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7 Tips for Getting Kids in the Garden

By Amanda Davis Getting kids excited about chores can be a challenge, but gardening doesn’t have to be a chore. We gathered stories from our Bonnie gardening friends on Facebook on how they encourage their own kids to enjoy both gardening and the delicious, healthy food it provides. Read on for 7 ingenious ways to… Read more »

Zucchini with Thyme

This tasty side dish is a cinch to prepare, and a wonderful complement to a wide range of main dishes. The simple presentation of Zucchini with Thyme allows fresh garden flavors to shine through.

Cantaloupe Basil Soup

Cool, light, and refreshing, this recipe for Cantaloupe Basil Soup is simple to make, and works equally well as an appetizer or surprising dessert.

Easy Homemade Tomato Paste

By Julie Martens Forney Homemade tomato paste is easy to make and requires very little hands-on time, as the oven does most of the work. Once the paste is done, it can be stored in ice cube form in the freezer. I like to toss the cubes into pasta sauce and soups for thickening, or… Read more »

How to Prune Tomatoes for a Big Harvest

Pruning tomato plants is an optional technique that some gardeners use to keep plants tidy, manipulate fruit size, and even speed ripening. There is one big catch: You should only prune indeterminate varieties, which produce new leaves and flowers continuously through the growing season. Here are some reasons to prune.

Crunchy Kale Chips

Salty and crisp, these Crunchy Kale Chips satisfy the urge to snack in a healthy, delicious way!

3 Ways to Use Cattle Panels in the Garden

Many favorite vegetable plants — such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, melons, and squash — need a little help standing tall. Cattle panels, available online and at farm supply stores, are a simple, affordable way to keep plants off the ground and away from foraging critters and soil-borne diseases.

A Tomato Primer

Learn all about tomatoes, from start to finish. This e-book from garden expert and Bonnie partner P. Allen Smith acts as a tomato primer, covering basics on planting and growing, different options for supporting vines, best tomato varieties for containers, elements that make a tomato taste a certain way, best uses for different tomato types, the low-down on heirloom vs. hybrid, and more.

How to Build a Simple Corner Trellis

This simple corner trellis does double duty as both a sturdy support for your plants and a beautiful edible landscaping element in your yard. Use it to grow cucumbers, melons, peas, beans, or virtually any other vining plant.

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The Garden App You’ve Been Waiting For

HOMEGROWN with Bonnie Plants is here! This handy (free!) app makes it easy to plant, grow, track, and share your best garden ever. Whether you prefer to watch a video or step through the many features at your own pace, let us show you all the cool things it can do. Read More

Heirloom Vegetable Growing Tips

Raising a crop of heirloom veggies isn’t all that different from growing non-heirlooms. Like all vegetables, each heirloom plant requires sun, consistent moisture, and fertile, well-drained soil to grow and yield a healthy crop. But it’s also helpful to know where the plant originated. for the best chance of success, try these heirloom vegetable growing tips.

9 Ways to Grow Tomatoes

Tasty and terrific, tomatoes offer garden magic at its best, transforming yellow blossoms into juicy fruits. But perhaps the most amazing thing about tomatoes is their adaptability. These yummy gems grow and thrive in a host of ways, from classic in-ground beds to quirky upside-down planters. Let us help you discover which of these ways to grow tomatoes is best for you.

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.

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.

Which Veggies for Which Season?

Because a vegetable needs either warm or cool weather, crops sort themselves into two distinct categories: cool season (for spring and fall) and warm season (for summer). Planting in the proper season is the first step to a bountiful garden. FOR SPRING AND FALL: Plant the hardy and semi-hardy vegetables below in early spring for spring harvests and again in… Read more »

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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.

Patio Baby Mini Eggplant

The glossy, purple-black eggplants are never bitter, even if you leave them on plants for a few days once they ripen.

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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From the Kitchen

Zucchini with Thyme

This tasty side dish is a cinch to prepare, and a wonderful complement to a wide range of main dishes. The simple presentation of Zucchini with Thyme allows fresh garden flavors to shine through.

Cantaloupe Basil Soup

Cool, light, and refreshing, this recipe for Cantaloupe Basil Soup is simple to make, and works equally well as an appetizer or surprising dessert.

Crunchy Kale Chips

Salty and crisp, these Crunchy Kale Chips satisfy the urge to snack in a healthy, delicious way!

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.