• Asparagus Recipes

    How to cook with just-picked asparagus, including recipes for a savory tart, roasted asparagus, chive sauce and asparagus soup. Read more

  • Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

    Think of the straw bale as a large container with a volume of 40 gallons. Unlike a planter filled with soil, the bale is transformed into a partially composted mass of organic matter that's teeming with life. Read more

  • Growing Tomatoes from Seed

    Tomato plants are one of the easiest plants to start indoors from seed. Here's how to grow your own tomatoes, from seed to harvest. Read more

  • Recipe: Homemade Tomato Sauce

    Start with a great basic recipe for tomato sauce. Then, customize it to make your own specialty of the house. Read more

  • How to Grow Air Plants

    Air plants, also known as tillandsia, are among the most indestructible houseplants. Although they don't need soil, they do need to be watered. Read more

  • How to Water Raised Beds

    To keep your raised bed garden healthy and productive, learn how to recognize when it's time to water. Read more

  • How to Start Seeds

    Growing plants from seed is a great way to start gardening earlier in the season. With the right light and some simple equipment, it's easy to grow from seed to harvest. Read more

  • How to Store Apples

    Nothing compares to the crunch and flavor of a just-picked apple. When stored properly, you can enjoy crisp, flavorful apples for months. Read more

  • How to Grow African Violets

    African violets have been popular houseplants for nearly 100 years, and with good reason. With the right care, many plants can bloom nonstop. Read more

  • Companion Planting

    When it comes to the science of companion planting, it is difficult to prove any definite cause and effect relationships. One thing is certain: Organize the vegetables to avoid competition for space and sunlight. Read more

  • How to Tell When Melons are Ripe

    The trick to harvesting melons is figuring out when that moment of peak flavor occurs, because each type of melon displays different sorts of clues to its ripeness. Learn how to tell when your melons are just right. Read more

  • Heirlooms to Grow

    By planting heirloom varieties, you can start a tradition of seed-saving in your garden. Start with a few selections chosen by Diane Ott Whealy, one of the founders of the Seed Savers Exchange, who shares some of her favorite vegetables, fruits and flowers. Read more

  • Enliven the Garden in Winter

    With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape. Read more

  • Edible Landscaping

    Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape — at last. And why not? Homegrown vegetables and fruit are good for you, they get picked at their prime and only have to travel as far as your kitchen. Read more

  • How to Grow Microgreens

    With just a few simple items, you can grow microgreens at home. It only takes a few weeks to harvest your first crop, and you can do it all on a sunny windowsill. Read more

  • How to Grow Nasturtiums from Seed

    Nasturtiums are among the easiest flowers to grow from seed. The seeds are fairly large and they can be planted right in the garden. To get an earlier start, you can plant indoors. Read more