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I've moved things around a bit, grouping our tutorials on our How-to index. The items remaining on this page are more feature stories.

Lazy Summer Days (Daze) - A cool drink helps ward off sunstroke as I renovate a garden bed. (August 5, 2008)

A Cucumber of Distinction - I almost lost my saved seed from the Japanese Long Pickling variety. (August 7, 2008)

Gloxinias - This is a continuing column on how to grow this gorgeous plant. I've started from seed and will update the page periodically.

  • Saving Gloxinia Seed - This feature is really a sort of "part 2" of the gloxinia feature. I document the pollination and seed saving process for gloxinias. (October 10, 2009)
  • Gloxinia Photos - I pulled together some nice gloxinia shots taken over the last few years. (October 12, 2012)

Portuguese Kale Soup - I've crosslisted this recipe here, as it's really more a how-to story than a recipe. If you like hearty soups, try this incredible soup from this once all but forgotten vegetable.

Growing Geraniums from Seed - I finally refined our previous blogs on growing geraniums from seed into more of a how-to on the subject. (March, 2015) Note that the older blogs remain, goofs and all.

  • Growing Geraniums from Seed - 2010 - If you have the right conditions, growing seed geraniums (geraniums from seed) is relatively easy. (January 22, 2010 - a discontinued, continuing horror story)
  • Growing Geraniums from Seed - 2009 - What should have been an easy "how-to" turned out to be an instructive lesson on nearly everything one can do wrong in starting geraniums from seed! (December 1, 2008 - another discontinued, continuing horror story)

Suppliers - First published November 15, 2011 - a continuing listing of trusted vendors we use (updated several times throughout the year)

Working to Save a Pea Variety - I grew out and saved a nice seed crop of a pea in danger of going extinct. But it turned out to be a patented (PVP) seed variety, so I can only use the seed for our own gardening purposes. (October 9, 2013 - updated February 8, 2014)

Earlirouge Tomatoes - I hunted high and low for this tomato variety that is related to our favorite tomato, Moira. It turned out that I already had seed for it in frozen storage...and the twenty-five year old seed still germinated! (October 11, 2013)

A Year in Our Garden - These pages are our annual reviews of our gardening year, successes and failures included.

  • 2011 - (December 28, 2011)
  • 2012 - (December, 24, 2012)
  • 2013 - (December, 30, 2013)
  • 2014 - (December 15, 2014)
  • 2015 - (December 23, 2015)
  • 2016 - (December 10, 2016)

Our Best Garden Photos - Now an annual feature here on Senior Gardening. There's only a few words in the pages, as I hope the photos speak for themselves.

  • 2013 - (January 5, 2014)
  • 2014 - (November 6, 2014)
  • 2015 - (November 4, 2015)
  • 2016 - (November 7, 2016)

Flowers in the Senior Garden - A quick look at some of the spectacular flowers that grow around our veggies in the Senior Garden. (December 30, 2011)

2014 Onion Trials - Sensing that some of the hybrid onions we've grown for years may be discontinued soon, we tried nine new-to-us onion varieties this year, many of them heirloom varieties. (July 28, 2014)

Buying Guides

Mulching with Grass Clippings - We really wouldn't have much of a garden without using grass clippings to mulch our many vegetable plots. (May 16, 2015)

End-of-Season Gardening Chores - Doing a few tasks each fall makes ones spring gardening a lot easier. (November 1, 2016)

Earliest Red Sweet Peppers - A little bit about our favorite and an endangered pepper variety (March 10, 2017)

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