3: Harvesting Potatoes
After all your work of planting and caring for your potato plants, here's how to get the most from your harvest.
4: Harvesting Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potato plants will keep growing as long as the weather stays warm. The vines don't die and signal harvest time the way white potato vines do. If you have a long growing season, you just have to keep checking the hills and harvest the roots at the best cooking stage.
5: Harvesting Corn
Harvesting corn is a matter of picking the ears at peak flavor. Here's how to know when to harvest.
6: How Potatoes Grow
Potatoes are usually grown from other potatoes. You plant a whole, small potato, or a piece of a larger one for a new plant. The whole potato or cut piece has several slightly recessed, dormant buds or "eyes" on the surface. When conditions are right, these buds will sprout, whether the potatoes are in the ground or in a kitchen cupboard. The sprouts then develop into independent plants.
7: Watering Tomatoes
Tomatoes require an even supply of water throughout the season; an irregular water supply will cause your tomatoes to develop problems.
8: Prolific and Terrific: Ranunculus
These are brilliantly colored flowers with multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper-thin petals. They look more like an origami masterwork than a flower.
9: Overwintering Herbs
Some herb plants can be brought indoors to grow for months, providing summer flavor for my cooking. Others can be protected in the garden over the winter and they will bounce back next spring. Here are some suggestions for keeping herbs through the winter -- indoors and out.
10: Naturally Rot-Resistant Woods
Environmental and health concerns have people looking for natural raised bed materials.
Our forums really grew this year. We had 15,629 new threads started this year (compared with 12,985 last year). A grand total of 316,283 posts were written in our forums, compared with 262,529 last year. The most viewed threads were:
Questions and Answers Archive
Everyone knows that we have an amazing community of gardeners ready to answer every question in our Ask a Question area, but did you know that we also have a archive of nearly 30,000 questions from the past? Members can search past questions and view the answers that were given by NGA experts of years past. From that wealth of information, the following ten questions were the most viewed inquiries this year:
The National Gardening Association has had a long history going back to 1971 and has undergone numerous transitions during the many decades of its life. The NGA's name and assets changed hands this year when we (Trish and Dave Whitinger) took over the organization and gave it a new life. We spent almost all of 2016 bringing the website up to modern standards, and merging it in with our pre-existing website, All Things Plants.
We have come so far this year, and we are so excited for the work we have done, and the work that is yet to come. The members that gather daily at Garden.org, and the visitors that come by the millions to educate themselves on gardening, are our reward for the work we are doing. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those who use our services, and we are grateful and honored to be in this position. Thank you to all the members who have been with us through this transition - we appreciate each and every one of you more than you can know.