Question: My lawn is weedy and full of thatch. What can I do this spring to give it a boost and develop a first class lawn?

Pasta and meatballs are a perfect match, but for a unique spin on this classic duo we turned to lamb instead of beef or pork, and to orzo instead of spaghetti, and we enhanced the dish with fresh, bold Greek flavors like mint, oregano, and cinnamon.

Though we often stir artichokes into dips laden with sour cream and cheese, they deserve a healthier treatment that pays respect to their unique flavor and strong nutrient makeup, including fiber, minerals, and antioxidants.

A spiralizer turns carrots, beets, and squash into noodles (or “zoodles” when using zucchini). The steps below the recipe work with all these vegetables. For best results, use smaller zucchini, which have thinner skins and fewer seeds. The blade on a spiralizer is very sharp, so make sure to…

Question: I would like to grow more of my own fruit but my back yard is only 15 feet by 40 feet. What would you recommend that I grow?

Perhaps an arbitrary number of cloves, the 40 in this French dish are iconic; while the chicken braises, the generous cloves become appealingly soft and spreadable. But their flavor is often spiritless.

We wanted to create a pasta dish that brought out the delicate, earthy flavor hiding in supermarket mushrooms. We selected cremini mushrooms, which have a meatier texture and a more intense, woodsy flavor than button mushrooms but are still readily available.

Irish brown soda bread is a hearty, wholesome loaf that tastes as good with a helping of scrambled eggs as it does with a smear of salted butter or tangy marmalade. And not only is this humble bread versatile, it’s also simple to prepare.

Take your ham and cheese sandwich to the next level by turning it into a slider. Fluffy potato dinner rolls are just the right size for a few bites. Heating these small sandwiches in the oven makes the rolls nice and crisp and the cheese melty and gooey. You can also make these sliders in a …

There is something magical about this recipe, which coaxes the ultimate flavor out of just a few humble supermarket ingredients, turning them into a rich-tasting and well-balanced pasta dish that will have your family reaching for seconds.

Roasting might just be the best way to cook vegetables. Roasting is a fancy term for cooking food in a hot oven. The intense heat causes excess moisture to evaporate, leaving a crispy, browned exterior. And all that browning makes food taste better.

Question: I have shrubs which have become overgrown and need to be pruned. I have been told there are some shrubs which should not be pruned in the winter or spring. What can I prune now?

There's no reason why a vegetable lasagna made with the classic trio of eggplant, zucchini, and summer squash should be any less satisfying than a meat-based casserole, especially when the produce is in season and locally grown.

Question: All my shrubs lose their leaves in the winter. When I lived in Oregon I had shrubs and ground covers that kept their leaves year round. Are there shrubs that keep their leaves year round that will grow in eastern Idaho?

Question: I have three apple trees that I planted three years ago. I don’t know how to prune them. Could you give me some guidance on apple tree pruning? When is a good time to prune them?

Chicken Florentine is a buffet-line favorite featuring chicken breast and spinach in a mild cream-and-Parmesan sauce—sometimes stuffed inside, sometimes stacked on top. All of these components are good, but this dish can often be stodgy (think old-fashioned casserole) or fussy (involving dre…

Question: I have trouble finding plants of the newer award winning varieties of vegetables in local garden stores. I would like to start some of my own plants from seeds. Could you outline some procedures for successfully starting plants inside?

Question: I have dried herbs that I have saved from plants I grew outside last summer. However, I prefer using fresh herbs. Are herbs hard to grow in pots in a sunny window?

Question: I am going to start some bulbs and seeds inside for the first time. I am confused by the number of different kinds of planting mix. Could you recommend how to select the best mix for bulbs and seeds? When should I begin planting so they will be ready to plant outside in May?

Seven new vegetables have been given awards for 2019 by All-America Selections, the non-profit testing organization for new flower and vegetable varieties. All seven of them are early enough to mature in our short season climate.

Question: My indoor plants seem to be languishing in the dark winter weather. The leaves are dull and a lot of leaves are dropping off. Is there anything I can do to perk them up?

Question: I was advised to cut down on fertilizer for my indoor plants in the winter because of a slower growth rate. I have not fertilized since early November. When should I begin fertilizing my indoor plants again? Do you recommend a particular indoor plant fertilizer?

Question: I have trouble deciding when to water my indoor plants. I especially seem to lose more indoor plants this time of year. Could you give me some suggestions?

Question: I need help in selecting trees for my new landscape. I don’t have room for 50 foot trees on my small lot. Could you suggest some smaller size trees which I can plant next spring?

Question: I am concerned about the deterioration of my indoor plants that seems to happen about this time every year. Do I need to fertilize them more?

This elegant nut tart is surprisingly easy to prepare, thanks to the very simple filling. For the filling, we used a pecan pie base but swapped in walnuts, reduced the amount of sugar, and added a hefty amount of vanilla as well as a hit of bourbon (or rum).

Question: I have a number of shrubs which need pruning. Is this a good time to prune, or should I wait until spring?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? In the same vein, I propose that when fall gives us pumpkins, we should make toasted pumpkin seeds. We have to scoop them out anyway when we cook the squash, so why not turn them into something delicious instead of tossing them into the garbage?

Question: Borers have been attacking my two birch trees this year. Our Arborist says this problem is pretty widespread this year. How can I control this pest?

Question: I enjoyed your column on bulbs. I would love to plant bulbs in containers, both for indoor and outdoor flowering. Could you explain how to successfully grow bulbs in containers?

A few weeks ago, a new friend of mine asked me to make beer-can chicken. He had never had it before and had always wanted to try it. At first, I was surprised because, to me, beer-can chicken is as common as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But then, I posed the question to the other peop…

Fall is in the air, and with it an urge to get organized, clean up sloppy summer habits and knock our schedules into shape. One way to feel like you've got some semblance of order at home is to master The Big Supermarket Shop.

There’s no better way to enjoy fall’s abundant apple harvest than in a towering deep-dish pie. Unfortunately, this dessert often yields unevenly cooked, shrunken apples swimming in an ocean of their own exuded juices atop a pale, soggy crust.

Question: I was planning to fertilize my lawn a week ago when a neighbor told me I should wait until October. Is this the wrong time to fertilize? I saw a lawn care truck fertilizing in my neighborhood last week. When is the best time for fall lawn fertilization?

This time of year, I could live on tomato sandwiches. But it's hard to make a sandwich out of cherry tomatoes, and I have loads of cherry tomatoes. I don't know what it is, but I can't resist buying them when I see them at the farmer's market. If you are like me and have a glut of cherry tom…