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Gardening Quotes to Get You Through the Summer

By Amanda Davis In the beginning, when the garden is fresh and new, you can’t wait to get outside. Mid-summer, though, when the heat blazes and your plants seem to go into slo-mo, you may need a little inspirational pick-me-up. We’re on it! We’ve gathered 10 gardening quotes that celebrate some of the many reasons we love… Read more »

What Color Says About Tomato Flavor

Take some of the guesswork out of choosing tomato varieties by learning a few basics about how tomato color relates to tomato flavor. This simple guide will help you fine-tune your choices and find just the right tomatoes to please your palate.

Easy T-Shirt Harvest Bag

This time of year, you’ve probably got your hands full carrying fresh produce in from your garden. If it seems like you don’t have enough hands for the job, you’ll love this easy, helpful DIY project: turning a few old t-shirts into harvest bags that are sturdy, yet soft on delicate fruits.

Creamy Cantaloupe Popsicles

Who needs ice cream with popsicles that taste this good? These fresh-from-the-garden cantaloupe popsicles have a creamy, almost sorbet-like texture, and are an excellent way to use up melons right on the brink of being overripe.

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.

How to Store Summer Vegetables

When your summer harvest starts coming in fast and furiously, it can be a little overwhelming. While your first instinct may be to just put it all in the fridge and hope it’ll last until you can eat it, the average refrigerator temperature is simply too cold for many warm-weather crops.

DIY Climbing Vine Teepee

This colorful support is a simple, eye-catching way to give climbing vines like peas, beans, and cucumbers a place to grow. As an added bonus, the same design can also be used to stake determinate tomato plants.

Sichuan Green Beans

These zesty Sichuan green beans have a bit of spice and a lot of delicious flavor. They make a wonderful side dish for Asian dishes like sweet-n-sour chicken or curry, either served alone or over rice.

DIY Plant Caddy

Containers are a great way to create a garden anywhere you have sun, but larger pots can be heavy and hard to move in case of frost, or to follow the sun as the seasons change. This DIY plant caddy is a easy-to-make solution.

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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.

Swiss Chard

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

Georgia Collards

Georgia Collards are rich in vitamins and minerals.

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From the Kitchen

Creamy Cantaloupe Popsicles

Who needs ice cream with popsicles that taste this good? These fresh-from-the-garden cantaloupe popsicles have a creamy, almost sorbet-like texture, and are an excellent way to use up melons right on the brink of being overripe.

Sichuan Green Beans

These zesty Sichuan green beans have a bit of spice and a lot of delicious flavor. They make a wonderful side dish for Asian dishes like sweet-n-sour chicken or curry, either served alone or over rice.

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

When it comes to adding flavoring to baked goods, it’s common to reach for an extract or concentrated flavoring. But when you use fresh herbs, batters and icings have a better, more natural flavor. With the use of fresh mint leaves in these Chocolate Mint cupcakes, the flavoring is subtle and perfect.

Hasselback Rutabagas

Rutabagas might be one of the most undervalued types of fall and winter root vegetables. Baking these roots will amplify the sweetness in flavor while maintaining their moisture. Preparing them in the “Hasselback” style gives the rutabagas little pockets in which to catch the dill butter.

Roasted Carrots with Chopped Mint Dressing

Roasting carrots is one of the best way to bring out and intensify this root’s inner sweetness. Seasoned with a hint of heat that balances nicely with fresh mint dressing, Roasted Carrots is a tasty, versatile side dish.

Panko-Crusted Stuffed Chicken

This delicious recipe provides a wonderful blend of textures, with the crunchy panko crust, moist and tender chicken breasts, and creamy stuffing. Serve alongside rice or roasted sweet potatoes and fresh lemon asparagus.