Plant Information

October

Plant Profiles

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum is Japanese, She's a fine lady, if you please. She comes to see us once a year, about the time Thanksgiving's here.
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October

Smart Gardener

gourds and cinderella pumpkin

Plants That Celebrate Halloween

It’s just about that time of year for ghosts, goblins, witches, and treats. To celebrate, here are...

Question of the Month

Pumpkin Selection

Pumpkin Selection

Q. How should we select pumpkins for cooking and decorating?

A. From supermarkets to farm stands and backyard gardens, fall brings vast displays of colorful pumpkins. Pumpkins, as well as squash and cucumbers, are members of the plant family Cucurbita, and originated in the Americas. In recent years, many unique cultivars have been introduced, along with distinctive heirloom varieties.

Whether for cooking or decoration, a good pumpkin has the same external characteristics. It should be free from scratches, soft or rotten spots, and cracks,...