Gardening Sitemap - Page 4 2016-09-26

Growing Peas for Their Edible Shoots and Tendrils
The tender, crispy shoots and tendrils of young pea plants make wonderful edible additions to salads and stir fries. Easy to grow and early to harvest.

Growing Obedient Plant or False Dragonhead
Obedient Plant provides lovely fall color and is easy to grow. Sometimes too easy, spreading to the point of nuisance. Here are some tips.

Growing Shallot Plants in the Home 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.

Caryopteris - Blue Mist Shrub for Summer Blossoms
'Blue Mist Shrub' , or Caryopteris, is a late flowering, blue shrub that attracts butterflies and bumblebees by the dozens. Here's how to grow yours.


How to Plan and Grow a Cutting Garden
Do you have trouble cutting flowers when they look so good in your garden? Solve the problem by growing a cutting garden,a garden just for bouquets.

Companion Plants for Tomatoes
Companion plants for tomatoes can improve the growth of tomatoes and repel insects and diseases. Luckily many of the companions are delicious, too..

What Is Direct Seeding or Direct Sowing?
Direct seeding or direct sowing seeds is one of the easiest ways to start plants. Here are some tips for successfully starting seeds in your garden.

How to Grow Four O'Clock Flowers
Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) are fragrant flowers that start blooming in late afternoon and keep blooming until morning. Here's how to grow them.

Protecting Seedlings From Damping Off Disease
Damping off is a term used for seedling death caused by any of a handful of fungal diseases. There's no cure, but here are some tips for preventing it.

Getting Your Roses Off to a Growing Start in the Spring
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.

How to Grow Spinach
Spinach is a cool season crops that can be grown in spring, fall, and even winter. Plant spinach every couple of weeks, to extend your harvest.

Regional Garden Guide - Gardening Tips for March
A gardening calender for March can give general tips, but spring is unpredictable.We'll have to use some common sense. Be prepared, winter is on its last legs.

Growing Love-In-A-Mist (Nigella damascena)
Nigella flowers are fascinating in all their stages, right through to their puffy seed pods. Here are some tips for growing Nigella in your garden.

What is a Hybrid Garden Plant?
Hybrid plants are created to breed qualities and traits valued in two separate parent plants into one plant. Many popular garden plants are hybrids.

How to Weatherproof Your Garden
Give your garden a leg up on the vagaries of the weather. Weatherproof it with these 5 tips, starting with the plants you choose to grow.

Know How Much Sun Your Garden Gets
Don't make your plants suffer with too much or too little sunshine. Use these tips to choose plants that will match your site and grow stronger.

Avoid Spring Frost Damage in the Garden
Late spring frosts can wreak havoc on spring blooming trees and shrubs. Here's how to protect yours.

Raise or Lower Your Planting Beds to Control Water
Raised beds offer a lot of benefits to the garden and the gardener, but if you live in a warm, dry climate, just the opposite may be true.

Understanding the Moisture Level of Your Garden
Knowing how dry or damp your garden is and choosing plants accordingly, will save you a bot lot of headaches and a lot of backaches.

Labeling Your Plants and Keeping Garden Records
Labeling your plants and keeping a record of what you've planted is one of those garden chores you'll put off and wish you hadn't. You won't remember every plant or plant combination unless you keep some record of your garden.

Planting a New Garden
Planting a garden is more than digging a hole and putting in a plant. Planting is your only chance to give your plants an environment that will get them established for the whole growing season and for perennials, for years to come.

Garden Maintenance - What You'll Need to Do
No garden is maintenance free. The amount of work a garden requires depends on how well you started your garden and what plants you've chosen.

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.

Enjoying Your Garden
The final step in creating a new garden is taking time to enjoy it. That's why it is recommended that you start small when making your first garden. Savor the accomplishment rather than digging such a large garden border that gardening becomes a chore.

Choosing a Site for a New Garden
Plans for a new garden should take into consideration where to put the garden. Most plants like at least 6 hours of sun each day. It really depends on what you'd like to grow.

Soil Questions for a New Garden
Good gardens start with good soil. What does it mean to feed the soil and let the soil take care of the plants?

Preparing the Garden Bed
By far the hardest part of making a new garden is digging and preparing the area. There are easier ways of starting a garden.

Choosing What You'd Like to Grow
Deciding which plants, whether flowers or vegetables, to include in your garden is not an easy task. There are so many wonderful plants to choose from, new gardeners often make the mistake of trying to include too much variety in their first garden.

Mulching a Garden
Is mulching a garden really necessary? Mulch can make a garden look finished, but it also does great things for the soil and the plants the mulch is protecting.

FAQs - Growing and Caring for Spring Flowering Bulbs
What's happening with those bulbs underground? Do they need food, dividing, protection? Did you plant them right? Here's everything you need to know.

How to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
Whether you cut your ornamental grasses in spring or fall, it can be messy. This technique is an easy way to cut them back, without leaves falling everywhere.

Bundling Ornamental Grasses for Easy Cutting Back
When it comes time to cut back your ornamental grasses, save yourself the mess and the endless bending and hand pruning. An easy way to cut back ornamental grasses is to tie them into bundles and pruning only once.

A Clean Cutting Back of Your Ornamental Grass Bundle
This simple technique of bundling ornamental grasses before cutting them back will save you the mess of grass blades all over your garden. Here are 3 easy steps for cutting back ornamental grasses easily.

A Tidy Way to Clean Up Ornamental Grasses
By using the simple technique of bundling ornamental grasses before cutting them back, spring cleaning ornamental grasses won't mean getting a mess of grass blades all over your garden. Here are 3 easy steps for cutting back ornamental grasses easily.

Garden Plants O to R
An alphabetized list of plants O to R including flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and shrubs, with growing tips and information. Page 4.

Garden Plants S to Z
An alphabetized list of plants S to Z including flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and shrubs, with growing tips and information. Page 5.

Garden Plants H to N
An alphabetized list of plants H to N, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and shrubs, with growing tips and information. Page 3.

Garden Plants D to G
An alphabetized list of plants D to G, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and shrubs, with growing tips and information. Page 2.

A to Z Guide to Plant Information
An alphabetized list of plants A to C, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and shrubs, with growing tips and information.

Joe-Pye Weed: Growing a Tall, Late Season Bloomer
Joe Pye Weed is a tall, native plant that flowers late in the season. You've probably seen it along roadsides, but it looks even better in the garden.

Garden Catalogs
Gardening catalogs are a great way to learn about new plants, tools and supplies. Here is a list of favorites and what they have to offer the gardener.

More Garden Catalogs - Plants and Seeds
Many garden catalogs are so full of information, reading them is like reading a book. Here are more gardening catalogs worth a look. Page 2.

Gardening Catalogs Featuring Supplies, Tools & Gifts
Gardens don't grow on plants alone. They need tools and fertilizer and decoration. Here are some garden catalog and online gardening companies that offer just what the gardener needs to complete the garden... Garden ornaments, wooden garden furniture, water features... Page 3.

How to Grow Tomatoes in Your Vegetable Garden
Tips for growing great tomatoes and trouble shooting tomato growing problems.

Tomato Growing Tips
Tips for growing and caring for tomatoes in the home vegetable garden. Page 2.

What Is Horticultural Oil?
Horticultural oil is an ecologically friendly way to handle many garden problems. Here's the difference between dormant, summer, and all-season oil.

How to Grow Torenia, the Wishbone Flower
The Wishbone or Clown Flower (Torenia) has bright, quirky, upturned flowers. Most varieties form a mound that eventually trails down the sides of pots.

Growing Bamboo in the Home Garden - Gardening
Does the idea of bamboo growing in your garden spark fear or longing in you? Bamboo can be grown safely, but you need to know what kind it is and you need to take care that it doesn't take over.

Garden Book - The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, by Tracy DiSabato-Aust, became an instant gardening classic. Novice and Experienced gardeners will all find themselves referring back to it again and again for its comprehensive coverage of perennial plants, their selection, care and maintenance.

Why You Should Clean the Leaves of Houseplants
Is it really necessary to clean houseplants? A clean plant that's photosynthesizing at optimal levels will be healthier and makes less work for you.

Is It Worth Using Epsom Salts as a Plant Fertilizer?
Despite little research to prove Epsom salts have any effect on plants, many seasoned gardeners swear it helps plants grow stronger and produce better.

Garden Design Elements and Planting Basics
There are no fixed rules to garden design, but these elements of composition will serve the gardener well, when combining plants.

When to Plant Vegetables in USDA Zones 8, 9, 10 and 11
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.

When and How to Divide Flowering 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.

Is Manure Safe to Use in Your Vegetable Garden?
Manure has been a popular garden fertilizer for years, but with E. coli scares pointing toward contaminated produce, is it still safe to use manure in the vegetable garden? Here's what the experts say.

Growing Snowdrops (Galanthus) Flowering Bulbs
Snowdrops (Galanthus) are delicate white flowers that bloom in early spring, often while there is still snow on the ground. Here's how to care for them.

How to Grow Asparagus - Tips and Tricks
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.

How Much to Plant Per Person in the Vegetable Garden
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.

Deciding How Much to Plant in the Vegetable Garden
It's very easy to get carried away, planting a vegetable garden. Before you find yourself knee-deep in green beans, here are some guidelines for determining how much to plant, per person. Page 2.

More Plant Choices...
When choosing plants, you have to balance what you love with what grows well in your climate and growing conditions. Here are some choices.

Low Maintenance Perennial Flowers
The trick to a lower maintenance garden is choosing plants suited to your growing conditions. Here are 10 good perennial flower candidates.

Sea Thrift Flowers Start Off Spring with a Burst of Color
For early season color and a plant that looks good all season, try growing Sea Thrift (Armeria). Sea Thrift is low maintenance, but high impact.

Siberian Iris - All the Beauty of Iris, with Minimal Care
Iris are some of the most popular garden plants and Siberian Iris give you all the beauty with minimal maintenance. Tips for growing Siberian Iris

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Blazing Star's spiky flowers are not just beautiful and dependable in the garden, they also attract lots of beautiful and beneficial insects.

Coneflower - A Dependable Plant and A Welcome Sight
Coneflowers are so dependable they often get taken for granted, but these excellent plants offer variety and a long season of color in your garden.

Coral Bells (Heuchera) Will Dazzle in a Shade Garden
If you are having a hard time finding colorful plants for partial shade, take a look at the new Heuchera varieties - beautiful even without flowers.

Delicate, Well-Behaved Foam Flower Carpets the Garden
Foam Flower, or Tiarella, has a dainty appearance that belies its rugged character, making it a welcome addition to any woodland garden or shady nook.

Steel Blue Globe Thistle is as Hardy as It Looks
Few perennial flowers are as rugged as unique Globe Thistle (Echinops). With minimal care, they reward your garden with weeks of color and texture.

Don't Take Versatile Hosta for Granted
Gone are the boring green Hosta plants. Even if you can't tell the difference between the many hybrids, they still look great the entire season, in your garden.

Fragrant Flowering Peonies
The old-fashioned scent and sight of peonies make them perpetual favorites in the garden. Here are some tips to keep yours growing healthy.

Russian Sage Plants Create a Haze of Blue
Looking for a stunning blue flower that's easy to grow and is even deer and pest resistant? Try growing Russian Sage, for weeks-long color in the garden.

Choosing Violas for Your Garden Beds and Containers
Violas, cool season bloomers that flower through frost and sometimes throughout winter, make colorful additions to garden beds as well as wonderful training accents in containers and windowboxes. New viola varieties come in bold colors, with larger, longer lasting flowers. Here are some excellent choices for all your garden designs. Page 2.

How to Grow Violas in a Home Garden
Violas and pansies are cheerful, hardy, cool season flowers, great for bridging the seasons. Here's how to grow the best violas for your garden.

Hellebores - Growing These Early Bloomers 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.

How to Grow Oriental Poppies - Joyful, Flamboyant, Spring Bloomers
Oriental poppies have a brief, but beautiful bloom period. As perennials, they almost take care of themselves. Here's how to grow them in your garden

How to Grow Arugula
Arugula, or rocket, is a fast growing salad green that packs a wallop of flavor. Here are some tips for getting your arugula plants growing and harvesting them throughout the spring and fall.

How to Grow the Catmint - Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
The 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year© is a catmint, Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'. A catmint makes a wonderful choice for Perennial Plant of the Year©: catmint is extremely hardy, drought tolerant and virtually maintenance free. All this and nepeta repeat blooms sporadically throughout the summer. Here’s a closer look at the award winning catmint Nepeta 'Walker's Low'.

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.

Garden Design Trends for the Coming Year
Do gardeners create garden trends or is it the market? It's hard to tell. Here are 10 current garden trends. Some have merit, some leave me wondering.

Growing Fragrant Sweet Peas in the Garden
Growing sweet pea vines in the garden is both simple and rewarding, with a long season of bloom and an abundance of fragrant cutting flowers.

When To Plant - What Does "As Soon as the Soil Can Be Worked" Mean?
When to plant seed can be tricky. There is no precise time, you have to wait until the soil is ready to be worked, before planting seeds. Here's how to test your soil.

The First Black Hyacinth - Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'™
If you love black flowers, start your season off with sultry Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'™. As easy to grow as any other spring bulb, but with more drama.

Regional Gardening Guide for February
Here are some regional tips for gardening in February, the month for planning, pruning and for seeing the first signs that spring is around the corner.

How to Grow Chinese Foxgloves (Rehmannia elata)
Although they resemble traditional foxgloves, Chinese foxgloves (Rehmannia elata) repeat bloom all summer and even do well in shade. Here's how to grow them.

Growing Cool Season Cabbage, Broccoli, and Kale
Brassicas or cole crops, include lots of cool season and leafy green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and bok choy. Tips for growing your own cole crops.

Gaura - Growing Wand Flower
Gaura lives up to its common name Wand Flower. This billowy perennial has a profusion of delicate flowers all summer. Tips for growing Gaura in your garden.

Growing Gaura Plants
Gaura plants are undemanding native American perennials. Although short-lived, they make charming additions to flower borders and containers and will readily self-sow. More on growing gaura.

What Is a Soilless Potting Mix?
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.

Soil-Less Potting Mix Recipes - Make Your Own
Page 2. A soilless potting mix is preferable to using outdoor garden soil for several reasons. If you need a large quantity of mix, create your own potting mix. Here are some basic recipes.

Why Gardeners Need the Cooperative Extension System
We're often told to call our local Cooperative Extension office with a gardening problem, but what do they do and how to you find them? Find out here.

Early Spring Flowers to Wake Up Your Garden
Start the growing season off right by filling your gardens with cool season flowers These flowers can handle the crazy, chilly weather and still bloom.











What are Seed Potatoes?
Potatoes do set seed, but they aren't grown from seed. Here's how to make sense of the term

Secret Meanings of Flowers
The language and meaning of the flowers you send can speak for you. Here are some popular garden flowers and their meanings, to get you thinking:. Page 2.

The Language of Flowers - Their Secret Meanings
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.

Why is the Stem End of my Tomatoes Not Ripening?
What to do when your tomatoes refuse to fully ripen, with green or yellow shoulders.Are they still edible? Is there any way to prevent it? Yes and yes.

Caring for Cyclamen Plants
Holiday cyclamen plants make excellent long, blooming houseplants that need minimal care. Here are some tips for keeping yours growing.

What are Open Pollinated Garden Plants?
Open pollinated plants have several advantages and disadvantages over hybrid plants. But is one better than the other? Here's the difference.

Newest USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Hawaii and Alaska
New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps have been released for all areas of the United States. See what's changes for Alaska and Hawaii here.

Newest USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps by Region
The USDA has released new updated Plant Hardiness Zone Maps. The new maps use updated data and are much easier to read. There is a full US map as well as regional maps, discussed here.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map Provided by USDA (Image)
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.

Newest USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps by State
The USDA has released new updated Plant Hardiness Zone Maps, including maps of each individual state. Have a look.

Choosing, Growing and Caring for Holiday Plants
Every holiday has plants for giving and decorating. Here's how to care for your holiday plants, during the holidays and how to keep them growing afterward.

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Cosmos
Cosmos are profuse blooming annual flowers that are perfect for a cottage garden. Here are tips for growing these drought tolerant, fast growing flowers.

Garden Rabbit Control and Deterrent Tips
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.

Geranium 'Rozanne' - A Great Plant for the Garden
Geranium 'Rozanne' is a vivid violet-blue hardy geranium. It blooms non-stop, is virtually problem free, handles heat well, and is easy to grow.

Top Plants for Growing in Clay Soil
Gardening in clay soil is a challenge, but many plants, like these rugged natives and tap rooted plants, will grow well in clay and some will even help improve it.

How to Grow 'Rat's Tail' Edible Podded Radish
'Rat Tailed' radish may not sound tempting, but this edible podded radish is zesty, crunchy and incredibly easy to grow. Never be without radishes again.

Growing and Caring for Summer Flowering Bulbs
Bulbs are not just for spring flowers. try growing these summer flowering bulbs that add color and a touch of the tropics to the peak season garden.

Achillea - Growing Yarrow in the Perennial Garden
Yarrow often gets taken for granted because it is such a dependable, low care, perennial plant, but these are features that make its beauty even better.

Lamb's Ears - Perennial Favorites in the Garden
Lamb's Ears plants are grown for their soft suede-like leaves, silvery-gray color and easy care. They make wonderful spreading edging plants.

How to Grow Parsely - An Under Appreciated Herb
Parsley is more than a garnish. This leafy herb adds freshness and flavor to dishes and it's extremely easy to grow and keep on hand. Here's how.

Making Comfrey Fertilizer
Comfrey, a tall, perennial herb, could be grown for its looks alone, but it also makes a wonderful fertilizer. Tips on using comfrey to feed your plants.

What Is a Perennial Flower or 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.

When to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs Outdoors
Summer flowering bulbs, like dahlias, Gladiolus, and pineapple lilies, need to be planted each spring. After that, they require minimal work and bloom for weeks.

How to Grow Scilla siberica (Siberian squill) Plants
Large swathes of blue Scilla siberica (Siberian squill) are a common sight in the early spring. Here are some tips to grow these brilliant blue flowers in your garden.

How to Freeze 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.

How to Grow Zinnias - A Burst of Hot Flower Colors
Flashy zinnias love hot weather and laugh at drought and poor soil. New varieties are virtually mildew resistant and even easier to grow. Here's how.

Fern Growing Tips - Gardening
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.

What Does "Days to Maturity" Mean? - Gardening
Tips for understanding when to start counting to plant maturity, depending on a variety of factors including weather, rainfall, and plant stress.

Purple Foliage Plants for the Garden and Landscape
Foliage has taken center stage in the garden. Purple foliage not only provides color all season, it blends well and highlights other colors in the garden. There seems to be a never ending stream of new purple plants for sale. Here are the top choices of plantsman Tim Wood, resident horticulturist for Spring Meadow Nursery.purple foliage plants, purple plants, plants with purple or red leaves,

Pairing Wine with Vegetables
To pair wine with vegetables, think about the way the vegetables are cooked and the other ingredients in the dish. The ideas listed here will help you decide which type of wine to choose.

Seed Exchanges With Like Minded 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.

Growing 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.

What is a Soilborne Disease
Soilborne diseases affect all types of plants and can be a real problem in the vegetable garden. Here's what to look out for.

What to Do About Soilborne Diseases
Soilborne diseases can stick around for years. Here are some control measures for the vegetable garden, that can help your deal with them.

Choosing and Combining Plants for Container Gardens
Growing plants in containers is a great way to keep color exactly where you want it. Here are a few techniques that will help you design beautiful containers and keep them looking good.

Trailing Plants for Containers
Spilling, trailing plants make a container look abundant. They soften the whole look and help the rest of the plants blend together. Here are some popular choices for filling your containers. Page 4.

Filler Plants for Containers
Plants that remain attractive all season are the backbone of container gardens. They're called

Tall Focal Plants for Containers
Every garden needs a striking focal point and a container garden is no different. Here are some top choices of dramatic plants for containers. Page 2.

How to Choose a Garden Hand Pruner
What to look for when choosing a pair of garden pruners. Garden pruner styles, sizes, replacement parts and comfort are the keys.

Using Cornmeal as a Garden Fungicide
Researchers at Texs A&M have discovered that cornmeal has powerful fungicidal properties and is effective on all kinds of landscape fungus problems, from turf grass to black spot on roses. Heres how to apply cornmeal to treat fungus problems in your garden.

Deer Resistant Plant Lists by State
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.

Deer resistant plants for your garden
No plant is deer proof, but many are deer resistant. Deter deer from your garden by choosing plants from these Deer Resistant Plant lists. Page 2.

What is soil pH and what does it mean to the gardener?
Gardeners are often told that a key to growing great plants is to check the soil's pH. What is meant by soil pH and why should it matter so much in the garden? Here's why...

Growing Leeks in the Home Vegetable Garden
How to grow leeks in your vegetable garden. Leeks are a close cousin to onions, but milder and sweeter. Leeks are also very easy and prolific to grow. Here are some tips for growing leeks yourself.

Growing and Caring for Sorrel Plants
Sorrel give a pleasant lemony tartness to any dish. Whether you think of it as an herb or a leafy vegetable, sorrel is easy to grow and delicious.

Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden
Are coffee grounds safe to use in the garden? There are many questions about what coffee grounds do or don't do for plants. Here are some answers.

Using the Right Garden Tool for the Job
Garden tools can make garden maintenance less of a chore. New gardeners need to stock their garden tool shed with the essentials like, shovels, trowels and rakes

Selecting and Caring for Cut Flowers
Keeping cut flowers looking fresh starts by choosing healthy flowers and then handling them well. Here's how to keep your bouquets beautiful for weeks.

Growing Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia)
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.

What Is an Allelopathy Plant?
Everyone knows it's hard to plant anything under a black walnut, but do you know why? Balck walnut trees employ allelopathy, a kind of chemical plant warfare. They give off allelopaths that can hram or kill near by plants.

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.

Flower and Garden Shows by State
Just when we need it most, Flower and Garden Shows provide a breath of spring air. Here are some of the most popular garden shows, by state and country.

U.S. and International Spring Flower and Garden Shows
Flower and Garden Shows are truly a breath of spring air. Here's a list of upcoming shows. See if there's one near you. Page 4.

Tomato Plant Leaf Diseases - Gardening Tips
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.

Common Tomato Problems
Tomato problems are often not noticed until the tomatoes start to ripen. Here are some common tomato diseases, their symptoms and what to do about them. Page 2.

PlantWatcher - Automatic Potted Plant Watering
The PlantWatcher is an easy to use tool for one of the most forgettable gardening tasks - watering your houseplants. It takes a little thought to get started, but once you get it right, you can forget about it for 3 weeks. If your houseplants are begging you for more attention, the PlantWatcher is a low-tech automatic watering system you should look into.

Planning and Planting an Herb Garden
Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and they grow effusively, great news if you love to make food that is full of flavor. Plan your herb garden here.

Herb Growing Basics
How to grow herbs depends on what herbs you are growing. Since the plants that are considered “herbs” are such a large and varied lot, there are no hard and fast general rules for growing herbs. But with the exception of the handful of shade loving herbs, they all share these 3 growing conditions. Page 2.

Fungus Gnats - Major Pest of New Plant Seedlings
Fungus gnats can do serious damage to young plants. There are effective biological control measures you can take to deter and control fungus gnats.

Understanding Garden Fertilizer Labels
How to make sense of the numbers on your plant fertilizer bag and choose the right product for your plants.

What Causes Dripping Plant Leaves.
Do plants in your home sometimes seem to leak water from their leaves? Leaves dripping water is a natural occurrence, like people sweating. Natural, but messy, and there are some things you can do to control dripping leaves.

Good Companion Plants for Roses - Gardening
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 Grow Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'
Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' is a bright white, fall flower that lights up gardens and blooms profusely right up until frost. This is one to get to know.

Tips for Growing Tomato Plants From Seed
How to grow tomatoes from seed. Tips for getting started growing tomato plants from seed to table.

Spring Flower and Garden Shows Directory
Spring Flower and Garden Shows are great places to glean ideas for your own garden. Here's a list of shows throughout the U.S. Page 2.

More Spring Garden and Flower Shows
Flower and Garden shows are full of garden design ideas and plant introductions. The list continues of spring shows for a breath of floral scented air. Page 3.

What to Consider When Planning a Vegetable Garden
If you're thinking of starting a vegetable garden, or expanding an existing one, here are some logistics to consider, to ensure success.

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.

How Long Do Seeds Last?
Tips for saving vegetable seeds and how long they last.

Winter Care of Houseplants
Growing plants indoors presents challenges, like low humidity, temperature fluctuations and limited sunlight. Try these tips to care for your houseplants in winter.

10 Tips for Cutting and Displaying Roses
Selecting rose buds at the right stage will extend their vase life. Enjoy your blooms even longer with these tips for cutting and displaying roses.

Vegetable Gardening in a Small Space
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.

Regional Gardening Guide for January
January in the garden often means gardening vicariously through garden catalogs. For many gardeners, the only winter garden chore is dormant pruning. Whether you're staying warm indoors and dreaming about gardening or you're outside getting things in order, here are a few more regional gardening tips to help you get through winter.

How to Grow Black-Eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year's Day good luck dish. Best known as a Southern vegetable, they actually grow well just about anywhere.

Growing Persian Shield Plants (Strobilanthes)
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.

When to Start Seeds - Growing Your Own Plants From Seed
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.

When to Start Seeds - Prior to Frost Free Date
Growing plants from seed is an easy, inexpensive way to get more plants. The hard part is often knowing when to start the seeds. Page 2.

How to Get Rid of Scale Insects
Scale are tiny parasitic insects that adhere to plants and live off the plant's sap. They look like bumps on the stem and are very hard to get rid of.

How and When to Prune Plants
Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in know when to prune what. Its confusing, but rarely fatal. Pruning at the wrong time of year may result in less flowers and fruits, but it usually wont 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.

Turnip Growing Tips
Turnips are a fast growing vegetable that do very well in home vegetable gardens. You can use them both for their green tops and their root bulb. Here are tips for growing and caring for turnip plants.

Are Poinsettias Poisonous?
Are poinsettia plants as poisonous as we've been told? Are they toxic to people or pets? Usually not,but you should still use some caution when bringing any non-edible plant into your home. Page 2.

Caring for Holiday Poinsettia Plants
Poinsettias are popular holiday decorations. Here's how to keep them in bloom longer and how to force them to rebloom next Christmas.

Garden Design Elements
Good garden design is subjective but there are some elements common to any type of design that will help you create an attractive garden. Here are some ideas to consider.

Shade Tolerant Vegetables
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.

What Can't I Plant Under a Black Walnut Tree?
Black walnuts (Juglans nigra L.)are valuable landscape and lumber trees, but black walnut trees are not always good companions for other plants. They produce a chemical called

Gardening Quick Tips for a Better Garden
Becoming a great gardener takes time and experience. It also helps to have the secret tips of other experienced gardeners, like this collection of gardening tips.

Using 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.

Amending Your Garden Soil to Make It Better
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.

Do You Have Bad Garden Soil?
Do you have bad garden soil? If your plants are struggling, your soil might need some type of amendment. Here's how to improve your soil. Page 2.

How to Dry and Store Your Fresh Garden 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.

10 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.

Hardy Christmas Rose - Hellebore niger
The Christmas Rose, Hellebore niger, has the frustrating tendency of not blooming until Easter. But it is a beautiful spring flower and easy to grow.

How to Prune Peach Trees
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.[

How to Grow Chamomile Plants
German chamomile makes a great tea. Roman chamomile makes a nice groundcover. Both are easy to grow and great additions to the garden. Here's how.

How to Grow Cabbage
Most cabbage plants are big and sprawling and, let's face it , how many do you need at once. Here are tips for growing cabbage over a long season.

How to Grow Marigold Plants
Marigolds are a popular,easy to grow bedding plant. Marigolds are cheerful, compact yellow, orange and burgundy annual flowers with flower shapes that can resemble daisies, coreopsis and carnations.


DIY Test of Your Garden Soil's Texture
The texture of your soil tells you how well it can retain water, and how hard plants will have to work to send down roots. Here's a quick, easy test.

How to Test Your Soil pH
Here's a quick, easy way to test if your soil pH is acidic or alkaline. It won't get you precise results, but it will get you in the ballpark.

How to Grow Canary Creeper Flowering Vines
With bright yellow flowers that look like a canary in flight, Canary Creeper is an attractive vine that is also easy to grow. Here are some tips for growing and using Canary Creeper in your garden.

How to Grow Asarina, the Climbing Snapdragon
The trumpet-shaped flowers of Asarina (Climbing Snapdragon) attract hummingbirds and butterflies, Here are some tips for growing Asarina.

Nasturtiums - Cool-Season Annual Flowers
Jewel toned nasturtiums are extremely easy to grow. There are bushy, trailing and climbing nasturtiums for every gardening need. They are even edible.

Gardening Tip: Use Alcohol to Keep Paperwhites Erect
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.

Growing and Caring for Rosemary Plants
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.

Sowing Seeds Outdoors in the Winter
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.

How to Grow and Care for Astible Plants
If you're looking for a low-maintenance perennial flower with a long season of interest, consider Astilbe. Here's how easy they are to grow...

Hot to Grow Turtlehead Plants (Chelone)
Chelone, or Turtlehead, is a lovely choice for shady gardens. It blooms late in the season, but for weeks at a time. More tips for growing chelone...

Growing Chelone
Every garden needs a few plants that require minimal care, yet deliver maximum punch. Chelone, or turtlehead, is almost maintenance free and extremely reliable. Here are some tips.

Regional Gardening Guide for December
Here's your Regional December Gardening Guide, whether you're planting, harvesting, or hoping for snow to mulch the garden. There's still plenty to do.

How to Dig, Divide and Store Dahlias
Digging, dividing and storing dahlia tubers each years will keep you in an endless supply. Follow these basic steps.

Growing and Caring for Aeonium Plants
Aeoniums are drought tolerant, succulent plants. They are only hardy in hot climates, but they can be grown in containers and wintered indoors.

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.

Perennial Sunflowers - Helianthus
Perennial sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) may not have the giant flowers of their annual cousins, but they make up for it with months of blooms. Here are some of the best and how to grow them.

How to Determine Sunlight Levels for Houseplants
Low light? Diffused light? How do you know how much light you have and what houseplants will be happy in it? The best indicator is the plant itself. If the houseplant looks good, the light is fine. But here are a few suggestions so that the houseplants you decide to buy will be happy in your house.

Winter Water Garden Care
Advise on how to prepare your water garden for winter, what to do with plants and fish and general tips for getting it safely through winter.

Growing Herbs for Tea
Suggestions and tips for making your own herbal teas, a quick, refreshing way to enjoy herbs from your garden throughout the summer or winter.

How To Make Herb Flavored Vinegars
One of the easiest, tastiest ways to use fresh herbs in cooking is to flavor vinegar with them. These herb flavored vinegars have a variety of uses.

How to Grow Parsnips
Parsnips, carrots paler cousin, have a sweet, nutty flavor. You can grow your own and have plenty throughout the winter with these tips.

How to Make Dried Flower and Herbal Sachets
Use your homegrown fragrant flowers and herbs to create sachets to tuck in your drawers, your clothes dryer, under your pillow, or give as gifts.

How to Grow Rutabaga
Rutabaga, turnip's quirky cousin, is a delicious root vegetable that's easy to grow Here are some growing tips and and ideas for cooking with it.

How to Create Your Own Herb Blends with Herbs from Your Garden
For an easy, delicious gift from your garden, mix up your own herbal cooking blends, Then add a pretty package and a couple of recipes, like these.

Garden Kneelers and Seats for Comfort and Ease
Garden kneelers and seats, for gardeners who have trouble getting up and down in the garden and those who just like a little extra comfort .

What's a Good Pumpkin for Cooking?
Pumpkins for carving are strictly for show. If you’re going to be using your pumpkins for cooking and baking, you want the sweetest pumpkins you can find. A smooth, creamy texture is important too. And having an outer shell on your pumpkin that doesn’t require a power tool to remove is a nice plus. Here are some tips for picking a great pumpkin for eating. Page 2.

How to Choose Pumpkins to Carve and Pumpkins for Cooking
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.

Organic Rose Gardening and Care
Can roses be grown organically. Of course. Organic rose gardening means giving the plant what it wants and needs to grow well. Do that and you’ll have a healthy plant, better able to withstand pest attacks. Here are some tips.

How to Grow Asian Greens
Asian greens are quick and easy to grow in the vegetable garden. Bok choy, napa cabbage, mizuna and many others are delicious additions to many dishes. Try growing a few of these.

How to Get Your 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...

Gifts for Gardeners - Gift Ideas for the Gardeners on Your List
Finding gifts for gardeners is easy. There's always a new tool they'd like to try. Here are gardening gifts for all ages, even some stocking stuffers.

Rex Begonias - Growing the Striking Foliage Plants
Tropical rex begonias are prized for their colorfully patterned and intriguingly shaped leaves. Here are tips for growing them outdoors or indoors.

Gardening Gift Basket - Containers for Creating a Gardening Gift Basket
Creating a gardening gift basket starts with a great container. Baskets work great, but take a look here and see if something else strikes your fancy.

What Is Mulch and Which Mulch Should You Use Where?
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.

Synthetic and Inorganic Mulch - What Is Mulch and Which Mulch Should You Use Where?
Synthetic and Inorganic mulches do a goo job of holding moisture and blocking weeds. They don’t add any fertility to the soil, but on the other hand, they don’t decompose and require replacing as often as organic mulches. Here are the pros and cons of various mulch materials. Page 2.



Choosing and Growing Hot Chili Peppers
Growing chili peppers is becoming as popular as eating them. Here's how to choose one with the right heat for you and tips for growing the best.

Growing the World's Hottest Pepper
What's the hottest pepper in the world? How would you like to grow the world's hottest peppers and find out?

How to Make and Use Leaf Mold
Leaf mold may not sound like something you’d want in your garden, but leaf mold compost is free, easy to make, and does wonders for soil. Here’s how.

How to Grow Elephant Garlic Cloves
Planting, growing and harvesting elephant garlic bulbs and cloves.

Fall Needle Drop - Why Evergreens Drop Needles in the Fall
Yellowing needles on evergreens aren't always bad news. Fall, or seasonal, needle drop is how trees shed old needles and make room for new ones.

Forcing Spring Flowering Bulbs for Winter Color
Many spring blooming bulbs can be forced into bloom in the winter months. Some, discussed here, need prechilling and some need little coaxing at all.

Pruning Roses - How and When to Prune
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.

How to Force Paperwhite Narcissus Indoors
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.

Growing Hot Peppers - Turn Up the Heat in the Garden
Chili peppers have the distinction of being welcome I both vegetable gardens and flower borders. While hot peppers may seem exotic, they are very easy to grow almost anywhere, even indoors. The assortment of hot peppers, whether Jalapeno, Serrano, Cayenne, Habanero or Thai, offers something for every garden and every pallette.

Preventing Late Blight of Tomatoes and Potatoes
Late blight is a rapidly spread disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes. There is no cure, but here are some tips for preventing it in your garden.

Choosing Your Christmas Tree
Christmas Trees -- pre-cut, cut your own, or live -- which is better? And how do you keep the needles from dropping all over the carpet? Here's help.

Comparing and Selecting Your Christmas Tree
Selecting the best Christmas tree depends on what you are looking for. Some will hold their needles longer. Some will hold your ornaments better. Page 2.

Comparing and Selecting Your Christmas Tree
Christmas tree safety tips for after you choose the best tree and bring it into your home. It pays to do a little extra prep and enjoy your tree. Page 3.

Taking Care of a Live Christmas Tree
Live trees are great for Christmas. With a little planning and attention, they will survive long after the holiday. Page 4.

Gardening for Beginners
Gardening for beginners and experts alike is an ongoing process. These tips and how-tos will give new gardeners confidence in creating their first garden.

How to Start a Community Garden
Community gardens take a lot of planning, cooperation, and ongoing maintenance. Outlined here are the first steps for starting a community garden.

Garden Budget - How Much Will You Spend on Plants and Features?
Starting a new garden can b expensive, even before you get the first plant in the ground. Here are some tips to prevent sticker shock. Page 2.

Cannas, Caladiums and Coleus - Victorian Bedding Plants
The magnificent colors and textures of Victorian era cannas, caladiums and coleus create a tapestry of color. Here's how to grow them in your garden.

Growing and Using Microgreens
Microgreens, tiny, tender leafy greens, are quick and easy to grow. Here are some of the best to grow, indoors or out in the garden.

How to Cut, Dry and Display Fresh Flowers
Drying flowers is a wonderful way to preserve the beauty of your garden and there's a wide range of flowers that can be dried. Here are two techniques.

Indestructible Garden Plants
Every gardener needs a few plants that can thrive in less than ideal conditions. In a tough spot in the garden, try an (almost) indestructible plant.

Perennial Plants to Garden & Prune in the Spring
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.

Best Perennials for Spring Pruning (F through L)
Although it's nice to get a headstart cleaning up the garden in the fall, these perennial plants should be left standing until spring. Page 2.

Perennials Plants to Prune in the Spring - M Through Z
There are several reasons to leave these perennial plants standing throughout the winter. Some remain evergreen, some feed the birds and others need the protection of their fallen leaves. Page 3.

What's the Difference Between a Frost and a Freeze?
Frost advisories send gardeners scrambling. But there's a big difference between a light frost and a hard freeze. Here's what to expect from both.

How to Grow a Cut and Come Again Garden
By harvesting these leafy green vegetables and herbs as

Top Choices for Easy Care 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.

Rose Gardening - Preparing Roses for 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.

Treating Powdery Mildew on Plants
Although powdery mildew is unattractive, it is rarely fatal. However severe or repetitive infections will weaken the plant. Here's how to prevent it.

Big Impact from Dwarf Iris

Early Stardrift is Great for Naturalizing

Nothing Eats Allium Bulbs
It is possible to find spring blooming bulbs, other than daffodils, that deer won't touch. Here are 6 flowering bulbs to brighten your spring garden.

Eye-Catching Fritillaria

Glory of the Snow Lives Up to Its Name

Easy Growing Crocus

Garden Design - Thinking about a Budget
Making a new garden is an expense. You don't need a detailed budget to get started, but having some idea what things cost will save you frustration later.

Ways to Keep Your Garden In Color All Season
There are tricks for keeping your garden in full color all season long. A little planning and pruning can create abundance throughout the season.

Spring Ephemeral Flowers for the Garden
Early spring flowering woodland plants can be grown in your garden, if you choose wisely and make them happy. Here are several ephemerals to try.

What are Spring Ephemerals
Ephemeral implies brief and that's just what these charming spring blooming flowers are. They grow, they bloom, they disappear - until next year.

How to Grow Spring Ephemerals
Spring ephemerals tend to be woodland wildflowers, but that doesn't mean you can't grow them in your garden. Here are some tips to help you get them established.

Putting the Garden to Bed
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.

Growing Heirloom Vegetables - Top Heirloom Vegetable Varieties for Home Gardeners
Heirloom vegetables are varieties that gardeners loved so much, they saved the seed and regrew them year after year. Here are some long-time favorites.

Growing Giant Fleece Flower (Persicaria polymorpha)
Giant Fleece Flower (Persicaria polymorpha) a tall, showy perennial with large white plumes., is widely adaptable and easy to grow. Here are some tips.

Choosing a Fruit Tree for Your Yard
Dwarf fruit trees made it possible for just about everyone to grow their own fruit. Here are things to think about, when choosing your fruit tree.

Small Space Gardening - Gardening on a Patio or Terrace
A patio garden is limited only by your aspirations. Designing a garden on your patio creates a place to enjoy and entertain or to indulge your green thumb.

Small Space Gardening - Creating Privacy on a Patio or Terrace
Gardening on your patio or terrace provides the perfect screen for privacy, while creating a place you will want to sit and enjoy. Here's where to start. Page 2.

Growing Winter Squash In All Its Variety
Growing winter squash requires space and patience. It's worth the effort when you bake one in mid-winter. Here are some tips for growing your own.

Ripening Green Tomatoes - Gardening Tips
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.

Herbicides - Controlling Weeds and Unwanted Plants
Before you use an herbicide to kill unwanted plants, know how the product works and what plants it is effective on, or you could do a lot of damage.

Protecting Potted / Container Plants in Winter
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.

Winter Plant Care
Tender plants won't make it through the winter outdoors, in frosty climates. That doesn't mean they're compost. Here are some ideas for over-wintering all kinds of non-hardy plants.

Storing Vegetables for Winter
Methods of storing vegetables to use throughout the winter. Tips for harvesting, curing and storing specific vegetables

Growing Fragrant Flowering Tobacco
How to grow Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris), an annual flower that can quickly grow 5 ft. tall. It also has a Jasmine-like scent at nightime.

Vegetables for 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.

Fall Vegetable Gardening
Many vegetables will grow well in a fall vegetable garden, if you get them started early or transplant seedlings in the garden, when the cool weather hits. These vegetables taste their best when harvested in the fall. Page 2.

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.

7 Things to Do with Fall Leaves
Fall leaves are free fertilizer for your garden and so much more. Gather them up and mulch, mold, insulate, and even decorate with your leaves.

Garden Ornaments & Pots Can Be Put To Winter Use Indoors
Why just store your garden accessories for winter when you could put them to good use inside? Here are some creative ideas for using garden items indoors.

Weeds - Controlling Weeds in the Lawn & Garden
If there’s a bare spot in your garden, a weed seed will find it. Weeds aren’t bad plants, they’re just plants growing where you don’t want them to. Some weeds are easily removed by hand and others are persistent about growing back and become more and more difficult to eradicate the longer they are left to establish themselves and spread. To conquer weeds, try some of these weed control tips.

How to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
Bulbs need rich, well-draining soil and sunshine. Doesn't hurt to know which end is up, either. Here are more tips for growing spring flowering bulbs.

What are Plant Tubers?
Tubers often get called bulbs. They are swollen stems, but they are grown and divided much differently. Here are some common tubers from the garden.

What is a Bulb?
Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers tend to all be called simply bulbs. Is there a difference and does it matter? Here's a breakdown of each.

What is a Rhizome?
Rhizomes don't look anything like bulbs, but often get lumped in with them. They also have a bad reputation for being invasive, that's not always true.

What is a Plant Corm? Is it a Bulb?
Corms are often referred to as bulbs, but are they and does it make a difference what you call them? Yes and no.

Choosing Garden Planters and Containers
How do you choose the best container for your plants? To keep them growing healthy consider the plant's needs. Here are some things to think about.

Staking Flowering Plants
Many flowers need to be staked or supported as they grow. Early spring staking gives a more natural look and not disturb the developing flowers.

Growing Salad Greens
Salad greens are best eaten fresh. Luckily they are quick to grow and don't take up much space in the garden. Try growing some of these salad greens.

Tall Plants for Focal Points for Garden Design
Every garden needs a focal point and large, dramatic plants fit the bill nicely. These drama queen plants will take center stage in any garden.

What is a Berry?
Which fruit is not a berry? Blueberry. Strawberry. Banana. You may be surprised by the answer.

Amending the Soil in Your Garden - Making Great Soil
Most gardens don't start out with great soil and the longer plants grow, the more help the soil will need. Here's some help identifying what your garden soil needs and what amendments to add to make it great garden soil.

Choosing Wheelbarrows versus Garden Carts
While wheelbarrows and garden carts perform basically the same functions, they each have their pros and cons. Here's how to decide which is best for you.

Adding Manure as Organic Matter, to Improve Garden Soil
Manure adds organic matter to your garden soil,making it richer and more nutritious for your plants. Here's how to be safe and get the most from it.

Compost - Black Gold for Your Garden Soil
Compost is called black gold because of its value in improving garden soil. Compost is easy to make and easy to use too. Here's how to get started.

Evergreens - Pruning Fir Trees in the Landscape
Evergreens like fir and pine trees, need little trimming or pruning, except to control size or fullness. Here are tips on when and how to prune evergreens.

How to Force Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs
The hardest part about forcing spring flowering trees and shrubs is getting yourself outside in the cold. Here are some simple steps to success.

Growing Carrots Indoors
Tips for growing carrots indoors, in containers. Smaller carrots are quick growing and don't take up a lot of space, perfect for container gardening.

Growing Tomatoes Indoors
You might not think of growing a tomato plant indoors, but it is certainly possible. Sound like a good winter project? Here's how to keep it growing.

How to Grow Vegetables Indoors
Tips for growing vegetables in indoor containers during winter or summer. Which vegetables do best and how to care for them.

Growing Garlic Greens Indoors
Garlic greens are easy to grow indoors at any time of year. Craving fresh garlic flavor? Grow a batch of garlic greens on the windowsill. Here's how.

Growing Hot Peppers Indoors
Have you ever thought of growing a pot of hot peppers indoors? They are perennials after all. Here are some tips for growing some indoor chile peppers.

Growing Lettuce and Other Salad Greens Indoors
Lettuce and other salad greens are quick growing and make great indoor crops. Here are some ideas for growing salad greens any time of year.

Groiwng Microgreens
Microgreens are quick growing sprouts that you can grow anywhere. They are a wonderful way to have fresh greens all year long. Here's how.

Growing Scallions Indoors
You can grow scallions indoors without even sowing seed. They are quick, easy, and delicious. Here's how to get your scallion plants growing.

Garden Tool Storage - Ideas for Storing and Toting Your Garden Tools
Gardening is easier with the right tools, but there are a lot of them. You need a way to store your garden tools so that they're still handy when you need them. These products will help your organize all your garden tools, so you can find them when you need them. Some even let you take the organizer and the tools with you.

Plant Caddies - Help for When You Need to Move Plants Around
Large plants are wonderful to look at, but a handful to move. Place your large pots on plant caddies, for easy movement anytime. You can roll the plant to the sink, to water, roll it into the sun, roll it indoors or out or anywhere you want. Plant caddies can be decorative or invisible, but they're always functional. Here are some top pick plant caddies.

Spring Blooming Bulbs for Warmer Climates
Gardeners in warm climates can still plant spring flowering bulbs. Choose varieties like those discussed here, that don't need cold winter temperatures.

Garden Plants With Seeds for Feeding Birds
The seeds of many garden plants are eaten by birds throughout fall and winter. Leave the flowers of these 10 plants standing, to attract more birds.

What Does it Mean to Take Cuttings of a Plant?
By taking cuttings of a plant, you can create dozens of identical plants for growing.

Growing Snowdrops (Galanthus sp.)
Snowdrops are one of the earliest flowering bulbs to bloom, often breaking through snow or frozen ground. Here are tips for growing snowdrops in your garden.

How to GrowFritillaria
The flowers of Fritillaria bulbs look exotic, but they are tough, easy growing plants. For something out of the ordinary, grow these spring bloomers.

How to Grow Bluebells (Hyacinthoides sp.)
Spanish and English bluebells are spring blooming bulbs that deserve to be more widely planted. Here are tips for growing bluebells in your garden.

How to Grow Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Autumn crocus are unusual flowers that bloom before their leaves appear. These late season bulbs are easy to grow. Here are tips to get you started.

How to Grow Lilies
Elegant lilies are easy to grow bulbs. You can extend your season of bloom by planting different varieties. Here are more tips for enjoying your lilies.

How to Grow Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
Grape hyacinth bulbs add a touch of true blue to the spring landscape. They require little care to thrive. Here's how to grow them in your garden.

How to Grow Dutch Iris (Iris x hollandica)
For a change of pace with spring flowering bulbs, try planting Dutch iris. These delicate flowers are as easy to grow as tulips, with even more charm.

Growing Daffodils
It wouldn't be spring without daffodils. Here are some tips for growing these early season flowering bulbs in your yard and garden.

How to Grow Wild Hyacinth (Camassia quamash)
Camassia bulbs, or wild hyacinth, make great additions to spring gardens or naturalized areas. Here are some tips of growing yours.

Top Bulbs for Fall Planting
Fall is perfect gardening weather and time to plant some bulbs for next spring and summer. Here are some of the best, to grow in your garden.