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Fine Gardening – Issue 131

  • Liven Up Your Long Border - Plant IDs

    Click to see these plants identified. Photo/Illustration: Steve AitkenClick to see these plants identified. Photo/Illustration: Steve AitkenA border isn't boring, at least not when you utilize all of your options.…

  • How to Prevent Late Blight

    Protect your crops by priming yourself with some know-how

  • Get Rid of Fungus Gnats

    You don't have to cohabitate with these tiny pests

  • Lettuce in Every Season

    Start it early, sow it often, and eat it all year

  • Training a Vine

    Vines are an essential plant in any garden. When you're planting a new one, you may need to do a little training to give it a leg up. First, it's…

  • How to Build a Pot Fountain

    Nothing is more relaxing than the sound of moving water in the garden. Here's how to build a one-of-a-kind pot fountain water feature in a weekend. This water feature consists…

  • Break the Houseplant Rules

    I started collecting houseplants in 1979, right about the time I found James Underwood Crockett’s houseplant book, Crockett’s Indoor Garden, at a garage sale for 50 cents. I was a…

  • Liven Up Your Long Border

    Gertrude Jekyll, the doyenne of early-20th-century British gardening and mother of the modern mixed border, was ever the optimist. On at least one occasion in her later years, however, she…

  • 10 Flowering Evergreen Shrubs

    When most teenagers went to work at Dairy Queen for the summer, I decided to punch a time card at the local nursery. I had a basic knowledge of plants,…

  • Vines: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

    Climbing plants are like a troupe of exceptionally versatile thespians—pleased to perform a myriad of roles in an endless number of plays. Are you in need of a shining star…

  • Living on the Grid

    Nine years ago, we stumbled upon the piece of land that would become our future home: a huge cornfield, with the corn 7 feet high. The surrounding fields that stretched…

  • Build a One-of-a-Kind Water Feature

    Nothing is more relaxing than the music of moving water in the garden. But finding a water feature to complement your style can be tough. So why not make a…

  • Regional Picks: Best Edibles - Northeast

     1. ‘Kennebec’ Potato Maturity: 70 to 90 days Yield: 5 to 8 pounds of potatoes per plant Needs: Full sun; average soil I believe gardener Samwise Gamgee in The Lord…

  • Regional Picks: Best Edibles - Midwest

    1. ‘Diamond’ Eggplant Maturity: 70 to 80 days from transplant Yield: 20 to 30 fruit per plant Needs: Full sun; rich, moist, well-drained soil; lots of heat Eggplants love heat;…

  • Regional Picks: Best Edibles - Southwest

    1. Purple Tomatillo Maturity: 80 to 90 days Yield: 5 to 15 pounds of fruit per plant Needs: Full sun; rich, loose soil (but will tolerate heavy clay soil) A…

  • Regional Picks: Best Edibles - Northwest

     1. ‘Montovano’ Fennel Maturity: 75 to 80 days Yield: One bulb per foot Needs: Full sun to partial shade; light, fertile soil Bulb fennel was once an oddity at local…

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