more about: Fruits and Vegetables

Coming Soon! The Greatest Southern Gardening Book of All Time!

Incredibly wise gardeners who bought the last Southern Living Garden Book (above) published in 2004 are always asking me: “When are you going to revise it? A lot has changed in 10 years.” Grumpy has heard your pleas. And he is delighted to announce that an all-new, completely revised edition will set the world on its ear in January 2015!!!

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Grumpy Fesses Up

Faithful readers, I must tell you something you never expected to hear. I failed you. Yes. The outlandishly responsible Grump, who puts your interest first and foremost, misled you in a previous column.  I cannot expect forgiveness. I can only humble myself as no one else has done before and face your withering scorn.

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Plant A Spring Salad Garden

Why, hello there, ladies. I know you love salads. You could eat a delicious salad two or three times day! So why aren’t you growing your own salad garden this spring? It’s easy, it’s quick, and the time is right. Let Grumpy show you the way.

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Wow, What A Strawberry!

Grumpy sees so many new plants each year that they tend to fade into a blur of ennui. I mean, does the world really need another new heuchera or coneflower? But there is one plant that has me itching out of my normally baby-soft skin to try it. A fantabulous new strawberry called ‘Tristan.’

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Meet the Love Plants

She’s always been your girl. When the moment is right, you want to respond. But your male dysfunction — that could be a lack of gardening know-how. Fortunately, there’s an answer. A new book by Helen Yoest called Plants with Benefits.

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Time to Label GMOs

It’s weird, isn’t it? I can buy a box of cereal, a bottle of soy sauce, a soft drink, or a loaf of bread and the labels will tell me almost everything there is in the product — salt, sugar, fat, cholesterol, caffeine, Vitamins, minerals, artificial flavors and colors, preservatives, and emulsifiers. The FDA requires it. But there’s one thing […]

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My Mom Was Right About Squash

Every winter when I was a kid, my mother would bake butternut squash for dinner. It looked yucky — like an alien’s head split down the middle with a pool of butter in place of the brains. Mom said I had to sit at the table until I ate it. Once, I sat there 4 months.

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The Real Poop on Manure

The soil of a great garden is like one of Grumpy’s posts. It’s loaded with manure. But slinging this stuff isn’t as simple as it sounds (although it sure is fun). Use the wrong kind or misapply it and your plants could shrivel instead of thrive. So take a nice, warm seat as Grumpy gives you the poop on using […]

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5 Quick Ways to Winterize Your Garden

Freeze warnings are out, which means that tomorrow my impatiens will look a lot like applesauce. Annuals turned into disgusting slime aren’t the only damage cold weather can  bring. Here are five quick ways you can head off winter Armageddon in the days ahead.

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Three Cheers for GMOs!!!

You know Grumpy has always shied away from controversy, preferring to shower love on all the world. But there is one burning issue upon which I must take a stand. I must stand up for GMOs. What’s a GMO? That’s a good question! Let me begin by pointing out something that a lot of you think is a GMO. This […]

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