This past weekend was the opening day of my hometown farmer’s market! It’s one of the highlights of the growing season – local organic honey and jams, fresh flowers, herbs and potted plants, bluegrass pickers under a shady tree, and the produce-laden tables offer a feast for the senses with the best of small-town flavor.
Though we tend to regard summer as the heyday for growing vegetables, cool-season crops in the spring and fall can be just as rewarding. The cool daytime temperatures and occasional light frost yield the sweetest, crispest, most flavorful vegetables around. Read on to find out how to grow 10 cool-season vegetables in your yard.
Last summer, I planted a yellow Lady Banks Rose to grow up the column of my side porch. Lady Banks is a thornless climbing rose that explodes in clusters of miniature white or yellow blossoms in the spring, and it’s what we gardeners call a “vigorous climber.” That means it’s on the fast track to taking over my porch and possibly my entire house. Read on to find out more.
One of the biggest worries of gardeners is the threat of freezing weather and frosts that can harm or kill plants and damage crops. Read on to find out what you need to know to protect tender plants when the mercury drops below freezing in your part of the country.