Persian basil is winning well-deserved praise. This basil is easy to grow and it has a great shape, large leaves and a wonderful taste. The flowers, which are also attractive, emerge later, saving time on pinching back the plant. The … Read Article
Herb growers and pesto lovers are feeling a bit stressed the past few years due to the increasing pervasiveness of basil downy mildew (BDM). Sweet basil plants, those most cherished by gardeners, are the most susceptible to the disease. … Read Article
Cool-Season Crops: • Thrive when daytime temperatures are between 65 – 80 degrees and the nighttime temperatures stay above 40 degrees. • Many cool-season vegetables can tolerate a light frost. • Plant cool-season seedlings 2 to 4 weeks before the … Read Article
While no plant is 100-percent deer resistant, there are some plants, including herbs, that deer tend to avoid. Select plants that are for the most part off-putting to deer, such as plants with textures and scents that deer tend to … Read Article
Some people go nuts over hot peppers, and it is easy to see why. There are so many varieties, and every year it seems someone comes out with the newest and hottest pepper available. Personally, we never made it past … Read Article
Of all the ground covers we have ever tried, creeping thymus is far and away our favorite. This delightful plant is not overly invasive here in Zone 5/6, but it also does a good job at keeping weeds at bay. … Read Article
We love experimenting with new varieties of plants, and get into anything that will prolong the growing season. Here in the Northeast, it is hard to imagine being able to get the flavor of a homegrown tomato in the dead … Read Article
An alternative to raised beds, heavy pots or traditional garden plots, grow bags make it easy to tuck edibles anywhere in the garden, porch or balcony.
A common garden rule is never to install plants below soil grade. Often plants will languish, and possibly die, if planted too deeply. However, this is not the case with tomatoes. The stems of tomato plants have the ability to develop … Read Article
If you’re experiencing a slow spring or temperatures have warmed but aren’t quite to be trusted to remain that way, try this trick before planting heat-loving starter plants like tomatoes and peppers out in the garden.
These beautiful fruits from our garden last season are called ‘Jersey Devil’ tomatoes, and they are one of our new favorites. We got the plant from a friend who simply smirked and said, “Just wait” when we asked about them.