Fold Down Greenhouse 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. Continue reading

Three Tomatoes How to Save Tomatoes from Frost

By Julie Martens For most gardeners, covering tomato plants as fall’s first chilly nights arrive is second nature. After all, you want to savor those garden-fresh flavors as long as you can, and early nippy nights are often followed by … Continue reading

Onion Bunches in Bonnie crates Which Onion Is Right For You?

If you have ever planted onions only to grow a lackluster harvest of small bulbs, your growing technique may not be the issue. You may have started with the wrong onion. There are three types of onions, each one better … Continue reading

Use row cover fabric for plant protection. 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 … Continue reading

make-rowcover-hoop-house-feature 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 … Continue reading

which-veggies-which-season-feature 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. … Continue reading

these-vegetables-take-chill-feature These Vegetables Take a Chill

Hardy vegetables tolerate hard frosts (usually 25 to 28 degrees F). They taste best in cool weather, making them perfect for fall harvests and growing through the winter in many warmer regions. See the USDA Freeze Map for the approximate date of … Continue reading

secret-life-of-broccoli-feature The Secret Life of Broccoli

A closer look at how broccoli develops will help you grow perfect heads. Broccoli is temperature sensitive. When plants sit exposed to cold below 40 degrees for a week or two, they suffer chilling injury. This triggers heads to form … Continue reading

so-what-happens-during-freeze-feature So What Happens During a Freeze?

When a freeze is predicted, what happens to your fall vegetables? Perhaps nothing, depending on the length and depth of the freeze. A light frost, during which the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and ice crystals begin to form, … Continue reading

planting-cole-crops-steps-feature Planting Cole Crops Step-by-Step

Spring is the perfect time for planting cole crops. Follow these four simple steps to create the foundation for a bountiful harvest. Continue reading