more about: Fruits and Vegetables

Grumpy’s Crystal Ball Reveals New Gardening Trends for 2016

Grumpy’s gift for prognostication never fails to awe his faithful readers. As Fanny Aster of Hoppy Toad, Kentucky puts it, “He can see into the future with both eyes closed.” Once again, the Oracle of Opelika graciously shares his gift of augury with the legion of curious Fannies who depend on his foresight with the following bold predictions for Gardening […]

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What Record Winter Warmth Means For Your Plants

Grumpy loves eating dinner in the fresh air on his screened porch. But in late December? In shirt sleeves? 77 degrees? This weather is weirder than Donald Trump donning a sombrero and singing “Feliz Navidad” with a mariachi band. And though your plants are smiling now, there could be dire consequences ahead.

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Plant Fall Greens In Containers

Cooling weather doesn’t mean curtains for your vegetable garden (unless you live in Great Falls, Montana, where I’ve heard the growing season ends with the first snow on August 10.) Salad greens love temps in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. And as the photo above shows, you don’t even need a garden. A nice container will do.

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Practically Fool-Proof Persimmons

Remember growing up with native persimmon, the tree whose orange fruit if picked and eaten too early in fall would make you pucker up like Presidential candidates during the visit of Pope Francis? Well, I’m here to tell you about a better persimmon that is so easy to grow, so pretty, and so productive that everyone who can grow it […]

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Why Your Squash And Zucchini Failed Miserably This Year

Today, I’m going to deal with a gardening problem that vexes thousands of gardeners every year. You plant squash or zucchini. The plants grow great and produce dozens of pretty yellow flowers. But none of the flowers set fruit. What are you doing wrong?

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Teed Off At Golf Ball-Size Tomatoes

Today’s fascinating question comes from faithful reader, Robert, who complains, “I plant many different kinds of tomatoes, but none ever get larger than a golf ball. What am I doing wrong? Am I leaving something out?”

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Pumpkin Mania

October is the time of year when ordinary, rational people lose all perspective and go nuts over pumpkins. Naturally, we at Southern Living enjoying fanning the flames of gourdomania, so you see pumpkins on the cover of every October issue. We also print pages on actual pumpkin paper that turn your skin permanently orange.

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What’s Attacking My Killer Tomatoes?

Yes, it’s the beginning of that wonderful time of year, when you go out to pick that first delicious tomato after people like me told you tomatoes were so easy to grow. But instead of finding luscious, red fruit, you find something that makes you want to slap a baby seal. Don’t do that — it’ll show up on YouTube […]

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Gardening Gone Mad: Meet the Tomato-Potato Plant!

Who among us hasn’t been bothered by the fact that when we grow a tomato plant, it produces just tomatoes? Wouldn’t it be much better if that plant grew both tomatoes AND potatoes? Well, happy day, now there’s a Franken-plant that does just that! From the top, you harvest cherry tomatoes, while the roots produce a bumper crop of spuds. […]

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Serve Up Some Sunchokes!

Gardening and cooking often involve leaps of faith. Yesterday, Judy and I spent the morning browsing all the various booths at the Farmer’s Market at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham. I love farmer’s markets. They have so much stuff and much of it is pretty weird. As Forrest Gump so eloquently put it, “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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