Latest From the Garden

One Simple Step to a More Successful Tomato Season

It’s common knowledge that tomato plants require just the right amount of sun and water to thrive. But there’s something else they need that may surprise you: calcium. This vital mineral helps tomato plants form fruit with strong cell walls. Without enough calcium, those walls may collapse, leading to a condition called blossom end rot…. Read more »

Planting Projects: Zucchini, Tomatoes & Basil

Plant a delectable combination of zucchini, tomatoes, and basil. Once they mature, harvest and combine them to make three amazing dishes.

Planting Projects: Cherry Tomatoes, Snap Beans & Thyme

Grow cherry tomatoes, snap beans, and thyme in a single big container, then use them to create three fresh, tasty dishes come harvest time.

Planting Projects: Cucumbers, Bell Peppers & Dill

Plant a refreshing trio of cucumber, bell pepper, and dill plants in less than 15 minutes, then combine your harvest to make three unique, delicious dishes.

DIY Veggie Garden Trellis

A trellis can be a great structure for keeping climbing vegetables like peas, pole beans, and cucumbers off the ground. It also can be a head-turning addition to your garden landscape.

Herbs: Your Gateway to Gardening

For beginning gardeners, the best way to start is with a small herb garden. Herbs tend to be among the easiest plants to grow and are a terrific addition to both your landscape and your table.

Create an Edible Balcony Garden

You don’t need a big suburban yard to grow your own food. You can create a wonderful edible garden right on your balcony.

Edible Container Designs

It doesn’t get any fresher (or more local) than having sun-warmed vegetables and flavorful herbs growing just steps away from the kitchen. And while starting your edible container garden can be as simple as putting a plant in a pot, why not create something that adds flair as well as flavor?

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.

Featured Posts

Bonnie’s 3rd Grade Cabbage Program

The 3rd Grade Cabbage Program promotes a love of gardening through growing cabbage plants. Kids may win a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants. Learn More

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

Rosemary

Rosemary has great culinary and ornamental value.

German Thyme

Highly aromatic. Hardy perennial.

Swiss Chard

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

Georgia Collards

Georgia Collards are rich in vitamins and minerals.

From the Kitchen

Summer Dream Gazpacho

Recipe by Sarah Ward A chilled soup made from fresh vegetables, gazpacho is a delicious example of a truly refreshing summer dish. Serve as a starter to a summer cookout or with a slice of grilled bread for a light but satisfying meal. For a more traditional serving option, skip the toppings and pour the… Read more »

Scotch Egg Stuffed Peppers

Recipe by Sarah Ward While traditional Scotch eggs are breaded and deep-fried, this version takes this English comfort food in a healthier direction without sacrificing a bit of flavor. The peppers not only provide a garden-fresh contrast to the savory sausage-egg combo, but also add a blush of color to your plate. When testing this… Read more »

Roasted Eggplant with Herbed Labneh

Recipe by Sarah Ward One of the best ways to enjoy fresh eggplant is to roast it. The flavor intensifies and its nutty, meaty taste is delightfully complemented by a smoky undertone of semi-charred flesh. This Roasted Eggplant with Herbed Labneh recipe is perfect either as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or turned into a… Read more »

Peach Basil Sangria

Recipe by Sarah Ward Celebrate two of summer’s best flavors in this refreshing sangria. The flavor gets better as it sits, so it’s a great make-ahead drink for a party or outdoor barbecue. Just hold the ginger ale until you’re ready to serve, then garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and sliced peaches. Yield:… Read more »

Curried Squash Burgers with Tomato Chutney

Recipe by Sarah Ward Veggie burgers may have a reputation for blandness, but these are packed with flavorful curry powder and other spices. They have plenty of texture, too, thanks to the squash and chopped chickpeas. We recommend using a mild curry powder (or combination of sweet and mild), so as to not overpower the… Read more »

BLTs with White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese

Recipe by Sarah Ward This sandwich puts a flavorful spin on two beloved diner classics, combining them into one irresistible sandwich. Hints of maple syrup and black pepper add dimension to the bacon, while sharp cheddar and horseradish give the pimiento cheese a surprising kick. To create a killer grilled cheese, leave out the lettuce… Read more »