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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Bring Your Garden Indoors with These Great...
Kids have been pressing leaves between sheets of waxed paper for generations. It's an easy way to preserve the beauty of fall foliage and to get kids interested in the outdoors.
Best Pumpkins for Carving or Eating
The choice between carving pumpkins and cooking pumpkins is actually very practical. When choosing a carving pumpkin, you’re looking for a nice shape and a pumpkin that will last several days, once carved. The choice of a cooking pumpkin is all about taste and texture. Here are some tips for choosing the right pumpkin to carve or cook.
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.
Perennial Plants to Cut Back in the Fall
It can be nice to leave some perennials standing for winter interest. But many perennial plants don’t survive rough weather well. These plants should be cut back in the fall.
How to Keep Your Cane Fruits 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.
How to Grow Fragrant Lavender
You can be successful growing lavender if you choose the right variety. Tips for choosing growing and pruning lavender plants.
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 Protect Your Roses from Harsh Winter...
All rose plants need some attention going into winter. Winter weather can really challenge rose bushes, particularly the hybrid teas. You will need to discourage new growth and make sure the rose plants in your garden are well water and well mulched. Look out for overwintering garden pests and diseases too.
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.
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.
Overwintering Geraniums
Where geraniums are not hardy, gardeners basically have 3 choices for how to store them for winter: bring them indoors as houseplants, take cuttings and make more plants or store them dormant until next spring.
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.
Your Comprehensive Guide to Growing and Caring...
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.
How to Dry or Cure Gourds
Drying gourds keeps them around indefinitely. It's an easy process, but it takes time. Here’s all you need to know about how to dry gourds. What you make of them after that is up to your creativity.
A Gardener's Guide to Growing and Caring for...
Snapdragons are colorful cool season flowers that grow easily in most gardens and climates.
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.
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.
Tricks to Get Green Tomatoes to Ripen
Tips for getting green tomatoes to ripen on the vine and how to salvage the obstinate tomatoes you actually have to pick before they fully ripen.
More Perennial Plants to Clean-up in the Fall
Many plants have recurrent problems with pests and diseases, which will over winter in their fallen foliage. The following perennial flowers survive better if cut down in the fall. Page 2.
Growing Roses? Enjoy These Edible Fruits at the...
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.
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.
Perennial Plants to Cut Down in the Fall
Fall is the perfect time to get the garden cleaned up. Cutting back these perennial flowers and plants will cut back on diseases and give you a head start in the spring. Page 3.
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...
Cutting Back Ornamental Grasses: Try This Easy,...
Whether you prefer to cut back your ornamental grasses in the spring or fall, it can be messy. The technique shown here is an easy way to cut them back, without having leaves falling everywhere.
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.
Powdery Mildew Taking Over Your Plants? Defeat...
Powdery mildew is one of the most common and easily recognized plant diseases. Almost no type of plant is immune. As the name implies, powdery mildew looks like powdery splotches of white or gray, on the leaves and stems of plants. Although powdery mildew is unattractive, it is rarely fatal. However severe or repetitive infections will weaken the plant. There are several steps a gardener can take to prevent and control powdery mildew in the garden.
What's the Deal with Ornamental Cabbage and...
Ornamental cabbage and flowering kale are in the same species, Brassica oleracea, as edible cabbages and kale. Although they are still edible, they aren’t as tasty and tender as their cousins. But they're as easy to grow, as shown here.
Regional Gardening Chores for October
Gardening in October is entirely dependent on the weather. If there's an Indian Summer, there is no better time of year to be out in the garden. While gardeners in warm areas will have more to do than their northern counterparts, there are plenty of garden tasks to keep everyone busy in October.
Fall Garden Mums. Hardy or No?
You’ve purchased ‘hardy’ mums only to be disappointed when they didn’t survive the winter? For a truly hardy mum, select the right variety and give it time to establish. Here’s how.
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.
How to Dry Hydrangeas - The Best Ways to Dry...
Hydrangeas are one of those flowers that almost dry themselves. Once dry, they can last and look beautiful for years. You can dry hydrangeas several ways, but I’ve found the best way to dry hydrangea flowers is the water drying method. This drying method helps the hydrangea flowers retain their color and last longer. Here’s how.
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.
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.
Growing Hardy Mums - Chrysanthemums to Take...
Too often mums are an impulse buy at the nursery in fall, when already in bloom late in the season. but they can actually be hardy perennials in most gardening zones, Here's how.
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.
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.
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.
Gourds - Growing a Variety of Ornamental Gourds
Growing gourds is easy and extremely rewarding. By drying ornamental gourds, you can keep them intact indefinitely and use them to make bird houses, containers, pots and silly, whimsical decorations. However gourds will require a good amount of space to run and they will probably take the entire growing season to mature. But growing gourds is something that the entire family can take part in and enjoy. Here’s how easy it is.
The Right Way to Freeze Fresh Herbs
We usually think of drying herbs, but some herbs, like chives, don't dry easily. Freezing these herbs will preserve their fresh flavor for months. Here are two simple ways to do it.
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.
Dormancy - What Does it Mean When a Plant Goes...
Dormancy is often defined as a state of sleep and that's pretty much what your plant is doing when it goes dormant.
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.
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.
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.
How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden on a Windowsill
Many herb plants can be easily grown indoors, in a sunny windowsill or under lights. Here are tips for the best herbs to grow and how to keep them growing.
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.
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.
10 No-Fuss Perennials for the Lazy Gardener
The trick to finding low maintenance perennial plants is choosing plants suited to your growing conditions and getting them well established. Here are 10 good candidates.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions about Growing Spring...
Spring flowering bulbs are easy to grow and a most welcome sight after a long winter. With a little care at planting time, spring blooming bulbs will reward you with years of blooms. Here are frequently asked questions about planting, choosing and caring for spring flowering bulbs.
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.
Maintenance Pruning an Overgrown Apple Tree
How to Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree
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.
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.
How Can I Over-Winter My Container Plants?
Plants are always better off in the ground during winter in freezing climates. If you must leave your plants in containers, you’ll need to provide some extra protection. Here are things to consider before you decide to overwinter your container plants and how to keep potted plants alive through the winter.
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.
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 Shut Down Your Garden and Prepare for...
Gardening doesn't come to a sudden halt in the fall. Putting your garden to bed means cleaning up and protecting your plants until spring. Here's a checklist of what to do to put your garden to bed.
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.
Force Paper Whites to Bloom in 9 Easy Steps
Paperwhites are popular long-blooming, indoor plants for winter. Unlike other narcissus, they don't require chilling, so forcing them is as easy as putting them in water. Here's how.
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.
Got Gaillardia? - A 2015 Plant of the Year
Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, looks like a large, colorful daisy. Gaillardia plants are drought tolerant, tough plants that bloom non-stop in shades of gold, red and 2-tones.
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.
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.
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.
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
What Is Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?
The USDA has released their new Plant Hardiness Zone Maps. Using 30 years of data, the new maps better reflect regional differences and are much easier to read. See what's changed.
Plant Your Favorite Tomatoes Next Year with...
Saving tomato seeds requires a little more work than simply scooping them out and letting them dry. But it's not hard and it's worth it, to save your favorite varieties.
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.
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.
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.
Ornamental and Edible Sweet Bay Makes an Ideal...
Best known as a seasoning, bay laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree that is native of the Mediterranean area. Although bay can grow into a tall tree, it is often kept smaller by pruning or by confining it in a container. Bay is very easy to grow. In the spring, bay has small yellow flowers which develop into purple berries in the fall.
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
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.
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.
Growing Hellebores in the Garden
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.
Ornamental Grasses for Fall Color
Ornamental grasses add interest and texture to a garden at any time of year. Fall foliage and colorful plumes make ornamental grasses standouts in a fall garden. The following list of ornamental grasses will add bold accents to your fall garden.
How to Grow Moss in Your Garden
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.
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) -...
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 Get Rid of Suckers on Your Rose Bushes
Rose bushes are often grafted onto hardier root stocks. Sometimes the root stocks can send up new growth that overtakes the original rose bush. This growth is called suckers can needs to be removed.
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.
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.
How to Grow Oregano in Your Garden
Oregano is a hardy perennial plant that will grow easily in your garden for many years. Tips for which varieties to grow and how to get the most from them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are Your Plants Nutrient-Deficient?
Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as foliage discoloration. The following chart outlines some possible problems.
Deterring Birds
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.
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.
Pruning & Removing Suckers from Apple Tree...
How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers and Water Sprouts. Page 3.
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.
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.
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 Hardy Miniature Roses
Miniature roses deliver all the punch of full size roses in a size that suits any garden. They may look delicate, but miniature roses are hardier than many tea roses and much easier to grow. Great as a specimen, an edger or in containers, mini roses are easy care plants that bloom throughout the season.
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.
How to Grow Delicious Strawberries in Containers
How to grow strawberries in containers. Tips for getting the most from strawberry plants grown in pots.
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.
How to Plant Roses
How to plant and transplant roses. Tips for getting your rose plants off to a great start.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clearing the Clutter
How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Inside Branches. Page 8.
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.
Easily Control Scale Insects with These Tips
Scale are tiny parasitic insects that adhere to plants and live off the plant’s sap. They look like bumps on the plant’s stem and are often mistaken for a disease. There are some 7,000 species of scale insect, varying in color and size.
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.
Growing Shallots in the Vegetable Garden
How to grow shallots in your vegetable garden. Shallots are expensive in the market, but are very easy and economical to grow. Here are tips to growing shallots, as easily as garlic.
Growing Cannas - Dramatic, Tropical Perennials...
Cannas are tropical flowering plants with large, banana like leaves that are grown as annuals in cooler regions. These bulbs are easy care and make a dramatic effect in the garden.
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.
Try This Easy-to-Grow Aromatic Herb
Sage is one of those wonderful Mediterranean herbs that only asks for sun and warmth and then takes care of itself. And it's beautiful enough to have on display in the perennial bed. Here are some tips for growing great sage.
Grow Attractive and Delicious Asparagus with...
Asparagus is one of the earliest spring vegetables. 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.
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.
Pruning Low Branches
Pruning Apple Trees - Removing Low Branches. Page 4.
How to Grow Fuzzy Lamb's Ears in Your Garden
Lamb's Ears are popular in gardens because of their soft, inviting texture. They are very easy to grow almost anywhere. This profile of Lamb's Ears, Stachys byzantina, gives you their preferences and recommends varieties for your garden.
Easy, Tangy Nasturtium Capers
Real capers are the buds of the caper plant, but this poor man's version, made from the still firm seeds of nasturtium plants, is crisper and tangier.
Keeping Your Apple Tree Pruned to One Main Leader
Apple Tree Pruning - Competing Leaders. Page 6.
Winter Mulching in Cold Climate Gardens
In areas that experience freezing temperatures, winter mulching of the garden differs from mulching during the growing season. We mulch our gardens in the spring to suppress weeds, retain moisture and feed and warm the soil. While we may spread a layer of soil conditioning compost or manure in the fall, the primary reason for winter mulching is to protect our plants from the harsh conditions of winter freezes, thaws and winds. There are several ways to do this.
10 Annual Flowers You Can Grow During Cool...
Cool weather can be hard to garden in, because you never know how long it will last. But there are many annual flowers that prefer the cool days of spring and fall.
5 Common Plants You Didn't Know Were Poisonous
There are many common garden and house plants that can cause poisoning problems, from itching to death. Use caution when gardening around children and pets.
What You Need to Know About Growing Your Own...
Brussels Sprouts are a long season crop that actually tastes better when hit with a slight frost. So although they are a late harvest, they are a relatively long one. Because of their fondness for cool weather, Brussels Sprouts are a fall crop in warmer climates. Here are more tips for growing Brussels sprouts.
Annual Garden Plants
Annual flowers and plants only live for one growing season. But not all plants that are killed by frost at the end of the season are annuals. An annual plant must complete its life cycle in one growing season.
Outward Facing Bud Photo
Pruning Apple Trees - Outward Facing Bud. Page 7.
Pruning Out Future Problems
Pruning Apple Trees - Downward Facing Branches. Page 5.
New York Asters (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii)
How to grow New York Asters in the Garden. Sometimes called Michaelmas daisies, these late bloomers add color and texture to the fall garden. Page 4.
How Do I Get Rid of Earwigs in My Garden?
How to get rid of earwigs in your garden. While earwigs do feed on plants, the amount of damage they do shouldn’t present a major problem in most gardens. In fact, earwigs even eat aphids, snails and some types of larvae, so it might be a plus that they are there. However, there are times when earwigs can be considered a pest. When that happens,
Agave
Agave are tough plants that thrive on neglect. Here are some tips for growing and caring for agave in your garden or your home.
Remove Any Wood that is Unproductive and...
Apple Tree Pruning - Removing Dead and Diseased Wood. Page 2.
How to Grow Hardy, Perennial Geraniums
The term geranium is confusing. The first geranium most gardeners encounter is not a geranium at all, but Pelargonium, a relative of the perennial geranium. True or hardy or perennial geraniums belong to the genus Geranium. You will sometimes see them referred to as cranesbill geraniums, because their seed pods do somewhat resemble a crane’s bill. The flowers, in shades of white, pink, magenta, purples and blues, are long blooming. As you see here, geraniums are easy care.
Storing Tender Bulbs for the Winter
While gardeners in zones 8 and above can grow tender bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers year round, northern gardeners will need to dig and store these plants to overwinter them. The following guidelines will help you to successfully store cannas, caladiums, dahlias, galdiolas and more.
Christmas Cactus - Growing and Caring for...
Christmas Cactus. Growing and caring for Christmas cactus plants in the home. How to propagate more Christmas cactus plants. Page 4.
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.
Hybrid Tea Roses
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.
Abutilon - The Flowering or Parlor Maple Will...
Abutilon has the unfortunate common name of the ‘Parlor Maple’, making it seem like a stuffy, Victorian conservatory plant. But much like the coleus, Abutilon just needs to be allowed to shine as an unfussy garden plant. Abutilon is happy to flower almost continually and can be trained into standards and shapes or allowed to arch and shade an entryway. They’re so easy to grow and so willing to bloom, everyone should grow Abutilon.
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.
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.
Identifying What Type of Old Fashioned...
To know when to prune your old fashioned hydrangea, you'll need to know what type of hydrangea it is. Here's some help in identifying your hydrangea.
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.
Should You Use Wood Ash in the Garden?
Is wood ash good for garden soil? Will it do more harm than good? Here are some thoughts to consider before you put wood ash on your garden plants.
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.
Garden Problems: How to Deal with Diseases and...
Slugs hide under leaves and do a lot of damage in the garden, before you even know they're there. Here’s what some readers recommend. What are your tips for getting rid of and controlling slugs in your garden?
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.
Choosing the Best Garlic and Planting it RIght
There are 100s of garlic varieties and the only way to taste them all is to grow them yourself. Here are tips for choosing and growing the best.
Tips for Bringing Outdoor Plants Indoors
Outdoor plants can be brought indoors as houseplants for the winter, if you use some care in selecting the plants. Successfully overwintering plants indoors starts with the choice of plants and is dependent on the care and climate you can give the plants indoors. Here are some tips to make your favorite outdoor plants into houseplants.
How to Renovate Strawberry Beds
Strawberry plants produce the most strawberries in their early years. Renovating your strawberry plants every couple of years will keep them productive. Easy steps for growing strawberry plants.
Tips for Growing Fern Plants
Ferns make great plants for the garden or the home. Most prefer some shade and water, but there are many to choose from. Here are some tips and ideas for choosing and growing fern plants indoors or in the garden.
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