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ELAYNE SEARS Vining crops grown in containers can double as a sunshade on your patio Read more:

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Kartoffelhorde Kiefernholz

Root cellar potato

ELAYNE SEARS Grass clippings are high in nitrogen, making them a nutritious mulch as well as an excellent ingredient in liquid fertilizers. Read more:

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Schneckenbarriere Kupferband

OMG! I HAVE TO GET THIS STUFF!!!! copper tape: find at the hardware store. It's intended to keep snails and slugs out of raised garden beds. But I see crafty things in its future...

ELAYNE SEARS Even in winter your garden can be growing and producing cold-hardy crops. Thick mulch will build soil and protect beneficial organisms necessary for next spring’s plantings. The mulched soil itself is a perfect storage place for your fall-grown root vegetables. Read more:

Elayne Sears' illustration on vertical gardening techniques. Given even a little encouragement, many plants will climb and climb.

Though the garden might seem like a far-off vision this month, it's time to order seeds and prepare to start them indoors.

Make these easy liquid fertilizers then sit back and watch your seedlings and plants thrive! - Homemade liquid fertilizers made from free, natural ingredients such as grass clippings, seaweed, chicken manure and human urine??? can give your plants the quick boost of nutrients they need to grow stronger and be more productive. #edible #vegetable #gardening #yard

Who wouldn't want to have this beautiful heirloom blue popcorn gracing their garden and thrilling the kids and grand kids?