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Nasturtium is a cheerful, easy, quick-growing annual flower! They’re colorful, edible flowers, and...
Rose of Sharon and Hardy Hibiscus for the Fall
In mid-fall, most plants have stopped flowering. However, if you’d like an autumn bloomer, fall is...
Herb Recipes: Cooking with Fresh Herbs
When herbs are in season, rejoice in recipes that incorporate heavenly rosemary, basil, dill, mint...
Gardening Methods: Containers, Raised Beds, Raised Rows, and More
Once you have decided what you want to grow, consider where and how to do it. Here’s an overview of...
Are you growing sweet potatoes? With their deep orange flesh, these edible roots have a naturally-...
What is the Difference Between Spices and Herbs?
What is the difference between spices and herbs? An herb is the green, leafy part of the plant. A...
Avoid Gardener Aches, Pains, and Injury
The smell of Bengay and Icy Hot mixed with bug spray is a sure sign that the gardening season is in...
Wondering about that white fungus on your plant? The fungal disease powdery mildew is a common...
Often grown as annuals, petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of their long...
The Chelsea Chop: Cutting Back Perennials for Better Blooms
What is the Chelsea Chop? A new hairdo or a fancy cut of meat? Nope, it’s just a pruning technique...
Having a Vine Time with Perennial Vines
A few years ago we built a pergola. Nothing fancy, just a rugged 10x10 foot cedar frame outside the...
Four Good Reasons to Deadhead Flowers
Summer is here, and with it come more flowers to enjoy. Of course, they don’t grow themselves, and...
Fresh Blueberry Recipes
One of the healthiest foods on Earth, blueberries are delicious and versatile. We’ve gathered some...
Blackberries, like raspberries, are a very easy berry to grow. Once this native berry is ripe, get...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
In the kitchen, a fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid...
Summer Recipes: Make the Most of the Food in Season
Enjoy these classic summer recipes before summer’s over! Think juicy tomatoes, ripe melons,...
Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Sponge painting (yes, you just use a sponge) allows any gardener to transform simple orange terra-...
Best Ground Cover Plants
A baffling problem for many gardeners is what to grow in hot, dry, or gravelly areas that are too...
Staying Ahead of Garden Pests
Normally I don’t go looking for trouble, but it is the best way to head off potential problems in...
Homemade Bug Spray Recipes
Yes, there are natural insect repellents that work. Here are four all-natural homemade bug sprays...
Poison Ivy: Identifying and Treating Poison Ivy Rashes
Misconceptions about poison ivy have led desperate sufferers to adopt some pretty bizarre (and...
Easiest Roses to Grow for Beginners
Roses once had a reputation for being finicky, prima donnas. However, rose breeders have bred the...
Summer-Flowering Bulbs Chart
Summer bulbs are planted in the spring and then flower in the summer and also fall. Our Spring-...
Raised Bed Gardens and Small Plots
Grow more in less space with interplanting, succession planting, and other techniques. Robin has...
How to Grow Herbs in Containers
Learn how to grow herbs in containers—and which herbs grow best in pots. Grow several different...
Troubleshooting Top 10 Tomato Problems
What is wrong with my tomatoes? What are common tomato diseases? Why are the leaves on my tomato...
Organic Soil Amendments Explained
Using organic soil amendments, turn your poor garden soil into a nutrient-rich paradise in which...
The ABCs of Fertilizing Containers
For thriving outdoor flower pots and especially vegetable containers, a continuous supply of...
Summer Pests That Affect Dogs and Cats
The family dogs and cats seem to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. But the warm months bring...
No-Dig Gardening | No-Till Gardening
Tired of the garden shovel? Sore from pulling weeds every day? Discover how no-dig gardening can ...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of cucumber beetles in the garden. What Are...
3 Easy Herbs Any Beginner Gardener Can Grow
If you’re new to gardening, we recommend three versatile herbs: basil, cilantro, and parsley. Fresh...
How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden to Eat Pests!
Most home vegetable gardeners are looking for ways to control pests without using chemical...
Dianthus Flowers: A Rock Garden Favorite
When my dianthuses start to bloom in June, I know that summer is not far behind. Also called pinks...
Fireflies: Why Do Fireflies Glow?
Fireflies—also known a lightning bugs—have been captivating humans for centuries with their...
Why Is My Squash Not Fruiting?
“What’s wrong with my squash?” and “Why isn’t my squash fruiting?” are two common squash questions...
Creative Ways to Use Rocks in Your Garden
Ever wonder what to do with rocks in your yard or garden? You may find that they seem to turn up...
Primrose Primer: 10 Pretty Varieties for Your Garden
The primroses in my garden are putting on a show right now. Hardy and cheerful, the different...
How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
When it comes to a birthday party, try a different type of cupcake—ice cream cone cupcakes! They’re...
How I Saved Money Each Year Using the Garden Planner
This past year, gardener Susan Ashton saw incredible savings thanks to planning her garden! At our...
Ants on Peony Flowers: An Enduring Myth
Why are there ants on my peonies? Will ants harm my peonies? Every year, peony season brings these...
Got iridescent green beetles feasting on your roses? Those would be Japanese beetles! Here are tips...