence.
1/26/2006
Suggestions given to gardeners of things to do during month of February
1/26/2006
Suggestions for giving the gift of flowers this valentine's day.
1/3/2006
All-America Selections has chosen three flowers, four vegetables and four bedding plants as 2006 winners.
1/3/2006
Gardeners considering growing herbs at home to add some special flavor to their winter can look to the Internet for some inspiration.
1/3/2006
Theme park set in a jungle atmosphere.
12/1/2005
Grasses belong to one of the largest and most varied families in the plant kingdom. Recently, different grass varieties are being incorporated in landscape plantings. Several reasons exist for this trend.
12/1/2005
Poinsettias, Christmas cactus and amaryllis are some of the plants we bring into our homes for color during this time of year. With care, these plants will provide cheer throughout the holiday season.
11/1/2005
In summertime, when I visit my son in Dunkirk, N.Y., two patches of flowers in a garden catch my eye. I walk up and down the road past the garden many times during my stay, admiring the gorgeous flowers.
11/1/2005
In summertime, when I visit my son in Dunkirk, N.Y., two patches of flowers in a garden catch my eye. I walk up and down the road past the garden many times during my stay, admiring the gorgeous flowers.
11/1/2005
It might seem odd, but this is the time of year I begin preparing for next season?s annual planting. Not for my plantings at home, which I like to experiment with and either have a terrific splash or a horrific flop from the choices, but the plantings that will go into the annual beds at the university where I work.
10/1/2005
I would bet that a large percentage of CAPPER'S readers lost an American elm in the last several decades, due to Dutch elm disease. There are still some old stalwarts scattered across the country that missed being infected or had a resistance to the disease, but what was once a tree for every garden has pretty much disappeared from the landscape.
9/1/2005
My love of walking has made me appreciate nature trails and county parks. I've always lived fairly close to Rice Creek, which meanders through southeast Anoka County, Minn., finally coming to the Mississippi River a few miles away. I'm thankful for the paths I walk, where there are many different flowers blooming.
9/1/2005
A growing stack of letters from CAPPER'S readers has prompted me to refrain from discussing some of my own personal gardening issues this month. In-stead, I will answer some of the questions I've received from CAPPER'S faithful readers.
8/1/2005
Forrest Mars Sr., the patriarch of the Mars Candy Co., founded the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens in 1981, in Henderson, Nev.
8/1/2005
My dad is hooked on gardening, even if he won't admit it. Almost yearly, I hear him say that he's going to turn the vegetable garden back to grass after the long summer has taken its toll on the crops. Each spring, as the fescue lawn is growing at its peak, he'll say he's going to let some of the yard go because he's tired of mowing it, yet if nothing else gets done in the fall, he's sure to apply fertilizer for that early spring green-up.
7/19/2005
In Westford, Massachusetts, the Butterfly Place is a great opportunity to enjoy one of natures most beautiful creatures up close and personal.
7/19/2005
Patient Lucy, Busy Lizzie and Sultana are the names for a very common garden plant. Some gardeners will recognize one or more of these names and the plant that they refer to, while others may not recognize the names at all and refer to this plant as impatiens.
7/5/2005
The Fells, located in Newbury, N.H., on the shores of Lake Sunapee, is one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate. It is situated on 164 acres of land that has been the summer retreat for the Hay family.
7/5/2005
Pinch your garden mums before the Fourth of July along with some other sage tips and your garden will flourish.
6/21/2005
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a diverse display of flowers. Midwest flowers, many rare ones, along with foliage from around the world are displayed.
6/21/2005
Tomato Care can be simplified into a couple of chores and know how. Mike Lang addresses common questions sent in by readers about planting and caring for tomatoes.
4/26/2005
Born during the days of the Civil War, E.G. Hill became highly respected both in the United States and abroad for his rose-growing knowledge.
4/26/2005
Every state has varying climates, which makes it unrealistic to say that a particular plant will do well across the region. Here are three champion plants for the midwest region.
1/1/0001
Learn how to safely forage for wild edible plants with tips on plant identification and avoiding poisonous plants.


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