Why Your Carrots Look Wonky: Splits, Twists, and Other Deformities
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by Linda Ly
7h ago
Do your carrots often look misshapen when you pull them out of the ground? Full of twists, turns, splits, knobs, and tentacles? I often joke that these wonky carrots are simply "organic," but if every harvest is coming up that way, it's time to take a closer look at your soil. Here's what's happening ..read more
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Onions Can Store Up to a Year If You Cure Them—Here’s How
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by Linda Ly
3d ago
What's the secret to storing homegrown onions so they won't sprout or mold? Curing. This easy process is key to making them last many months in the pantry, but it all starts with the harvest. Learn how to tell when your onion crop is ready, what to do with the flower stalks, and how to maximize their shelf life so they stay as fresh as the day you picked them ..read more
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How to Grow a Beautiful Ficus Altissima
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by Linda Ly
5d ago
Maybe you've seen and admired the long thick "strangler" roots of the majestic Ficus altissima in your travels, but did you know this towering tree (also known as a false banyan) can be kept as a houseplant? With the right care, Ficus altissima can grow into a large and elegant indoor tree (even if you don't live in the tropics ..read more
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How to Harvest Garlic Scapes (+ 9 Easy Ways to Use Them!)
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by Linda Ly
1w ago
If you grow garlic at home, you're in for a treat because you actually get TWO harvests from the same plants in the same season. The stiff, curly flower stems that only appear on hardneck garlic are edible, and removing them will actually improve your main garlic harvest. Learn how to harvest garlic scapes and use them in your recipes ..read more
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How to Plant Bare-Root Perennials in Pots
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by Linda Ly
1w ago
Bare-root plants have many advantages over their container-grown versions: they're less expensive to buy, quicker to establish in a garden, and often come in more varieties than what's available locally. Don't be intimidated by what looks like a stick or a tangle of roots; potting up a bare-root perennial is a really simple process that helps your plant get off to a great start ..read more
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How to Grow Hardy Hibiscus—Even in Cold Climates
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by Linda Ly
1w ago
Even if you don't live in the tropics, you can still grow a gorgeous hardy Hibiscus plant year-round! These cold-hardy perennials are prolific bloomers and offer all the beauty and drama of their warm-weather cousins (and then some!) but are tough enough to overwinter outside down to zone 5 ..read more
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A Better Version of Garden Betty for 2024!
Garden Betty
by Linda Ly
3w ago
The last time my site got a new look was seven years ago. A lot has changed on the Internet since then, but one thing has stayed the same: my focus on creating inspiring, meaningful, and—above all—helpful resources that people connect with. The goal with the new design was to help you find it all quickly, come back to it easily, and enjoy a better user experience. Here's a look at what's new ..read more
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The Surprising Reasons You Actually WANT Moths in Your Garden
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by Linda Ly
1M ago
Moths are sometimes feared or disliked for being a nuisance, but there are far more beneficial moths than there are destructive ones. Here are three good reasons to keep moths around in your garden, plus ways you can attract more of them and make your yard a safe space for them to visit ..read more
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Weird-Looking Tomatoes? Why Catfacing Happens and What To Do About It
Garden Betty
by Linda Ly
1M ago
Anyone who's grown tomatoes knows it's rare that we get a crop of perfectly smooth and round fruit in summer. Sometimes they're bumpy, or lumpy, or so deformed or covered in scars that they become freakish looking. These "Franken-tomatoes" aren't caused by pests or diseases—they're the result of a common condition called catfacing. And yes, you can do something about it ..read more
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What To Do If Your Tomatoes Keep Splitting or Cracking
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by Linda Ly
1M ago
Split or cracked tomatoes are a common problem in mid to late summer, and while they're unsightly, most of the time they're still edible. Find out why it happens and what you can do to keep your fruits from splitting or cracking ..read more
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