Cucumber Beetles vs. Erin

Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.

Seedlings Everywhere

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.

Cover Crops

We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.

The New Weed

I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?

Keep That Hummingbird Feeder Out (Video)

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.

Post-Vacation Blooms in the Garden

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.

Garden Lessons

My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.

Cabbage-growing contest teaches children important lessons

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.

Gardening: Winter work for your garden

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.

Gardening: On the Garden Path-Colorado community puts art in park

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.

On the Garden Path: Portland Japanese Garden

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.

Using a compost bin

Compost is great for the garden and the environmen, and using a compost bin is a great way to recycle.

On the Garden Path-Living Memorial Gardens

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.

Backyard Landscape Plan - Think About Your Family's Lifestyle First

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.

On the Garden Path

Perched atop mountain, Canadian park full of stunning sights

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I sometimes catch flak about the amount of resources that go into my lawn and garden.

On the Garden Path

Kansas garden honors those who lost their lives in 9/11 attack

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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.

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There are many things in the garden I anticipate seeing each year before the Kansas wind and heat rob them of their luster

On The Garden Path

Botanical garden in Birmingham, Ala., is a beautiful, peaceful oasis

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'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.

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Soaring fuel prices affect just about everything we do, from travel to grocery bills.

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Plant trees in public places for all to enjoy in the future.

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A beautiful variety blooms in Washington’s ‘City of Lilacs’

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Books have been written about growing them, and they have their own special potting soils and fertilizers.

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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?'

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All-America Selections adds three new plants to long list of winners

On The Garden Path

Coming soon: A rose that will have gardeners thinking pink

On The Garden Path

Festive trees are part of traditional American Christmas celebrations

On The Garden Path

Park in Kansas has been helping families make memories for more than 100 years

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Cranberries are a traditional part of the Thanksgiving holiday, but how much do you really know about them?

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Now is your last chance to use this year’s garden produce

On The Garden Path

Herb garden in foothills of Fresno County, Calif., is a spectacular sight

On The Garden Path

Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., was founded in 1871, and since opening, it has provided women an education of uncompromising quality.

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Gardeners' plan of action for month of September.

On The Garden Path

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.

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Mike Lang sets a plan for fighting gardening doldrums that force our feet to drag in the late summer months.

On The Garden Path

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.

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Mike Lang offers advice for ridding your garden of the iccoragible poison ivy.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

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Recently, I was asked, 'How do I fertilize my vegetable garden?' There isn't really one answer. There are several factors to consider.

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Planting fever is extremely contagious this time of year.

On The Garden Path

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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

December Planting Dates

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.

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The calendar might say winter doesn’t start until Dec. 21, but in my garden, the season starts this month.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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August stirs up two completely opposite emotions in my gardening psyche.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

On the Garden Path

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.

On the Garden Path

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?

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Acidic soils push hydrangeas to a blue color blossom, while higher pH soils let pink blooms prevail.

On the Garden Path

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.

Gardening terms can often be confusing

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.

On the Garden Path

Suggestions for giving the gift of flowers this valentine's day.

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Suggestions given to gardeners of things to do during month of February

Herbs can spice up your winter

Gardeners considering growing herbs at home to add some special flavor to their winter can look to the Internet for some inspiration.

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All-America Selections has chosen three flowers, four vegetables and four bedding plants as 2006 winners.

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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.

On the Garden Path

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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

On The Garden Path

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.

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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.

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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.

Pinch Your Garden Mums

Pinch your garden mums before the Fourth of July along with some other sage tips and your garden will flourish.

On The Garden Path

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.

Tomato Care

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.

Chicago Botanic Gardens

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a diverse display of flowers. Midwest flowers, many rare ones, along with foliage from around the world are displayed.

Rose Society; An Indiana Legacy

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.

Plants for the Midwest

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.