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How and When to Prune Your Roses
Confused about when to prune roses or hurting them when you do? Pruning roses helps to keep the healthy and blooming. Here's how to do it right.
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.
Regional Gardening Chores for February
February may well be the toughest gardening month. Gardeners in warm climates don't know what kind of weather to expect from day to day or from day to night. Gardeners in cold climates just want to see the sun again. February in the garden is for planning and pruning and for seeing the first signs that spring is around the corner. Here are some regional tips for gardening in February.
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 Make Your Poinsettia Bloom Again Next Year
Poinsettias are popular holiday decorations. Here's how to keep them in bloom longer and how to force them to rebloom next Christmas.
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.
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.
Caring for Your Cyclamen Plant
Holiday cyclamen plants make excellent long, blooming houseplants that need minimal care. Here are some tips for keeping yours growing.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 Grow Rosemary - Indoors and Out
It's not hard to grow rosemary. The plants need warmth and sun, but you can successfully grow them just about anywhere. Here are some tips to help.
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.
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.
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.
Maintenance Pruning an Overgrown Apple Tree
How to Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree
Perennial Flowers that Never Need Dividing
Some perennial plants require a lot of maintenance, but the flowers showcased here rarely, if ever, require dividing.You definitely need a few in your garden.
9 Types of Mulch and Why You Should Use Them
Mulching your garden improves the soil in many ways and also makes the garden more attractive. Here are the pros and cons of various mulch materials.
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.
Exactly When to Start Planting Your Garden's...
The hard part of growing plants from seed is knowing when to start. Here are a few easy tips to get you on the right track for when to start seeds.
Petunias - Long-Blooming Flowers You Need in...
There are so many choices, when it comes to growing petunias - grandiflora, supertunia, wave... Here are some tips to keep them blooming all summer.
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.
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.
When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas need pruning, to keep them flowering profusely. The real question is when to prune which type of hydrangea. Here's some help.
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.
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.
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.
Seed Potatoes - What are They and How Do You...
What are Seed Potatoes The term "seed potato" can be a little misleading. Although potatoes do set seed,
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.
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 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 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.
Fast Growing Vegetables for an Instant Garden
Jump start your vegetable garden with these 6 super fast growing vegetables.
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.
Great Companion Plants for Roses
Rose companions should look good with roses and have similar growing conditions. Here are more tips from the NY Botanical Garden on plants to grow with your roses.
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.
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 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.
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 Delicious Asparagus with These Tips
Asparagus is one of the first signs of spring. It's a perennial, so get it off to a good start. Thinking of planting asparagus? Here's some tips.
Welcoming Ferns in Your Garden
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.
Pruning & Removing Suckers from Apple Tree...
How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers and Water Sprouts. Page 3.
Prune Your Peach Tree, Now
Peach trees need to be pruned every year, to keep them in shape. Here are answers to when and how to prune peach trees, as well as some tips for their care.[
Here's What You're Aiming For
How to Prune Apple Trees. Gardening. Page 9.
How to Grow Pansies - Cool Weather Favorites
Pansies are probably the most popular cool season flower and they're easy to grow. Here's how to keep your pansies growing and blooming longer.
Pruning Low Branches
Pruning Apple Trees - Removing Low Branches. Page 4.
Clearing the Clutter
How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Inside Branches. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
The Secret Meanings of Flowers
Roses say love, while peonies declare shame. The language and meaning of flowers can be as involved or as fun as you choose to make it.
Outward Facing Bud Photo
Pruning Apple Trees - Outward Facing Bud. Page 7.
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.
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.
Remove Any Wood that is Unproductive and...
Apple Tree Pruning - Removing Dead and Diseased Wood. Page 2.
How to Grow Delicious Strawberries in Containers
You don't need a garden to grow delicious berries Here are tips for getting the most from strawberry plants grown in pots.
Vegetables for the Cool Spring Weather
These vegetables thrive in the cool, damp days of spring. Use these tips to get yours planted early and keep the harvest going into summer.
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.
Houseplants Need Special Care in Winter
Growing plants indoors presents challenges, like low humidity, temperature fluctuations and limited sunlight. Try these tips to care for your houseplants in winter.
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.
The Top 10 Gardening Magazines
Gardening magazines are monthly garden inspiration. They tell us about new plants, garden design ideas and gardening techniques. Here are my picks for the top gardening magazines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pruning Out Future Problems
Pruning Apple Trees - Downward Facing Branches. Page 5.
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.
The Main Point Behind Pruning Apple Trees
How to Prune Apple Trees - Fruiting Spurs
Keeping Your Apple Tree Pruned to One Main Leader
Apple Tree Pruning - Competing Leaders. Page 6.
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.
Easy Ways to Attract More Bees to Your Garden
Every garden needs pollinators and bees are among the best. Here are some tips for luring bees to your garden and lists of good plant choices for bees.
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
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.
Grow Sweet, Juicy Blueberries in Any Space
Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow. They need a bit of planning, pruning and protection from birds.Try these blueberry growing tips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partial Shade? You Can Still Grow These...
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.
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.
Best Flowering Houseplants
If you'd like to try your hand at growing a flowering houseplant , here are 8 that will thrive with minimal care and in varying degrees of sunshine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
What is Loam?
Loose, friable loam is what all gardeners are told they need, but what exactly does that mean. Here's a breakdown of what is in loam soil and how to get it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Root Vegetables You can Successfully Grow
Growing root vegetables like carrots, radishes and onions, takes a bit of patience and faith. It also helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve, so here are some tips for successfully growing root crops.
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.
4 Points to Consider, Before You Plant Your...
How do you decide what to grow in your vegetable garden? First, plant what you like to eat. Then weigh in some of the following considerations.
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.
Don't Cover! Seeds That Need Light to Germinate.
Some plant seeds actually need exposure to light, to germinate well. Burying them too deeply may mean they don't have the energy to make it above soil level. Here are some tips for starting seeds that need light.
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.
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.
What Does "Days to Maturity" Mean?
Tips for understanding when to start counting to plant maturity, depending on a variety of factors including weather, rainfall, and plant stress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Plant Roses
How to plant and transplant roses. Tips for getting your rose plants off to a great start.
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.
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.
What is Perennial Plant?
Perennials are plants that live for more than 2 years. Most are low maintenance, but they still need some care. Here's what to expect from perennial plants.
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.
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.
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.
Force Paper Whites to Bloom in 9 Easy Steps
Unlike other narcissus, paperwhites don't require a chilling period. So forcing them into bloom is as easy as putting them in water. Here's how.
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.
Do You Need to Divide Your Bulbs?
Spring flowering bulbs need to be divided and replanted every 3 to 5 years. A sure sign that flowering bulbs need to be divided is when they start to produce less flowers. Here's how to divide, re-plant or store your spring bulbs.
5 Plant Lights You Should Try
Starting seeds indoors usually requires some type of supplemental plant lighting. Your choice of plant lights depends on how many seedlings you are starting. Choices range from single lamp bulbs on up to 1000 watt high intensity lights. Follow these guidelines to choose which plant light system is right for you.
Should You Start Your Vegetable Garden from...
How do you decide whether to plant your vegetable garden from seed or from transplants? The choice between direct seeding and transplanting seedlings into your vegetable garden comes down to 2 basic questions: Does the vegetable transplant well? And is your growing season long enough for the vegetables to mature when planted from seed? Here are some tips.
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.
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.
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.
The Right Way to Freeze Fresh Herbs
Drying isn't always the best way to preserve herbs. Freezing herbs will preserve their fresh flavor for months. Here are two simple ways to do it.
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.
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.
Protecting Seedlings From Damping Off Disease
Damping off is a term used for seedling death by any of a handful of fungal diseases, including several root rots and molds. A few easy preventative measures can improve your seedlings chances of avoiding damping off. Here are some tips to control and avoid damping off when you start your seeds this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter Sowing - Too Good to be True?
Winter sowing is a way to sow seeds in containers, outdoors in the winter, to germinate in the early spring. Winter sowing is an easy way to start seeds.
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.
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.
What Does a Nip of Booze Do for Paperwhites?
Paperwhites can grow tall and top heavy, then fall over. Researchers have come up with an unusual solution to this problem: Alcohol. The bulbs don't grow as tall as they normally would - but the flowers remain normal size and last just as long.
Get Rid of Suckers on Your Rose Bushes with...
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.
Don't Have Much Space? You Can Still Have a...
Gardening in a small space can present some challenges, but you can still grow a lot of great food, with a few of these simple techniques.
Grow Your Own Broccoli with This Simple Guide
Broccoli is not the easiest crop to grow, but it is very rewarding because the harvest season is so long. Side shoots keep coming throughout the summer. Here are some tips to get you growing.
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.
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.
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.
How to Grow Bright, Festive 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.

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