Welcome, New Gardeners!

So you’ve decided to start your first garden – terrific! Here’s everything you need to know to help you grow.

Transplants give you a head start

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.

Organic Gardening for Beginners

Is there anything tastier than a sun-warmed tomato you can eat fresh off the vine while standing in the garden?...

How to Start an Herb Garden

There are so many great reasons to start an herb garden that will provide fresh herbs for everything from creating...

How to Plant a Garden

There are many reasons to plant a garden. Maybe you love cooking with fresh produce. Perhaps you’ve resolved to eat...

Edible Landscaping Basics

Who doesn’t love getting a two-for-one? That’s one of the benefits of growing edible plants: Many vegetables and herbs do...

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...

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...

How to Build a Super Easy Raised Bed

Make this 4- by 8-foot easy raised bed from 3 8-foot boards that you can have cut to size at the...

Seasoned Advice for First Time Gardeners

When squash vines suddenly collapse, it may be the work of squash vine borers. If you find that borers are...

Confessions of a First-Time Gardener

I love looking at plants, reading about plants, and thinking about plants, but when it comes to actually getting my...

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Looking to start a vegetable garden? Get ready to enjoy the best vegetables you’ve ever eaten. In many regions, vegetables...

Watering 101

Watering and feeding are key to growing strong plants that yield big harvests.

Vacation Survival Guide for Your Garden

Sure, that beach vacation you’ve been planning is going to feel like heaven to you – but it won’t to...

How Much Water Do Vegetables Need?

A good general guideline is an inch of water per week, either by rain or watering; in arid climates, it...

Hot Summer Tips for Watering the Garden

When it doesn’t rain enough, turn on the spigot. Veggies need water to produce, so watering the garden correctly is...

For a Plentiful Harvest, Keep Pots Watered

Vegetables and herbs in pots need lots of water, but nature doesn’t always provide enough at the right time —...

Drought-Busting Techniques

All these things add up to great water savings that can keep your garden going in dry times. Remember that...

Drought Busters Respond With Many Good Ideas

Read these great ideas from some of your fellow Bonnie gardeners dealing with drought. Plastic Mulch in Black, Green, or...

Crucial Growth Stages When Vegetables Absolutely Need Water

Vegetables go through stages when they are at their most sensitive to water for good growth and development. When your...

Soil Basics

Preparing your garden is the key to success.

Prep Soil Now for Next Season

If you’ve already put your garden to bed for the year, you’re not alone. But before you lock up those garden...

The Importance of Healthy Roots

Did you know that what you see above ground in your plants is really determined by what’s hidden underground? What...

You Must Use a Good Potting Mix

When you look at the root system of a Bonnie plant, you’ll find a “soil” mix that grows healthy roots....

Why Does pH Matter?

You may have heard of soil pH. You may have even heard some people say that they don’t worry about...

The Soil is Alive. Really!

In your garden, you can look around and easily see life: a bird singing, a beautiful flower, a ripening tomato....

How Many Pots Can You Fill with a Bag of Soil?

When gardening in containers, you’ll want to fill each pot with premium quality potting soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix, to...

Good Soil Means Good Vegetables

Vegetables need good soil. If the soil is hard, rocky, soggy, or nutrient-poor, the vegetables will be, too. In rich,...

Begin When the Soil Tells You

You have been waiting all winter. You have reviewed your notes from last year. You have planned where each vegetable...

Fertilizer and Healthy Soil

Currently, much work is being done to better understand how healthy soil supports the health of plants. In a nutshell,...

How to harvest

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: getting to harvest all those homegrown veggies and herbs.

Easy Strawberry Puree

Looking for a way to preserve strawberry flavor in its purest form? We’ve got two words for you: strawberry puree....

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...

How to Pickle Your Harvest

Simply put, pickling is the practice of preserving food in a high-acid solution. The process involves adding vinegar and/or salt...

How to Make an Herb Wreath

Capture the beauty, fragrance, and flavors of your herb garden in a classic wreath—no special skills or artistic ability required. Not only...

How to Save Tomatoes from Frost

For most gardeners, covering tomato plants as fall’s first chilly nights arrive is second nature. After all, you want to savor those...

How to Dry Your Harvest

Drying is one of the oldest food preservation methods, since the simple act of removing the moisture helps keep decay...

How to Freeze Your Harvest

For simplicity and speed, it’s tough to beat freezing for preserving your garden’s homegrown goodness. Frozen vegetables, fruits, and herbs...

How to Store Winter Squash

Many gardeners raise winter squash because they store well. In fact, the term “winter squash” refers to the time when...

How to Make Bath Salts with Lavender and Rosemary

The soothing scents of rosemary and lavender enliven our gardens and kitchens, but the usefulness of these and other aromatic...

Summer Herb Harvesting Tips

In summer, herb gardeners get a delicious payoff for all of their efforts. Oddly enough, this is when some gardeners...

Harvest Guide for Cool Weather Vegetables

Harvest your cool weather vegetables at the peak of perfection using these guidelines. Broccoli When you see a head beginning...

Harvest Guide to Summer Veggies

Use this harvest guide to recognize when your beans, tomatoes, squash, and other summer vegetables are at the peak of flavor. Beans You may...