Current Issue:
May/June 2014, Issue Number 157

Fine Gardening magazine

On the Cover:
Lessons from a 25-year-old garden

On Sale: April 1, 2014

Subscribers in the U.S. should look for this issue around March 19, 2014.


Features Page

Lessons learned from a 25-year-old garden
by Danielle Sherry
Two seasoned gardeners impart words of wisdom to help you avoid their mistakes and share in their successes

Web extra: Identification of some of the plants in this garden

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Campanulas you can't live without
by Richard Hawke
Don't go shopping until you learn which varieties are tops in looks, hardiness, and behavior

Web extra: The full list of Camanulas tested

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Create a big brother, little brother design
by Danielle Sherry
This approach to pairing plants yields a garden that's harmonious yet dynamic

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Pick a color, any color
by Michelle Gervais
2013 container design challenge results! Focusing on a single hue results in a stunning, cohesive design

Web extra: View winning container and finalists

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Meet the Beetles
by Jessica Walliser
Proper identification is necessary before choosing a method of control

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Putting soil to the test
by Jeff Gillman
Our expert trials five brands to determine which medium is best for your plant

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Trade in your troublesome plants
by Andrew Keys
If you love a plant but it doesn't love you, grow the next best thing

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Edibles Grow-It Guide

 

Caring for your cukes
by Kate Donald
This must-have summer crop is easy to grow with the right sun, soil, and space

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Taking tomatoes to new heights
by Barbara Damrosch
Growing indeterminante varieties vertically yields earlier, larger, and better-tasting fruit

Web extra: Audio Slideshow: How to build a single stem trellis

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Pollinate your veggies by hand
by Chris McLaughlin
If your plants aren't producing as much as they should, they might need a little help from you

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Departments Page
READERS' TIPS

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PLANT PICKS
Devil's tobacco; three-spine barberry; 'Cats Meow' catmint
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HEALTHY GARDEN
Rose rosette disease; alternatives to peat moss; seeds to avoid planting now

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REGIONAL PICKS
Alternatives to troublesome plants
Northeast * Souteast * Midwest * Southern Plains * Northern plains * Central California * Northwest

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CAPTIVATING COMBINATION


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