more about: Fruits and Vegetables

Persimmons by the Bucket

Greetings, faithful readers, and welcome to this year’s installment of your favorite series, “Don’t You Wish You Had Done What Grumpy Told You.” Last year, as you no doubt recall, Grumpy extolled the virtues of the Japanese persimmon, the easiest, prettiest, and most rewarding fruit tree for Southerners to grow. I urged you to plant one or two, but most […]

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Ever Pick A Pawpaw?

Walk down the fruit aisle at your grocery store. Almost all of the fruits you’ll see — apples, peaches, pears, plums, citrus, figs, cherries, mangoes — come from trees native to other continents that traders and settlers brought here centuries ago. One delicious tree fruit you won’t see is native to the entire eastern United States. The pawpaw. 

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10 Finicky Plants That Ain’t Worth The Trouble

We all lead busy lives (except for you, you bum, and you know who I mean), so we can’t afford to waste a single minute on something that just doesn’t work. This applies to gardening. How many times have you toiled and fretted over a plant that wasn’t worth a Ramen noodle? You and everyone else need to stop that […]

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Get Healthy! Eat Some Dandelions

If the sight of bright yellow dandelions dotting your otherwise perfect lawn drives you batty, blame it on the Pilgrims. It was they who reportedly brought the plant to America from its homeland in northern Europe in the 1600s. What else would you expect from guys wearing belt buckles on their hats? 

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Avoid These 6 Mistakes When Buying Tomato Plants

WAHOOOOOO!!! It’s spring! And that means people are calling in sick or faking their mother’s funeral so they can get off work, rush to the garden center, and procure their tomato plants. But before buying yours, steer clear of the following common mistakes that could well make a funeral seem like a happy event.

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New Blueberries For Everyone!

Few people grow fruit in their gardens these days, because most think it’s too much trouble. And if they’re talking about peaches, plums, cherries, or grapes, they may be right. But blueberries are different. They’re easy to grow, highly productive, and make wonderful ornamental plants. And the good news is these great plants have just gotten better.

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What’s Wrong With My Meyer Lemon?

Lots of people must be growing Meyer lemon trees indoors, because lots of people keep asking Grumpy what the heck is wrong with theirs. If you’re one of them, console yourself with the thought that these citrus trees are notoriously finicky and often drive their owners nuts. Here’s a list of common complaints and what you can do about them.

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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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