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MOST RECENT ARTICLES Related to flowers

Our Favorite Cut Flowers from A to Z
Cut flowers don't have to be a luxury, and you don't have to go into debt to decorate a special event. Growing blooms and greens from seed, tubers, or bulbs is a huge money-saver, and lets you enjoy your garden's...
Our 10 Favorite Companion Plants for Spring Bulbs
If you remembered to plant a ton of bulbs before snowfall, congratulations! Many of us get so overwhelmed by all our other fall home and garden projects that we put off planting bulbs until we need dynamite to dig into...
Late Bloomers: Our Favorite Fall-Flowering Plants
Does your late-summer garden remind you of a mangy dog? We get pretty enthusiastic about choosing plants we think are pretty without really thinking of how long they'll produce colorful flowers and rich, lush foliage. The best garden designs use...
12 Easy Perennials That Need Little (or No) Maintenance
Your yard is boring! Hey, don't look at us—You said it first. Probably just this morning, if not recently. Maybe you have a square patch of grass, some strips of bark dust, and a juniper bush or two. Perhaps you...
Yarrow: An All-Around Plant for the Lay-Around Gardener
Boy, do we have a special treat for our work-weary, lazy, or black-thumbed gardeners with "here be dragons" backyards. Yarrow is among our most forgiving, easy-to-grow, versatile ornamentals. No worries about amending crappy soil, dragging hoses around all summer, or...
Voila! Violas! Growing Viola Cornuta From Seed
Have you ever rehearsed a conversation in your head, getting yourself all worked up with imaginary, one-sided role-playing? That's kind of what we went through when we decided to write about Viola cornuta. Us: "Hey, have you ever grown violas?...
Zinnias: They're Not Outta Your League
You've heard about the "hottie paradox": Nobody asks out the most gorgeous, successful, and talented people because of the misconception that popular people can have anyone they choose, and they're probably already taken. So in the end, these delightful people...
Here Be Snapdragons!
Dragons, we assume, would be reptiles, and we all know that toads are amphibians, right? At least, most of us have known the difference between these two classes of animals since first grade. But toadflax and snapdragons are more closely-related...
Not-So-Floppy-Headed Canadian Milkvetch
When you think of legumes, you're more likely to think of string beans and peas than you are ornamentals. Or maybe you're savvy about pasture plants, and how some vetches help enrich the soil while fattening up livestock. But if...
The Darlings of the Garden: Growing Sweet Peas from Seed
We've been sitting here trying to come up with a tongue-in-cheek approach to this blog post, but we're stumped. By all accounts, sweet peas are so innocent, delicate, and lovely; it's nearly impossible to find anything remotely appropriate to use...

MOST RECENT ARTICLES Related to HERBS

Explore These 7 Traditional Italian Herbs
Seasoned salt. Mrs. So-and-So's Tasty Herbs. Chef Hoo-d'Haw's Louisiana Blend. Generic Italian seasoning. You probably have a ton of these mixed herbs sitting somewhere in your kitchen, getting more desiccated every year. They're handy, but they're not cheap, and sometimes, there's...
7 Easy Herbs for Beginners
Tender herbs are the gardener's gateway drug. They're easy to grow from seed, and they're attractive, fragrant, and versatile. Having fresh herbs on hand will inspire you to be more creative in the kitchen, and once you've learned how easy...
Can These 12 Herbs Ease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression?
Your boss ticking you off? Diffuse some lavender in your office. Can't sleep because your in-laws are coming over tomorrow? Chew on some valerian root, or sip on some chamomile tea! Sometimes we all need a healthy boost to our...
Sage Growing Advice From Seed Needs
You might think of sage as a seasoning for roast chicken or a lyric in a Simon & Garfunkel tune, but several sage species are grown for their visual appeal alone. Take, for example, the Chia Pet Poop Emoji, on...
Awful Puns and an Essential Herb: Growing Thyme From Seed
Everyone knows someone who can't pass up an opportunity for wordplay. Sometimes, though, when faced with such low-hanging fruit as common garden thyme, even the most stoic and cynical have to surrender and roll with it. Like...us. Having said that,...
Growing St. John's Wort from Seed for Ultimate Low-Stress Gardening
If you've looked into natural treatments for mild depression, you've probably heard about St. John's Wort. It's perhaps the most common herb used to elevate moods and decrease anxiety, and in most temperate regions, it's an easily-identified foraging plant...perfect for...
Foraging in your Own Backyard: Growing Sorrel from Seed
We often make excuses for letting dandelions grow in our lawns. The leaves make great salad greens, and the flowers are often pressed for wine. But another foraging plant, common sorrel, also makes a great garden ornamental and kitchen herb...
Russian Tarragon: The Little Dragon of the Garden
We always thought tarragon would be a great name for a dragon. Apparently, we weren't the only ones; Artemisia dracunculus roughly translates to "Artemis" (the Greek mythical huntress) and "little dragon." Russian tarragon is sometimes called estragon, which, as one...
Does that line sound familiar? Can you believe it's been 20 years since Fight Club became the most iconic book (and film) of a whole generation? While Jack's insomnia issues went far beyond the scope of natural healing and serious...
Two Seasons, Two Seasonings: Growing Savory from Seed
Are winter savory and summer savory the same thing? That's a question a lot of home chefs ask when they're stocking their seasoning stash. The answer? Nope! Chances are, if you're at the grocery store and come across a seasoning...

MOST RECENT ARTICLES Related to VEGETABLES

Our Tips for Planting a Late-Season Veggie Garden
Late season vegetable planting is ideal for you if: You suffer the gardener's equivalent of "empty nest syndrome" and miss watching stuff grow You were late out of the gate in spring because, well, life and stuff You dedicated your...
The Best Vegetables to Grow in Small Spaces
When you watch The Walking Dead downloads in your cozy little townhouse, do you skip the zombie scenes and hit "pause" to check out Hilltop's garden setup? Maybe your postal carrier resents having to stuff fifteen hobby farming magazines into...
Our Tips for Growing Sweeter, Juicier, and More Nutritious Melons
Here's a question we've heard before: "What kind of watermelon should I get if I don't like that mealy texture?" We've also heard, "My grandma grew Crenshaws when I was a kid, but mine never had the same flavor." Melons...
How To Grow Turnip Plants
How To Grow Turnip Plants: Turnips are extremely easy to grow compared to many other crops that you can choose to grow in your garden. This crop is the easiest to grow in late fall months. As the nights get...
How to Grow Sweet Pepper Plants
How to Grow Sweet Pepper Plants: Sweet pepper plants are a wide variety of plants ranging from sweet and crunchy to spicy and even spicier. From sweet peppers to spicy, eye-watering peppers, they are great for a variety of purposes...
How To Grow Endive Plants
How To Grow Endive Plants: Endive is a plant that is actually quite possible to grow in your very own backyard. The best news is that growing endive, while it might seem more intimidating due to the unusual name, is...
How To Grow Cucumber Plants
How To Grow Cucumber Plants: Cucumbers are a mainstay in most summertime gardens in the climate zones in which they grow well. Cucumbers are common as they are used in a variety of dishes from salads to simple being sliced...
How To Grow Bush Bean Plants
Bush beans have long been a popular plant to grow in one's garden. Beans are a great addition to a garden as either a green vegetable or as an important source of protein in the grower's diet. There are two...
Growing Pole Beans: For Every Gardener, in Any Garden
Beans are a standard in home gardens for good reason. They're easy to grow and quick to mature, making them the perfect introduction to gardening for kids and those who modestly refer to themselves as "black thumb" gardeners. Pole beans, with...
It's Worth The Wait: Growing Asparagus From Seed
One of our customers, Julie, wrote to us to share a story about growing up as an Army brat. Nearly every time her family moved, her mother would prepare and plant an asparagus bed at their new home. "There was...

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MOST RECENT ARTICLES Related to butterflies & insects

Migrating Monarch Butterflies, Now On The Endangered Species List! Here's How To Give Them A Lift!
Sad news for bug lovers and anyone concerned about essential ecosystems: In July 2022, the International Union for Conservation of Nature placed migratory monarch butterflies on their Endangered Species list. The IUCN estimates that, due to habitat loss and climate...
Friend or Foetida? The Great Earthworm Controversy
Most of us grew up with the belief that earthworms are the superheroes of soil health, and that their presence in our gardens and wild environment is nothing but auspicious. After all, earthworms loosen compacted soil, break down decaying organic...
How (and Why) to Attract Butterflies and Moths to Your Garden
Whether you associate them with pastel playrooms or cannibalistic serial killers, you've got to admit butterflies and moths are fascinating insects. Even to us gardeners, for whom they're a paradox: When we're not trying to chase them out of our garden,...
AirBnBee: Welcoming Orchard Mason Bees to Your Garden
Want to be a beekeeper, but not at the expense of your day drinking time? Would you like to feel smug about supporting pollinating insects without the routine chores (and expense) of setting up honeybee colonies? Unless your neighborhood is...
Drunken Slugs and Cozy Toads: Tips for Natural Garden Pest Control
Put down that chemical pesticide. You can create a non-toxic garden that supports its own defense system if you go all in and rely on biological warfare for natural garden pest control. Here's how to provide habitat and sustenance to...
The Monarch Butterfly Crisis: Growing Milkweed for Maximum Benefit
You've already heard that agricultural herbicides and pesticides are decimating important pollinator food sources. This is true; the iconic monarch butterfly population, for example, all but crashed. In the closing months of 2018, studies released by top butterfly conservationists found...
The Differences Between Honeybees and Bumblebees!
You may have already heard that there is a decline of Bee population that is threatening our country's food production. We humans depend on the cross-pollination of bees with plants to spread the seeds for 30% of the plants grown worldwide, and...
The Beauty that is The Swallowtail Butterfly
Although new species are still being discovered, currently, there are approximately twenty thousand different species of butterflies. One of the colorful members of this massive family is the Swallowtail Butterfly. The Swallowtail branch of the butterfly family tree can also be broken...
The Declining Monarch Population and Three Likely Causes
For as long as I can remember, Butterflies have been my “thing.” Some people like cats, some people like roses. I love Butterflies. They represent diversity, resilience in adversity, and evolution in life. Think about it. A Butterfly begins its...

MOST RECENT ARTICLES Related to recipes

Summer Entertaining: 3 Drink Recipes with Borage Flair
Borage is more than just a pretty flower! These easy to grow blue blooms also make a beautiful garnish for your seasonal cocktails and their leaves boast a refreshing cucumber-like taste.  Summer Lemonade (non-alcoholic) Makes 8 servings 1.5 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice 6.5 cups cold...
Broccoli Recipe - What Do I Do With It?
We know broccoli is nutritious, but we get tired of the same recipes time after time. We want to try something newer than just steam it or eat it with dip. What do you do with your garden-fresh broccoli after you've harvested it? We have ideas for you!...
Artichokes in Cooking: How to Roast Artichokes
As far as veggies go, the artichoke is one of the most intriguing and fun to eat out there. These veggies are packed with anti-oxides and have a woody, yet sweet flavor that leaves a lasting impression. There are several ways...
Spinach and Artichoke Mac 'n Cheese Cups
Growing your own artichoke is both challenging and rewarding. After you have purchased your artichoke seeds, planted them, cared for them, and raised them... what do you do with them? What is the best way to cook your artichokes so that you...
Tasty Recipes From Garden Fresh Radishes
Potato-Less Potato Salad Wash and trim three dozen radishes (three bunches). Cut them in half and add them to a saucepan containing 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 cups water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring them to...
3 Quick and Delicious Asparagus Side Dish Recipes
Asparagus season is here to the delight of those love this fresh spring vegetable. Available in the produce section, farmer's market, or your own garden, asparagus is an excellent pairing with other foods given its mild taste and quality of taking on...
Delicious Asparagus: Three Simple Recipes, From Harvest to Plate
Tender asparagus shoots don't take much to prepare. After waiting two years for your plants to mature to the point where you harvest them, you want to get them ready for the table with minimal fuss. Following are three quick—but not...
Squash Recipes That Will Make You Say, YUM!
For Squash, the sky isn't even a consideration when limits are concerned. This versatile fruit has summer, winter, and fall variations like the Butternut Squash, the Yellow Squash, and the Pumpkin. Squash comes in different shapes and sizes, and there's...
Kale Chips Make A Delicious Treat
Tasty Greens Kale is currently enjoying its moment in the healthy food spotlight, and rightly so. This leafy green member of the cabbage family tastes great and has many health benefits. You can tell by its dark green color that kale is...
Kohlrabi Recipes - Delicious and Nutritious
You’ve probably passed by kohlrabi many times in the grocery produce section without really seeing it. It is rarely a staple of the American diet, though it is quite popular in Germany where its name is derived from and means...

MOST RECENT ARTICLES Related to everything else

Embrace The Succulents
You're probably expecting us to make a lame play on words here: "Succulents are perfect for the sucky gardener", or something like that. While succulents can take lots of abuse, we're not going to insult you even if you can't...
Last Call: Time to Plant Some Fall Garden Crops
Hoo boy. It's already that time of the year. School's started, the kayaks and pool noodles are put away, and as your garden soil cools it's time to warm up our adult beverages. Right about now you might be planning...
Can Herbs Help You Lose Weight?
It's early spring and a sunny day. You're out getting your garden ready for planting season, and you stop to take a selfie of your smiling, post-winter hibernation face. Up it goes onto Insta or Facebook, and within minutes, someone...
Plants for the Diabetic's Garden
Eat tons of fruits and vegetables! Cut out fatty meats! Blah, blah, blah! That's the standard "eat healthy" mantra, but for some people — diabetics in particular —  it's potentially dangerous advice. Not all fruits and vegetables are healthy for everyone....
How Do Herbs and Medicinal Plants Lower Blood Pressure?
We all know that regular exercise and diets low in saturated fats reduce arterial plaques and improve overall cardiovascular health. We're more likely to substitute lower-fat foods for rich, high-cholesterol dishes if they're elegantly seasoned and prepared, but can herbs...
Passionate About A Good Night's Sleep? Passiflora Can Help!
If we were to ask you how you think passion flower "helps out" in the bedroom, your first guess doesn't count. We've blogged about a lot of plant species with traditional uses for that kind of help, but some species in the Passiflora genus...
Trending Medicinal Plants: Turmeric and Ginger
Why do turmeric and ginger make us think of the "hurr durr" meme? Or maybe "derp," or "ermahgerd?" Maybe because our founder is a freaking Millennial and he repeats this stuff all the time in our family-run seed business. Add...
Growing Bulbs for a Well-Rounded Garden
We're seed retailers. So what's the deal with us writing an article on growing bulbs? Well, let's see. In the past year, we've covered everything from lawn flamingos and bathtub Marys to attracting birds and bats, so why not? Every...
Repelling (and Exorcising) Rabbits and Squirrels from Your Garden
Bunny rabbits and squirrels are adorable, up until the point when they bring Armageddon upon your garden. Then, they're twitchy, furry demons from hell. But holy water, silver crosses, and Latin babbling won't protect your garden from pests. Neither will...
How to Make Gardening Easier on Your Back, Body, and Mind
The only reason you should feel uncomfortable after a day in the garden is if you didn't put on your eatin' pants while enjoying the benefits of delicious dinners cooked with home-grown herbs and vegetables. Follow these tips to make...

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