In Praise of Petunias


Petunias @SantaFeGreenhouses 2008jun28 LAH 186

Mention petunias among a group of passionate gardeners and you often get sneers. After all, they’re so… common! Even non-gardeners grow petunias. Those with greener thumbs usually aspire to more exotic flowers. But there’s a reason petunias are so popular among the casual gardening crowd. In fact, there are a number of reasons.


Growing Onions

Colorado State Univ. Field DayDo you grow onions? They’re not the most popular crop for the home veggie garden, which is a shame because they’re incredibly easy to grow. Sure, you can go to the store and buy a bag for a pittance, but that’s true for most vegetables we grow. And the flavor of home-grown onions isn’t that different from the ones at the market.  The primary advantage of growing your own onions is that you know exactly what you sprayed them with—or didn’t.

In general, growing onions is as easy as sticking a few sets into the ground in early spring. You can start them from seed, but they take forever to reach transplant size. That’s why many garden centers and mail order seed companies sell bunches of transplants and onion sets.