Category Archives: ALmanac

How to Grow Your Own Salad Greens

Growing your own salad greens will put a world of fresh ingredients at your fingertips. Whether you are a gourmet salad lover who likes to experiment with interesting greens or someone who just wants to have your own homegrown lettuce, your choices are only limited by the seeds you can find and the space you have. Types of Salad Greens We always think of spinach and lettuce as the main spring greens, but there are many more to choose from. Look to the east—Asian greens such as napa cabbage,... more

Gardening With Kids: What to Plant and Fun Activities

With kids at home, harness a bit of their energy (and your own) by enticing them to help in the garden! Nature has not been canceled and there are lots of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences outside. Here are some ideas on what to plant in a garden for kids—and other fun activities. Get Kids Into the Garden As of this writing, one in three Americans are under orders to stay home and most schools are closed. This means that many students are at home engaging in distance learning via... more

15 Early Spring Gardening Tasks

It’s early spring! How do you get the garden ready? Which vegetables can be planted in early spring? Here are 15 early spring gardening tasks and tips to get you started on your season! I spent the end of February in the Texas Hill Country where the gardens are at least three months ahead of mine in New Hampshire. The redbuds, irises, and poppies were in bloom and the famous bluebonnets were popping up here and there. A Redbud in full bloom with yellow irises. The grass even needs mowing!... more

Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties

Coneflowers or Echinacea is my favorite native American plant. This rugged pollinator magnet comes in so many colors, shapes and sizes today. Here are seven coneflower varieties we have planted over the years with success. I have been under the weather lately, and one of the only things that seems to quiet my cough is echinacea. It got me to thinking about how much I love these coneflowers! I have always appreciated the plant for its durability, able to withstand hot dry summers but hardy... more

Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties

Coneflowers or Echinacea is my favorite native American plant. This rugged pollinator magnet comes in so many colors, shapes and sizes today. Here are seven coneflower varieties we have planted over the years with success. I have been under the weather lately, and one of the only things that seems to quiet my cough is echinacea. It got me to thinking about how much I love these coneflowers! I have always appreciated the plant for its durability, able to withstand hot dry summers but hardy... more

Why You Should Plant Annual Flowers

Annual flowers are like Rodney Dangerfield: They “don’t get no respect.” However, if you have no annuals in your garden at all, you are missing out on one of life’s joys and a whole lot of color. Let’s discover some of the best and easiest annual flowers—including beautiful pictures! Annuals provide gardens with all-season color, but they have to be replanted every year, so they often get the cold shoulder. Perennials are the garden divas; they give one outstanding performance a year and retire... more