While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Do women’s voices make tomatoes grow faster?

A story in the British newspaper the Telegraph reports that women gardeners’ voices speed up growth of tomato plants more than men’s.

Interestingly, the tomato that grew the fastest over the month-long trial by the Royal Horticulture Society belonged to Sarah Darwin, great-great granddaughter of botanist Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution revolutionized science.

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How to make a crisp edge on garden beds—for free

I like a crisp, clean edge on my garden beds. But I don’t want to spend a lot of money. (And I hate that plastic edging that never looks right and works itself out of the soil over time!)

Here’s how I get a nice look for free, with just a little time and energy. It’s [...]

What’s your favorite tomato?

I’m waiting—impatiently—for my tomatoes to grow. They’re in 3 giant pots this year, in cages, with a fence around them on our back deck. No, not to keep the tomatoes in … to keep the deer out! Yes, those critters boldly walk as close to the house as they can get to nibble on all [...]

Proven beauty from Proven Winners

Proven Winners plants have always been among my favorites, so it was a thrill to write for their new ezine, Proven Beauty. Want to see my easy-peasy garden party planning tips? Sign up for a free e-copy here.

The company’s done a great job of getting their brand established, but nothing succeeds more than great plants.

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A “sweet raisin” tomato

As a garden writer, I often receive samples of new plants from various companies. Perhaps the most intriguing of this spring’s batch is the Tomaccio (TM) tomato. It’s billed as a “sweet raisin tomato” which will be introduced in the US market next year. Developed through 12 years of breeding work in Israel, the plant [...]

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