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Watering Plants while Away

A week’s vacation at the beach might be a welcome break for you, but the absence of a doting gardener can wreak havoc on your indoor and outdoor plants. Here are some tools, tips and techniques that will help plants thrive while you’re away, so you can come home from your trip to healthy gardens and happy houseplants. And,...

Growing Succulents in Containers

For a great new look in container gardens, think succulents! These fleshy-leaved plants thrive in the simplest of pots and their distinctive shapes and colors provide endless opportunities for creativity. The plants we refer to as succulents include sempervivums, sedums, aloes, kalanchoes, echeverias and other fleshy-leaved species. These plants have evolved in some of the toughest growing conditions on...

6 Landscape Design Tips You Need to Know to Get Started

Are you designing your first garden? Or rehabbing an outdoor space you inherited when you bought a house? Good for you. Gardens make our lives better: they improve air quality, invite us into the sun and shade, shelter us from wind and rain, and soothe us with visually relaxing natural tones of green and brown. But when you are...

Create a Monarch Waystation

Monarch butterflies making their way back to North America from their winter habitat in Mexico follow a well-marked trail. These striking orange-and-black butterflies are looking for one thing: milkweed (asclepias). And when you plant milkweed in your garden, it’s like rolling out a welcome mat for monarchs. Spring is the beginning of the monarch’s breeding season, and milkweed is...

How to Create Pots and Planters in Your Garden

Imagine if your pots and planters always looked fabulous. “Wow!” your friends would say to one another, “How does she do it?” Gone are the days when you could feel good about just picking up a couple red geraniums and some pink wax begonias. The pressure is on. Your pots and planters need panache! So this spring, before you...

Edible Plants You Can Grow In Your Tiny Apartment

While growing plants in a busy city might seem like an impossible task, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that can thrive in your urban space — no backyard required. City dwellers are used to improvising, so they can make the most of their living situation. Even when you live in a big city, you can still...

Top Plants for Companion Planting

The best defense against threats to your garden is a solid garden plan! Read these backyard landscaping ideas to learn how you can arm your garden from unwanted ! – Plant French marigolds (Tagetes sp.) to get rid of nematodes – (soil-borne pests that infest the root systems of plants). They don’t like the chemicals that the marigolds exude...

5 Gardening Tips

Raised bed gardens, tiny plots, container gardening, and other techniques help you grow more in less space. Here are 5 tips to make your harvest bountiful—plus, a garden plot design. 1. Raise Your Beds Forget about growing plants in single file in long, parallel rows. You can grow up to 10 times the amount of produce in the same space with raised beds. In...