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TAG : seeds

Grow Abundant Garden Balsam

 Photo by Rebecca MartinLike most gardening households, mine occasionally gets taken in by a seed mix’s promise of paradise. Most of the time, the yield is disappointing: a few unhappy plants instead of the blanket of blooms and lush foliage pictured on the packet. And we swear we’ll ...

New Winter Heirloom Offerings for Your Garden

Photo by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds‘Purple of Sicily’ CauliflowerAn early spring vegetable, cauliflower has risen in popularity as a low-carb substitute in a variety of dishes. If you want to grow your own, you’ll be happy to know that this Italian heirloom is one of your best bets: ...

Community Garden: Feedback from Our Readers

Photo by Adobe Stock/SunnySPlants for PollinatorsQ: I read the article about growing milkweed to attract and raise monarch butterflies in your Spring 2019 issue. We have a vegetable and separate flower garden with all kinds of butterflies and bees present; I’m a believer in protecting these ...

How to Find Regionally Adapted Seeds

As a child in New York, I thought watermelons were an absolute waste of valuable garden space. I was a whimsical child, but still practical. Our watermelons’ long, trailing vines yielded only a single fruit — and sometimes none — after an entire growing season, so my anticipation was ...

Preparing and Planting

We’re heading towards the end of May, well past the frost date in New Jersey. It’s finally feeling like summer around here, and our long Winter that stretched into Spring seems to be behind us. That means it’s time to plant summer flowers and vegetables! I did manage to get some spinach ...

A Few Seed Starting Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

The first time I started plants from seed, I actually had quite a bit of success. There were a few friends who stopped by my home that first year to take some transplants off of my hands that I had started, and they often expressed their sadness of how all of their plants had come up leggy. I ...

Don’t You Have Any Red Ones?

I first began heirloom gardening in the summer of 2015. Prior to then, I had grown a few succulents and flowers here and there, and helped my green-thumbed mother with her vegetable garden, but I had never planted my own garden start-to-finish, seed to vegetable. In February, while searching ...

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