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What to Do in Your Garden Now 12 Ideabooks

My garden just turned 6 years old. For years, I kept buying new plants to fill in the gaps — even after I had no gaps left. It got to the point where if I was near a nursery while running errands, I’d poke my head in and nab a few things — especially in late summer and during the fall sale season. Then when I got...
How to Grow Your Own Sweet Summer Crops
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. To reach this stage,...
Great Lakes Gardener: What to Do In July
It's July, and the frenzy of gardening activity has slowed for Great Lakes gardeners, but this is no time to hide with air conditioning or snooze in the hammock. There are still plenty of tasks, good things to eat and things to see in the garden.
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in June
June's warm temperatures bring fresh new growth and an abundance of flowers. Vines are growing and need training to stay neatly trellised, while pines may need candle pruning to keep them from overgrowing their space. Unfortunately, pests and fungus also...
Southeast Gardener: What to Do in June
June is a good month in the South; the humidity has not yet arrived (for the most part), the days are long and the kids are out of school, putting us in summertime. Our routine has changed — a change that is welcome indeed! Summertime...
Garden Musts for May
The trees are leafing out, the flowers are blooming, the rains are finishing up and the mercury is rising. May is a glorious, busy month in the garden. Break out your clippers and snip arrangements to brighten your interiors, and keep an eye out for...
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in May
May is the first month when the Pacific Northwest really starts to shake off the dreary doldrums of winter. All that sunshine means it's a good idea to check irrigation systems in time for summer watering. We also get to look forward to the bounty of...
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in April
April is a booming month in the garden, because as temperatures warm, many garden plants are unfurling new leaves and bursting into bloom. It’s a great time to set out starts of annual flowers and cold-hardy vegetables, because by planting now you’ll...
Garden Musts for April
If you don't already have April showers, you probably will soon. Prepare yourself for rain, rain and more rain. (Unless, of course, you live in the desert. You folks may be visiting the nursery for more drought-resistant plants this month.) Don't...
Great Lakes Gardener's March Checklist
Great Lakes gardeners have much to see and do in March. Meteorological spring begins March 1; the sun is warmer, so any snows that do come won't last long. The little blooms of early spring defiantly flaunt their colors in the face of wind, frost and...
Rocky Mountain Gardener's March Checklist
I shift into full-time spring mode when the calendar rolls over to March 1. March can bring heavy, wet snow tempered by warm, sunny days. It's a great time to get active in the garden and savor the smell of damp soil and the colors of nature's awakening....
Get a Jump on a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden
The vegetable garden is in full glory during summer, filled with ripe tomatoes, rapidly growing squashes, hot and mild peppers, melons, cucumbers, corn and a host of other summer vegetables that can threaten to take over your yard and your kitchen. Most...
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