Discover some ways to manage the Eastern Chipmunk in your yard and prevent it from raiding bird feeders, digging up gardens and wrecking patios.
Bear's breeches are a spectacular addition to your semi-shady garden. Both the flowers and the leaves add an architectural element to your bed.
This is one hardy, evergreen, & perennial favorite shrub that blooms much of the year in outdoor southern climates. See photos & videos.
Read more about what is required for proper cherry tree hole preparation in the desert, tree location, soil prep, insect and disease treatment and control, and fertilizer. Enjoy summer cherry dessert!
I show you how to grow onions with step-by-step instructions and my own photos. Everything you need to know about planting, growing, and harvesting onions in a small garden. I explain when to plant onions and how long it takes them to grow for a good harvest.
See photos & videos of the Southern Magnolia trees and learn how to grow & care for them. The blossoms are spectacular and fragrant!
A garden consists of a variety of physical components, including softscape, hardscape, décor, and supporting features, that are combined together to form a "look" or style. This article describes each component and how to use them.
Choosing the right houseplants will rid your home or office of harmful toxins. Certain plants have the ability to purify the air and with NASA backing up this fact, here are my top 10 (plus more) tips.
Learn how easy it is to plant this nutritionally rich fruit and enjoy the health benefits of pineapple. You can even do pineapple planting in a pot and have them indoors.
How to grow and take care of tomato plants from seeds to harvest in the garden. How much space and sun do tomatoes need to grow successfully? How much water should you give a tomato plant? Step-by-step instructions for planting, growing and harvesting tomatoes from seed.
Easy vertical garden ideas for the beginner gardener. How to build a garden trellis with a piece of wood and some nails.
Hydroponic gardening was first developed by scientists for growing food in space ships. Using a similar system you can grow vegetables & herbs in an apartment window indoors.
Moth orchids are easy-to-grow houseplants that are inexpensive and easy to find. Flowers are long-lived, lasting over a month. With proper care, get your flower to thrive and rebloom.
This article will show you how to grow beetroot in the garden in containers and pots. Growing this vegetable from beet seeds is quick and easy. I will show you how with step-by-step instructions and my own photos and videos.
It's enjoyable to have plants in a home. Some houseplants are poisonous and need to be kept away from children and pets. In this article, you'll learn about 12 toxic plants and some safe alternatives.
We love the splash of color that crotons add to our landscape. Learn how to grow and care for these beauties, which come in hundreds of varieties, colors, and forms.
Many first-time renters are uncomfortable with houseplants, although they long to have them. Using them for decor is one thing, but how do you water and care for them?
Basil prefers to grow under long days, in full sun and well-drained soil. Yet it can grow in partial shade also but will have less vigor. You can grow it in your garden as well as indoors if you are able to provide light for at least 10 hours a day.
Weeds are unsightly and spoil a neatly tended garden or yard. Fortunately there are lots of ways to deal with them, either with chemicals or in a natural, environmentally friendly way
Wisteria is a magnificent vining plant that boasts beautiful cascades of lavender, pink, or white flowers each spring. Find out how to successfully grow and care for a wisteria vine.
Here is a list of the top 10 climbing plants perfectly suited for a small garden trellis. Bringing color, scent and interest into your yard, climbers also create a decorative screen or an ornamental feature that will bring months of pleasure.
These 20 apps, ranging from free to under $20, are fun, useful tools for home gardeners, landscapers, and nature lovers. Updated to include specialty apps about cacti, wildflowers, veggies, and mushrooms.
From fighting off pesky nematodes to decorating wedding ceremonies, French marigolds have many unique uses. No wonder these fascinating plants are loved the world over.
How to grow potatoes in bags and containers. What month do you plant potatoes? How do you know when your potatoes are ready to harvest? Planting, growing and harvesting potatoes in a bag.
A list of plants that grow well in flowerbeds that are in the afternoon sun. The climate of south Florida can make it a difficult place to grow a beautiful flower garden, but these plants are hardy enough to withstand the heat and humidity.
How to plant, grow and harvest scallions in containers or in the garden. They are also known as spring onions or green onions. Step by step instructions with my own photos. I also provide some recipes for coleslaw and potato salad side dishes with your own freshly grown vegetables.
A symbol of good luck, lucky bamboo is a beautiful plant that is surprisingly easy to cultivate. Learn plant care tips as well as information about its significance for both feng shui and vastu shastra.
Ladybugs are your friends in the garden. They do no damage, yet eat most of the pesky pests that do! Release some ladybugs and keep your flowers and plants growing beautifully.
As an organic farmer, I look for natural ways to solve any pest control problems. Neem is the ideal plant as it's a vigorous growing tree and both its leaves and seeds have repellent properties.
Our back yard is a NWF-certified wildlife habitat, providing the local wildlife with their four essential requirements: food, water, shelter, and places to raise their young.
Pawpaws are a native fruit tree that was cultivated for centuries by Native Americans. The fruit tastes similar to tropical fruits like bananas and papayas.
When you are out in the yard and you don’t want to get bit by mosquitoes, this organic yard spray (which is safe for humans and plants) may be the solution for you.
How to grow strawberries in pots and containers.. Gardening tips for planting, growing and harvesting strawberry plants. I show you how to grow new strawberry plants from runners for next year. Step-by-step instructions with my own photos.
The Venus flytrap is a fascinating carnivorous plant that is very popular in homes. The wild population grows in a limited area in the United States and is in trouble.
Because who needs another Easter cactus? Introduce some low-maintenance exotic flair into your indoor gardening life and create a truly unique indoor garden.
How and when to prune forsythias for the most blooms as well as the largest blooms, year after year.
This guide will break down how to quickly start a garden to help with food self-sufficiency by using things that you may already have at home.
This article will provide you with all the information you need to know to dig up your tuberous begonias and store their roots over the winter. It will also describe how to restart your plant from tubers in the spring, as well as provide additional information about tuberous begonias in general.
Growing a vegetable garden is not as difficult as many people make it out to be. My husband and I have tended to a garden for 25 years. Here are some tips for assuring the success of your own!
Tatsoi is an Asia green with a tangy mustard flavor. It is a cool season biennial crop that will grow in partial shade.
What bulbs bloom first in spring? Find the best, early blooming spring bulbs to pack a punch of color in the garden as the snow begins to melt.
Gardening is a labor of love. It’s an extension of our dreams and who we are. Our landscapes reflect our personalities, philosophies on life, and are a tribute to Mother Nature.
Roses are one of the most popular garden flowers and come in a wide variety of colors and species. Here's how to care for roses in your garden.
Knowing the characteristics of your soil is something many novice gardeners fail to do before planting. Read about pH levels, N-P-K levels, and mulching.
Learn to deal with unwanted visitors to your bird feeder and keep bully birds, chipmunks, squirrels, and other critters away.
Ground cover plants can add color and depth to a garden, pathway, or lawn. Creeping thyme requires little maintenance but produces lots of beautiful foliage and color.
English Ivy is an attractive plant that may be invasive in North America. It's both helpful and harmful for humans, other living things, and the environment.
Did you know that plants can be cloned? You can make new plants for your garden using the technique of taking cuttings. For many plants, this process is simple and only takes minutes to do.
Purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and Michaelmas daisies are members of the Aster family. Each plant has beautiful flowers and is associated with some interesting facts.
Wisterias are beautiful vines known for their vibrant, traffic-stopping colors. But they are also notorious for growing aggressively. This article will explain how to successively grow and care for one.
Light and airy, verbena bonariensisis perfect in a cottage garden style garden, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and readily reseeds itself in your garden so you are never without it.
These dazzling white-blossomed trees herald the arrival of spring each year. See photos and learn how to best care for these trees, which also produce magnificently colored leaves in the autumn.
An adult White-tailed Deer eats 5-7 pounds of plant matter every day. How much does your prized vegetable garden weigh? Protect your plants without making your vegetable patch look like a prison.
Many gardeners have discovered that plants love drip irrigation. This drip irrigation installation guide helps water-wise homeowners design and install a complete system.
Mountain apple is a beautiful fruit tree that grows in many gardens and farms in Hawaii. It has a unique rose flavor, tastes sweet, and is extremely juicy. Mountain apples are usually eaten fresh or made into jams, pickles, and wines.
Creeping juniper is an evergreen groundcover that is perfect for filling in gaps in hard places like along hills or sidewalks. It also makes a great accent when paired with flowering shrubs.
Learn about the beautiful and hardy Indian Hawthorn flowering shrub for mild climates. Photos & videos are included.
This article will provide tips on pruning raspberries properly for growing more fruit every season. This guide will also offer helpful advice on general care for these wonderful plants.
If you've ever thought about how to grow your own fruit tree in Arizona and what the best gardening ideas are for an apricot tree in particular, then look no further.
If you are new to houseplants, buy one that is inexpensive and does not require a lot of care. Here is what to look for in a new plant and how to take care of it when you get it home.
No cottage or country garden would be complete without the showy stalks of hollyhock (Alcea rosea). From germination to storing seeds, this guide makes growing these old-fashioned favorites a little easier.
Do you worry at what might be sprayed on your lettuce and other vegetables? Why not grow it yourself using an easy hydroponic system? No dirt means no mess, just healthier and faster growing plants.
An illustrated guide to growing nine favorite perennial herbs. These common essential culinary herbs will grow year after year, giving you a fresh supply of herbs for your kitchen.
I have been growing chia organically for the past ten years, and I have fine-tuned my growing and harvesting techniques. Chia is easy to grow, and chia seeds have lots of nutritional value.
This is a how-to article on growing camellia flowers from cuttings. If you have a beautiful camellia plant, you can actually "clone" it!
Spring and fall are the ideal times to propagate chives by division. Dividing chives into small clumps and potting/planting them is relatively simple. Here's how I did it this spring.
Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)
This absolute beginner's guide covers all the tools you'll ever need to maintain your garden, ranging from rakes, spades and hoes to secateurs, lopping shears and powered hedge trimmers.
Powdery mildew, while not usually a fatal plant disease, will severely affect a garden plant's vitality. There are organic ways to kill powdery mildew that are safe and effective.
Learn about adding nutrients to the soil for young seedlings and fresh sprouts. Fertilizer for young pepper, tomato and other vegetable plants is essential, but it needs to be applied with care.
Gardeners struggle to find shrubs that can survive in shade. These 10 beautiful bushes are perfect for shady planting locations, with many photos and details to help you choose the best one for your garden.
Learn how to build and maintain a plant terrarium in 7 easy steps. This article includes a list of appropriate terrarium plants, how to choose the container and environment, and how to plant and maintain your terrarium. Lots of tips!
Using the right kinds of sprinkler heads can have a big impact on how healthy your landscape is. There are three main kinds of sprinkler heads, each with a different purpose.
How do you grow peas from seed? I explain how long it takes for pea seeds to germinate and how far apart you need to plant them. How to make your own homemade trellis. It is easier to pick the pods when you grow them vertically this way.
Mass cane, more commonly referred to as corn plant, is one of the most widely used indoor dracaenas. This article shows you how to care for this plant, especially in situations when the leaves turn brown or yellow.
It's easy to plant and maintain zinnia flowers in your garden. These easy plants enjoy full sun and thrive in beds or containers
How to grow a goji berry tree in your garden. I explain how long it takes to grow goji berries from seed and young plants. What are the health benefits of goji berries. Step-by-step instructions with videos and my own photos.
Learn some easy ways you can turn your garden or yard into a bird-friendly habitat and design a beautiful backyard sanctuary for songbirds. Create an environment with the proper feeders, water sources, and vegetation that beautiful songbirds will visit often!
This is a guide to 10 of the easiest perennial plants to grow from seed. Perhaps you are looking at packets of perennial flower seeds and are wondering which ones are the best and the easiest to grow. Hopefully something here will be of help.
You can buy "ready made" plants in a store, but it can be much more fun to grow them yourself from seed. The magical phenomenon of seed germination is entertaining for both adults and children alike. This step by step guide shows you how to sow poppy seeds and grow them on into mature plants.
Growing some perennial plants from seed is not as hard as you might think! There are some beautiful perennials that you can grow quite easily and cheaply, and they will return year after year! This guide will provide suggestions for which flowers to grow and tips on how to care for them.
Did you ever want to grow your own garlic? This article explains how to grow garlic, when to grow garlic and how to cultivate and harvest it. Garlic has many health benefits too, so why not give it a go?
The Worm Factory 360 vermicomposting system makes composting accessible, even to people with little space. Though initially setting up a worm bin may seem daunting, this system is easy to set up and maintain by following these simple guidelines.
Looking for a unique addition to your landscaping or garden plan? The spiderwort is hardy, handsome, and easy-to-grow.
If you have a beautiful dieffenbachia plant, you can actually clone it by taking cuttings and have more plants with the exact same characteristics. If you don't own one already, the purchase of one from a garden center can be a good investment, as they can grow indoors for many years to come.
Wild primulas and primroses have been cultivated and hybridized to make a huge collection of attractive plants. The flowers have a wonderful range of colours.
Planting, growing and harvesting sweet bell peppers. How long does it take to grow sweet peppers from seed? When can you grow pepper plants outside? This guide will reveal all you need to know to grow and care for sweet bell peppers.
Walks through through the countryside with a basket for wild blackberries and strawberries are fantastic to imagine, but unrealistic for most city-dwellers. Today, a growing community of urban foragers is finding food in the most seemingly food-bare environments. Learn about urban foraging, and some of the most common edible, urban plants.
Brighten up the shaded areas of your yard with shade-loving flowering plants. Types of plants (with photographs) with the types of shade they prefer.
Learn how to grow and care for camellia plants. The show of flowers each year in the winter months is spectacular!
Tips from my 10 years of experience growing and harvesting stevia: Which type to buy, how to grow, harvest, and dry it, and why some stevia has a bitter taste.
Plant-related poisonings are the third leading cause of illnesses and death in children, and they're responsible for thousands of pet poisoning emergencies each year. These 8 plants are safe to keep in your home, and they won't pose a threat to kids or pets.
How to grow cabbage from seeds in the garden. Gardening tips for planting, growing and harvesting cabbage successfully. It grows very well in cool weather. The seeds germinate quickly and are easy to transplant.
A guide to planting, growing and harvesting carrots from seeds in pots and containers in your garden. How long does it take for carrots to grow from seed? How long does it take for a carrot seed to germinate? Includes a carrot juice recipe.