Gardening

DIY Herb Drying Rack

Want to preserve garden-grown herbs so you can enjoy them all the way into winter and beyond? This hanging herb drying rack will air-dry them beautifully in your kitchen (or wherever you want to hang it). It’s easy to make, and all you need are a few items that can be purchased at the local craft store.

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Easy Homemade Vegetable Wash

It’s always a good idea to wash your produce, and using vegetable wash is a great way to make sure you get it nice and clean. Instead of buying pre-made wash from the store, though, why not mix up your own? Our homemade version uses just three simple ingredients, all of which you probably have in your kitchen.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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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Art in the Garden: Upcycled Lettuce Planter

In no time at all, upcycle an old container to craft an easy, one-of-a-kind DIY lettuce planter. Here we have planted two varieties and colors of lettuce in a galvanized trough to create a unique focal point in the garden.

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Growing BBQ Flavor

Spring is finally here, which means that grilling season is just around the corner. Get a head start on taking your meals to the next level by planting fresh herbs in a container to keep close by. Mix aromatic staples like rosemary, sage, and tarragon for a classic savory combination.

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Growing Asian Flavor

Besides being a fragrant and versatile addition to your garden, these Asian-inspired selections offer a new, delicious take on stir fries and soups. We’ve planted lemongrass, garlic chives, Chinese cabbage, and Thai basil to bring bold Asian flavors from garden to table.

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Growing Tzatziki Flavor

Allow yourself dreams of the Mediterranean by growing its flavors on your own deck or patio. We combined dill, cucumber, garlic, mint, and parsley to whip up zingy tzatziki flavors fresh from the garden.

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Create a Butterfly Bath

Butterflies bring so much more than color to the garden. They act as pollinators, moving pollen from plant to plant, making it possible for you to experience a generous harvest. This simple Butterfly Bath helps draw these winged beauties by providing them with a source of clean water

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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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Growing Southwestern Flavor

Put together a simple container garden with a zesty twist using some spicy varieties and a punch of color. We planted cilantro, tarragon, Hot & Spicy oregano, and jalapeño and cayenne peppers to deliver Southwestern flavor from garden to table.

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Growing Southern Flavor

Here are some easy-to-grow container ideas that can help you bring some Southern flavor from your garden to your table. We even planted these in upcycled country barrels to give them some additional Southern charm.

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Create a Simple Herb Bouquet

Forget overpriced store-bought bouquets. Show your favorite someone how much you care with a simple, elegant herb bouquet from your very own garden. Mix in some cool weather flowers for an extra pop of color.

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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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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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A Tomato Primer

Learn all about tomatoes, from start to finish. This e-book from garden expert and Bonnie partner P. Allen Smith acts as a tomato primer, covering basics on planting and growing, different options for supporting vines, best tomato varieties for containers, elements that make a tomato taste a certain way, best uses for different tomato types, the low-down on heirloom vs. hybrid, and more.

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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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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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