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Collard Greens growing

Growing Collard GreensThis page is about growing collard greens. This hearty, nutritious vegetable is a staple in the southern US, and has its best flavor after the first frost.


Growing Tomato Slices

Growing Tomatoes From SlicesThis is a page about growing tomatoes from slices. Try this quick and easy way to plant tomato seeds from your store bought produce.


grapefruit on branch with a slice in foreground

Growing Grapefruit from SeedThis is a page about growing grapefruit from seed. The seeds from this citrus fruit, unless they are hybrid, may germinate to produce a grapefruit house plant and eventually a tree.


A tomato with an issue.

Growing Tomatoes?Some of our tomatoes are growing fine but some bunch of them are looking like the picture attached. What could cause that? Is it a fungus disease? Or too much water? The lower leaves seems to dry off too.


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Plant Pumpkins In Indoor Pots Now for Next YearGet a head start on the growing season by starting now. Yes before Christmas and here in Canada, the middle of winter.


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Zucchini Buds Falling Off?I have two zucchini plants planted in a single 5 gallon pot. They seem healthy overall and I even harvested one fruit this season. But all remaining fruit buds that are forming on the plants are turning yellow, becoming limp and falling off even before they blossom (flowers don't open).



Picking butter beans off the vine.

Picking ButterbeansThis has been a hot, dry summer and the first year we have watered our garden. It has been a pretty one. My grandmother used to say, a dry June means a wet July. It seems that old saying is true because we have had a lot more rain this month.


Holes drilled in the bottom of a bucket.

Use a Drain Bucket When Washing Vegetables OutsideI use a drain pan in my kitchen quite often and I thought it would be good to have a drain bucket on hand when washing garden vegetables outside. It gets the excess water out.


A wire frame to grow beans on.

Frame for Running BeansLast year we planted bush green beans and when they began to grow, they put out long shoots. That's when we realized that, by mistake, we had gotten some running beans instead of bush beans.


Grapes growing on a vine.

Keeping Animals Out of the GrapevineOur scuppernong grapes are ripening fast and they are so good. With us living close to the woods, animals can be a problem when trying to grow fruit and vegetables.


Watermelons protected with chicken wire.

Chicken Wire To Protect Garden From AnimalsWe have a few watermelons in our garden this year. Three weeks ago, it was a disappointment to find that an animal, probably a deer, had bitten a huge gash out of one. To remedy this problem, we covered them with chicken wire and have not had any more problems.


A tomato with a nose like extrusion.

Tomatoes with CharacterWe have had some funny looking tomatoes in our garden this year. Number one would have made a good Pinocchio character and number 2 has some spots that look like eyes and a dent that makes it look like it is smiling.


Tomatoes after being tamed.

Taming TomatoesWhen our tomato plants start growing like crazy, I invented this holder made from a clothes hanger to keep the tomato plants from escaping the garden. Cut the wire into 6" pieces. Using pliers, curve into a U shape and curve both ends. Place U shape around straying tomato vine and attach to tomato cage. Do this to all vines to clean up the garden area.


A bamboo stick in a tomato plant.

Bamboo Sticks for Plant SupportYou can use bamboo sticks instead of a cage for tomatoes. It's a cheaper alternative and you can put the sticks anywhere, not just for tomatoes but for other plants, flowers, trees, etc. as well.


Green elephant ears leaves.

Growing Elephant EarsElephant ear tubers may need to be dug up each year to survive the winter season. They can be grown in a pot or directly in the soil when all danger of frost has passed.


Make a Little Hothouse for Early Tomatoes - pull down over the top of the pot, tie with a cord with a slip knot so that it can be raised later

Starting Tomatoes in a HothouseTomatoes need to be protected from frost and cool temperatures. A plastic tent can help keep them warm and give them a head start on the season. This is a page about making a little hothouse for starting tomatoes.


Starting Tomatoes in Coffee Cans

Starting Tomato Plants in Coffee CansGiving young tomato plants a start following this method is easy and allows you to move them into the garden with little stress. This is a page about starting tomatoes in coffee cans.


Flower Bed Okra Plants

Growing Flower Bed Okra PlantsFlower Bed Okra is a strain of okra developed by a man in Texas, that grows like a shrub with many branches and gets over 5 feet tall. This seed variety doesn't appear to be mass produced.


Grow your Own Tomato Plants  - plants in cups

Growing Tomato Plants from SeedTry growing tomato plants from seed rather than buying plants at your local big box store or nursery. There are so many more varieties available as seeds than you can buy as plants. Choose those that do well in your area and have a go planting seeds this season.


Milk jug tomato planter hanging in tree.

Homemade Upside Down Tomato PlanterTomatoes grow very successfully in upside down planters and they are convenient for a patio or deck. This page is about making a homemade upside down tomato planter.


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Growing Mums in a Pot?I am getting mums for my subdivision entry way. I would like to keep them looking pretty. How much water should they have and how often? The pot is about 12 inches round. I am getting yellow and white and putting them in the same pot. Will that be okay? What other plant can I add to the pot for fall decorations?



Canning jars of preserved vegetables

Planning a Canning and Preserve GardenCanning your own fruits and vegetables is be rewarding and frugal. Plus, jars of summer produce make a wonderful present. This is a page about planning a canning and preserve garden.


Hands holding a wooden box full of cherries.

Harvesting CherriesThis is a page about harvesting cherries. If you love cherries, why not try growing them. Here is a ton of information about everything from growing, pitting, and freezing cherries.


Pulling beets from the ground.

Growing Beets in Georgia?This is a page about growing beets in Georgia. Because beets are a cool weather crop it is best to plant the seeds in early spring or late summer to early fall in Georgia.


A variety of vegetables.

Growing Miniature VegetablesMost small vegetables are not really miniatures, and are grown like other vegetables, but possibly closer together. Of course there are also dwarf varieties that easily lend themselves to growing miniature veggies. This is a page about growing miniature vegetables.


Succulents in a pot.

Caring for a Succulent?This is a page about caring for a succulent. Succulents are typically very easy to grow. There are a few specific things to keep in mind to ensure their health. Do not over or underwater. For more succulent care tips check out this page. This is a page about caring for a succulent.


A bouquet of edible flowers on a wooden table.

Creating a Bouquet of Edibles from Your GardenUse herbs, flowers, stalks, and leaves from your veggie garden to create a beautiful, edible bouquet. This is a page about creating a bouquet of edibles from your garden.


Closeup of hands holding 3 tomatoes.

Tips for Tomato GrowersEven though the tomato is the most popular garden crop in the US, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure the best crop possible. This page contains tips for tomato growers.


Woman Tending her Vegetable Garden

Preventative Medicine For Your Vegetable GardenIt is always preferable to prevent problems than to have to remedy them after they occur. This is also true of a vegetable garden. Proper care and maintenance, such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, and pest elimination can help keep your garden growing and producing well throughout the season. This is a page about preventative medicine for your vegetable garden.


Kiwi on a Trellis

Growing Kiwi on a Trellis?Kiwi vines require sturdy support to carry the weight of their developing fruit. This is a page about growing kiwi on a trellis.


Magically Growing Foods from Waste

Growing Food from WasteThe tops and root ends of many fresh vegetables can be sprouted in your kitchen, giving you fresh greens and leaves to use in cooking. This is a page about growing food from waste.


Harvested Pumpkins

How to Harvest PumpkinsIf you have grown some pumpkins it will be great to harvest them in the the fall. Here is how to harvest pumpkins.


Cantaloupes growing.

How Many Cantaloupes Grow from a Plant?The number of melons produced by a cantaloup vine will depend on growing conditions and the variety planted, as well as, a bit of gardener intervention. This is a page about, "How many cantaloupes grow from a plant?".


Cantaloupes and Watermelon

Cantaloupes and Watermelon Stopped GrowingSeveral conditions can halt the growth of melons, including temperatures that are too cool, and either too much or too little water. So if your cantaloupes or watermelons stop growing check to see if any of these conditions apply.


Succulent Plants Make Wonderful Gifts

Giving Succulents as GiftsSucculents are easy to propagate and equally easy to grow. This makes them a good and often inexpensive choice for gift giving. This is a page about giving succulents as gifts.


Haworthia Bloom Failing - bent bloom stalk

Haworthia Not Blooming?This succulent, native to South Africa, is often sold as a houseplant. They produce multiple small flowers on a relatively tall stem. This is a page about haworthia not blooming.



Corn growing in a field.

Growing PopcornImportant factors to keep in mind before planting your own popcorn include a longer germination time and slower seedling growth rate. Given the proper growing conditions it is a fun addition to the home garden. This is a page about growing popcorn.


Big tomato plants with blossoms but no fruit growing.

Big Tomato Plants, But No Tomatoes?If your tomato plants are growing quite large, but not bearing fruit there are a number of things you can check for to potentially still produce a harvest. This is a page about big tomato plants, but no tomatoes.


Tomato Blossoms

Blossoms Falling Off Tomato Plants?If your tomato plant is not setting fruit and the blossoms are falling off, there are several possible causes you will need to investigate, including temperature, pests, and soil deficiencies. This is a page about blossoms falling off tomato plants.


Veggies from small garden.

6 Ways to Get Big Yields From a Small GardenA small garden space does not mean you can't have a nice yield if you employ a few techniques to intensify your gardening. This is a page about six ways to get big yields from a small garden.


A monarch butterfly on a goldenrod plant.

Growing GoldenrodThis is a page about growing goldenrod. This hardy perennial can be grown by division or seed and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.


Caraway blossoms growing outside.

Growing CarawayThis page is about growing caraway. A hardy biennial that is generally known for its culinary uses.


Hop flowers growing outside.

Growing HopsThis is a page about growing hops. Hops prefer moist, nutrient-rich, well-drained soil and hot, dry growing conditions.


An angelica flower in bloom, growing outside.

Growing AngelicaThis is a page about growing angelica. Commonly know as Queen Anne's Lace, this herb likes a partially shady spot. Angelica has culinary and medicinal uses.


A vanilla plant with flowers and beans.

Growing Vanilla Beans in IndiaThis is a page about growing vanilla beans in India. Like other members of the orchid family, vanilla grows best in partial shade in a temperate climate with high amounts of moisture and humidity.


An orange cosmos flower growing in a garden.

Growing Cosmos (Mexican Aster)This is a page about growing cosmos (Mexican aster). Plant in the full sun when all danger of frost is past. It blooms mid summer until fall, with a variety of daisy-like colored flowers.


Lungwort blossoms growing in a garden.

Growing LungwortThis is a page about growing lungwort. Lungwort grows to 8 to 10 inches and is one of the best ways to bring low-maintenance color to the shadier parts of your garden.


Astilbe flowers growing in a garden.

Growing AstilbeThis is a page about growing astilbe. To give you plants a good start make sure they have plenty of water and some compost. Purchase a nursery raised pot with numerous plants and divide them up when you plant them.


Chili peppers growing outside.

Growing ChilesChilies can be easy to grow and they are a delicious addition to almost any meal. This is a page about how to grow chillies.


A young cabbage plant with out a cabbage forming.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage Not Forming Heads?There are actually quite a few reasons that these veggies don't form heads. Prominent among them is that temperature and water requirements are not being met. This is a page about broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage not forming heads.


A sprouting potato.

Planting Sprouting PotatoesThis is a page about planting sprouting potatoes. If those potatoes that you forgot about have begun to sprout, try planting them. As long as there is no rot you should be able to harvest a nice crop.


Pineapple and top of pineapple against green background

Growing Pineapples in PotsThis is a page about growing pineapples in pots. The top of a pineapple can become a potted plant, and if you have two you may grow your own pineapple.


Girl holding two handfuls of fresh green beans

Harvesting Green BeansThis is a page about harvesting green beans. After the hours spent planting and tending your garden, it is exciting to begin the harvest.


Tomato plant with late blight and dying leaves

Troubleshooting Tomato ProblemsThis is a page about troubleshooting tomato problems. If your tomato harvest is disappointing due to disease, pests, or growing conditions there some easy solutions to your gardening issues.


Growing Pea Shoots

Growing Pea ShootsThis is a page about growing pea shoots. Pea shoots make for a tasty salad topping and the best part is that they are easy to grow yourself.


Horseradish root against white background

Harvesting HorseradishThis is a page about harvesting horseradish. Choosing the right time of year, when the soil is cool, and using the appropriate garden tools will give you your most flavorful harvest.


Growing Purslane (Portulaca) oleracea

Growing Purslane (Portulaca)This is a page about growing purslane (portulaca). Thriving in a hot, dry climate these edible plants, also called pigweed, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.


looking down into potato cage with new growth

Building a Potato CageThis is a page about building a potato cage. A popular way to grow potatoes is to use a cage type structure for planting your crop.


Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic GardeningThis gardening method conserves water resources, does not disrupt top soil or deplete soil nutrients. It requires fewer pesticides than ordinary gardening. This is a page about hydroponic gardening.


basket of sweet potato squash

Growing Sweet Potato Squash (Delicata...This is a page about growing sweet potato squash (delicata squash). This easy to grow heirloom squash has a flavor much like a sweet potato.


locust blossom

Growing Locust Trees?This is a page about growing locust trees. Called acacia in England, the most common locust are the black and honey. These fast growing trees are important plant for bee keepers.


trumpet vine

Growing Perennial VinesThis is a page about growing perennial vines. Many beautiful flowers grow seasonally on vines that can climb walls, cover arbors, and create a sense of privacy and shade.


Cucumber seedlings ready to plant.

Planting a Second Season CropThis is a page about planting a second season crop. Depending on where you live, you may be able to plant a second garden crop of cool season or quick growing veggies.


Salix Nishiki Willow

Growing Salix Nishiki Willow?This is a page about growing salix nishiki willow. A Japanese variegated ornamental commonly called a dapple willow, is a very attractive shrub.


Three white eggplants from an Easter Egg plant.

Growing an Easter Egg Plant?This is a page about growing an Easter egg plant. Solanum Melongena, commonly known as white eggplant, are a fun ornamental that looks similar to eggs.



Irrigation for SaplingsThis is a page about irrigation for saplings. New trees need constant moisture to make sure the roots become well established so the tree can thrive.


Growing Bromeliads

Growing BromeliadsThis is a page about growing bromeliads. This family of tropical plants includes the pineapple. Some members are known as air plants because they soak up moisture from the air.


Man in his Vegetable and Flower garden

Finding Easy to Grow Flowers and VegetablesThis is a page about finding easy to grow flowers and vegetables. Whether a new or experienced gardener, it is great to have successful results. There are many plants that do not require much attention to be productive.


Perennial Vinca with Purple Flowers

Growing Perennial VincaThis is a page about growing perennial vinca. Perennial vinca, also known as periwinkle, can make for a lovely lush ground cover.


Grafting A Citrus Tree

Grafting a Citrus Tree?This page is about grafting a citrus tree. When you learn how, it is possible to grow similar fruits on the same tree by grafting a young shot to a branch.


Magnolia trees with pink blossoms.

Growing Magnolia TreesThis page is about growing magnolia trees. These trees provide beautiful early spring flowers and dark green leathery leaves through the growing season.


A girl holding a basket full of vegetables.

Sharing Garden ProduceThis is a page about sharing garden produce. Even a modest backyard garden can yield more produce than one family can easily consume. Sharing your extra fruits and vegetables is a simple and kind way to provide fresh produce for friends and neighbors.


Castor Bean Plant

Growing a Castor Bean PlantThis page is about growing a castor bean plant. Be careful of the very, poisonous beans that grow on this plant.


Avocado Plant

Growing an Avocado Plant from a CuttingThis page is about growing an avocado plant from a cutting. Many trees can be propagated from cuttings with the proper knowledge, timing and technique.


Woman holding up vegetables from her garden.

Growing Your Own FoodThis page is about growing your own food. With a little work, deliciously, fresh vegetables can be grown in your very own garden.


Sweetgum Tree

Growing a Sweetgum TreeThis page is about growing a sweetgum tree. A member of the witch hazel family with distinctive prickly seed pods that are native to the eastern north american woodlands.


Watering plants in a vegetable garden.

Troubleshooting Your Vegetable GardenA successful vegetable garden requires more than simply preparing the soil and planting your vegetable plants or seeds. You will need to respond to any number of issues that might arise, such as leggy plants, low yield, or insect damage. This is a page about troubleshooting your vegetable garden.


Frosted vegetable in garden.

Growing Food in the Fall and Winter?This is a page about growing food in the fall and winter. When the summer growing season ends, it does not necessarily mean an end to your vegetable gardening.


Growing Vegetables in the Mountains

Growing Vegetables in the MountainsThis page is about growing vegetables in the mountains. When living at a high altitude your garden growing season can be limited.


Growing Parsnips

Growing ParsnipsThis is a page about growing parsnips. This biennial root is usually grown as a annual. They are best harvested in the fall or early winter, as their flavor improves with exposure to near freezing temperatures.


Growing Turnips

Growing Turnips?This is a page about growing turnips. Turnips are a great choice for the home garden as both the root and the leaves can be eaten.


Corn growing in a three sisters mound.

Growing Corn, Beans and Squash Together (Three...This is a page about growing corn, beans, and squash together (three sisters). The tradition of growing corn, beans, and squash together for their mutual benefit began with the Iroquois.


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Rhubarb Died Over the Winter?Why did most of my rhubarb plants die this winter?


Supporting Tomato Plants

Supporting Tomato PlantsThis is a page about supporting tomato plants. Tomato plants generally need to be trellised or supported in some way.


Growing Leeks

Growing LeeksThese sweet and mild flavored cousins of the onion are easy to grow in your garden. This is a page about growing leeks.


Planting Parsley

Growing ParsleyThis page is about growing parsley. A wonderful, useful biennial herb that is easy to grow in your garden.


Iceberg Lettuce

Growing Iceberg Lettuce?This is a page about growing iceberg lettuce. Crisphead or iceberg lettuce is not difficult to grow although it does have different growing requirements than leaf type lettuce varieties.


Planting basil in an herb garden.

Herbs That Grow Well Together?This page is about herbs that grow well together. Finding good herb companions to plant together, can give you a bountiful crop.


Cucumber Blooms

Cucumbers Turning Yellow?This is a page about cucumbers turning yellow. There are several reasons your cucumbers are turning yellow.


Cucumbers growing.

Why Are My Cucumbers Bitter?This page concerns why are my cucumbers bitter? The growing conditions or vegetable variety may affect the flavor of a it.


green peppers growing

Growing Peppers and Tomatoes TogetherThis page is about growing peppers and tomatoes together. These vegetables are delicious when cooked together, but the question is do they grow well together.


Growing Chervil

Growing ChervilThis page is about growing chervil. An herb that closely resembles Italian parsley, but it tastes somewhat like licorice.


Privet Hedge

Growing a Privet HedgeThis page is about growing a privet hedge. A hedge can make a good property line definition and create privacy.


Solomon's Seal

Growing Solomon's SealThis page is about growing Solomon's seal. Grown from rhizomes and seeds this perennial does well in wooded areas.


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Ferns from Spores

Growing Woodland Ferns From SporesStarting your own ferns for a shady spot can be a challenge. This page is about growing woodland ferns from spores.


Buttercup Squash

Growing Buttercup SquashThis is a page about growing buttercup squash. These delicious winter squash are easy to grow.


Jalapeno Peppers

Growing Jalapeno PeppersThe jalapeno pepper is a popular, mildly hot, chili pepper often used in Mexican cuisine. It is also a good choice for your home garden. This is a page about growing jalapeno peppers.


Cherry Tomatoes

Growing Cherry TomatoesThis page is about growing cherry tomatoes. An abundance of these bite sized treats can be grown on the patio or in the garden.



Growing Huckleberries?This is a page about growing huckleberries. This relative of the blueberry grows well in moist acidic soil and requires lots of daylight. Given the right conditions you can enjoy these delicious berries straight from your garden.


Concord Grapes

Growing Concord Grapes?This is a page about growing Concord grapes. The much loved Concord grape, found in gardens across the country, is a descendant of a wild native grape from New England.


Forsythia Flower

Growing ForsythiaThis page is about growing forsythia. A hardy, perennial shrub that produces beautiful yellow flowers in the yard.


Hens and Chicks

Growing Hens and ChicksThis page is about growing hens and chicks. These semi succulents grow best in poor soil conditions, and are especially suitable for the rock garden.


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Growing Chives

Growing ChivesThis page is about growing chives. Chives are simple to grow and come back year after year.


Now Is the Time for a Victory Garden - raised beds with leaf lettuce and other crops

Now Is the Time for a Victory GardenWith all the extra time spent at home and uncertainty with COVID-19, now is the perfect time to be planting a victory garden.


watermelon with yellow and red flesh

Effects Of Pollen Transfer Between...In July 2015, I submitted a rather lengthy post titled 'Do Different Vegetables "Cross"? To me, this is a serious question posed by well meaning people and deserves a detailed answer. Before giving my answer, I did more research than I have ever done before on a ThriftyFun post.


An aloe plant in a pot.

Growing AloeThis is a page about growing aloe. Not only is aloe a neat looking plant, it has medicinal uses too. It is easy to grow aloe at home and have access to its soothing qualities the next time you get sunburned.


Growing Tomatoes, Red Tomatoes on White Background

Growing TomatoesThis is a page about growing tomatoes. Tomatoes are a very rewarding addition to any garden. They are relatively easy to grow and you won't have any trouble finding ways to use them at the dinner table.


A sinkful of freshly picked cherries

Harvesting CherriesOur Stella cherry tree is loaded this year. We purchased it as a seedling in 2003, on sale at a grocery store for about $5. Most years, we get some cherries but this is a bumper crop, even the birds can't keep up. The heat wave of last weekend has quickly ripened the fruit and they need to be picked NOW!


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How to Grow Chillies

How to Grow ChilliesChillies, chiles or hot peppers, these spicy fruits are important in cooking across the globe. Learn how to grow them in this short video.


Stackable Potato Tower

Stackable Potato TowerGrown your own potatoes at home with this stackable tower. Learn how to make it in this short video.


braiding garlic

Braiding GarlicHere's a great video with instructions for making a garden braid.


Avocado Seed

Growing an Avocado SeedGrowing an avocado plant from the pit is a great project for kids to do. It is so easy.



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Zucchini Buds Falling Off?I have two zucchini plants planted in a single 5 gallon pot. They seem healthy overall and I even harvested one fruit this season. But all remaining fruit buds that are forming on the plants are turning yellow, becoming limp and falling off even before they blossom (flowers don't open).


Caring for a Succulent

Caring for a Succulent?My succulent has been looking a little off lately. It's an echeveria agavoides, if that helps. Have I been overwatering? Underwatering? Not enough or too much light?


Tomato Plants Not Blooming - unopened buds

Tomato Plants Not Blooming?My tomato plants are not blooming. The stems turn yellow and they fall off. Any ideas?


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No Flowers on My Hydroponic Tomato Plants?I'm growing tomatoes in an hydroponic Aerogarden in my house. I have great plants, but no flowers. I've checked with the company and still I have no flowers after doing everything they recommended. Can anybody help?


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Growing Melons in 5A?I'm getting worried, My watermelon and cantaloupe are small, tennis ball size cantaloupe and marble size watermelon. Should I trim back the vines or pull new flowers to get them going?


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Lilac Tree Leaves?Why does my lilac tree only have leaves near the end of branches. Thanks


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