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Joan McDonald

Container gardens aren’t just for pretty blooms—you can put them to work for your taste buds, too! Garden editor Joan McDonald creates three beautiful and edible combinations, sharing a culinary how-to for each

Dying to bring some spring vibrance to the wintery landscape? Start with a brightly blooming mailbox planter

It’s time to get a new crop of veggies growing! This month, you can plant beet, carrot, lettuce, radish, spinach, and turnip seeds outdoors. Or start seeds inside for broccoli, cabbage, collards, and kale; learn how here

Create an edible container garden with a delicious trio of herbs

Have limited space in your yard? Tired of the same old terra cotta pots? Garden editor Joan McDonald teaches us how to get creative, and crafty, with three do-it-yourself container gardening projects

Recycle unwanted silver-plate pieces or garage-sale finds into interesting and elegant containers

Give plain clay pots botanical pizzazz with this easy cast-leaf project

Reach new heights with vertical gardens—living “paintings” for patios, porches, or outdoor rooms

 

Want a plant that provides shade as well as a sweet summertime treat? Try a low-maintenance, high-yielding fig tree

Plant a different kind of hibiscus, one that loves the Lowcountry swelter and can add zest to a summer salad

Do your outdoor spaces need a quick lift? Geraniums come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of scents that can enliven any sunny spot

Plant nasturtium seeds this month for a punch of color in the garden and a peppery bite on the plate

Feeling cooped up? Don’t despair. Bring the outdoors in with these easy-to-grow ferns. And they’ll transfer nicely to your yard come spring