There’s no contest: Homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked, taste best. Given that, including them in a summer vegetable garden is a no-brainer. The next question is, which one to grow? There are tomatoes for every region,... more »
Summer is the height of gardening season. Farmer's markets and roadside stands are filled with fresh produce, while home gardens are at the peak of production. It’s a time when eating fresh and healthy is easy and enticing.
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If you're dreaming of growing your own vegetables this coming season, then building a raised garden box is the perfect springtime project for you. With a few supplies, tools and these easy-to-follow instructions, you'll be slicing into your very own... more »
By snapping up the teardown next door, this retired Texas business owner was able to expand her garden to the east side of her Fort Worth home. "East-side gardens are very desirable in Texas, due to the intense afternoon sun from the west; now her house... more »
When landscape designer Laara Copley-Smith spends a Sunday afternoon in her vegetable garden, she doesn't step into the backyard. Instead she tucks into her plot of community garden — known as an allotment in the U.K. — five minutes from her... more »
Summer and sunflowers are a natural pairing. A row of sunflowers marking the end of a summer vegetable garden is a classic look that has the added advantage of attracting butterflies and birds.... more »
Anyone will tell you that "kids these days" aren't spending enough time outside. Gardening with your children is a great way to get them out of the house. Never gardened before? Figuring out how to start can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.... more »
Ornamental, versatile, edible, and highly nutritious — blueberries tick all the must-have boxes for a top landscape plant. With their pink-white spring flowers, blue berries through the summer, and red or yellow fall color, they make a three-season... more »
If one doesn't have to be a chef to be a gourmet, does one need to be a garden designer to grow pretty edibles? Obviously not. Yet a few cues from a designer and plantsman might help make your potager that much more interesting. As a kid, I learned to... more »
Ripe and juicy strawberries are one of nature’s sweetest treats. They’re also one of the easiest and most versatile additions to a garden, providing flowers in spring, fruit in spring and summer, and ornamental green leaves for most of the year —... more »
No one likes to see precious garden vegetables eaten away by bugs. What if you could keep those damaging insects away from your edibles without using insecticides? All it takes is a few helpful plants, better known as companion plants.
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Watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit. Though it's not in the same genus as other melons, its growing conditions are almost identical, just on a larger scale. Watermelons usually need even more space than melons — which can be a daunting thought.... more »