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Grow Beautiful Fall-Flowering Perennials

In the excitement of spring planting, it’s easy to get carried away and fill your nursery cart with heaps of things for summer. However, before you rush home with a ton of fuchsias, nemisias and osteospermums, remember that these cool-season annuals will only bloom for a few weeks before ...

Go Wild with Native Roses

Photo by William Cullina The accepted wisdom on roses is forbidding. The queen of flowers requires royal treatment: the richest soil, drip irrigation, a bed of its own, and precise pruning at a 45-degree angle. If the rituals aren’t done just right, the luxurious shrub with its delicate ...

Oh, deer! What can the matter be!

It's that wonderful time of year when the garden is bursting with life. You wake in the morning and rush out to water if needed, check for bugs, pull weeds, and dream of the harvest of vegetables that awaits you in a few weeks.But, wait! Where are the new buds on the green bean plants? Where ...

On The Garden Path: City of Lilacs

If the lilacs are in bloom, it must be May in Spokane, Wash., and if the roses are sparkling in all their glory, it has to be June. Even if you can't see them or touch them, the sweet smell is unmistakable. The city of Spokane is known as the City of Lilacs. Located in the center of town, ...

Sharing Perennials

Purple irises growing in a garden. Photo by Getty Images/Viorika. About 15 years ago, I came home from work to discover that my father-in-law had transplanted some beautiful purple iris plants along the side of our home. He and I shared a love for gardening, and when he saw his irises ...

Year-Round Gardening Tasks

“The Backyard Gardener” by Kelly Orzel (Lyons Press, 2017) is a comprehensive gardening guide that offers useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This excerpt from chapter 6 shares what to do in each season and month to prepare and tend to your garden. Buy ...

Growing, Harvesting, and Using Elderberries

Ripe elderberries bring sweet rewards to gardeners. Photo by Getty Images/pejft. If you’re searching for an easy-to-grow plant that gives back to you in many ways, consider the elderberry. I can’t think of any plant on my suburban farm that’s so versatile and trouble-free. With only ...

Preserve Your Pepper Harvest

Our garden grows peppers like nobody’s business. Jim and I would have to eat about a pepper a day each all year long to keep up with our production. Last year we harvested bushels of bell peppers and froze 26 quart packages. Come July this year we still had 8 packages in the freezer as we ...

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Greenhorn’s Granary

Maybe you decided to venture into gardening from being raised in a place where you constantly saw life sprouting in pots, planters, or your grandparents’ backyard. This familiarity with the rural side of life led you to try it on your own. Or maybe you’re the purest greenhorn gardener, at ...

Beat Winter Blues!

Are you huddled by the wood stove? Is a blizzard raging outside or has the thermometer plunged off the bottom end of the read-out? Then it's time to thank the postal worker who goes out in every kind of weather to bring us seed catalogs! "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays ...

Old Fashioned Seed Saving

Have you ever thought of saving seed from your vegetables or flowers only to get stymied because it seems like a lot of trouble for possible failed returns? I'm here to assure you it isn't as hard as you might think and it's also not as risky. You might read about seed saving from the experts, ...

Bitter Tomatoes, Tiny Onions and Weird Zucchini

Try as I might, and in spite of reading everything I can get my hands on, I always have failures in my garden. Some days I think to myself that I am not very good at this.So for all you people who are agonizing over why your garden doesn't look like Martha's, or even your next door neighbor's, ...

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has finally sprung in Central Illinois! I am sure that across many states, we all certainly experienced the LONGEST winter ever! Even though the calendar marked that spring had arrived, Mother Nature apparently did not agree.With that strong feminine mind of her own, she played a great ...

Springtime and Seeds

Mornin' friends! Come on in and sit a spell on the porch— let the spring sun warm you up and the breeze blow through your hair. It's a beautiful morning here on the farm, everything is coming alive with the arrival of spring. It's time!I've been ready for spring to make her appearance since ...