Latest From the Garden
Instead of bagging up all of those fallen leaves just so they can be tossed away, why not turn them into compost? See, there’s a reason seasoned gardeners call compost “black gold.” Not only does it deliver the extra nutrients plants need to truly thrive, but it also improves the composition of your soil and helps it retain moisture. Making your own compost is simple, too…
By Su Reid-St. John ‘Tis the season to begin the search for just the right gift your favorite gardener. Looking for ideas? If you ask me, you can’t go wrong with one (or more) of these handy garden helpers. Each one plays an important part in my own routine and actually helps make me feel… Read more »
By Stacy Harris Pumpkin fritters have become a new favorite recipe in my home. I serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner depending upon number of pumpkins sitting on my kitchen countertop. I’ve long known that pumpkin works beautifully in both savory and sweet dishes. Recently, as I was considering the many meal possibilities for… Read more »
By Jenny Peterson A few years back, I remember thinking, “Hmm, I had a bumper crop of tomatoes last year, but this year, not so much.” My overall harvest seemed lower, and the plants didn’t look as healthy as they had the year before. Well, it turns out there was a logical reason behind the… Read more »
By Vince Culpepper It’s that time of year again, when Bonnie Plants employees, along with their families and friends, head to Lake Point State Park in Eufaula, Alabama for the 3rd Annual Bonnie Fishing Classic. As in previous years, competitors had the honor of pitting their skills against those of Bonnie partner and Bassmaster Elite… Read more »
Come October, most of us plunk a pumpkin on either side of the front door and call it good. But with a bit of planning and some creative ingenuity, your entryway and garden can scare up some autumnal style that is worthy of a second (and even a third) look.
By Stacy Harris Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to replace summer salads with salads boasting heartier vegetables and deeper, more robust flavors. Case in point: my Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Orange Dressing, I’ll admit, I got carried away while developing this salad. I just kept adding more: more crunch, more spice, more… Read more »
An outdoor sink puts water where you need it, when you need it. For washing vegetables, filling a vase, mixing plant food, or quickly watering a wilted plant, you can’t beat it for convenience. Happily, everything you need to make your own outdoor sink can be purchased at a home improvement store, or recycled from items you already have.
Got too many weeds competing with your garden or fostering problem insects? Tackle them — and keep your garden chemical-free — with these natural weeding techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
Can’t wait for that first tomato? Debut yields flavor-filled slicer tomatoes in 70 days.
This tomato plant produces a large number of heavy fruits that are terrific for slicing.
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.
From the Kitchen
Kale is the centerpiece of this savory, quiche-like dish that incorporates sweet onions, garlic, and cheese for a complex, delicious flavor. It’s enrobed in flaky puff pastry, and also features walnuts for a bit of crunch. Just the thing for brunch, this recipe goes wonderfully with a side salad and grits.
This Creamed Brussels Sprouts recipe will change the mind of anyone you know who claims to hate Brussels sprouts. Adults and kids alike tend to eat them like candy, and you’ll find that the bowl rarely reaches the table full.
Serve these crunchy but tender, easy-to-make fries with Chipotle Dipping Sauce for a zingy treat. Or, whip up a sweet, delicious Cinnamon Sugar version of the fries to serve as a mouthwatering, surprising dessert.
These Lettuce Cup Tacos are simple, healthy, and delicious—and don’t require a bit of actual cooking. Whip some up for lunch or a light dinner, or serve them up as appetizers.
Using lettuce in your green breakfast smoothie gives it a milder taste than using kale or most other fall greens (making it great for kids), while still providing a good dose of fiber and vitamins A and K. The slices of Honeycrisp apple lend seasonal flavor to this Green Smoothie with Apple, plus a generous dollop of peanut butter provides protein in a very yummy way. Feel free to be adventurous, swapping, adding, or subtracting ingredients as desired.
Homemade garden salsa is a perfect afternoon snack or appetizer for kids of all ages. Don’t hesitate to get creative, adding other tasty ingredients like corn and black beans. Use fresh tomatoes from the garden for best flavor.