Posts by Teresa O'Connor

Teresa O'Connor is an award-winning writer and national speaker on gardening, food and seasonal living. A trained master gardener in California and Idaho, Teresa’s articles have been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Gardening How-To, Coastal Home and other fine magazines. Learn more at her blog,

What You Need to Know About Growing Winter Squash

marina di chioggia is a lovely winter squash

Despite their names, winter squashes are frost-sensitive and should be planted after the last frost date in your area. Although they grow around the same time as summer squash, there are differences. Read on to learn more, plus discover 6 of our favorite winter squash varieties for your garden.

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Beginner’s Guide to Growing Beans

Blue Lake Bush beans are the standard bush bean

Among the easiest vegetables to grow are beans, making them ideal for beginning gardeners. Plus, beans come in a wide range of fun colors, from purple and yellow to speckled. Read on to find some helpful tips for growing beans, plus a few of our favorite varieties to consider for your garden.

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How to Start a Garden the Right Way

Starting a garden means picking the right plants

Are you a newbie gardener interested in growing your green thumb? These 5 foolproof tips for starting a garden is the perfect place to get started.

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Build Healthier Soil With Lasagna Garden Layers

This wildflower garden was grown using lasagna garden layers.

Have you tried lasagna gardening? This no-dig method — also called sheet mulching, no-till gardening or sheet composting — is a great way to build new beds with valuable organic matter and recycle yard and kitchen waste, without a lot of digging or tilling.

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Grow A Beautiful Butterfly Garden!

Red plants attract butterflies such as this one

By growing plants that attract butterflies, you can pollinate your garden while also helping to save these beautiful winged insects for future generations. Learn how to start a butterfly garden here.

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6 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally

Grow lemon balm to repel mosquitoes in the garden

Nothing can ruin a warm, sunny day in the garden quite like mosquitoes buzzing around your head. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce these annoying pests from bothering you. Discover 6 plants that repel mosquitoes naturally here.

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