Irises add sumptuous colors, fragrance, and stately elegance to the garden and have excellent cold hardiness. But sometimes we end up with rhizomes that weren’t planted in the garden before freezing temperatures set in. To keep those roots healthy over winter, learn 5 easy steps to store iris rhizomes in winter now.
Considering dipping your toe into the world of bonsai, or maybe you just picked up your first one at the store? You probably know there’s lots to do to keep your plant healthy, but growing your first bonsai doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You’ll be well on your way to creating a stunning display with these basics.
Homegrown Swiss chard does double duty with its beautiful stems and incredible flavor. But disease can ruin its appealing appearance and its fantastic flavor, denying you the harvest you’ve worked so hard for. A little prevention goes a long way, but if disease still takes hold, there are things you can do. Read more.
Celery is not the easiest plant to grow. The seeds are tiny and have to sit on top of loose, organically-rich soil to germinate in sunlight. And sometimes, the crunchy ribs you’ve been waiting for turn out to be thin and dry instead of plump and juicy. Read on for 7 reasons for skinny celery and how you can avoid it.
Parsnip seeds have a reputation for being hard to germinate. Lots of gardeners complain that they’re a challenge to tease out of the ground. The truth is, you just need to know the right steps for making it happen and you can find reliable success. Fresh seeds, a good soak, and some patience will have you on your way.
Your bleeding hearts bloomed nicely during the spring and then the foliage turned yellow before dying back in the summer heat. Now it’s fall and you aren’t sure how to prepare them for the winter. Should you cut them back? Mulch them? What about water? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more.
Pest infestation and disease are unfortunately common among fruit trees, though pomegranates manage to dodge a large number of both. While you’ll need to remain vigilant for signs of distress, you can treat many common issues that may arise. Learn what to look for and how to intervene to help your pomegranates thrive.
Timing is everything when you harvest homegrown pears. European varieties ripen after picking and Asian pears reach juicy perfection on the trees. Here’s how to know when pears are ripe for harvest from the home orchard, and how to pick them at the peak of ripeness and store some for later use. Read more now.
When you’ve already waited six months or more for pomegranates to ripen, it can be disheartening to see them cracking or splitting open before harvest. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to coax those long-season fruits through to maturity! Learn what factors lead to cracking and how to prevent it.
If you’re wondering how and when to prune your pear trees to keep them healthy and productive, you might not know how or where to begin. Should you train them to take on a certain shape? Or can you leave them to grow naturally? We’ll answer these questions and more. Find out how and when to prune pears in this guide.
Wild pomegranate trees originated in the Middle East, and came to be cultivated as a nutritious food source and medicine. Regarded once as status symbols, they’re more commonplace today, but no less delicious. And many varieties of this fruit are available to choose from. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.
Whether you grow field, pie, or hull-less pumpkin varieties, saving the seeds to eat is a bonus! Here’s how to pick the best varieties to grow if you want to roast the seeds, and how to spot the winter squash with the most seeds. Follow these selection and collection tips for a nutritious harvest ready to roast.
Cabbage black rot is a devastating cruciferous vegetable disease that begins subtly. Its signature foliar discoloration starts at the leaf margins, and usually goes unnoticed until it is so extensive that an affected plant cannot be salvaged. Read on for all you need to know to recognize and manage cabbage black rot.
American and European wood anemones add beauty to the garden in early spring, fading away by midsummer to go dormant and then return as perennials the following year. These spring ephemerals are perfect for growing in wooded areas with dappled shade and moist soil. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.
Most onions are cold hardy, but some are known to withstand very low temperatures and freezing, powering through the winter chill for a more robust spring harvest. With a well-chosen planting site, you can easily produce a crop from seeds or sets, and avoid losing your crop to many types of pests and disease.
Distinct from European types, Asian pears are firm-fleshed, with mild to sweet flavors, and a refreshing, juicy crunch. The pretty fruit is round and apple-like, and ripens on the tree in colors ranging from pale green or yellow to bronze and russet. Read about nine of the best Asian pears for the home garden here.
Petunias are not cold hardy, and they grow as perennials only in Zones 9-11. But even in cooler climates, you can maximize their blooming season outdoors with a few preparations. Follow these strategies for preparing petunias for cool weather, and you’ll have waves of blooms well into autumn. Read more now.