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Excited About Gardening in January of 2016


Avoiding Squash Vine Borers
Squash without the worry of squash vine borers? You can grow that!

Horseradish Sauce! (Relish?)

Horseradish from your own garden to use in sauces and marinades.

How to Keep Carrot Harvest
Garden produce in the dead of winter? You can grow that!

You Can Grow it Better – with a Garden Journal
Take better care of your own small corner of the Universe.

You Can Grow That: Milkweed!
According to Boy Wonder #2, we’ve got to “up our game” this year for the Monarchs.

You Can Grow That: Parsley
Add beauty to your garden and flavor to your cooking.

What to do with holiday plants
Got plant left-overs from the holiday? Make ‘em last. Here’s how.


Fairy Duster

You probably won’t see a fairy duster in bloom in the US in January, but there’s plenty to get excited about in gardening. photo courtesy of Jacqueline Soule

In December, Grow Your Passion for Gardening

Basil Forever!
Whatever your climate, a single basil plant can season your meals forever.

Heuchera or Alum Root – You Can Grow That!
With unique textures, variegation, veining, and colors, Heuchera is a multitasking, yet quiet presence in the garden.

How to Grow Claytonia
Claytonia is the perfect cold hardy salad green.

Too Much Sun? Too Much Rain? What’s a Southern California Garden to Do?
You can still grow a great garden in Southern California despite the “new climate.”

You Can Grow Living Christmas Trees In Your Yard
Don’t kill a tree for Christmas; buy a live one and add it to your landscape after the holiday.

Fog Frozen on a Meadow

Late autumn frost brings a meadow’s skeleton into bloom. You can grow that with some help from the elements.

So Many Things You Can Grow! November 2015


Autumn Appreciation? You Can Grow That!
Want to rejoice every autumn as we move into winter?

Berries are the Best

Why you should have space somewhere in your garden to grow berries….

Easy to Grow Calendula
Calendula is more than just a pretty face, and you can grow that.

How to Grow Arugula
Arugula is a delicious and easy to grow cool season salad green.

Whirling Butterflies….You Can Grow That
Butterflies dancing in the breeze, as if they are whirling: It must be Gaura.

You Can Grow That: The Monarch Butterfly Version
Monarchs! If we can grow them, so can you. Trust me. I’ve never done this before and a few of them still managed to get to Mexico.



You can grow stuff that you might harvest in November. Perhaps quince, a fruit rather forgotten in the United States.

Grow a Garden; You can do that. October 2015

A Positive Attitude – You Can Grow That!

Can gardening help you cultivate a better way of looking at life?

Ficus Benjamina Finds a Good Home-You Can Grow That!

“I hope the ficus doesn’t make a mess of my car,” said Danny. “You brought plastic, right?”

How to Grow Rosemary

I can’t walk by my rosemary without “petting it” to release its wonderful scent.

Will El Niño save California gardens?

With water-wise gardening you can grow a gorgeous garden despite the changeable climate.

You Can Grow That: Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil

Yes, there really was a Mrs. Burns who introduced the plant in 1939 in New Mexico.

Hot and decorative peppers ready for harvest in early October.

Hot and decorative peppers ready for harvest in early October.

Inspired to Garden in September, 2015

Backyards beat climate extremes with outdoor rooms
Design outdoor living to make your yard a haven for you, your family, friends — and favorite plants

Papalo, Cilantro, & Lime
Papalo is seriously intense and surprisingly easy to grow.

Unusual Annual, Edible and Ornamental
Tall, beautiful and edible…next year this is going in the flower garden!

You Can Grow Cilantro – Right Now!
Cilantro is amazingly easy to grow in cool weather—spring and fall up north, and winter in the south.

You Can Grow That: In a Pot, In a Block, In a Raised Bed
You can grow that anywhere, and change it up along the way.

You Can Grow That! Tuscan Melons
These were not just any cantaloupes; these were Tuscan ‘Napoli’ melons from Renee’s Garden Seeds.


Chestnut in tree

Chestnut trees come into their own in September. Want something to roast on an open fire? You can grow that!

Garden Bloggers Know What YOU Can Grow - August 2015

A Guide to Houseplants Infographic-You Can Grow That!
An Infographic reveals myriad ways houseplants make our lives better.

A Science Experiment – You Can Grow That!
Just like me, a tomato will be a heavy feeder if you let it, but are we all better off being lean and mean?

Cat Grasses and Other Kitty Treats: You Can Grow That!
These combinations of rye, oats, barley, and wheat are very appealing to cats, especially when you fertilize them with a shot of fish emulsion.

Color Your Garden With Drought-tolerant Succulents
Want an easy-care, water-wise, artistic and colorful landscape? Try succulents. These plants are like plasticine in the garden; you can fashion them into what ever you want!

Healthy Weight Loss? You Can Grow That! 
Your vegetable garden contains the most delicious diet on earth.

How to Grow Cucamelons
So perfectly adorable, some may think they aren’t real.

Mid-summer Blue! The power horse Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’
Examples of Blue Horizon in the landscape.

Orange Cosmos: You Can Grow That!
And old-fashioned reliable plant that is the backbone of my cottage garden.

Tuberose… You Can Grow That!
Enticing, Delightful Polianthes tuberosa….A scent to love……

You Can Grow Low-Water Jojoba
Which of these—goat nut, deer nut, pignut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry, or gray box bush—has dense foliage, is drought tolerant, and requires little maintenance? Trick question, they’re all the same plant: Jojoba!

From Cat Grass to Weight Loss, Garden Bloggers KNOW What YOU Can GROW!

From Cat Grass to Weight Loss, Garden Bloggers KNOW What YOU Can GROW!

You Can Grow That! Say Garden Bloggers in May

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape
All you need is a small container and a sunny window to have fresh grapes all year ’round!

Book Publicity? You Can Grow That!
I steal a method of planting and germination from mother nature…

Coleus: Tropical Beauty Decorates Your Indoors
Coleus and I go way back…

Lilacs: You Can Grow That!
Lilac (Syringa) is a large shrub whose flowers emit one of the most beautiful scents found in nature. On a sunny, breezey day like today, I can smell my lilacs in the side yard all the way down my block…

You Can Grow That – Desert Zinnia
Want a cute, low growing perennial plant that flowers for months on end and attracts butterflies to the garden?  Furthermore this plant is a native plant that survives well in an arid environment.

You Can Grow That: Dill!
Dill is easy to grow from seed; I just throw a few seed in a large plastic container on my deck in late March.

Desert zinnia shot from Gardening With Soule blog

Desert zinnia shot from Gardening With Soule blog

Garden Bloggers Know What YOU Can Grow...April 2015

From memorials to walking onions, and plants or projects in between, find out what you can grow…

Walk this way....

Walk this way….

A Memorial. You can grow that!
Thinking about how to remember the people we love, by planting the flowers they love.

A Salad Bowl? You Can Grow That!
A spring weekend project for kids and adults: plant a salad bowl!

Clivia nobilis: You Can Grow That!
The description said it was more prone to rot than the more commonly available Clivia. And that it would bloom in two to three years. Neither scared me.

Grow Pineapples Indoors!
Pineapples are surprisingly easy to grow indoors. Here’s how.

Hens and Chicks? You Can Grow That! 
You don’t have to grow Hens and Chicks… they grow themselves.

How to Grow Carrots – You Can Grow That!
Carrots come in many colors, not just orange.

Plan T for Peppers: You Can Grow That!
Some gardening seasons, I run through all my back-up plans for various plants. This year, it’s the peppers that are making me resort to Plan T, as Sweet Hubby calls it.

Radishes: You Can Grow That!
Radish — easy and quick! The best choice for beginning kitchen gardeners of all ages.

Sanity and the Sustainable Garden – You Can Grow That!
Sustainable gardening can make a difference to your life — and life all around you. You can grow that!

Stevia – You Can Grow That!
A hard to grow plant? Challenge accepted!

You Can Grow That: Walking Onions
You can grow walking onions, also called Egyptian walking onions, tree onions, winter onions, and perennial onions.


You Can Grow That - March 2015

From Aloe to Sugar Snap Peas, there is so much that you can grow… learn from the YCGT Garden Bloggers!

Aloe From Seed – You Can Grow That!
Gardening Jones shares how they (she) grew aloe, somewhat by accident.

 A Taste of Summer in the Middle Of Winter? You Can Grow That!
Freeze your extra blueberries and blackberries this summer and use them in this fantastic Blueberry Buckle recipe from Martha Stewart.

Best Vegetable Row Orientation
Have you every wondered if it was better to plant your garden rows in a north-south or an east-west orientation?

DC Gardens…You Can Grow That!
Cultivating interest in gardens in a grassroots way…DC Gardens…YOU CAN GROW THAT!

Grow Strawberries Indoors: You Can Grow That!
If you want to grow fruit indoors, strawberries are your best bet. They’re easy to plant bareroot, take up very little space, and since they are small fruits, they grow quickly to maturity indoors.

How to Select a Tomato – You Can Grow That!
Choosing a tomato can be a very overwhelming task. We’re here to help

Living or Artificial Lawn…which is better? 
Lawns are making headlines in landscaping today. If you want one, what’s best to use; synthetic or live? Here’s what you can grow — and why.

March Came in Like a LION!
The month of March underscores one of the great things about our wonderful region – we are living in a place where the plants from radically different climates can be grown.

Milkweed: You Can Grow That! 
We planted milkweed and so can you.

Plants for Gardening for the Birds in the Desert
Native means that the native birds know them and are used to them.

You Can Grow That! Sugar Snap Peas
March is the time to grow peas here in Northern Virginia. In our family we prefer the sugar snap peas wher eyou can eat the peas and pod together…

In winter, spring, summer and fall, never forget how much you can grow!

In winter, spring, summer and fall, never forget how much you can grow!

Be In The Know...What Can You Grow? February 2015

Early Sunflowers – You Can Grow That!
Because sunflowers and Wonder Kids won’t wait…

Fresh Food Year Round – You Can Grow That! 
Growing food year round doesn’t have to mean going out into the freezing cold, or in some cases, the blistering heat

Garden Sheds: Making the ordinary extraordinary
Make sheds into settings for growing plants — and creating a focal point for the whole garden.

Love Pineapple?… Think Bromeliads… You Can Grow That!
Tropical thoughts on an easy care plant…

Southwestern Flavor Kale & Winter Squash Casserole
Grow Tuscan kale, winter squash and tomatoes this season…eat this delicious casserole next winter! You can grow YUM.

There’s Still Time for Winter Veggies & Herbs
California gardeners! Did you know you can plant Parsley now and harvest it this spring? Yes you can!

You Can Grow Mache! 
Mache is simply a lettuce that likes cold weather. Easily grown from seed, mache is started in the autumn and allowed to grow during the winter until it gets to…

Frozen kale, winter squash and tomatoes make for a yummy "world beat" dish.

Frozen kale, winter squash and tomatoes make for a yummy “world beat” dish.