Must-Have Companion Plants for Mustard Greens (and What Not to Plant Nearby)

A close up horizontal image of mustard greens growing in the garden.

Do mustard greens make good vegetable garden neighbors? If you’re growing corn or dill, sure! But choose mustard green companion plants carefully – these quick-growing veggies don’t always play nice with others. Learn about the top companions, plus a few tips on what to keep away in this guide. Read more now.

What’s the Difference Between Butter Beans and Limas?

A close up horizontal image of pods of lima beans growing on a bush in the garden.

Wondering about the difference between limas and butter beans? They’re the same type of legume, though Southerners usually call them butter beans and cook them with pork. To successfully grow either one in your garden, choosing the type that grows well in your region and space is more important than what you call them.

A Pot of Gold: How to Grow Sunflowers In Containers

A close up horizontal image of bright yellow sunflowers growing in pots pictured on a soft focus background.

No garden space? No problem! You can grow dwarf and mid-size varieties of sunflowers in pots or planters. This guide includes the best container growing tips and techniques. Choose the top sunflowers, a full sun spot, and sow wisely, and soon you’ll have your own pot of golden flowers for seed or floral arrangements.

13 of the Best Lima and Butter Bean Cultivars to Grow in Your Garden

A close up horizontal image of a pile of lima and butterbeans.

From baby limas to towering ‘King of the Garden,’ you’ll find 13 of the best butter bean and lima bean cultivars to grow in your garden right here. Some are bush varieties, others top 10 feet tall and need support. A few picks are heirloom standouts, and some produce extra early for those with short growing seasons.

How to Grow Lima and Butter Beans in the Garden

A close up horizontal image of a pile of freshly harvested lima beans.

Homegrown lima beans or butter beans are tastier than any you could buy in a store. This guide explains how to grow baby or large limas in your garden, and gives harvest and storage tips, too. Plant a bumper crop of bush or vine cultivars, and cook or freeze the harvest for side dishes, hummus, or casseroles

How to Plant and Grow Alfalfa Outdoors

A close up horizontal image of alfalfa growing in the garden as a cover crop, pictured in bright sunshine.

Plant summer alfalfa as a cover crop in autumn, or grow this nitrogen-rich legume as an annual or perennial source of mulch and compost. If you have enough space, you can also grow it as animal feed for horses and cows. Learn the basics of planting, tending, and harvesting homegrown alfalfa in this guide. Read more now.

Is My Sunflower an Annual or a Perennial? Here’s How to Tell

A close up horizontal image of a small wild sunflower growing in the garden with trees and blue sky in the background

Among the best sunflower varieties to grow in the garden, some are perennial and others annual. Our guide explains how to tell the two apart using botanical names and other clues. Then, choose the type that will work best for your growing situation. Is your sunflower a perennial? With these tips, you’ll know for sure.

Cucumber Hollow Heart Causes and Solutions

A close up background image of a pile of fresh cucumbers.

When the cucumber you grew in your garden reveals an empty cavity, you’re dealing with a condition called hollow heart. It could result from a soil deficiency or poor growing conditions, but bugs and disease are not factors. Our guide covers the most likely causes, and provides solutions and preventive measures.

Here Comes the Sun: 15 Popular Sunflower Varieties

A close up horizontal image of a field of bright sunflowers pictured on a blue sky background.

Selecting the best sunflower cultivar to grow in your garden is a labor of love. This guide introduces many of the most popular, including mammoth seed-producers, sweet dwarfs for container gardening, and mid-size favorites in a range of colors. Discover 15 of the most popular sunflower varieties to choose from now.

Cheer Up! Solutions for Sunflowers That Droop

A close up horizontal image of a drooping sunflower growing in the garden pictured in bright sunshine.

Why are your sunflowers drooping? Whether the flowers are facing the ground or your seedlings are slumped, you can use these tips to play detective and possibly revive them. Causes include pests, transplant shock, and seed heads forming. Learn ways to spot trouble and possible solutions with this handy guide.

What Causes Holes in Homegrown Cucumbers?

A close up horizontal image of small cucumbers growing in the garden on the vine, pictured in light filtered sunshine.

Pests like pickleworms, and even a fungus that causes belly rot, can leave holes in garden-grown cucumbers. Learn how to identify the culprits, cope with an infestation, and prevent repeats in the future. Our guide also addresses the all-important question: whether or not you can eat a cucumber that has a hole in it.

How and When to Deadhead Bachelor’s Buttons

A close up horizontal image of two bright blue bachelor's button flowers growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

Bachelor’s buttons are easy to grow in early spring, but you can still help them along by deadheading spent flowers. The technique is simple, but it’s important to know when and how to trim dead flowers from these old-fashioned annuals. Make cornflower plants fuller and discourage reseeding by following these tips.

How to Propagate Bachelor’s Button from Seed

A close up horizontal image of a large bunch of blue cornflowers.

Also known as cornflowers, bachelor’s buttons are fairly simple to grow from seed when you follow these instructions. They’re pretty and practical, great for edible blooms, container gardening, and attracting pollinators. This tried-and-true seed-sowing advice will help you get more blooms and avoid rookie mistakes.

How to Grow Mizuna Asian Mustard Greens in the Garden

A close up horizontal image of the bright green leaves of mizuna mustard greens growing in the garden.

Healthy harvests of the Asian green mizuna are just weeks away when you follow these gardening tips. This mild mustard green is great for impatient gardeners and those with short growing seasons. You’ll enjoy the baby leaves 21 days from sowing, and full-size greens three weeks later. Quick and tasty, that’s mizuna.

How to Help Sunflowers That Won’t Bloom

A close up horizontal image of a sunflower bud that is just starting to open up pictured on a green soft focus background in bright light.

When your easy-care, cheerful sunflower plants refuse to bloom, the cause could be a disease, poor location, or a sunflower variety that takes a while to flower. To get to the root of the problem, check out these possible explanations and what to do for each. Here’s how to coax your sunflowers to bloom. Read more.

Bring in That Bumper Crop: How and When to Harvest Cucumbers

A close up horizontal image of a basket full of freshly harvested cucumbers pictured on a soft focus background.

Garden cucumbers grow fast and have high yields, so prepare for a bountiful harvest. These expert tips and techniques will help you pick the fruits at their tastiest, and extend the harvest, starting on day one of the growing season. Avoid rookie mistakes and pick with ease with this guide to harvesting cucumbers.

BFFs and Enemies: The Best and Worst Cucumber Companion Plants

A close up horizontal image of an edible garden planted with a variety of vegetables and a metal watering can in the foreground.

What should you plant with cucumbers? The best companions maximize space, discourage harmful insects, and suppress weeds. Beans, marigolds, and corn are beneficial, but steer clear of potatoes and sage! This guide will help you grow good companion plants for cucumbers, and avoid any that compete or encourage disease.

What Are the Different Types of Cucumber Plants?

A close up horizontal image of a large pile of cucumbers.

Which type of cucumber should you plant in your garden? All types grow fast and have high yields, but each has unique benefits, too. Vining types save space, pickling fruits hold up to processing, and seedless varieties may grow without pollinators. This guide to cucumber categories will help you explore your options.