Posts in «Gardening» category

You’ll find articles on the most popular gardening topics. Learn how to plant a variety of gardens & maintain them based on the different planting zones across the US.

5 Pointers for Adding a Water Feature to Your Garden

There’s just something about moving water–its sight and sound bring beauty and relaxation to almost any environment. Adding a fountain or other water feature to your garden will give your outdoor space a gorgeous finishing touch that you can enjoy during backyard get-togethers or while dozing off in the hammock to the tune of the water’s musical sparkle. Home water features come in as many varieties as home gardens–the important thing is to find the […]

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Plant Training 101: To Prune or not to Prune?

Some of the plants in your garden grow best with a little help from your pruning shears, while others, such as some varieties of tomatoes, do much better if you leave the pruners in the garage. Some plants are more vulnerable than others, as well. For example, most roses will shrug off a poor pruning just as well as you would a bad haircut–a short period of embarrassment followed by complete recovery. But prune your […]

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8 Plants that Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds

When you choose which flowers to plant in your garden, you probably think about things like shape, size, color and bloom time. If you’re only thinking about the flowers’ appearance, though, you’re missing out on a big way that flowers can beautify your property. Some hardworking blooms not only look pretty in their own right–they also attract fascinatingly gorgeous butterflies and hummingbirds. Choosing among these attractive plants will help you make the ground and the […]

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7 Natural Mosquito Repellents to Stay Safe and Happy Outdoors

After the warm winter and early spring the US enjoyed this year, we can expect to see a bumper crop of mosquitoes this summer. And, while the word “mosquito” comes from the Spanish for “little fly,” these diminutive bugs can cause super-sized problems. Mosquito bites can itch enough to nearly drive you batty, and scratching can lead to secondary infections. Mosquitoes also spread dangerous diseases such as encephalitis and West Nile Virus in humans. They […]

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How to Grow Tomatoes from Seed for an Inexpensive, Fruitful Garden

It’s no mystery why tomatoes are the most popular crop for home gardeners in the US. These deliciously healthy fruits are easy to grow and incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Homegrown tomatoes are perfect for salads, BLTs, salsa and much more–Diane S., an avid gardener and cooking enthusiast, tells us that it would take quite a fight to wrestle her beloved tomato press from her hands. Diane freezes her homemade tomato puree to use in “from […]

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Growing from Seed for a Fabulous Vegetable Garden

Millions of Americans grow vegetables in home gardens to save money, eat healthy and enjoy the pride that comes from growing a successful garden. You can buy vegetable plants at your local gardening store to start your garden, but growing your garden from seeds is a much less expensive way to grow loads of tasty vegetables. Case in point: you can buy enough seeds to grow 20 heirloom tomato plants for less than half the average […]

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Worm Composting: An Inexpensive, Easy Way to Nourish Your Garden

You may not have a lot going on in your garden this time of year, but you can create nutrient-rich compost in the warm indoors using worm composting. Worms make compost for your garden the natural way, by processing the nutrients in your table scraps into a form your plants can absorb. The result nourishes your plants, costs less than the stuff you buy at the store and saves your garbage disposal some work. It’s […]

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