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Get in the (Tropical Growing) Zone

Understanding the world's biomes and getting to know the Temperate, Subtropical, and Tropical Zones

Tropical plants: they're not just for hot climates anymore. In her practical, user-friendly book Gardener's Guide to Tropical Plants: Cool Ways to Add Hot Colors, Bold Foliage, and Striking Textures, author Nellie Neal explains the where, why, and how of growing tropical plants in all kinds of landscapes, along with photo-packed guides to over 150 tropical plants. Continue Reading »

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Build An Attractive Compost Bin

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Heirloom Flavor: Squash and Pumpkins

If ever there were a Swiss Army knife of the garden, squash and pumpkins are it. They can be enjoyed in just about every possible way: baked, roasted, grilled; in soups, in breads, in pies; fresh and frozen; seeds and shell; and let's not forget their functional and decorative appeal. In her book Heirloom Flavor, author Doreen G. Howard highlights these versatile crops with insights into their history and a couple delicious recipes to celebrate summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins. Continue Reading »


Getting Started Gardening Anywhere

It's true: challenge is often the greatest teacher. When we're met with limitations—say, we want to grow a garden but we don't have lots of space—we are required to find creative and innovative ways to reach our goal. This is exactly where William Moss, author of Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening, comes in. His inventive approach to growing anywhere can guide you through seemingly impossible garden challenges. Live in an urban jungle? No problem. Only have a balcony? Hello, container gardening. Want to investigate community gardens? The benefits are abundant. Continue Reading »

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What the Heck is a Biennial Vegetable?

I sometimes have trouble keeping "annual" and "perennial" clear in my mind. Turns out, there's a third option: biennial. Jacqueline Soule, author of Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, explains what the heck that means. Continue Reading »

Country Skills

Kindle Deals

Great Deals on 4 Books!

September, no matter what the weather, can be a great time to look back, or look forward, and take stock. Continue Reading »

Sustainable Living


Build Your Own Firewood Shelter

We all know that wood burns best when it's dry. Continue Reading »

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Build Your Own Firewood Shelter

We all know that wood burns best when it's dry. Continue Reading »

In the Garden

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Treating Common Crop Pests

Combating Insects While Growing an Organic Farm

In the thirty years that author Peter Fossel has been farming organically, he has encountered a veritable library of crop pests, but he has only used two pesticides to treat them. Continue Reading »

In the Kitchen


What are Microgreens?

Indoor gardening: little scale, big flavor

We know there are specific types of plants that thrive best indoors, but did you know that there are several kinds of "crops" that are ideally suited to an indoor growing environment, too? Specifically, microgreens, pea shoots, sunflower shoots, sprouted grains, and some herbs can thrive inside much better than they could fare in a garden. Continue Reading »



Build a Barred Owl Nesting Box

Not only are owls stately, majestic, and often associated with the mysterious, they are beneficial birds, feeding primarily on small rodents. Continue Reading »