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Tips for Growing Heirloom Tomatoes (from Market Farmers!)

Market farmers grow heirloom tomatoes by the bushel, selling their harvests at farm stands and markets, and through CSAs. In other words, they’re heirloom tomato growing experts. Garden writer Julie Martens Forney had a chance to interview several seasoned market farmers and talk to them about their tried-and-true methods for growing heirloom tomatoes.

Gathering Garden Worms

By Julie Martens Forney Spring rains don’t just water my garden — they’re also great for gathering garden worms. I started wrangling worms many years ago in Des Moines, Iowa, when I had a new vegetable garden but very few worms to help my plants thrive. One rainy night, I was crossing a parking lot… Read more »

Mother’s Day Container Garden

Treat your mom like the queen you know she is with this royal container combo! Let lovely lavender take center stage with stress-relieving fragrance, while purple basil brings rich color and complex flavors to the mix.

Make Your Own Super Green Powder

Turning fresh greens into super green powder is a great way to up the nutritional value of the meals you serve your family. Kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and beet greens are all rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and act as antioxidants in your body, so choose the one you like best.

How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots

Growing tomatoes in pots levels the home garden playing field, bringing a crop of homegrown ‘maters within reach for almost anyone, regardless of real estate. That’s because you can grow tomatoes in pots just about anywhere you have a sunny spot, whether it’s on a deck, driveway, balcony, rooftop, fire escape, or somewhere else.

Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Here’s a classic schoolyard snack made from scratch. Using all natural ingredients, these Strawberry-Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups provide delicious berry flavor (with a surprising hint of mint!), but just enough sugar to provide that pliable texture that’s must for any good fruit roll-up.

Growing Gourmet Popsicle Flavors

Kids love crafting custom popsicles with their favorite fruit juices, so boost the flavor profiles by infusing complementary herbs into the process. Pair fresh lavender with lemon or berry flavors, mint with strawberry, and cilantro with pineapple or coconut. Get creative and let kids try their own interesting flavor combinations!

Creamy Tomatillo Salsa

Inspired by the delicious green salsa you’ll find in just about any West Coast taco shop, this tomatillo salsa is sure to become a chip-dipping favorite. The tartness of the tomatillos is balanced by the creamy sweetness of the avocado.

Grilled Pork with Cilantro-Thyme Butter

This grilled pork recipe is perfect for those warm summer evening cookouts. We recommend serving with a side of grilled vegetables and our Spring Strawberry Salad.

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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

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 suited for a certain part of the country. If you plant the wrong one, you may not get much of a harvest. Here’s how to tell which onion is right for you.

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…

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 »

Featured Varieties

Radicchio Red Chicory

Tangy, colorful radicchio sweetens up in cooler weather.

Rosemary

Rosemary has great culinary and ornamental value.

German Thyme

Highly aromatic. Hardy perennial.

Georgia Collards

Georgia Collards are rich in vitamins and minerals.

Swiss Chard

The most beautiful of all greens grows in cool or warm weather.

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From the Kitchen

Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Here’s a classic schoolyard snack made from scratch. Using all natural ingredients, these Strawberry-Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups provide delicious berry flavor (with a surprising hint of mint!), but just enough sugar to provide that pliable texture that’s must for any good fruit roll-up.

Creamy Tomatillo Salsa

Inspired by the delicious green salsa you’ll find in just about any West Coast taco shop, this tomatillo salsa is sure to become a chip-dipping favorite. The tartness of the tomatillos is balanced by the creamy sweetness of the avocado.

Grilled Pork with Cilantro-Thyme Butter

This grilled pork recipe is perfect for those warm summer evening cookouts. We recommend serving with a side of grilled vegetables and our Spring Strawberry Salad.

Just in Thyme Rice

This flavorful rice makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and vegetables. You can also mix it with chopped fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet peppers for a hearty and fresh side salad, perfect for a summer picnic or potluck.

Mint Chutney

Mint chutney is often used as a condiment for Indian cuisine, served alongside spices to flavor entrees and top freshly baked naan.

Gumbo z’Herbes

This gumbo is lesser known throughout the country, but is an important dish to Louisiana heritage. Delightfully earthy with a hint of spice, this gumbo is sure to fill you with warmth and satisfaction even on the coldest of days.