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Garden Maintenance - Half the Fun of Gardening

Planting a garden is only the beginning. Keeping your garden growing and thriving is what makes you a gardener.
  1. Fall Clean Up (3)
  2. Flower Maintenance (5)
  3. Seed Saving & Cuttings (8)
  4. Transplanting (7)
  5. Vegetable Garden (2)
  6. Weeds (3)

Pinching, Deadheading and Cutting Back
Flower gardens require constant maintenance to look their best. Common garden chores like pruning, pinching and deadheading are easy to master, as show here in this step-by-step photo tutorial.

Dividing Perennial Plants
Most perennial flowers will need to be divided to remain vigorous and continue blooming season after season. Division of perennials is an easily mastered gardening technique that is good for the plants and your garden.

Mulch - What Is It and Which Mulch Should You Use Where?
Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose. Here are the pros and cons of various mulch...

Watering Deeply - What Does It Mean?
Every gardener has heard the term "water deeply". It's better to water deeply once a week than to water shallowly more often. What does it mean to water deeply and how can you tell if you've accomplished it? Here's a simple test.

Saving Money on Watering
The water bill can really start to add up, during a hot, dry summer. Here are 6 tips from guest author Linda Bailey, for how to save some bucks and still keep your yard and garden alive.

Tips for Keeping Your Plants Watered while you're Away
Your plants can't take care of themselves while you enjoy a long vacation, but that doesn't mean you're tied to your garden hose all summer. Here are some tips and techniques for keeping your plants watered, while you're on vacation.

Putting the Garden to Bed
A check list for cleaning out the garden at the end of the growing season, to avoid over-wintering problems and to have to ready to go next season, when you are.

How to Clean Plant Containers
Take a few minutes at the end of the season to clean and store your pots and containers, before storing them away. They'll last longer and your plants will be healthier.

Ornamental Grasses - A No Mess Way to Cut Them back
By spring, ornamental grasses can become pretty ragged and cutting them down can leave you with a messy pile. Here's a simple technique for quick and easier clean-up.

What Do You Wish You'd Never Planted?
What plant do you regret putting in your garden?

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