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Your Guide to Harvesting and Storing Garlic
When garlic plants start to die back, 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.
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 Protect Your Garden from Japanese Beetles
p]Japanese beetles can create havoc in a garden by feeding on the leaves of a number of different plants, skeletonizing the leaves and eventually defoliating the plants. An individual Japanese beetle doesn’t do that much damage while feeding on a plant, but they tend to congregate in large numbers and can easily defoliate shrubs and trees. If the problem beomes severe, try one of these control suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saving Tomatoes from Blossom End Rot
Ripening tomatoes that turn black and soft on their side not attached to the stem are affected with blossom end rot. As with so many tomato problems, water is a key factor here. Is there any saving the rotting tomatoes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
drying herbs, how to dry herbs, preserving 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.
Identify and Control Early Blight on Tomatoes
Early blight is a very common fungal disease that can affect all parts of the tomato plants. Here are photos and tips to help you identify early blight on your plants.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identifying and Controlling Septoria Leaf Spot...
Septoria leaf spot is one of the most common tomato diseases. It can weaken your plants until they eventually die, but if caught early, it can be controlled. Here's how to identify Septoria leaf spot on your tomato plants.
Squelching Powdery Mildew with Milk
Add plain old milk to the list of homemade remedies for powdery mildew. The research is ongoing, but it looks like a solution of milk and water makes an effective powdery mildew treatment.
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.
3 Common Tomato Plant Problems and How to...
Many tomato problems don't show themselves until the fruit starts to ripen? Here are tips for dealing with blossom end rot, green shoulders and tomato cracking and avoiding them in the future.
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.
Patty Pan - Not Your Usual Summer Squash
Patty pan or scallop squash is a tender summer squash, like zucchini or yellow squash. The scalloped flying saucer shape makes them a bit of a novelty and a little difficult to figure out how to slice, but they cook and eat much like any other summer squash.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Insects and Diseases of Plants
Diseases and insect pests of garden plants. Photos of insects, insect damage and diseases, with brief description of the pest and the damage it can do to plants in the garden.
To Prune or Not to Prune: How to Handle Tomato...
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.
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.
Growing Balloon Flowers, for a Pop of Color
Unique Balloon Flowers puff up into little pillows and pop open in stunning shades of blue, pink and white. Tips for growing them in your own 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Tell the Difference Between Lilies and...
We may use the name Lily interchangeably with both true lilies and day lilies, but there is a difference and it matters, when it comes to how to care for your plant. Here’s how to tell the difference between daylilies and true lilies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Sun Do My Plants Really Need?
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.
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.
Taking Care of Your Perennial Garden
Deadheading fading flowers is an easy way to keep your garden blooming and looking fresh. The examples shown here are flowers that benefit from regular deadheading.
Dealing with Leaf Galls
Leaf gall, those alarming bumps that look like something infested the leaves, are actually the plant's defensive response and are far less harmful than their appearance would suggest.
Why do my tomatoes crack as they ripen?
A common tomato growing problem is fruit that cracks or splits open as the tomato ripens. How can you prevent future tomatoes from cracking and is the cracked fruit still edible?
Why are Cucumbers Bitter?
Reasons cucumbers are bitter and what to do about them.
When to Prune Your 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are Earwigs Garden Pests?
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,
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.
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.
How to Deal with Clematis Wilt
Clematis wilt can cause clematis plants to go from healthy and flowering to brown and withered very quickly. It's a common fungus disease and here's what to do about it.
Watering Plants while on Vacation
Your vacation can be stressful on your plants. Even while you are away, your garden needs water, so here are some ideas and tips for watering your plants while on vacation and caring for your garden and containers, so you can enjoy some time off.
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.
Vinegar (Acetic Acid) as a Herbicide
Household vinegar and other concentrations of acetic acid are inexpensive, organic weed killers. Here are some tips for getting the best weed control.
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.
Slug Control Tips
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?
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.
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.
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.
Seed Swaps for Gardeners
Some people have a wealth of plant seeds left over at the end of the gardening season. Some folks can never find the seeds for the garden plants they want at the beginning of the season. seed swapping. It's a match made in heaven.
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.
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.
Tomato Hornworm Parasitized by Braconid Wasp...
Tomato Hornworm with Parasitic Wasps. Page 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything You Should Know About Growing and...
Tomatoes are the joy of summer gardeners and cooks alike. Here are tips on growing the best tomatoes in your backyard garden and making the most of them in your kitchen, from preparing fresh tomatoes to cooking up scrumptious tomato recipes.
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
Grow Better Zucchini with These 5 Tips
Zucchini plants are prolific. Make them even more productive with these 5 zucchini growing tips and then enjoy a delicious harvest all season.
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.
Knowing When - and How - to Divide Perennial...
Sooner or later your perennial plants will need to be divided. You'll notice them dieing out in the center or floppy over. When that happens, follow the steps here.
4 Common Problems Growing Radishes and What to...
Radishes are quick and easy growers, but there are a couple of problems that can plague radish growers. Here are 4 of the most common problems growing radishes and what to do about 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.
Growing Lilies (True Lilies)
The names lily is applied to many plants, but
Garden Insect Pest Identification Web Sites
To control insects in your garden, you need to know what kind of insect you are dealing with. These web sites provide photos for identifying pests and info on controlling the garden pests.
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.
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.
Deadheading Garden Flowers
Deadheading flowers is a garden maintenance task that must be done if you want to have flowers throughout the garden season. The more you deadhead your flowers, the more new flower buds will be set. Deadheading all makes your whole garden look better.
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.
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.
Maintenance Pruning an Overgrown Apple Tree
How to Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree
Cucumber Problems - Bacterial Wilt?
Cucumber vines that mysteriously wilt and die off are probably infected with bacterial wilt. Cucumber bacterial wilt is transmitted by the cucumber beetle. There’s not much you can do once the vines are infected with cucumber bacterial wilt, but you can take some measures early in the season to protect your young cucumber plants. Here’s help for cucumber bacterial wilt.
Growing Scented Geraniums
Grow them for their scented leaves that mimic roses, pineapple, or chocolate mint. Tips for growing, caring for, and using your scented geraniums.
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.
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.
How to Prune Peach Trees
Peach trees need to be pruned every year, to keep them in shape and fruiting. Here are answers to when and how to prune peach trees, as well as some tips for their care.
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.
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.
Blue Flowers
Blue can be illusive in the garden, but these 12 plants offer varying shades of brilliant blue and can be grown by gardeners in many different climates.
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
Vegetables to Grow in a Fall Garden
Considering a fall vegetable garden? Many vegetables prefer growing in cool temperatures. The vegetables listed here will grow well in the fall, because the temperatures are not slowly warming.
Undestanding Late Blight Disease of Tomatoes...
Late blight is a serious problem of tomato and potato plants. Here's what to look for and what to do about it.
Gerber Daisies
Gerber daisies are often thought of as cut flowers, but they can easily be grown at home, either in the garden, in containers or even as houseplants. Here are some tips.
Why Lettuce Bolts and How to Stop It
When plants bolt, it means they flower and go to seed. Lettuce that flowers becomes inedible. Here's why it happens and what you can do about it.
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.
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.
Growing Nasturtiums - Cool Season Flowers with...
Jewel toned nasturtiums are extremely easy to grow. There are bushy, trailing and climbing nasturtiums for every gardening need. They are even edible.
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.
Plant These Hummingbird Magnets
Hummingbird plants are nectar rich and tubular. To attract more hummingbirds and keep them coming back, plant some of the hummingbird plants listed here.
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.
Torenia - Growing the Wishbone Flower, Torenia
Torenia's bright and quirky upturned flowers give rise to many common names, like wishbone and clown flower. Torenia is a profuse blooming annual that starts flowering early in the season and keeps up the show through fall, with minimal deadheading. Most varieties form a mound that eventually trails down the sides of pots. Torenia is deer resistant and very attractive to hummingbirds.
When to Harvest Vegetables from Your Garden
There are no precise guidelines for when to harvest your vegetables, but they do give off some telltale signs. Here are some rules of thumb to help you know when they are at maximum flavor.
A Guide to Some Common Organic Garden Pesticides
Profiles of the most commonly used organic garden pesticides, including insecticidal soap and oils, neem, pyrethrins and rotenone
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.
Black-eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)
Black-eyed Susan vine is quick growing and easy to care for. The tubular flowers are often seen in orange, but they also come in soft yellow, white and a scattering of other colors. Tips for growing Thunbergia alata, Black-eyed Susan vine.
Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies So You Can...
How to preserve fruits and vegetables by drying, canning, pickling and making jams and jellies. There’s a method safe and easy enough for everyone, as well as tips for success and recipes.
Beans - Tips for Growing a Fall Crop of Beans
Fall grown bean crops can be more tender and tasty than beans grown in summer's heat. If you have a couple of months yet before a frost, you have a second growing season for beans. Here are some tips for growing better beans in the fall vegetable garden.
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.
One of Many Leaf Spot Problems that Affect...
Tomato Leaf Spot. Gardening. Page 13.
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.
Which Petunia is Right for You?
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.
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.
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.
Obedient Plant
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) got its common name because you can bend the individual flowers in any direction you like - a nice feature for floral displays. Unfortunately obedient plants are not so obedient in the garden, where some varieties can spread to the point of nuisance. However, obedient plant provides a nice splash of pale colors in the fall garden and growing obedient plant is easy.
Growing and Caring for Rugosa Roses
Rugosa roses are known as the rugged roses. Although native to Asia, they have certain advantages for western rose gardeners, namely great cold tolerance and pest resistance. Rugosa roses are tall, shrubby plants that need room to spread out. Many are fragrant, produce colorful ‘hips’ and have vicious thorns. Here are some tips for growing and caring for rugosa roses.
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.
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.

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