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Yellow Dahlia

square foot gardening

How to Plan Your Vegetable and Herb Garden | This Chick Cooks

White & Yellow Dahlia

Dahlia 'Downham Royal'


perennial for making your garden more interesting

beautiful border!Gardening Tips

Pumpkin Candy Corn - what a fun and simple idea for the front porch!

'Rose Neptune' - Ultra-fragrant blooms with an unusual lavender cast! Zone 6-9

Viola 'Etain' - Pale lemon blooms with contrasting lavender margins. Zone 4-8

In the May/June 2010 issue of Gardening How-To, author Weldon Burge described how to grow vegetables vertically—on trellises, obelisks, and other upright structures—to save space in the garden. Some veggies are more suited to vertical gardening than others, because of small fruit size or a tendency to vine and twine. Try these favorites for a beautiful vegetable garden that grows up, not out.

You know there are sweet peppers and hot peppers, but did you know about Padron peppers? These little peppers are named for the Spanish town Padrón, where they are popular as appetizers or tapas. They’re harvested at an immature stage, when they’re still green and only 1 to 2 inches long. At this size they are mild (except for the occasional spicy one) and delicious.

Everyone who grows vegetables, particularly the home gardener with limited space, looks for ways to get the biggest harvest possible from every bit of space. Succession planting is the most effective and efficient method of doing this. When a crop is harvested, it’s immediately replaced with another crop. In most of the United States and Canada, this means you can grow two or more crops in the same space each growing season.

It’s midsummer. We creep out, squinting against the sun and dodging 10-foot sunflowers to harvest a few arm-sized zucchinis, then dash back inside before the weeds can get a good grip on our ankles. But soon, we will have the upper hand again. Cool weather slows the riot and brings a lull into which we can charge, clearing space to plant one final harvest. This year, we’ll try the ‘Rover’ radish, new in 2010, because it’s said to be heat tolerant, making it perfect for a midsummer planting.

Let’s be honest: everyone has a favorite herb. But that may change once you’ve grown (and tasted) ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ basil. This culinary herb is so pretty, with its creamy white margins on light green leaves, that it could go undercover as a container annual. But you won’t keep it around just for looks.

Harlequin phalaenopsis hybrid orchid by Tracy Walsh.

Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry' 2012 AAS Flower Award Winner

floral inspiration

Tips for growing garlic