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Fragrant Flowers - Choosing and Growing Scented Flowers
Fragrant flowers to add scent to your garden. Ideas and plant lists for including fragrant plants in your garden.

Water Adds a Welcoming Sound to the Garden
Sound is an element of garden design and one of the most pleasant sounds is water. Water features, ponds and fountains can be added to any size garden. Here are some ideas for add water to your garden design.

Sound in the Garden - Walking
Sound adds another sense to garden design and it's not hard to come by. Even the sounds made by walking in the garden add a new element, depending on the surface and surroundings. Here are some thoughts on becoming part of the sound of your garden.

Sound in the Garden
Sound is an often overlooked sense in the garden, but it adds a layer of enjoyment without much effort. Here are some tips for finding and adding sound in your garden.

Sound in the Garden - Wildlife
Not all wildlife is bad in the garden. Some help you keep other pests under control and some, as shown here, even contribute to the overall enjoyment by adding sound to the garden.

Sound in the Garden - Wind
The sound of wind adds a seasonal element to your garden,. Here are some planting ideas for capturing and enjoying the sound of a breeze blowing through your garden.

How to Grow and Care for Waterlilies and Lotus
Waterlilies and Lotus are jewels of the water garden. They look rich and exotic, but will be at home in the simplest of water gardens, even containers.

Growing Waterlily and Lotus in Your Water Garden
Lotus is the queen of water plants. To see a lotus bloom is a treat you should allow yourself, since lotus look like exotic plants, yet grow carefree. Here are some types for choosing and growing lotus plants in your water garden. Page 2.

How to Grow Blueberries in the Home Garden
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.

How to Plant Peonies Successfully in the Home Garden
Peonies can live and thrive for decades, with minimal care. Peonies bloom in the late spring, but they do best when planted or transplanted in the fall. For the most part, planting peonies is pretty straight forward. However there are a few special needs peonies have, that are best accommodated at planting time.

Growing Blueberries - Pruning, Pests & Diseases
Blueberry Growing Tips Page 2. Blueberries are popular to grow in home gardens because they can grow in a small space, even in containers, and have very few problems. Regular pruning of your blueberries will keep them healthy and give you more berries. Here are tips for pruning blueberries and how to handle the pests and diseases that may affect your blueberry plants.

Dressing Up a Cucumber Sandwich
Cucumber sandwiches don't have to be traditional and proper. You can spice them up in multiple ways and still be cool. Try one of these twists.

Easy Cucumber Soups
When you have an abundance of cucumbers, don't feel you have to eat salad every day. Try one of these cool cucumber dishes. Refreshing and easy.

Try a Cool, Ethnic Cucumber Sauce
You can never have too many cucumbers if you master these 2 creamy, cool sauces and serve them with your favorite meats or vegetables.

Beyond Juice - Cucumber Cocktails
Think a cucumber drink means juice? These cucumber cocktails and mocktail with have you wondering why more cukes are put to such good work.

Think You Can't Cook Cucumbers? Think Again.
Cucumbers are often cooked, but with a little prep, you can use them instead of zucchini for fritters and other dishes. These recipes will get you started.

Preserving the Harvest - Drying, Curing and Canning Vegetables
Every vegetable garden knows that when the harvest starts coming, it can come on all at once. Here are some tips and techniques for saving some of the bounty for later use. Whatever you do, don't waste your hard earned veggies.

Intensive Garden with Intercropping
Everyone wishes they had more space in the vegetable garden. Intensive gardening by intercropping sounds like a lot of work, but it actually let's you make efficient use of space, with no extra effort.

Companion Planting Tall Vegetables with Vegetables that Need Heat
Some vegetables don't grow well in the summer heat. An easy trick to keep them going is to take advantage of the shade created by taller plants.

Saving Space in the Vegetable Garden
Make use of all the space in your vegetable garden by growing shorter plants between taller vegetables.

Tips for Growing Celery's Cousin, Celeriac
Celeriac tastes a lot like, celery, but you eat the crisp bulb that forms at its base. It's easier to grow than celery and here are some tips.

What is Potager?
Potager gardens, with geographic, formal layouts are ideal ways to add beauty and flavor to your vegetable garden. It's not as hard as you think.

Grow Brussels Sprouts in Your Vegetable Garden
Brussels Sprouts are a long season crop that actually tastes better when hit with a slight frost. So although they are a late harvest, they are a relatively long one. Because of their fondness for cool weather, Brussels Sprouts are a fall crop in warmer climates. Here are more tips for growing Brussels sprouts.

Deer Resistant Flower Bulbs
There are flowering bulbs the deer don't prefer. If you can't grow tulips, try one of these bulbs in your garden.

Tips for Growing a Fall Crop of Beans
Fall grown beans can be more tender and tasty than beans grown in summer's heat. Here are some tips for you to have a second growing season for beans.

How to Provide AIr Circulation for Plants
Like sunshine, water and healthy soil, good air flow is vital to plants. But just what does

Why do tomatoes crack as they ripen?
A common tomato growing problem is fruit that cracks or splits open as the tomato ripens. How can you prevent future tomatoes from cracking and is the cracked fruit still edible?

Top Long Blooming Perennial Flowers
Keep your garden in bloom and color all summer, with these perennial flowers that provide a long season of interest.

Perennial Flowers for Long-Season Bloom
Perennial flowers that bloom weeks or longer and require minimal care. Page 2.

Favorite Long Blooming Perennial Flowers
These perennial flowers will stay in bloom for weeks or repeat bloom during the season, giving you a longer season of color and interest. Page 3.

Growing Summer Savory
Summer savory is easy, fast growing herb that is versatile in the kitchen. For a fresh, sweet bountiful harvest, grow your own plants with these tips.

How to Grow Patty Pan Squash
Patty pan squash look like small flying saucers, but cook like tender summer squash. THey are very bit as easy to grow as zucchini, with these tips.

Tips for Growing Pumpkins
Growing your own pumpkins is easy and it's fun to watch them slowly turn orange. Whether you want a pie or a Jack-o-lantern here are some tips.

Tips for Growing Gourds
You wouldn't want to eat gourds, but they are beautiful to grow and as easy as growing squash. Here are some top choices and growing tips

Tips for Growing Winter Squash
Winter squash takes a long season to mature, but they keep for months. Here are some tips to help you get a large, flavorful harvest.

Growing Zucchini
Zucchini is a popular summer squash to plant in home vegetable gardens because it's so prolific and easy to grow. Try these zucchini growing tips.

There's More to Squash than Zucchini and Acorns
Squash plants, summer and winter, are some of the most prolific and easiest vegetables to grow. Here are a few tips as well as a selection to sample.

Avoid Zucchini Pollination Problems
Zucchini plants are usually prolific, but they can have problems with pollination that cut down on the harvest. Here's how to fix that.

5 Tips for Great Zucchini
Zucchini plants are prolific. Make them even more productive with these 5 zucchini growing tips and then enjoy a delicious harvest all season.

Dealing with Squash Borers
Squash vine borers attack zucchini plants at their base, causing them to suddenly wilt. They don't have to be fatal and can even be avoided.

Don't Plant Zucchini Too Early
Zucchini plants can't handle cold temperatures. If you plant too early you could get pitted fruits or no fruits at all. More on when to plant zucchini.

Succession Planting Zucchini
If your zucchini give out mid-season, after producing an amazing about of squash, there's a simple solution to keep your plants productive all season.

Using Milk for Powdery Mildew Control
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.

Top 5 Vegetables to Grow to Save Money
Before you start a vegetable garden to save money, consider which vegetables are actually cheaper to grow than to buy. Here are 5 good choices.

How to Divide Bearded Iris
Dividing bearded iris plants isn't hard and it helps cut down on both soft rot and borer damage. Here's how to do, step by step.

Clean off All Soil Clinging to the Rhizomes Before Dividing
Rising off the soil of lifted bearded iris will allow you to better see the rhizomes and roots, to inspect for borer damage and rot.

After Lifting and Washing, Cut the Bearded Iris leaves to about 6 inches
Cutting the fan of leaves connected to a lifted bearded iris rhizome makes the plant easier to work with, for dividing and replanting and helps prevent water loss while the plant is becoming re-established.

Inspect the Bearded Iris Rhizomes for Borer Damage and Soft Rot
While dividing bearded iris, be sure to check the rhizomes for soft rot and borer damage.

Dividing Bearded Iris
To divide bearded iris rhizomes, look for natural places to make a split and make sure each piece will be a good size and have enough roots to take hold, as shown here.

Getting the Garden Ready to Re-plant Bearded Iris Divisions
When re-planting bearded iris rhizomes, create a hole with a soil level mound in the center, as shown.

Re-planting Bearded Iris
Plant bearded iris rhizomes shallowly. Bearded iris will rot and certainly won't bloom, if buried too deeply.

Calendula (Pot Marigold) Growing and Care Guide
Calendula, or pot marigold, is pretty enough to grow for its looks alone. Its tasty, piquant flavor is a great bonus of this easy blooming annual flower.

How Much Water do Annual Flowers Need?
Annual flowers tend to need more water than perennials. How much more depends on several factors, but here are some general guidelines for how much to water annuals.

Planting a Mid-Season Vegetable Garden
Mid-summer is not too late to plant a vegetable garden, if you choose what you grow wisely. These vegetables can handle heat and grow quickly.

Why do the bottom of tomatoes turn black and soft?
Ripening tomatoes that turn black and soft on their side not attached to the stem are affected with blossom end rot. As with so many tomato problems, water is a key factor here. Is there any saving the rotting tomatoes?

How to Create Garden Rooms
Garden rooms gives your garden a sense of discovery and intrigue. It's easier than you think. Here's how to get started creating your own garden rooms.

Shade Gardening With Color and Interest
Shade gardening offers the opportunity to work with a diverse variety of plants and to garden in a cool spot both the gardener and the plants will appreciate. There are shade plants suitable to the different degrees of shade. It is possible to create a shade garden with color and interest, if you choose appropriate shade garden plants. Here are some tips and suggestions for making the most of your shade garden.

Shade Gardening - Choosing Plants and Designing a Garden in the Shade
Gardening in the shade introduces the gardener to a whole new group of plants and design ideas. Shade plants lend themselves to texture to form. A shade garden can lighten up with a burst of white variegated leaves or the play of shadows from a finely cut maple. Choosing and combining shade garden plants can be as enjoyable as the coolness of a shade garden. Page 2.

How Other Gardeners Get Rid of Slugs in Their Gardens
Slugs hide under leaves and do a lot of damage in the garden, before you even know they're there. Here’s what some readers recommend. What are your tips for getting rid of and controlling slugs in your garden?

Best Commercial Slug Killers (Readers Tips)
Slugs hide under leaves and do a lot of damage in the garden, before you even know they're there. Here’s what some readers recommend. What are your tips for getting rid of and controlling slugs in your garden? Page 2.

These Healthy Vegetable are Also Easy to Grow
Thinking it’s time to start eating healthy again? These vegetables are not just brimming with healthy benefits, they’re also easy to grow. Oh, and delicious.

Heat and Health with Chili Peppers
You probably know that hot peppers can clear your nasal passages, but they do a whole lot more for your health, too. Plus they're easy to grow.

Super Foods - Kale and Other Cooking Greens
Kale has the reputation as a super healthy food, but there are even more cooking greens to try. Read on for their health benefits and how easy they are to grow.

Scallions for More than Spice
Onions and garlic are known for their healthy properties, but don't overlook fast growing scallions. These are great sources of vitamins and easy to grow.

Spinach Packs a Whallop of Flavor and Health
Spinach is one of the earliest and easiest vegetables to grow. It's also one of the healthiest. Here are some tips for a great harvest.

Growing Nutrient Packed Tomatoes
No one needs an excuse to eat tomatoes, but their myriad health benefits don't hurt. Here's way they aid your body as well as how to grow your own.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Tips for Harvesting, Drying and Storing Flowers
Save your garden's beauty by drying and preserving your flowers. Drying flowers is an easy way to extend your garden season.

What is a Biennial Flower or Plant?
Biennial plants take 2 years to flower and go to seed. Great for vegetables, not so good for flowers. Here’s how to deal with biennials, whether foxgloves or carrots.

How to Save Seeds of Biennial Vegetables
Saving seed of biennial vegetables poses a problem. They don't bloom until their second year and many die at frost. Here's how to work around that.

How to Harden Off Plants for Transplanting
Young, pampered seedlings will need a period to adjust and acclimate to outdoor conditions, prior to planting in the garden. This transition period is called

What is Clematis Wilt and What Can You Do About It?
Clematis wilt can cause clematis plants to go from healthy and flowering to brown and withered very quickly. It's a common fungus disease and here's what to do about it.

How Do I Get Rid of Earwigs in My Garden?
How to get rid of earwigs in your garden. While earwigs do feed on plants, the amount of damage they do shouldn’t present a major problem in most gardens. In fact, earwigs even eat aphids, snails and some types of larvae, so it might be a plus that they are there. However, there are times when earwigs can be considered a pest. When that happens,

How to Grow Eggplant
Eggplant can be a demanding vegetable to grow, but with all the varieties to choose from, and these tips, you can grow sweet eggplants in your garden.

How to Grow Alliums - Ornamental Onions
Ornamental alliums may resemble onions, but it's the flowers you're after with these ornamental varieties. Here's how to grow these undemanding plants

Different Types of Ornamental Onions to Grow
Alliums, or ornamental onions, are low maintenance plants with plump, round flower heads. Take a look at the many choices you have for growing alliums.

Gardening with Kids
Garden projects, exploration and play can make a child a lifelong gardener. Fast growing seeds and plants, tools sized to children's hands and icky, surprising things will keep children of all ages enjoying the garden.

Warm Climate Gardening
Warm climate gardening can mean anythiing from areas where snow is rare to the tropics. Gardeners in each area need to know something about what grows well and what gardening techniques work best for their cultural conditions. Here's a cross section of ideas.

Signs of Squash Vine Borer Damage and How to Control It
Squash vine borers find their way into the stem of squash plants, causing them to wilt suddenly and eventually die. There are signs to look for to avoid squash vine borer damage and ways to control the damage if squash vine borers do attack your vines.

Why Broccoli Doesn't Form Heads
Broccoli plants can start off looking healthy, yet develop only small, button-sized heads or no heads at all. The culprit is usually the weather. Here's help.

Should You Prune Out Tomato Suckers?
Tomato suckers, or side shoots, can become another main stem with branches, flowers, fruit and more suckers of their own. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes not so good. Here are some guidelines for when to prune your tomatoes and how much.

Growing Vines through Trees and Shrubs
Ideas for using flowering vines as groundcovers, rather than growing them up supports.

Flowering Vines as Groundcovers
Ideas for using flowering vines as groundcovers, rather than growing them up supports.

Container Vines that Don't Grow Up
Long, flowering vines to hang from containers.

Garden Design - How to Give a Garden a Sense of Age
How to give a new garden a sense of age and substance.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Large Scale Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Large Scale Plants. Page 7.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Large Scale Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Large Scale Plants. Page 8.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Spilling Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Spilling Plants. Page 13.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Large Scale Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Large Scale Plants. Page 6.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Spilling Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Spilling Plants. Page 12.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects. Page 2.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age by Interweaving Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age by Interweaving Plants. Page 11.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects. Page 3.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Paths
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Paths. Page 15.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Paths
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Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age by Interweaving Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age by Interweaving Plants. Page 10.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects. Page 5.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Objects. Page 4.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Paths
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age with Weathered Paths. Page 16.

Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age by Interweaving Plants
Garden Design - Giving a Garden Age by Interweaving Plants. Page 9.

Which Hostas Can Grow in Full Sun or Partial Shade?
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.

Gardeners Should Keep Tetanus Shot up to Date
Did you know gardeners are at high risk of getting tetanus? A relaxing day of gardening can be perilous. Use these tips to keep yourself safe.

Why You Shouldn't Rub Your Eyes in the Garden
There are many ways to hurt yourself in the garden and rubbing your eyes after touching plants is a good start. Here advise to keep you safe.

Hidden Garden Danger - Obscured Hat View
Is your garden hat making you unsafe in the garden? Don't laugh. Make sure you still have some peripheral view around the rim of your hat.

Gardening Trip Hazards
There are all kinds of hidden dangers in your garden, but these are avoidable. Check these tips for garden safety and before you hurt yourself.

Standing Water and Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes may be a fact of summer, but we don't have to encourage them. Here's how to keep them from breeding in your garden.

Garden Design: Drawing the Eye With Garden Focal Points
The purpose of a garden focal point is to bring the garden into focus. What may start out as just a grouping of plants is given definition by a focal point. Viewers instantly know where to bring their attention. We'll demonstrate some techniques in the following photos, but placing a focal point, like garden design in general, is largely a matter of trial and error. The more you do it, the better trained your eye will become.

Controlling Adult Japanese Beetles in the Garden
p]Japanese beetles can create havoc in a garden by feeding on the leaves of a number of different plants, skeletonizing the leaves and eventually defoliating the plants. An individual Japanese beetle doesn’t do that much damage while feeding on a plant, but they tend to congregate in large numbers and can easily defoliate shrubs and trees. If the problem beomes severe, try one of these control suggestions.

Xeriscape Gardening and Planning for Water Wise Garden
Xeriscaping doesn't mean deserts and cactus or even a drought plagued, barren landscape. Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that involves choosing plants that are appropriate to their site and creating a landscape that can be maintained with little supplemental watering.

Principles of Xeriscape Gardening
Here are the seven principles of xeriscape gardening first laid out back in the 1970s, in Denver, CO. They are basically common sense gardening and they still apply today. Page 2.

Drought Tolerant Plants
A major principle of xeriscape gardening is choosing appropriate plants for your site, especially dry sites. Here's a partial list of drought tolerant plants to get your garden started. Page 3.

Tips for Preventing Weeds in the Garden
Learn how you can limit the amount of weeds brought into your garden and prevent weeds from getting out of control.

Petunias - How to Choose the Right Type
Petunias have done a 180 in recent years. They are much more tolerant of rain and many don't need any deadheading at all. They mound, they trail and they bloom their hearts out. How do you know what type of petunia to buy? Here's a petunia 101 on which types of petunias are best for your garden, hanging baskets and groundcovers.

Garden Mistake - Accepting Free Plants (or giving them away)
Free plants often come with a big cost of time and effort. Do you make this common gardening mistake?

Do You Compost Weeds in Flower?
A common gardening mistake is composting weeds while they are in flower. It may seem convenient, but you'll pay in the long run. Here's why.

Before You Reach for the Pesticide Sprays
Things to consider, before you spray your plants.Sometimes the cure can be worse than the problem you're trying to fix.

Listen to A Plant’s Likes and Dislikes
Placing your plants in conditions they prefer will save you a lot of future grief and digging. Here are some tips for getting it right.

Why You Shouldn't Buy Flowers in Bloom
It's tempting to want to purchase plants that are already in flower at your garden center, but there are several reasons why this isn't a great idea.

Don't Start Planting Before You Weed
Impatient gardeners pay a big price for planting before clearing the area of weeds. Try these ideas, instead. They will save you time in the long run.

7. Mulch Volcanos
Piling mulch around the base of a tree does not help it at all. In fact, it can invite all kinds of trouble. Here's a better idea.

How to Choose an Ornamental Grass
Ornamental grasses add texture, form, motion and sound to a garden, not to mention the array of colors. They will look good all season long with minimal care. But deciding which one or two to include in your garden is a tough decision. There are so many attractive ornamental grasses to choose from.

Planting and Care of Daylily Plants
Daylilies are stalwarts of the garden, requiring minimal care. Here's how to start your plants off right and keep them healthy and blooming.

Are Daylilies Still De Rigeuer?
Having the latest daylily used to be a badge of honor. But now that it's becoming hard to tell them apart, are they still garden worthy?

What Does Succession Planting Mean?
Succession planting in vegetable gardening is a way to extend your harvest by either staggering your plantings or planting varieties with staggered maturing dates. Here's how it works.

Vegetables that Can be Grown in Partial Shade
Most vegetables grow best in full sun, but the vegetables shown here will do very well in partial shade and some even prefer it.

Salad Greens Thrive in Shade
Don't let hot temperatures stop your salad harvest. Use these vegetables to take advantage of shady spots, where other vegetables won't grow. To

Squeeze Cooking Greens in Throughout the Garden
Cooking greens, like kale and chard, can be grown between other plants. Along with these other leafy greens, they aren't fussy about needing full sun.

Root Vegetables aren't Particular About Sun
These root vegetables have long growing seasons. They like to be kept cool and can be grown in the partially shady sections of your vegetable garden.

Peas and Beans are Very Adaptable Plants
Peas and beans are tough plants that produce big yields. Try growing these in the shadier parts of your garden, where little else grows.

Herbs that Will Grow in Partial Shade
Not all herb plants need baking sunshine. These will do just fine in a vegetable garden that only receives partial sun, during the day.

How to Grow Garlic
There are 100s of garlic varieties and the only way to taste them all is to grow them yourself. Here are tips for choosing and growing the best.

Garlic Growing Tips
Garlic is usually planted in the fall. With a little care, you'll be harvesting plump bulbs by mid-summer. Here are some tips for growing great garlic in your home garden. Page 2.

Transplanting Seedlings, Plants and Divisions into the Garden
Moving plants, seedlings and divisions around the garden is a shock to their systems, but it can be done successfully without too much fuss. Here are tips for making your new plants at home in the garden

Division Tip #2 - Prepare the Plant for the Coming Shock
Dividing perennial plants keeps them growing healthy. Initially, it's a shock to their system, so prepare them in advance with these tips.

Division Tip #5 - Stick with the Good Division Sections
You've dug your perennial plant and you're ready to split it into pieces. Which pieces will grow into healthy plants? Here's how to tell.

Division Tip #6 - Know What Type of Plant You’re Dealing With
The number one thing to know, before dividing your perennial plants, is knowing what type of root system it has.

Division Tip #7 - Replant with Care
How to replant your perennial divisions, to give them the best chance for success.

Tips for Successfully Dividing Your Perennial Plants
There's a lot to be gained from dividing your perennial plants, but there are also things that can go wrong. Follow these tips for success every time.

Division Tip #3 - Don’t be Chintzy with the Root Ball
There are some tips to improve your success when dividing perennial plants and one of them is how to handle the roots, as shown here.

Division Tip #4 - Choose a Good Day and Time for the PlantDivision Tip #4 - Choose a Good Day and Time for the Plant
To successfully divide and replant your perennial plants, choose a good day for the plant. Plants need sun to grow, but something else for division.

Plants that Make the Office More Productive
Plants do more than decorate an office. They can help clean the air and even reduce stress. These 5 easy care plants can make work easier for you.

Pothos Plants for Cleaner Air
Pothos are almost indestructible house plants, but they are more than pretty plants. They also help clean the air, at home and at the office.

Peace Lily for Flushing VOCs
Easy care Peace lilies make great office plants, absorbing and clearing a number of air pollutants and looking good in the process.

Breathe Easier while Growing Mint
Breathing in the fragrance of mint is an easy way to revive your spirits. Bring a plant to the office and watch what it does for your frame of mind.

The Bamboo Palm Pulls Toxins from the Air
These palm trees aren't just exotic house plants, they also earn their keep by cleaning and humidifying the air.

A Positive Word about Growing English Ivy
English ivy plants can cause dread in gardeners, but as an indoor plant, they are both attractive and great for improving air quality.

5 Uses for Cooking Oil in the Garden
If you don’t want to use petroleum oil in your garden, for lubricating and cleaning, cooking oil, new or used, rubbed or sprayed, will do the trick.

Deciding What Vegetables to Grow
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.

How to Prune Lavender Plants
Start your lavender plants off right and they will grow healthy and live long. Here are some tips for pruning your lavender plant in its first years.

Pruning Woody Herbs
Some herbs, like thyme, oregano and sage, can develop woody stems as they age. This is a normal process, but it does diminish the lushness of the plant over time. If you’re growing your herbs to use, you’ll want to do some judicious pruning to improve the look and vigor of the plants.

When to Prune Clematis
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.

Clematis - Pruning and Blooming Categories
When to prune a clematis vine depends on when it blooms. Here's a list of clematis bloom times by clematis species. Page 2.

How to Get Rid of Suckers From Your Rose Bush
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.

Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus' (Double Bird's Foot Trefoil)
Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus' (Double Bird's Foot Trefoil). Page 12.

Herniaria glabra (Rupturewort, Green Carpet)
Herniaria glabra (Rupturewort, Green Carpet). Page 6.

Isotoma fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper' (Laurentia)
Isotoma fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper' (Laurentia). Page 8.

Leptinella squalida (New Zealand Brass Buttons)
Leptinella squalida (New Zealand Brass Buttons). Page 9.

Leptinella squalida (New Zealand Brass Buttons)
Leptinella squalida (New Zealand Brass Buttons). Page 10.

Growing Mount Atlas Daisy 'Silver Kisses'
Mount Atlas Daisy 'Silver Kisses' sure looks like a daisy, but this low growing spreader is a wonderful ground cover. Page 4.

Ground Cover Anacyclus 'Silver Kisses'
Ferny foliage and cheerful daisy-like flowers make creeping Anacyclus 'Silver Kisses' a popular ground cover. Page 3.

Herniaria glabra (Rupturewort, Green Carpet)
Herniaria glabra (Rupturewort, Green Carpet). Page 5.

Isotoma fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper' (Laurentia)
Isotoma fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper' (Laurentia). Page 7.

Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus' (Double Bird's Foot Trefoil)
Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus' (Double Bird's Foot Trefoil). Page 11.

Mazus reptans 'Purple'
Mazus reptans 'Purple'. Gardening. Page 13.

Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme)
Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme). Page 22.

Veronica repens 'Sunshine' (Golden Creeping Speedwell)
Veronica repens 'Sunshine' (Golden Creeping Speedwell). Page 24.

Mazus reptans 'Purple'
Mazus reptans 'Purple'. Gardening. Page 14.

Sedum spurium 'John Creech'
Sedum spurium 'John Creech'. Gardening. Page 19.

Muehlenbeckia axillaries (Creeping Wire Vine)
Muehlenbeckia axillaries (Creeping Wire Vine). Page 16.

Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'
Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'. Page 25.

Muehlenbeckia axillaries (Creeping Wire Vine)
Muehlenbeckia axillaries (Creeping Wire Vine). Page 15.

Sagina subulata (Irish Moss)
Sagina subulata (Irish Moss). Gardening. Page 18.

Sagina subulata Aurea (Scotch Moss)
Sagina subulata Aurea (Scotch Moss). Page 17.

Sedum pachyclados 'White Diamond'
Sedum pachyclados 'White Diamond'. Page 20.

Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme)
Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme). Page 21.

Trifolium repens Atropurpureum (Bronze Dutch Clover)
Trifolium repens Atropurpureum (Bronze Dutch Clover). Page 23.

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' Spreading
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'. Gardening. Page 2.

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' Flowers
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'. Gardening.

Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'
Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'. Page 26.

Sprawling and Spilling Plants to Walk On.
Spreading groundcover type perennial plants are great to use to fill in cracks and spaces in paved walkways and patios. These spreading plants soften edges and give an aged appearance.

Sprawling and Spilling Plants to Walk On.
Spreading groundcover type perennial plants are great to use to fill in cracks and spaces in paved walkways and patios. These spreading plants soften edges and give an aged appearance.

Easter Lilies - Selection, Care, and Re-Blooming
Tips for keeping your beautiful, fragrant Easter lily blooming throughout the holiday and perhaps even keeping it growing in your garden.

Growing Bromeliads at Home - A Selection of Bromeliads to Grow at Home
Have you tried growing Bromeliads? Bromeliads are one of the best tropical plants to grow in your home. Bromeliads are extremely adaptable, tolerating a variety of home environments. By following a few basic techniques, you can watch these beautiful and brightly colored plants thrive and flower for years to come. Page 2.

Tropical, Colorful, Easy Care Bromeliad Plants
Have you tried growing Bromeliads? Bromeliads are one of the best tropical plants to grow in your home. Bromeliads are extremely adaptable, tolerating a variety of home environments. By following a few basic techniques, you can watch these beautiful and brightly colored plants thrive and flower for years to come.

Growing Garden Peas in Containers
There never seems to be enough space in the vegetable garden. Thankfully breeders have begun to focus on varieties that have a more compact form - without sacrificing yield. In particular, there are a number of so called ‘patio varieties’ being introduced that make it possible to grow things in containers that are not traditionally thought of as container plants. Peas ‘n-a-Pot, from Burpee’s, stretches the concept of container vegetable gardening.

Phenology Lets Nature Tell You When to Plant
How do you know when to plant? Well, there are no guarantees, but if you let nature tell you when it's safe to plant seeds or put your plants out, you're probably on the right track. Nature sends certain signals that will let gardeners know how the weather and climate are progressing. There's a science devoted to this, called phenology. It is useful to gardeners, as a guide for when to plant. For instance, plant your peas when the forsythia blooms. Here are a few more phenology tips.

Late Spring Blooming Flowers for the Garden
Choosing flowers that bridge the gap from early spring into peak summer, in the garden.

Choosing Alliums for a Late Spring Border
Alliums, or ornamental onions, are reliable late-spring blooming bulbs with unusual round flower heads. Here's how to care for them.

How to Grow Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) Plants
The old-fashioned Bleeding Heart plants are still garden favorites, along with the repeat blooming fringe-leaved varieties. Here's how to grow them.

How to Plant and Gorw Brunnera (False Forget-Me-Not)
False Forget-me-not, Brunnera macrophylla, is a late spring bloomer with that looks good even after the blue flowers fade. Tips for growing Brunnera.

Columbine Flowers for a Late Spring Border
Columbine plants (Aquilegia) are beautiful in late spring, when they attract hummingbirds and pollinators to your garden. Tips for growing columbine.

True Geraniums for the Spring Garden and Beyond.
True geraniums are low growing plants that mound or spread. Here's how to grow and use true geranium plants.

Growing Hellebores in Your Shade Garden
Hellebores start blooming in mid to late spring and keep going for weeks. Get hellebores started in your garden with these planting and growing tips.

Growing the Bright Blue Flowers of Jacob's Ladder
For a blue spring flower, you can't beet Jacob's Ladder. Here's how to get the plants established in your garden and how to care for them.

Desert Gardening - Gardening in Arid Climates
Desert gardening isn't just cactus plants and tumbleweeds. There are wonderful native wildflowers that have adapted to dry, arid conditions. Most desert plants are evergreen. So gardening in the desert isn't as odd as it first sounds.

Gardens to Visit in Desert, Tropical and Just Plain Hot, Dry Climates
Gardening in warm climates gives the gardener the advantage of growing plants too tender for gardeners experiencing a true winter. But it can pose challenges too, like what will survive with minimal water. Tour these gardens and galleries for inspiration and ideas.

Photo Gallery - Plants that Grow and Thrive in Warmer Climates
Gardening in warmer climates isn't all succulents and cacti. There are wonderful plant choices for gardeners who don't have to worry about winter. This photo gallery showcases gardens and plants that are suitable for gardens in warmer climates, including deserts and tropical gardens.

Trees - Choosing Trees to Complement Your Landscape
Choosing a tree for your yard or garden requires some thought. The tree you select will be with you for years to come, so make sure the size, shape, color and growth habit of the tree is perfect for your needs.

7 Ornamental and Delicious Vegetables
Vegetables can be as attractive as they are delicious. If your vegetable garden is on display, enhance it with some of these beauties.

Scarlet Runner Beans - An Edible Flowering Vine
Runner beans are commonly grown as ornamental plants, but the beans are quite delicious, too. Find out about other beautiful vegetables that taste great.

How to Grow Exquisite Eggplants
Heirloom eggplants, with their stripes and splotches, are as beautiful as any flower. Here's how to grow them, as well as other beautiful vegetables.

Grow 'Burgundy' Okra for Looks and Flavor
Okra is one of those vegetables people either love or hate, but there's no denying it's a beautiful plant. Here's how to grow it in your garden.

Growing Beautiful, Hot, Chili Peppers
Hot, chili peppers are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat. They are featured here with other vegetables to dress up your garden.

Is Rhubarb a Vegetable or a Fruit, or Just Plain Beautiful?
Rhubarb is a vegetable used as a fruit. Which ever, it is certainly a striking plant. Find out about rhubarb and more beautiful vegetables to grow.

Cooking Greens - As Beautiful in the Garden as On the Plate
Cooking greens are some of the easiest vegetables to grow. They are also some of the most beautiful plants in the vegetable garden. Have a look.

Beautiful, Versatile Amaranth
Amaranth can be grown as a leafy green and used fresh or cooked. The plants are easy to grow, with few problems.

How to Grow Amaranthus
Ornamental Amaranthus plants are tall annuals with large clusters of flowers or very colorful leaves. They are also very easy to grow.

How to Grow Sunflowers
Tall sunflowers are an iconic image of summer. Here are some tips for growing them in your garden.

How to Grow Mexican Sunflowers
Mexican sunflowers, Tithonia rotundifolia, are bright, cheerful, fast growers, Here's how to grow them in your garden.

How to Grow Nicotiana
Flowering tobacco, Nicotiana sylvestris, is nothing like the tobacco you smoke. This jasmine scented plant is a delight to grow. Try these tips.

How to Groww Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate
Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate (Persicaria orientale) is a charming old-fashioned flower that is quick and easy to grow. Try these tips to plant yours.

How to Grow Cosmos
Cosmos plants almost grow themselves. These feathery, colorful flowers are wonderful cottage garden plants. Tips for growing cosmos in your garden.

How to Grow Cleome
Tall Cleome, or spider flower, has a long season of bloom and will re-seed itself. Here are some tips for growing cleome in your garden.

How to Grow Caster Bean Plants
Caster bean plants are striking to look at and easy to grow. Want them in your garden? Here's how to care for them.

How to Grow Verbena bonariensis
Tall verbena, Verbena bonariensis, is a great plant to weave throughout your border. It's airy and delicate, and ties the garden together.

10 Tall Annual Flowers for Impact
Annual flowers are more than filler. These 10 stately annuals create make a bold statement on their own. And they're quick growers, too.

Spring Vegetable Gardening - Spring Vegetables
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.

Primula - Using Primroses in the Spring Garden
Primroses are unusually vivid spring blooming perennial flowers, making them deal plants for brightening the spring garden. Here's how to grow your own.

How to Prune Apple Trees
How to Prune Apple Trees. Gardening. Page 9.

Apple Tree Pruning - Competing Leaders
Apple Tree Pruning - Competing Leaders. Page 6.

How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Cuts
How to Prune Apple Trees - Thinning Inside Branches. Page 8.

Apple Tree Pruning - Dead and Diseased Wood
Apple Tree Pruning - Removing Dead and Diseased Wood. Page 2.

Pruning Apple Trees - Outward Facing Bud
Pruning Apple Trees - Outward Facing Bud. Page 7.

Pruning Apple Trees - Removing Low Branches
Pruning Apple Trees - Removing Low Branches. Page 4.

Pruning Apple Trees - Downward Facing Branches
Pruning Apple Trees - Downward Facing Branches. Page 5.

How to Prune Apple Trees - Fruiting Spurs
How to Prune Apple Trees - Fruiting Spurs

How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers
How to Prune Apple Trees - Removing Suckers and Water Sprouts. Page 3.

Making Sense of Gardening Lingo
Gardening can sometimes sound like a foreign language, with hybrids, drupes and herbaceous plants. This garden glossary is meant to assist you in deciphering gardening terminology.

Before You Buy or Build a Greenhouse
It’s so tempting. The idea of building a greenhouse means gardening year round. Greenhouses are the ultimate fantasy for gardeners, but they’re also a big responsibility. One night without heat and all of your plants and seedlings could be goners. Your greenhouse will need heat, water, benches, venting, electricity. And that’s just for starters. Here are some key points to ponder before you buy a greenhouse.

Photo Gallery of Plant Pests and Diseases
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.

Choosing and Caring for Hybrid Tea Roses
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.

Hybrid Tea Roses - Using Hybrid Teas in the Garden
Hybrid tea roses are the rose you think of when you think rose garden. While they look wonderful on their own, they can be used with other plants in a flower border. Here are some tips for using and caring for hybrid tea roses. Page 2.

Garden Pea vs. Snow Pea vs. Sugar Snap Pea
It’s a rare year when we can plant our peas on St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s good to be prepared. Here’s some help in choosing which peas to grow.

What are English Peas?
English peas are the traditional shelling pea. Here's what makes them different from other peas and tips for the best time to harvest them.

What are Sugar Snap Peas?
Sugar Snap peas fall somewhere between traditional peas and snow peas. Here are tips on when to harvest and which to grow.

What are Snow Peas?
What's the difference between snow peas and sugar snap peas? Here's how to tell, when to harvest and some great varieties.

Kids Gardening Projects - Helping Kids Have Fun in the Garden
Kids enjoy the dirty, wriggly, messy side of gardening. Let them have fun in the garden and maybe learn a little something along the way. Here are some great gardening projects you can enjoy along with them.

Chelsea Flower Show - The Top Garden Show in the World
The Chelsea Flower Show is the garden show against which all others are measured. Here are photos of the display gardens, to inspire you in your own garden.

Gardens to Tour (Virtually)
Photo tours or some of the worlds great display gardens.

Growing 10 Root Vegetables Successfully
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.

The Most Common Radish Growing Problems
Radishes are quick and easy growers, but there are a couple of problems that can plague radish growers. Here are 4 of the most common problems growing radishes and what to do about them.

Top Spring Blooming Bulbs
Spring blooming bulbs mean winter is finally over. Here are 6 great spring flowers that require very little effort, but deliver weeks of bloom.

Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)
Few flowers are as blue as monkshood, a late season bloomer. Although toxic if ingested, monkshood will self-sow without help. More on growing monkshood.

Bear's Breeches (Acanthus mollis)
Bear's Britches have spiky, showy flowers and a natural architectural look about them. They are easy to grow and long blooming. Find out more.

Bellflowers (Campanula spp.)
Looking for an perennial flower that's so easy to grow, it even seeds itself? Take a look at the bellflowers, forcharming flowers and low maintenance.

Blazing Star (Liatris spp.)
Call is Blazing Star or Gayfeather, Liatris is one perennial that does not disappoint. Inexpensive to grow from corms and, even better, let it reseed.

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Few plants have the charm of Bleeding Heart. Although it is a spring ephemeral, it will re-seed and spread throughout your garden. Here's how to grow them.

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
All kinds of pollinators love butterfly weed. This cheerful plant is late to start growing in spring, but blooms for weeks and even self-sows.

Columbine (Aquilegia x hybrida)
Columbine flowers are late spring treasures. They bloom for weeks and self-sow throughout the garden. Here's more on making columbine at home in your garden.

False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla)
The blue flowers of Brunnera, or False Forget-Me-Not, brighten the garden in early spring. Find out how to grow these easy care, self-sowing perennials.

Hellebore (Helleborus orientalis)
Hellebores are woodland perennials that bloom for weeks, in early spring. They take awhile to establish, but they help out by reseeding. Growing Tips.

Perennial Flowers that Self-Sow
Self-sowing perennial flowers take awhile to become established, but they've done all the hard work for you and they'll bloom for years. Here are some to try.

How to Grow Bear's Breeches
Bear's Breeches are unique, imposing plants that really catch your eye in the garden. They can be a little fussy, but here are some tips for success.

What is a Herbaceous Perennial Plant?
Perennial plants are often called herbaceous, meaning they have soft or succulent green stems that will die back to the ground in the winter.

Cucumbers Produce in Abundance
Cucumbers are notorious for either not setting fruit or for setting too much. Here are some tips on growing and harvesting cucumbers to your liking.

Potatoes - A Gamble that's Well Worth It
Growing potatoes requires faith, while they remain underground and work their mysteries. Here's how to ensure your get a good, healthy crop.

Zucchini - Can You Ever Get Enough?
Zucchini plants can tend toward feast or famine. Here are some tips for keeping your zucchini and summer squash plants going and managing the harvest.

Abundance from 7 Prolific Vegetables
Everyone wants to get the most from their vegetable garden. These 7 vegetables will keep you harvesting all summer, without a lot of extra work.

Pole Beans Provide a Big Yield in a Small Space
Pole beans produce a large crop over a long season, in a relatively small space. They are one of the most prolific vegetables you can grow.

Okra - Staying Ahead of the Harvest
Okra is a rewarding vegetable to grow. It seems to grow right before your eyes. Here are some tips for staying on top of the harvest and growing okra.

Tomatoes - Can You Ever Grow Enough?
Tomatoes can be one of the most prolific vegetables in your garden. Here's how to get them most from your tomato plants, in yield and in flavor.

Welsh Onions - An Almost Alarming Speed of Growth
Welch onions grow like bulb onions, but are used like scallions. They are perennial, which means they give you a big return. Here are tips for growing them.

Digging the Perennial Plant to be Divided
There are several ways to divide perennial plants, but they all involve digging. Here are some tips and precautions for digging and lifting perennials for division.

How to Divide Perennial Plants
Sooner or later your perennial plants will need to be divided. You'll notice them dieing out in the center or floppy over. When that happens, follow the steps here.

Maintaining Recently Divided Perennials
Tips for reducing the stress on plants, when you lift and divide your perennials.

Water Well Before Dividing
A tip for success when dividing perennials is to make sure you water them well, the day before your divide them. Here's more on dividing perennial plants.

Prepare a New Place for Your Perennial Division To Go
When dividing perennial plants, you are going to wind up with more plants than when you started. Make sure you know where these plants are going to go. Read more about transplanting divisions.

Using Pitch Forks to Divide Perennial Plants
Some perennial plants can be very tough to pull apart and divide. A technique for easing them apart, shown here, is to use two crossing pitch forks.

Begin the Dividing Split
You have to think of dividing perennials as tough love. Remember, they will grow better, if you divide them, even if it looks like rough handling, as shown here.

Your Perennial Plant Has Now Been Divided into Two Plants
When dividing perennial plants you will have to decide how many division you want to make. Don't leave the new division so large that you will have to repeat the process next season.

Dividing Densely Rooted Perennial Plants
Dividing perennial plants can be as easy as teasing the roots apart or as difficult as sawing apart the root ball, as shown here. Overgrown plants, and plants with dense root systems, like ornamental grasses, generally need this method.

Dividing Perennial Plants without Digging the Original Plant
Dividing perennial plants usually means digging and slicing the plant, but there are some plants that can be dividing while in the ground, lifting only the portion you are moving, as shown here.

How to Grow More Vegetables in a Small Space
A small space can still mean a big harvest, if you employ a few of these tricks for growing more vegetables in any size space.

Indeterminate Tomato Varieties - Vining Tomatoes
Most of the tomato varieties grown in home gardeners are considered indeterminate varieties, or vining tomatoes. They continue growing until they are killed by frost and keep setting fruit throughout the growing season.

Seed Starting - Hardening Off
Before your indoor seedlings are ready to move to the garden, gradually acclimate them to their new circumstances. This is called hardening off plants and here's how to do it.

Preparing potting mix for starting seeds
Any type of container can be used to start seeds indoors. Used pots, egg cartons, yogurt cups and cat food cans can all be used for seed starting. Just make sure the can hold enough potting soil to get the seedling started.

Starting Seeds Indoors
When you are starting seeds, read the package instructions first. Some seeds require special seed starting procedures, like pre-chilling or soaking.

Covering newly planted seeds
When starting plants from seed, check the seeds preference for being covered with potting mix or for being exposed to light. Seed starting success depends on giving the seeds and seedlings what they need to grow.

Watering newly planted seeds
Water is a vital element in seed starting. Newly planted seeds should never be allowed to dry out. However, young seedlings can collapse from heavy water. Success requires balance.

Creating a temporary greenhouse for seed starting
It helps to enclose newly planted seeds in plastic, to help conserve heat and moisture. Plants grown from seed need you to create an environment that won't let them dry out.

Seedlings start off with their own food supply, tiny elongated

How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors
Look for signs of the first true leaves on the seedlings you've started indoors. True leaves mean it's time to start feeding the young plants. Page 9.

Prepare the potting mix for starting seeds
Choose an appropriate potting mix, rather than garden soil, for starting seeds indoors. You'll have less problems with your seeds starting.

How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors - Supplies
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.

Vegetable Gardeing in a Small Space
Ideas for growing more vegetables in a small space. Page 2.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Gardening: Tips and Hints
Gardening can be a repetitive stress activity and can lead to or exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome, but there are things you can do to lessen the effects, while gardening and to deal with the pain, if it comes.

Poison Ivy - Recognizing It, Avoiding It and Treating It
Every gardener should know what poison ivy looks like. Even when you recognize it though, it is sometimes too late to avoid contact. So here are some tips and photoson recognizing, avoiding and treating poison ivy.

Gardening with Arthritis
Arthritis can take the joy out of gardenering. With the right tools and the right planning, you can create a garden you'll enjoy and you're still able to take care of. These tips, techniques and tools will make gardening with arthritis easier.

Ergonomic Gardening Tools
We hear a lot about ergonomic tools lately, tools that place less stress on the worker and more on the tool. Gardeners can sure benefit from tools designed for gardeners with limited motion or repetitive movement injuries. Tools that make gardening less stressful on the body.

How to Grow Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis
Tall, airy, Verbena bonariensis, is both a filler and a thriller. These plants are gorgeous on their own and flatter other plants. Here's how to grow them.

How to Grow Malabar Spinach
Malabar spinach starts growing just as regular spinach fades. This vigorous vine is as stunning as it is delicious. Try it in your garden with these tips.

Garden Insect Pests and What to Do About Them
Not all insects are garden pests. Learn which can do real damage and which are just passing through, before you reach for the spray can.

Overwintering Tender Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes and Tubers
How to successfully overwinter non-hardy flowering bulbs.

Flowering Bulbs - Forcing and Prechilling
Forcing flowering bulbs is a nice way to bring spring indoors early. In some areas, it's the only way gardeners are going to get bulbs that need a cold period, to bloom. Here's how to prechill and frost spring flowering bulbs yourself.

Growing and Caring for Summer Flowering Bulbs
How to grow and store non-hardy summer flowering bulbs.

Talking Bulbs - Glossary of Flower Bulb Terms
Flower bulbs aren't all bulbs. What's the difference between a bulb, a corm and a tuber? Find out here.

Daffodils & Tulips - The Top Flowering Bulbs for Spring
Daffodils and tulips are the most popular spring flowering bulbs. They're worth growing in your own garden if you can. If not, they're on display in a park or show near you.

Seed Saving - Saving Your Garden Favorites to Grow Next Year
Saving seeds of your favorite plants insures that you can grow what you love in next year's garden. Not all plants have seeds that will grow true. Here are tips on what seeds to save and how to save them.

Vegetable Gardening - Keeping the Harvest Going
Maintaining the vegetable garden starts with harvesting your vegetables at peak. The more you pick, the more vegetables your plants will produce. Here's when to harvest and other tips to keep your vegetable garden producing for the longest season.

Fertilizer - Feeding the Plants in Your Garden
Garden plants need food to grow healthy. Whether to go organic or use commercial fertilizers is the beginning of the question. Different plants need different fertilizers and different feeding schedules. Here's info on feeding and growing healthy plants in your garden.

Container Gardening - Choosing the Right Soil for Container Plants
Garden soil is too heavy and problem prone to use in containers and pots. Plants need a well draining potting mix that starts off disease free and yet still provides some nutrients. Here are some suggestions for choosing soils and potting mixes for growing plants in pots and containers.

Soil pH - What is it and what does it mean to your garden?
Everyone harps on soil pH. Does pH really affect how well your plants grow. Yes, and here's why.

Garden Tools - Selecting a Lawn Mower
Lawns may not be gardening to some, but a well maintained lawn sets off any garden. Here's what to look for when selecting a lawn mower.

Gardening Terms
A glossary of gardening terms and techniques.

Garden Blogs - A Listing of the Best on the Web
Reading gardening blogs is more than food for the soul. It's a way to share gardening advice and even consolation with fellow gardeners throughout the world. And who shares better than gardeners? Here are some of the best garden blogs on the web.

Growing Berries in the Home Garden
Berry bushes are some of the easiest plants to grow, but they take maintenance to keep producing sweet, delicious berries. Here are some fact sheets to simplify the process of growing berries in the home garden.

Growing Unusual Berries
If you're thinking of growing berries, think beyond strawberries and blueberries. There are many less usual berries that area easy to grow, like elderberries, ground cherries, gooseberries and more.

Growing Brambles - Raspberries and Strawberries
Information and advice on what types of raspberries and blackberries are the best to grow and how to take care of them.

Growing Grapes in the Backyard Garden
Thinking of growing grapes? Grapes aren't as fussy as we've heard, but they do take some work. Learn how to choose grapes to grow and prune them for abundance.

Growing Strawberries
Growing strawberries in the garden and in containers. Types of strawberry plants and how to care for them.

Sage Recipes - Cooking with Sage from Your Herb Garden
Sage would be a beautiful garden plant, even if it weren't so useful in the kitchen. Meats, roasted vegetables and of course, turkey and stuffing, are all great ideas for cooking with sage. Here are some sage recipes to inspire you to grow more sage in your garden.

Tomato Recipes - Making the Most of Garden Fresh Tomatoes
Recipes to make the most of garden fresh tomatoes.

Cooking Greens - Recipes to Make Cooking Greens Easy and Delicious
When most other vegetables shiver and die off, kale, mustard, collards and other cooking greens sweeten up and tempt. Cooking greens have fallen out of favor in modern kitchens, like most foods that require some time and skill to prepare. But they're worth the effort. Here are some delicious and easy ways to prepare cooking greens.

Rosemary Recipes - Cooking with Fresh Rosemary
Recipes that use fresh rosemary from the garden.

Tomato Growing Videos
Video advice for growing and caring for tomato plants, common diseases and tomato growing tips.

Basil Recipes - Cooking with Fresh Basil
Recipes that use fresh basil from the garden.

Potato Recipes - Dishes Using Garden Grown Potatoes
Growing and cooking with garden fresh potatoes.

Winter Squash Recipes - Cooking with Winter Squash
There are dozens of different winter squash varieties. They're sweet and hearty and can be prepared in unlimited ways. Side dishes, soups, deserts and main events. Here's a tempting list of winter squash recipes for families and holidays.

Bean Recipes - Cooking with Beans Fresh from the Garden
Bean recipes for freshly picked beans.

Using Herbs in Cooking Recipes - Cooking with Thyme
Thyme is a hard herb to describe taste-wise, because it can mimic and complement so many other herbs. But there’s no missing the zippy, refreshing quality it adds to all types of foods. Here's some help adding thyme to your recipes.

Growing Tomatoes - Dealing with Problems and Pests
Problems and pests should not be allowed to ruin your tomato crop. Most tomato problems can be avoided all together. Here's how to deal with tomato problems and pests before they get out of hand.

Edible Flowers - Growing and Using Edible Flowers
Edible flowers can intimidate gardeners not used to growing and using them. You would probably be surprised by how many of the flowers you already grow, that can be eaten. Learn which flowers are edible and how to grow and use them.

Growing Nuts in Your Backyard
Growing nut trees in your backyard is actually quite easy and you get the bonus of delicious fres nuts and an attractive landscape tree. However they do require regular maintenance, as outlined in the articles posted here.

Gardening Quotes - Words to Garden By
A compilation of words of wisdom as quoted by fellow gardeners.

Should You Trellis Melons?
It's a great space saver to grow vegetables up on trellises, but not all vines were meant to climb. Here's help on whether to trellis your melons.

Vegetables to Grow "Up" and How to Support Them
Growing vegetables vertically saves space. It also gives the plants benefits like more sun and air. Here's how to use vertical gardening in your garden.

How to Grow and Trellis Beans
Beans are easy to grow and there's enormous variety. Here are some ideas for trellising beans in your garden, for an abundant harvest.

How to Grow and Trellis Cucumbers
Cucumbers almost grow themselves, but they need some help in the support department. Here are some ideas to keep your cucumbers up off the ground.

Growing Peas on a Trellis
Peas are a quick and delicious crop. You only get a short period of time to grow them, so get them started right. Here's how to grow them up.

Can You Trellis Squash and Pumpkins?
Squash plants can be huge, heavy vines. It's tempting to want to trellis them, but is it a good idea? Here's how to decide the best way to grow them.

Ideas for Trellising Tomatoes
Tomato plants need some type of support, to grow off the ground and healthy. Here are some ideas for how to help your tomatoes grow up.

Starting Seeds Indoors: What You Need and When to Start
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.

Verbena Plants Offer Plenty of Variety
There are many great species and varieties of verbena, but the all make great garden plants. Here's how to grow and care for verbena in your garden.

Zinnias Come Alive in Hot Weather
With a little initial care, zinnia plants can bloom all summer, no matter how hot and humid it gets. Here's how to care for yours, to get the best show.

More Great Flowers to Grow

Chile Peppers are As Ornamental as They are Hot
Hot peppers are not just for the kitchen. Many of the smaller fruited varieties are extremely ornamental and deserve a place in the flower border.

Tall, Cheerful, Mexican Sunflowers
Less known than the familiar large-flowered sunflowers, Mexican sunfllowers (Tithonia) make a great back-of-the-border giant topped with plenty of color.

Nierembergia Plants are Ideal in Containers
Looking for a perfectly charming flower for a container or hanging basket? Nierumbergia is delicate looking, but one tough plant. Here's how to grow them.