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Solomon's Seal - Growing the Elegant Shade...
Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum) is an elegant Native American woodland plant. The small, tubular white flowers of Polygonatum dangle underneath the leaves. But it's the plant form that makes Solomon's Seal such an interesting plant. Once established, Polygonatum slowly spreads out and creates a nodding blanket of foliage that turns a golden yellow in autumn. Here are some tips on getting Solomon’s Seal to grow in your garden.
How and When to Prune Your Roses
Many gardeners worry pruning their roses will hurt them. Pruning is actually a good way to keep your roses healthy and blooming. Learn how to do it right, with these tips.
Fast Growing Vegetables for an Instant Garden
Jump start your vegetable garden with these 6 super fast growing vegetables.
10 Tips for Growing the Best Tomatoes on the...
How to Grow Tomatoes. Tomato plants know what they like and they grow well when you give it to them. Here are 10 tips for growing terrific tomatoes.
How to Grow Fragrant Lavender
You can be successful growing lavender in your garden if you choose the right variety. Tips for choosing growing and pruning lavender plants.
7 Indestructible Garden Plants - I Dare You
Every gardener needs a few plants that can thrive in less than ideal conditions. In a tough spot in the garden, try an (almost) indestructible plant.
Keeping Raspberries Under Control
Brambles, like raspberries and blackberries, need regular pruning to keep bearing large, healthy crops and to prevent them from taking over your garden. Don't let this scare you. Pruning brambles is actually a simple procedure, if you follow these steps.
Achillea - Growing Yarrow in the Perennial Garden
Achillea often get taken for granted because they are such a dependable, low maintenance perennial plant. There are many varieties of Yarrow and there is sure to be one or two suited to growing in your garden.
Growing and Caring for Rosemary Plants -...
It's not hard to grow rosemary. The plants may be associated with the Mediterranean, but you can successfully grow them just about anywhere, as long as you give them plenty of sun and bring them inside for the winter.
Roses: Boost Their Growth with Springtime Care
A bit of spring rose care will mean healthier roses throughout the growing season. It's time to wake up your roses with some TLC.
How and When to Prune Different Kinds of...
Hydrangeas need pruning, to keep them in shape and flowering profusely. But timing when to prune hydrangeas determines how well they will flower or if they will flower at all. Here's some help.
How to Grow Delicious Strawberries in Containers
How to grow strawberries in containers. Tips for getting the most from strawberry plants grown in pots.
What Is Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?
The USDA has released new updated Plant Hardiness Zone Maps, including maps of each individual state. Have a look.
Everything You Need to Know About Cyclamen Plants
Holiday cyclamen plants make great excellent long, blooming houseplants with minimal care. Here are some tips for keeping yours growing.
10 No-Fuss Perennials for the Lazy Gardener
The trick to a lower maintenance garden is choosing plants suited to your growing conditions. Here are 10 good perennial flower candidates.
Why Is Good Garden Soil So Important?
What is good soil and how do you know if your garden has it? Here's some advice on accessing its texture and the nutrients in it, as well as how to make it even better.
How and When to Prune Lilacs
Pruning lilacs doesn't just keep their size in check, it rejuvenates the plant and encourages more blooming. Here's how to prune lilac plants.
A Gardener's Guide to Growing and Caring for...
Snapdragons are colorful cool season flowers that grow easily in most gardens and climates.
How to Grow and Care for Astilbe Plants
If you're looking for a low-maintenance perennial flower with a long season of interest, consider Astilbe. The tall feathery plumes look good for months. Tips for how to grow and care for Astilbe.
A Handy Guide to Growing Potatoes in Your Home...
Growing potatoes can be easy, if you learn to avoid the pest and disease problems. They can even be grown in containers. Here are the basics on how to grow potatoes.
How to Grow Healthy, Delicious Vegetables in...
Container vegetable gardening allows you to grow vegetables almost anywhere. Here are specific on how to grow big yields in small spaces.
Garlic Scapes: Delicious Vegetables You're Not...
Garlic scapes are the curling tops of garlic plants, which are as edible as the garlic bulbs. Here are tips for growing and using the scapes from your garlic plants.
Your Guide to Choosing and Caring for...
Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits for the home gardener to grow and one of the most rewarding. Whatever your zone, there is probably a strawberry for your garden.
Long-Blooming Flowers You Need in Your Landscape
Here are some petunia basics to guide you through grandifloras, waves, supertunias and more, as well as how to grow and care for your petunias and keep them blooming all summer.
Foolproof Indoor Seed Starting
Starting plants from seed isn't rocket science, but there are several tips that will help your success rate with seed germination and give your seedlings a healthy start. Here's how to start seeds indoors.
Undemanding, Easy to Grow Vegetables
Vegetables for a low maintenance garden. Don't let limited time keep you from growing your own fresh vegetables. Give these 10 vegetables a try.
Hellebore Flowers Bloom through the Cold
Hellebores are long lived shade garden plants that bloom in spring and stay in bloom for weeks. Try these tips and see how easy they are to grow and care for.
How and When to Prune Your Plants
Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in know when to prune what. It’s confusing, but rarely fatal. Pruning at the wrong time of year may result in less flowers and fruits, but it usually won’t harm the plant in the long run To help you take the guess work out of pruning, here is a series of articles to help you learn when to prune the plants in your garden.
How to Grow Pansies in Your Garden
Pansies are probably the most popularly grown and most recognizable cool season plant.They’re easy and undemanding to grow. Here's how to keep your pansies growing and blooming longer.
The Air-Purifying Houseplant Anyone Can Grow
Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow - tolerant of low light conditions and erratic watering. It can also help purify indoor air.
How to Make Your Poinsettia Bloom Again Next Year
Poinsettias are popular holiday decorations and gifts. Knowing how to keep Christmas poinsettia plants in bloom longer and how to force them to rebloom next Christmas, requires some special care.
9 Types of Mulch and Why You Should Use Them
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 materials.
Best Annual Flowers for a Sunny Site
Asking annual flowers to put up with hot, baking sun, dry soil, or high humidity is no small challenge. These 12 flowers can take it all and thrive.
What Type of Care Do Easter Lilies Need?
Tips for keeping your beautiful, fragrant Easter lily blooming throughout the holiday and perhaps even keeping it growing in your garden.
USDA Maps Can Tell You Which Plants Will...
Used by gardeners to determine what plants will survive in their garden climate, recent changes in zones have improved accuracy.
What You Should Know About Indoor Seed Starting
Starting plants from seed is a great, inexpensive way to get exactly the plant varieties you want to grow. This FAQ covers everything you'll need to know to start plants indoors, from seed.
Gardening 101: How Much Sun Do My Plants Really...
Garden plants usually come labeled with required sun exposure. Here are the usual meanings of Full Sun, Partial Sun/Partial Shade,Dappled Sun,Full Shade.
How to Grow Your Own Green Beans
Whether called green beans, snap beans or string beans, bean plants are easy to grow. Here are some tips for how to grow a huge harvest in your garden.
Cutting Back Ornamental Grasses: Try This Easy,...
When it comes time to cut back your ornamental grasses, save yourself the mess and the endless bending and hand pruning. An easy way to cut back ornamental grasses is to tie them into bundles and pruning only once.
10 Excellent Plants for Your Shade Garden
Shade gardens can be woodland retreats or unexpected bursts of color. Plants you might not associate with shade can actually be used, too.
How to Start a New Garden
When starting a first garden - Start Small. Here's a bottom line Step-by-Step primer to get you growing and tips to pass along to gardening friends who need some help getting started.
Want to Grow Tomatoes from Seed? Get Started...
How to grow tomatoes from seed. Tips for getting started growing tomato plants from seed to table.
8 Reasons Your Houseplants Keep Dying
More Houseplants are killed with kindness than neglect. The best thing you can do for your indoor plants is to learn something about the growing conditions your particular plants like and provide as close to those conditions as possible. If you see a problem developing, take action quickly.
Exactly When to Start Planting Your Garden's...
Growing plants from seed is an easy, inexpensive way to get more plants. The hard part is often knowing when to start the seeds. Here are a few easy tips to get you on the right track for seed starting.
Your Cat Will Love This Easy-to-Grow Perennial
Catmint (Nepeta) is extremely hardy, drought tolerant and virtually maintenance free. All this and nepeta repeat blooms sporadically throughout the summer. Such a wonderful garden plant should be more widely appreciated and used by gardeners. Take another look here, at the pleasure of growing nepeta and its usefulness in any garden design.
How to Grow Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden
Sweet potatoes can be grown in most vegetable gardens. They take a few months to mature, but even the leaves are edible. Here are tips for getting the most from you backyard harvest.
How to Grow a Carpet of Moss
Moss looks wonderful in the garden, especially on rocks and rock walls. It gives any garden a sense of age and weight. Getting moss to grow on rocks or on the ground in your garden simply requires you give the moss the growing conditions it needs and have some patience while it gets established.
When to Prune Various Types of Clematis Plants
Clematis vines need to be pruned to encourage new growth and more flowers. When to prune your clematis depends on when it blooms. Here are some tips.
Your Guide to Getting Amaryllis to Flower
Amaryllis bulbs often appear around the winter holidays, but they are long lived plants that are easy to grow and easy to force. The large blooms get bigger every year. More...
A - Z Guide to Plant Information
An alphbetized listing of plants with info on selecting, growing and using plants in garden design. Includes: flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs and more
Best Flower Friends: Great Companion Plants for...
When choosing companion plants for your roses, consider aesthetics, growing conditions, and plant health. Rose companion plants should look good with roses and require similar growing conditions. Here are more tips from the New York Botanical Garden on what plants to grow with your roses.
Borage: Why You Need This Amazing Annual in...
Borage is a freely seeding, easy growing annual plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible, with a cucumber-like flavor. Here are some tips for growing borage.
Easy Ways to Attract More Bees to Your Garden
Every garden needs pollinators and bees are among the best. Without them there would be limited flowers and even fewer fruits and vegetables. To attract bees and other pollinators to your gardens you need to select flowers and plants that are high in nectar and pollen and plant so that they are obvious and available to the insects. Here are some tips for luring bees to your garden and lists of good plant choices for bees.
Fill in Some Space with This Sweetly Scented...
Easy to grow Sweet Alyssum is a delicate carpet of tiny flowers with a subtle, sweet fragrance. Here are some tips for growing Sweet Alyssum plants in your garden or in containers.
Fertilize Your Seedlings Properly with These Tips
Plant seedlings can feed themselves up until their first true leaves appear. Then you have to make some choices about how, when and how much to feed your seedlings.
Osteospermum - Growing and Caring for African...
Osteospermum is a tongue-twisting name for a pretty daisy-like flower with unusual color petals and very often, a blue center. Also called African Daisies, these plants make profuse blooming garden plants. Tips for planting and caring for Osteospermum plants.
Grow Sweet, Juicy Blueberries in Any Space
Blueberry Growing Tips: Blueberries are popular to grow in home gardens because they can grow in a small space, even in containers, and have very few problems. There are three main types of blueberries: highbush, rabbiteye, and southern highbush, with different varieties doing better or worse in various areas. Here are some tips for growing your own blueberries.
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Roses
Rose gardening basics are all you need to get started as a rose gardener. Growing roses doesn’t have to be a challenge. You can grow a prize winning hybrid tea rose, old fashioned cabbage roses, sprawling ramblers and climbers or the perfect fragrant rose if you know how to care for roses simply. Here are easy to follow planting, pruning and enjoying rose gardening tips.
Grow Healthy, Happy Hydrangeas with These Tips
Hydrangeas are easy to grow, but can frustrate you by not blooming. Here are some tips for caring for hydrangeas, getting them to bloom and new hydrangea varieties that are even easier to grow
How to Buy Top Soil and Compost in Bulk
To buy soil or compost in bulk, for your garden, you need to know how much is required and where to find quality soil. Here's how to get started.
Deer Resistant Plants Worth a Try
There are no deer proof plants, only plants that deer don't prefer. However, here are some perennial plants that are rarely eaten by deer.
Vegetable Gardening Newbie? This Guide Has Tons...
How to Plan and Start a Vegetable Garden. Ideas for where to site it, how to prepare to plant and choosing vegetables to grow.
Growing Violas
Violas and pansies are such stalwarts that gardeners take them for granted . These cool season bloomers are great for spring and fall gardens and for bridging the seasons in warmer areas, where they’ll bloom right through the winter. Newer violas have bolder colors and larger flowers that bloom longer. Even better, the new violas and pansies exhibit better heat and cold tolerance than the remarkably hardy varieties where familiar with. Read how to grow the best violas for your garden.
How to Grow New Plants from Stem Cuttings
Increase the plants in your home and garden by taking cuttings from existing plants and rooting them to make more plants. Here's how, step-by-step.
Rabbit Proof Plants?
Rabbits can do a lot of damage to gardens. Like most animals, they have their favorite plants and those they tend to avoid. Here are lists of both, but be forewarned, rabbits' tastes can change.
Powdery Mildew Taking Over Your Plants? Defeat...
Although powdery mildew is unattractive, it is rarely fatal. However severe or repetitive infections will weaken the plant. Here's how to prevent it.
Grow Attractive and Delicious Asparagus with...
Asparagus is one of the first signs of spring. Since it is perennial, it's important to get it off to a good start. If you are thinking of planting asparagus, here's some help.
Prepare for the New Growing Season by Spring...
Spring is the busiest time of year in the garden. There are so many garden chores to be done before your plants start growing in earnest. When to start spring garden cleaning and which tasks to conquer first depend on when spring comes to your garden. But here is a check list of spring cleaning tasks to plan for in your garden clean-up.
What are Seed Potatoes
Seed potato is a confusing term. Potatoes do set seed, but we don't grow them from seed. Here's how to make sense of seed potatoes and how to prepare them for planting
10 Excellent Hedges to Increase Your Privacy
Evergreens make wonderful living privacy screens and wind or noise breaks. Here are 10 of the best evergreens for creating a hedge, based on growth rate and required maintenance.
Learn the Proper Pruning Time for Healthy Trees...
It is always confusing knowing whether to prune flowering trees and shrubs in the spring or wait until they bloom. Most spring bloomers should be trimmed after blooming, but not all. Here's a list of common landscape trees and shrubs and when to prune them.
Bleeding Heart Plants (Dicentra) - Growing...
Bleeding Heart plants (Dicentra) are spring blooming flowers for a shady part of the garden. Bleeding Hearts are perennial plants with heart shaped pink or white flowers with a tear shaped drop at the bottom. Bleeding Heart can be grown in many areas and will self-sow in cooler climates. Bleeding Heart plants combine beautifully with other spring blooming flowers.
Find Out the Best Time to Plant Your Spring...
The perfect time to plant spring blooming bulbs depends on where you live and what the weather is like that season. Spring blooming bulbs need several weeks in the ground to get their root systems growing before the ground freezes. But even if you don’t get your spring blooming bulbs in on time, there are a few thing you can do.
Garden Design - Plant Combinations for Color...
Working with plant combinations in garden design.
Soilless Potting Mix: What Is It and Why Is It...
Starting seeds with a sterile potting mix is a wise idea. Here’s a rundown on what's in a soilless potting mix and why it's the best option, when seed starting indoors.
Maintenance Pruning an Overgrown Apple Tree
How to Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree
Do You Know Which Perennials to Prune in the...
Some perennials need the winter protection their fallen foliage provides and survive best if left standing through fall and winter. The following plants should be pruned in the spring.
These Perennials Are Perfect for Dry Gardens
10 perennial plants that may surprise you with their drought tolerance. While water is crucial to growing healthy plants,these perennials that can withstand periodic dry spells. Sooner or later every garden will experience a period of drought.
Pruning & Removing Suckers from Apple Tree...
How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers and Water Sprouts. Page 3.
The Beginner's Guide to Growing Kale
Growing kale is easy and very rewarding for the home gardener. The secret to growing great kale is cool temperatures and plenty of water. Here's how to have your best crop ever.
Beets: Grow This Colorful Root Almost Anywhere
Beets are a fast growing crop that can be grown just about anywhere. Although beets are known as a root crop, all parts of the beet plant are edible. Grow beets in the garden in spring and fall and have them to eat all year.
Aguilegia - How to Grow and Care for Columbines
Columbines (Aquilegia) are mid-spring blooming plants loved by both hummingbirds and gardeners.The dangling bell-shaped columbine flowers come in a variety of colors and combinations. Tips for growing aguilegia plants.
Can Epsom Salts Help Your Garden Thrive?
Gardeners have been using Epsom salts as a plant fertilizer for generations. There is little research to prove conclusively that Epsom salts have any effect on plants, but many seasoned gardeners cite their own gardens as proof that Epsom salts help certain plants grow stronger and produce better. If you’d like to try experimenting on your own, here are some tips for using Epsom salts in your gardens.
Made in the Shade: Designing a Shade Garden
Gardening in the shade introduces the gardener to a whole new group of plants and design ideas. Shade plants lend themselves to texture to form. A shade garden can lighten up with a burst of white variegated leaves or the play of shadows from a finely cut maple. Choosing and combining shade garden plants can be as enjoyable as the coolness of a shade garden. Page 2.
Clearing the Clutter
How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Inside Branches. Page 8.
The Christmas Rose - A Most Welcome Sight
The Christmas Rose, Hellebore niger, has the frustrating tendency of not blooming until Easter - making it all the more confusing to tell it apart from the Lenten Rose, Hellebore orientalis. Hellebore flowers are often the first signs of spring in the garden and the plants are becoming more widely available and easier to grow.
Companion Plants That Can Help Your Tomatoes...
Companion planting for tomatoes can improve the tomatoes growth and flavor and repel insects and diseases. Choosing companion plants for your tomatoes should be easy because companion plants for tomatoes include many of these popular garden vegetables.
Is Your Garden Butterfly Friendly?
A true butterfly garden is not designed to only attract adult butterflies. It should also provide a place for them to hibernate, lay eggs, and for the caterpillars, to feed.
How Many Veggies Should You Plant?
It's time to plan the vegetable garden, but how much should you plant per person? How much to plant depends on a number of factors. Here are some guidelines.
Your Guide to Harvesting and Storing Garlic
Once the tops of your garlic plants start to die back, you know it’s time to harvest. Here’s how to be sure your garlic is ready to dig and how to dry and store it for keeping.
6 Houseplants Anyone Can Grow
These 6 indoors plants are extremely hard to kill with neglect or kindness, yet they'll add that homey feel that only plants can bring.
A State-by-State Guide to Deer Resistant Plants
If deer are in your area, sooner or later they will find your garden. Plant wisely by choosing deer resistant plants. Use the regional lists here to help find plants deer don't like.
Pruning Low Branches
Pruning Apple Trees - Removing Low Branches. Page 4.
Outward Facing Bud Photo
Pruning Apple Trees - Outward Facing Bud. Page 7.
Are You New to Gardening? Get Started with...
A little planning goes a long way, when starting a garden. Here's some guidance for deciding where to put it, what you'll need, where to begin and what to plant.
Keeping Rabbits Out of the Garden
It's not just carrots that rabbits love. They will eat flowers, branches and much more. Tips for rabbit control in the garden, rabbit deterrents and plants rabbits will/won't eat.
How to Fight Powdery Plant Mildew with Baking...
Powdery mildew and other fungus diseases of plants have long been successfully controlled with a home remedy of baking soda, water, and oil or soap. Here's the recipe.
Which Hostas Can Grow in the Sun?
Hostas are called 'shade-tolerant' plants, meaning they will grow in shade or partial shade. But some hostas need a period of full sun to look and perform their best. Although it is not recommended that any hosta be in full sun all the time, many Hostas are more vigorous and display their most vibrant colors if given at least some sun exposure. Here are some tips to help you pick the right hosta for your site.
What to Do When Birds Take Over Your Garden
Birds are usually welcome in the garden, until they become a nusiance. Besides eating your fruits and berries before you get a chance, they can make an ugly, slippery mess of things. Here are some ways to deter birds from staining, pecking and nesting in your home.
Learn to Grow Great Spinach in Your Home Veggie...
Spinach is a cool season crops and can be grown in spring, fall and even winter. Plants spinach every couple of weeks, to extend your harvest. More tips for growing spinach in the home garden.
Keeping Your Apple Tree Pruned to One Main Leader
Apple Tree Pruning - Competing Leaders. Page 6.
10 Vegetables You Can Grow in Containers
Whether you're short of space or long on convenience, growing vegetables in containers makes sense for you. Here are the nitty gritty tips for success.
Grow the Best Hybrid Tea Roses with These Tips
Hybrid tea roses are the most popular rose in the world and perhaps the most popular flower. Hybrid teas have all the virtues you look for in a flower: beauty, fragrance and easy care. As with any other type of plant, not all hybrid teas are created equal. However, the idea that hybrid teas are fussier than other rose types is unwarranted. The key, as always, is to choose a variety suited to your climate and zone.
Growing Aeonium Plants
Aeoniums are intriguing succulents. They grow in rosettes of various colors, with leaves so waxy they look almost artificial. More on Aeoniums.
Is It Possible to Regrow Cut Roses?
Ever wonder if you could root and grow branches from your favorite rose bush? With a little care, roses root very easily. You won't always get exactly what you started with, but it's fun trying. And here's how.
How Many Years Should Daffodils Blooms
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Here's What You're Aiming For
How to Prune Apple Trees. Gardening. Page 9.
Pruning Out Future Problems
Pruning Apple Trees - Downward Facing Branches. Page 5.
10 Best Perennial Flowers to Start from Seed
10 easy to grow perennial flowers to start from seed. Tips for starting the seeds and keeping the plants growing.
Ideal Rose Varieties for Shade Gardens
Rose growers recomend at least 5 -6 hours of full sun for growing roses. If your garden doesn't provide that much sun, you may still be able to grow select varieties of roses. No rose will thrive and bloom without some sun, but there are roses that will do just fine with a little shade. Here are some top rosarian picks of roses able to perform in partial shade.
10 of the Best Fall Perennial Flowers
Fall blooming flowers come in rich colors that extend the gardening season. Here are tips for choosing and growing the best fall flowers, in your garden.
Get Your Peony Plants Off to a Great Start
Peonies can live and thrive for decades, with minimal care. Peonies bloom in the late spring, but they do best when planted or transplanted in the fall. For the most part, planting peonies is pretty straight forward. However there are a few special needs peonies have, that are best accommodated at planting time.
How to Plant Roses
How to plant and transplant roses. Tips for getting your rose plants off to a great start.
Echinacea - Purple Coneflowers are Garden...
Coneflowers (Echinacea) are rugged native American plants that bloom repeatedly throughout summer. Here are some growing tips to get the most from these popular garden plants.
5 Types of Vegetables that Grow in Partial Shade
Almost all vegetables grow best in full sun, but there are a few that can tolerant partial shade and even some that appreciate being shaded in the heat of summer. Here are the best bets for shade tolerant vegetables.
Easy-to-Grow Exotic Flowers You Should Have in...
Exotic, tropical Passion flowers evoke the south seas, but they can actually be grown in much milder areas. Here are some tips for growing passion flowers in your garden.
Growing Coral Bells in Your Garden
Heuchera plants have come a long way from the traditional Coral Bells. Heuchera are wonderful foliage plants that grow in a wide range of hardiness zones. Here are some tips to keep your Heuchera growing.
Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in 8 Easy Steps
The key to growing healthy, vibrant spring flowering bulbs is to provide them with a great growing environment. Rich well-draining soil and sunshine will reward you with ample flowers for your bulb planting efforts. It doesn't hurt to know which end is up, either. Here are some more tips for growing large, colorful spring flowering bulbs.
Grow Your Own Onions with This Easy Guide
Growing onions takes patience, since all the action takes place under ground. If you can provide a rich soil and a full day of sun, you can grow a good sized harvest of onions for eating fresh and storing for later.
Planning a Vegetable Garden? 6 Things to Consider
If you're thinking of starting a vegetable garden, or expanding an existing one, here are some logistics to consider, to ensure success.
16 Long-Blooming Perennials You Should Have In...
Keep your garden in bloom and color all summer, with these perennial flowers that provide a long season of interest.
Rudbeckia - Choosing and Growing Black-Eyed...
Rudbeckia are easy to establish, naturalize well and require little maintenance other than deadheading. Black-eyed Susan's come in a rich array of yellows, golds, oranges and russets. For a dependable, long season bloomer that brings a smile to faces, you can’t go wrong with Rudbeckia. Here are some tips for choosing and growing Black-eyed Susans, Brown-eyed Susans and all the Gloriosa Daisies in between.
Your Best Bets for Drying and Storing Fresh Herbs
Air drying herbs is an easy way to preserve and store your garden herbs, with minimal loss of flavor and quality. Here are some simple steps for doing it.
Ornamental and Edible Sweet Bay Makes an Ideal...
Best known as a seasoning, bay laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree that does well in containers. Bring a little of the Mediterranean to your home.
Regional Gardening Chores for March
A gardening calender for March can give general tips, but spring is unpredictable.We'll have to use some common sense. Be prepared, winter is on its last legs.
Crocus - Planting and Caring for Crocus
Crocus are one of the brightest and earliest spring blooming flowers. The corms are planted in the fall and require very little care, once planted. Here are more tips and suggestions for growing spring blooming crocus.
Which Veggies Grow Best in Warm Climates?
Planting dates for gardeners in states with warm climates, USDA Zones 8, 9, 10 and 11. When to start and plant vegetables outdoors in the south and western U.S.
How to Grow and Care for Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are cool season annual flowers in rich, jewel tone colors. Nasturtiums are extremely easy to grow, practically growing themselves. There are bushy, trailing and climbing nasturtiums to fill every gardening need. They are even edible. You won’t usually find seedlings of nasturtiums, but the large seeds germinate quickly and the plants bloom all season. Here are some more nasturtium growing tips.
Using Coreopsis in the Flower Garden
Coreopsis are sunny flower border workhorses, blooming most of the summer. Here are some tips for choosing and growing some of the dozens of varieties available.
Remove Any Wood that is Unproductive and...
Apple Tree Pruning - Removing Dead and Diseased Wood. Page 2.
Daffodils - Planting and Growing Daffodil Bulbs
Daffodils may be the most popular spring flowering bulb. They are easy to grow and live for years. Here are some ideas and tips for planting and caring for daffodil flowers.
Why You Need This Easy-to-Grow Mediterranean...
Thyme is an extremely easy growing Mediterranean herb that prefers dry, lean growing conditions. In fact, thyme almost grows itself. You can grow thyme in herb gardens, on rock walls, between pavers or even indoors. Here are some tips on growing and using great thyme.
Grow the Iridescent Leaves of Persian Shield
Persian Shield has luminous purple leaves washed with silver. You can grow Persian Shield as a houseplant or use it in borders and containers. Tips for growing Persian Shield.
How to Control Blossom Drop in Tomato Plants
Blossom drop is a common tomato growing problem that can be extremely frustrating to the home gardener. Otherwise healthy looking tomato plants set flower blossoms, only to have them dry up and fall off the plant before a fruit is formed. Blossom drop can be attributed to several causes, most often related to either temperature and / or stress.
Rose Hips - Edible Treats After the Rose Fades
Rose hips are the seed pods of roses. They look like small crab apples and make good food and a great source of vitamin for us and the birds. Here’s how to harvest and use yours.
How to Design Your Ideal Vegetable Garden
Vegetable gardening is easy, but creating the initial vegetable garden takes some work. Be sure to put some thought into designing your vegetable garden before you start digging.
How to Grow Fresh Sweet Corn in Your Garden
How to grow corn. Sweet corn is easy to grow and the rewards far out weigh the effort. To get fresh picked corn flavor, you will have to grow your own. Here are tips for growing corn in your garden.
Tips for Growing Your Own Basil Plants
Basil is an easy to grow tender annual. The hardest thing about growing basil is choosing which varieties to grow. Here are some suggestions for great basil varieties and how to grow them.
Hummingbird Plants
Hummingbird plants are nectar rich and tubular. To attract more hummingbirds to your garden and keep them coming back, plant some of the hummingbird plants listed here.
How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden
Hummingbirds are attracted to plants at great distances. Red and other bright colors are flags for attracting hummingbirds to your garden. Here are more tips on plants for hummingbirds.
To Prune or Not to Prune: How to Handle Suckers...
Tomato suckers, or side shoots, can become another main stem with branches, flowers, fruit and more suckers of their own. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes not so good. Here are some guidelines for when to prune your tomatoes and how much.
Everything You Should Know About Growing...
Hyacinth plants grow easily from bulbs. They bloom in the early spring and send out a strong, sweet fragrance. Here are hyacinth tips for planting the bulbs in the fall and keeping them around for years.
10 Most Delightfully Fragrant Roses
All roses are beautiful, but fragrant roses are extra special. And who would be better qualified than the 'All America Rose Selections' to clue us into some great growing roses with exceptional fragrance. Here are their picks from the last 5 decades.
What Exactly Is Horticultural Oil?
Horticultural oil is an effective and ecologically friendly way to handle many garden insect pests and even some diseases. Most hort oils are some type of mineral oil, a refined petroleum product. The oil is usually combined with some type of emulsifying agent so that it can be mixed with water and used as a spray. You may see it listed as dormant, summer, all-season or even superior oil. Here’s what the difference is.
Thinning Vegetable Seedlings
Vegetable plants that are seeded directly in the garden often sprout too close together. When that happens, the vegetable plant seedlings will need to be thinned out and given space to grow. Here's a list of which vegetables to thin and how far to space them
Brunnera - Growing and Caring for False...
Brunnera macrophylla is an easy to grow shade plant with striking blue flowers in spring and equally lovely heart-shaped variegated leaves. Growing tips and care for Brunnera (also known as Siberian Bugloss and False Forget-me-not.)
Petunias - How to Choose the Right Type of...
Petunias have done a 180 in recent years. They are much more tolerant of rain and many don't need any deadheading at all. They mound, they trail and they bloom their hearts out. How do you know what type of petunia to buy? Here's a petunia 101 on which types of petunias are best for your garden, hanging baskets and groundcovers.
Have Clay Soil? Tons of Plants You Can Still Grow
Gardening in clay soil is a challenge, but many plants, like these rugged natives and tough, tap rooted plants, will grow very well in clay soil and some will even help improve it.
Easiest Annual Flowers to Grow from Seed
Annual flowers give you blooms throughout the summer and can easily be started from seed. Even better, start these 12 easy to grow annuals by direct sowing them in the garden.
Save Your Tomato Plants From 11 Common Leaf...
Tomato diseases are often weather dependent and can spread rapidly. Here are some common tomato diseases, their symptoms and what to do if they attack your tomatoes.

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