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Gardening Essay Articles
Common Milkweed: Uses and Natural Remedies
Common milkweed has a long history as a natural remedy—and has many other uses, too! Plus, milkweed...
How to Grow Your Own Peanuts
Try growing peanuts in your garden! Often thought of as just a snack to be munched on, peanuts are...
N-P-K Ratio: What Do The Numbers On Fertilizer Mean?
Fertilizer terms can be confusing. What is the N-P-K? What are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium...
Black Walnut Trees
The black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) is one of North America’s most valuable and beautiful native...
Praying Mantis: Predators of the Garden
Praying mantids are insects that have fascinated humans for centuries with their odd shape. They...
Fireflies: Why Do Fireflies Glow?
Fireflies—also known a lightning bugs—have been captivating humans for centuries with their...
Dragonflies: Facts, Symbolic Meaning, and Habitat
The dragonfly and its smaller cousin, the damselfly, belong to an ancient order of insects known as...
Companion Planting Guide
Do you follow the principles of companion planting in your garden? See our tips on what plants to...
Baby Vegetable Gardening
Imagine the fun of growing ripe, red tomatoes that are no bigger than a pea; crisp, flavorful heads...
How to Espalier: Fruit Trees in Small Spaces
Whether your garden is formal or informal, the addition of an espalier, trained flat against a...
The Garden: My Favorite Reality Show
We’ve probably been using gardens as metaphors ever since humans began tending them. What happens...
Poison Ivy: Identifying and Treating Poison Ivy Rashes
Poison ivy can cause a nasty rash, so it is important to learn how to identify the plant as well as...
How to Grow Azaleas
Known as “The Royalty of the Garden,” azaleas have long been adored for their brightly colored...
How to Make a Terrarium
Here’s how to make your own terrarium. What is a terrarium? A plant terrarium is a mini-ecosystem...
At one time, most lawns had at least some clover growing in them, with many consisting almost...
How to Grow Your Own Popcorn
Growing your own popcorn is almost as much fun as eating it. Simply follow our tips below. Planting...
Landscaping for Low Maintenance
Using low-maintenance landscaping techniques can reduce much of your yard work. Mowing, weeding,...
Landscaping with Myrtle: The Sorcerer's Violet
Myrtle (Vinca spp.) is among the hardiest of evergreen ground covers, hardy to Zone 4 and growing...
Holy Moley! Moles and Lawn Damage
Moles have the potential to ruin your lush-green, meticulously manicured lawn. Chances are, you don...
5 Tips for a Butterfly-Friendly Garden
Make your yard butterfly-friendly to bring color and movement to the landscape while aiding the...
Honeybees in the Garden: As Busy As Can Bee
Honeybees provide a great service to agriculture: they pollinate more crops than any other insect,...
Getting Antsy: Ants in the Garden
Ants are among the most successful of insects, outnumbering all other individual animals combined....
Birch Trees: Barking Up the Right Birch
With its distinctive peeling chalky-white bark, the white birch tree (Betula papyrifera) is a...
Blowing in the Wind: Allergies and Pollen
If misery loves company, then hay-fever sufferers should never have to be alone. Thirty-five...
Sunflowers: Smiling Faces for Sunny Places
The smiling faces of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) growing in your yard are sure to brighten up...
Lily Flowers: Will the Real Lily Please Stand Up?
Lily flowers are magnificent plants that command attention wherever they are planted. Add some...
Lichens are an amazing group of plants that could be the oldest living things on Earth. Their...
African Violets: Fusspots
African Violets are stunning tropical plants whose flowers resemble violets in color and shape....
Ground Cover Choices
A baffling problem for many gardeners is what to grow in hot, dry, or gravelly areas that are too...
If you are looking for an attractive ornamental tree for your yard, there are the old standbys like...