Articles by Melissa Dunlap:

  1. Winter Composting

    Composting isn't only a summer garden chore. You can do it all year-round! Decomposition is a bit slower in the colder months, but...
  2. Herb-infused Oils

    Cooking oils infused with fresh garden herb flavor can make a great holiday gift for friends and family, using herbs that you've...
  3. Plant-Me Pets

    Have some fun with your food---before you even plant the seeds. Check out this wild and funny gift idea for gardening buddies or...
  4. Garden Stocking Stuffers

    The holidays are here. For your gardening pals, try these small gift ideas, perfect for filling up their stockings. Some of the best...
  5. What's a Chia Pet?

    A holiday staple in forms ranging from President Obama to Shaggy and Scooby Doo, the Chia Pet is the not-so-gag gift that keeps...
  6. Herb Garden Kits

    Fresh herbs can make all the difference. If you're looking for a gift idea for the gardeners in your life or just want to start your...
  7. Christmas Tree Care

    The holiday season is here! Every year, the debate resurfaces about whether to decorate with an artificial or real Christmas tree ....
  8. Microclimates

    While hardiness zones are a useful resource for planning a planting schedule, microclimates are the true indicator of when it is...
  9. Winter Watering

    If you're able to grow flowers and vegetables year-round, it's important to know that watering requirements in winter are...
  10. Potager Garden

    A potager garden is a kitchen garden that contains edible and ornamental plants. It's a great combination of functional plants (like...
  11. Garden Vegetable Sides

    With Thanksgiving only hours away, maybe you're starting a last-minute rush to figure out vegetable sides to accompany your...
  12. Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

    In mid-fall and around Thanksgiving , my father always made a special treat for us kiddos--squash cookies, made with squash grown...
  13. Seed Spoons

    Planting seeds one at a time can be a therapeutic rhythm, but it can be downright frustrating when the seeds are too small to see....
  14. To Peat or Not to Peat

    Peat moss has long been a staple on the list of organic gardening supplies. The natural fertilizer has several benefits for the...
  15. Tents and Tunnels

    Tents and tunnels are easy ways to get a head-start on your early spring garden. Both simple structures act like greenhouses ,...
  16. Garden Layout Ideas

    There's no one way to plan a garden. Depending on your available space and the types of plants you wish to grow, any number of...