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More Simple Garden Projects!

Feeling handy this weekend? This DIY e-booklet from garden expert and Bonnie partner P. Allen Smith is filled with fun, easy projects, most of which can be completed in an hour or less. Here’s a sampling…

Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed with an herbed vinaigrette.

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad

While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more subtle. It adds a mild lemon flavor to dishes like this simple, sophisticated salad.

Thai Beef Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Thinly sliced, seasoned grilled beef, crisp chopped romaine, and wedges of flavorful heirloom tomatoes, all tossed in a spicy Thai dressing — just the thing for a warm-weather dinner out on the deck.

Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect blend of creamy and tangy, this buttermilk dressing turns already-tasty fresh heirloom tomatoes into a delicious treat you’ll want to make again and again.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese

Burrata is a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with a mixture of fresh mozzarella pieces and cream, which can resemble a fine-curd cottage cheese but is much more flavorful. This recipe boasts a small ingredient list, but it’s big on flavor!

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes are shingled in a baking dish and topped with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese — the ultimate summer comfort food!

Heirloom Tomato Squash Tart

Summer garden buddies tomatoes and squash star together in this tasty pastry. Pair with a fresh salad for a simple lunch, or with soup for a light supper. Makes a wonderful brunch dish, too!

Tomato, Watermelon, and Shrimp Salad

Tomatoes and watermelon may seem like an unlikely pairing, but these summer favorites taste delicious together. The honey-balsamic dressing enhances the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes.

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The Garden App You’ve Been Waiting For

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Hybrid vs. GMO vs. Heirloom

There is a lot of confusion out there regarding the difference among heirloom, hybrid, and GMO plants, especially when it comes to tomatoes. This simple guide sorts it out for you.

How to Build a Fold-Down Greenhouse

This simple, inexpensive greenhouse folds down to protect your plants during early frosts and cold snaps, then can be raised up on warmer days to allow them full access to sunlight and rain.

Keeping Deer Out of the Garden

In spring and summer, deer tend to feed heaviest, because pregnant and nursing does and antler-growing bucks must fuel their seasonal life stages — and those seasons, of course, are when you most need a plan for keeping deer out of the garden.

Row Cover Fabric Equals Protection for Your Plants

When the weather gets cold, we pull on sweaters or button our coats. The extra insulation holds our bodies’ heat inside the protective coverings. The same principle works for garden plants. Like a coat for the garden, a floating row cover will keep the cold night air and chilling winds away from tender leaves, trapping… Read more »

Make a Row Cover Hoop House

Many leafy spring and fall crops are frost tolerant into the 20s, but if you’re dealing with lower temperatures, you need to give them little extra warmth under the protection of a row cover. Depending on their thickness, these blankets give 4 to 8 degrees of extra protection on freezing nights…

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass resembles an ornamental grass, forming tall clumps that add movement and texture to container and in-ground plantings. Plants thrive in moist soil and full sun.

Lunchbox Sweet Snacking Pepper

Fill your garden with a healthy snack for lunchtime and beyond. These sweet orange snacking peppers serve both loads of crunch and lots of beta-carotene and vitamin C.

Debut Hybrid Tomato

Can’t wait for that first tomato? Debut yields flavor-filled slicer tomatoes in 70 days.

Charger Hybrid Tomato

This tomato plant produces a large number of heavy fruits that are terrific for slicing.

Amish Paste Roma Heirloom Tomato

Originally hailing from an Amish community in Wisconsin, Amish Paste is a blocky Roma tomato that is beloved by cooks for canning and making sauce or paste.

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Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed with an herbed vinaigrette.

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad

While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more subtle. It adds a mild lemon flavor to dishes like this simple, sophisticated salad.

Thai Beef Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Thinly sliced, seasoned grilled beef, crisp chopped romaine, and wedges of flavorful heirloom tomatoes, all tossed in a spicy Thai dressing — just the thing for a warm-weather dinner out on the deck.

Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect blend of creamy and tangy, this buttermilk dressing turns already-tasty fresh heirloom tomatoes into a delicious treat you’ll want to make again and again.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese

Burrata is a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with a mixture of fresh mozzarella pieces and cream, which can resemble a fine-curd cottage cheese but is much more flavorful. This recipe boasts a small ingredient list, but it’s big on flavor!

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes are shingled in a baking dish and topped with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese — the ultimate summer comfort food!