Gardening

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Herbal Sea Salt

Preserve the flavor of herbs like cilantro, rosemary, oregano, sage, and thyme with homemade herbal sea salt. It’s simple to make, and once you’re done, the salt is ideal for flavoring buttered popcorn, grilled chicken or steak, and roasted vegetables.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Are Heirloom Vegetables Better Than Hybrids?

Walk into any farmers market and you’ll see a wide range of heirloom vegetables for sale, often for a heftier price than their hybrid cousins (especially when it comes to heirloom tomatoes). But are heirlooms really better than hybrids?

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“A Good-Tasting, Basic Tomato”: The Story Behind the Bonnie Original

What’s so special about our Bonnie Original tomato? One of our customers said it best: “I love Bonnie Original because it’s just a good-tasting, basic tomato. One is just right for a tomato sandwich and we don’t have any left over.”

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One Colorful Container Garden

With this easy assortment, all you need is mozzarella and vinegar, and you’ll be snacking on fresh, homegrown caprese all summer long.

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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.

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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.

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5 Reasons to Plant Seedlings Instead of Seeds

Looking for a quick, easy way to plant up your vegetable or herb garden? Consider using ready-to-plant seedlings (also called transplants or starts) for just about everything but root crops. They’re worth the difference in price when you tally up the advantages over planting seeds.

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How to Build a Strawberry Basket Tree

You don’t need big patch of ground in order to grow your own fresh, delicious strawberries. This simple strawberry basket tree provides a hanging strawberry patch that’s as attractive as it is productive. All you need is a sunny spot, a few simple materials, and a couple hours of free time.

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Easy Strawberry Puree

Looking for a way to preserve strawberry flavor in its purest form? We’ve got two words for you: strawberry puree. It’s about as close as you can get to the flavor of biting into a fresh berry, minus the actual berry.

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Tips for Growing Lettuce (Infographic)

A quick guide to growing lettuce, this colorful infographic gives you all the basics on a single page.

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How to Store Veggies Without a Root Cellar

While your grandmother’s house may have had a root cellar to keep her produce fresh for months, most homes today do not. But you can find similar cool conditions in places around the house where produce will be slow to spoil, lingering in a state of very, very slow ripening.

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Prep Soil Now for Next Season

Before you lock up those garden tools for the winter, here’s a great idea for getting a jumpstart on your spring garden: Spend a bit of time improving the soil in your beds. Not only will it put you on the path to a healthy, productive garden…

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How to Build a Portable Planter

Thanks to casters and a built-in handle, this roomy planter can be moved around your driveway or deck to take advantage of anywhere you have sun and a bit of extra space. It’s easy to build, and is perfect for growing greens, herbs, and more.

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No-Canning Ways to Preserve Your Harvest

Have an overabundance of vegetables and herbs from your garden, but an underabundance of time to try to preserve it? No problem! There are many simple ways to save your bounty — no canning required! — for the winter and beyond that don’t require you to give up huge chunks of free time. This e-book from garden and lifestyle expert (and Bonnie partner) P. Allen Smith offers lots of options, and walks you through the steps needed to freeze, dry, pickle, or ferment veggies, herbs, and fruit.

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How to Build a Simple Corner Trellis

This simple corner trellis does double duty as both a sturdy support for your plants and a beautiful edible landscaping element in your yard. Use it to grow cucumbers, melons, peas, beans, or virtually any other vining plant.

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An Herb Garden for Chickens

There are lots of culinary herbs that have wonderful health benefits for your chickens and can enhance both their diet and environment. You can fit a wonderful selection of these plants into a 4×4 raised bed quite easily. They’ll grow quite companionably side by side (in either full sun or part shade), creating not only a beautiful-looking garden, but also one with herbal ‘henefits’.

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Tomato Tales from Beginner Gardeners

At Bonnie Plants, we love to help folks learn to grow their own food. So, we thought it would be fun to track some beginner gardeners so others could benefit from their experiences. We asked four young Alabamians to let us help them grow their first tomatoes. All of them are in their 20s, just starting out, and busy with school, creating homes, and building careers….

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More Simple Garden Projects!

Feeling handy this weekend? This DIY e-booklet from garden expert and Bonnie partner P. Allen Smith is filled with fun, easy projects, most of which can be completed in an hour or less. Here’s a sampling…

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Heirloom Vegetable Growing Tips

Raising a crop of heirloom veggies isn’t all that different from growing non-heirlooms. Like all vegetables, each heirloom plant requires sun, consistent moisture, and fertile, well-drained soil to grow and yield a healthy crop. But it’s also helpful to know where the plant originated. for the best chance of success, try these heirloom vegetable growing tips.

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Stories Behind Heirloom Vegetable Names

Heirloom vegetables bring more than big flavor to the dinner table. Many of these traditional varieties boast a rich history that’s often hinted at in their names. Allow us to share some of our favorite stories of heirloom vegetable names.

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9 Ways to Grow Tomatoes

Tasty and terrific, tomatoes offer garden magic at its best, transforming yellow blossoms into juicy fruits. But perhaps the most amazing thing about tomatoes is their adaptability. These yummy gems grow and thrive in a host of ways, from classic in-ground beds to quirky upside-down planters. Let us help you discover which of these ways to grow tomatoes is best for you.

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Gardening with an HOA

If you live in a subdivision, development, or condo, chances are you have to deal with an HOA (Homeowners Association). While the goal of this organization is to protect the value of your land by enforcing the rules, sometimes those rules can seem a bit unfair to those who like to grow their own food. Some communities limit gardening to back or side yards only, while others prohibit it altogether….

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How to Use Manure as Fertilizer

If you’ve been gardening for any length of time, you’ve probably know of folks who use composted manure as fertilizer. After all, it’s high in nutrients and can work wonders in the garden — plus, it’s free! It can be difficult, though, to know not only which kinds of manure to use, but also when it’s safe to put in your garden. Use this handy guide to the most common types of animal manure.

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Creative Vertical Gardening Ideas

Although vertical gardening has been a trend in recent years, there are good reasons for it to become more of a permanent shift in the way we think about how we garden. Using vertical planes obviously makes sense for those who have limited horizontal space — apartment dwellers and condo owners, for example — but even those who have large properties…

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How to Build a Raised Bed Cold Frame

Protect your plants from frost with a simple raised bed cold frame that sits right on top of your existing 4′ x 4′ bed. The lid is held open with screen door closers, and the entire frame can be moved easily when the weather warms up.

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Decorating with Pumpkins

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.

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How to Build an Outdoor Sink

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.

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Natural Weeding Techniques

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.

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Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

With their acrobatic maneuvers and feisty chattering, squirrels often inspire smiles and laughter. But for gardeners who find beds dug up and tomatoes chewed, these bushy tailed critters aren’t a source of anything except frustration and a fervent desire to figure out ways of keeping squirrels out of the garden.

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How to Grow Tomatoes in Hot Weather

Sizzling summer temperatures can bring your previously productive tomato plants to a screeching halt. When days hit 85°F to 90°F and nights hover above 75°F, tomato flowers often fail to pollinate, then drop — which in turn puts new fruit production on hold.

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Keeping Voles Out of the Garden

When a deer or rabbit visits your garden, it’s tough to miss the nibbled leaves, chewed shoots, and missing plants. Voles, on the other hand, can be harder to identify — but just as destructive. Before you begin laying plans for keeping voles out of the garden, you want be sure that voles are the culprits.

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Keeping Rabbits Out of the Garden

Forget the fact that rabbits are soft, fuzzy, and cute. These critters can be one of a gardener’s most despised pests, wiping out entire crops overnight. Rabbits prefer young, tender shoots and are particularly fond of lettuce, beans, and broccoli.

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