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  • 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.

    8 Non-Toxic House Plants for Children, Cats, and Dogs

    8 Non-Toxic House Plants for Children, Cats, and Dogs

    by Jayme Kinsey26

  • How do you prune crepe myrtle trees and when do you prune them? These are just two of the questions answered in this article about this ornamental tree—a Southern favorite.

    Proper Pruning of Crepe Myrtles

    Proper Pruning of Crepe Myrtles

    by MariaMontgomery28

  • Hostas are hardy plants and a staple in northern shade gardens. Knowing how and when to divide them can add more healthy plants to your garden.

    How to Grow and Divide Hosta Plants

    How to Grow and Divide Hosta Plants

    by Anthony Altorenna30

  • Looking for an easy garden project that anyone can do? Try building your own cedar raised garden bed. It's easy, cheap, and you'll reap the benefits for years to come.

    How to Build a Cedar Raised Garden Bed

    How to Build a Cedar Raised Garden Bed

    by Bill De Giulio53

  • Designing a simple landscape plan requires a careful assessment of the garden site: determine the sun exposure, soil pH, moisture level, and location of the garden prior to selecting plants. Sample garden plans for different situations are included in this article about how to create a simple garden.

    How to Design a Simple Garden Plan

    How to Design a Simple Garden Plan

    by Leah Lefler34

  • 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 and beautiful songbirds will visit often!

    How to Build a Backyard Bird Sanctuary

    How to Build a Backyard Bird Sanctuary

    by Eric Dockett4

  • There are many differences between organic and non-organic soils. Mulch, compost, and manure are organic and will transform a nutrient deficient soil into a rich organic environment for plants. Perlite, vermiculite, expanded clay aggregate, and rockwool are non-organic. They are heavily used in hydroponics and as soil amendments for potted plants.

    Organic vs Non-Organic Soil

    Organic vs Non-Organic Soil

    by Sean Hemmer9

  • If you've put a hummingbird feeder up only to discover it full of ants the following morning, don't despair. Here is an easy and inexpensive way to keep those unwanted ants off your feeders.

    How to Prevent Ants on Hummingbird Feeders

    How to Prevent Ants on Hummingbird Feeders

    by Mary Wickison34

  • Instructions for planting, growing and harvesting lettuce in a small garden. I show you how much sun and water the lettuce plant needs to grow. How to grow lettuce plants in pots and containers. How long does it take for a lettuce seed to germinate?

    How to Plant and Grow Lettuce Seeds in Containers

    How to Plant and Grow Lettuce Seeds in Containers

    by L M Reid7

  • 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.

    Indoor Hydroponic Vegetable & Herb Gardening

    Indoor Hydroponic Vegetable & Herb Gardening

    by watergeek17

  • Learn to mix your own bonsai soil the right way to ensure your bonsai will stay healthy and grow to be vigorous works of art.

    How to Mix Your Own Bonsai Soil

    How to Mix Your Own Bonsai Soil

    by David Lieu12

  • Beautiful trees deserve to be cloned. When you grow a tree from a cutting, the resulting tree shares the same characteristics as the mother tree. Leyland cypress trees don't produce viable seeds so the most effective way to propagate them is by taking cuttings. We will show you how!

    How to Propagate a Leyland Cypress Tree Using Cuttings

    How to Propagate a Leyland Cypress Tree Using Cuttings

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney4

  • 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.

    How to Choose the Best Houseplants for Beginners

    How to Choose the Best Houseplants for Beginners

    by Dolores Monet10

  • Harvesting honey from your hive is a fun and exciting endeavor. Photos, videos, and step by step instructions to extracting honey from your backyard hive.

    How to Harvest Honey from a Beehive

    How to Harvest Honey from a Beehive

    by Robin Edmondson13

  • It's one thing to read about hydroponic gardening in your home and quite another to actually do it. Here are instructions for how to build a vertical indoor vegetable garden using hydroponics.

    How to Build an Indoor Hydroponic Vegetable Garden

    How to Build an Indoor Hydroponic Vegetable Garden

    by watergeek19

  • No cottage or country garden would be complete without showy stalks of hollyhock (A. rosea.) From germination to storing seeds, this guide makes growing these old-fashioned favorites a little easier.

    How to Grow Hollyhock From Seed

    How to Grow Hollyhock From Seed

    by Jill Spencer94

  • A great way to grow potatoes in small spaces. Try growing potatoes in containers to save space and grow in an environment that's easy to maintain.

    How to Grow Potatoes in Containers

    How to Grow Potatoes in Containers

    by Audrey Kirchner84

  • Get your flower and vegetable garden off to a beneficial start with natural soil amendments. Keep your soil healthy and you’ll create a productive and quality bumper crop.

    5 Ways to Enrich Your Garden Soil

    5 Ways to Enrich Your Garden Soil

    by Linda Chechar4

  • This guide shows you what fittings you need to connect up your garden hose to an indoor or garden tap and also how to attach it to spray nozzles, sprinklers, pressure washers and coiled hoses.

    The Complete Guide to Garden Hose Fittings

    The Complete Guide to Garden Hose Fittings

    by Eugene Brennan5

  • Inexpensive and ordinary, clay pots possess a pleasingly earthy appeal.

    In Praise of Clay Pots

    In Praise of Clay Pots

    by Jill Spencer15

  • Landscapes consist of a variety of physical components combined together to form a "look" or style - plants, softscape, and hardscape. This article describes what they are and how to use them.

    Softscape and Hardscape:  Garden Components

    Softscape and Hardscape: Garden Components

    by Susette Horspool8

  • 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. It is easier to pick the pods if you plant them around a homemade trellis.

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Peas From Seeds

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Peas From Seeds

    by L M Reid11

  • Flowering crabapple trees are not only beautiful, but provide vital food for wildlife during the long winter and early spring. Here's how to find varieties that keep their fruit over winter.

    Flowering Crabapple Trees - Four Seasons of Beauty

    Flowering Crabapple Trees - Four Seasons of Beauty

    by Diane Cass57

  • Chinese lanterns are easy to grow and make great fall decorations. Be careful though, the plants are invasive.

    How to Grow Chinese Lanterns

    How to Grow Chinese Lanterns

    by Caren White2

  • Composting toilets are great for those looking for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plumbing. Some versions don't even require electricity or water. Composting toilets turn your waste into soil. There are three different types of composting toilets to choose from.

    What Is a Composting Toilet?

    What Is a Composting Toilet?

    by Brittanie0

  • 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? Carrot Juice recipe

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Carrots From Seeds

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Carrots From Seeds

    by L M Reid15

  • There are many great ways to keep those pesky bugs out of your garden, but often the natural way is the best way. Here are some plants that you can plant in your garden to keep bugs away!

    Plants That Repel Insects in Gardens

    Plants That Repel Insects in Gardens

    by Angela Michelle Schultz20

  • Many gardeners have discovered that plants love drip irrigation. This drip irrigation installation guide helps water wise homeowners design and install a complete system.

    Drip Irrigation Installation Guide

    Drip Irrigation Installation Guide

    by Bert Holopaw1

  • 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.

    Wisteria Vine: Types, Care, and Propagation

    Wisteria Vine: Types, Care, and Propagation

    by Megan Machucho1

  • How to grow strawberries in pots and containers from seeds. Gardening tips for planting, growing and harvesting strawberry plants. You can grow new strawberry plants from runners for next year. Step-by-step instructions. I have included Jam recipes.

    Gardening: How to Grow and Harvest Strawberries

    Gardening: How to Grow and Harvest Strawberries

    by L M Reid14

  • 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 care for them, especially watering?

    Indoor House Plants: Watering & Decorating

    Indoor House Plants: Watering & Decorating

    by watergeek26

  • 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.

    How to Use Neem Leaf as a Natural Pesticide

    How to Use Neem Leaf as a Natural Pesticide

    by Mary Wickison73

  • Wisterias are beautiful vines known for their vibrant colors that can stop traffic. But they are also notorious for growing aggressively. This article will explain how to successively grow and care for one.

    How to Plant, Prune, and Care for Wisterias

    How to Plant, Prune, and Care for Wisterias

    by Sharon Vile25

  • Flying termites are a natural phenomenon, but termites in trees are dangerous. Termite damage in one of my gum trees caused the tree to snap in a high wind. I now encourage nature's predators.

    Termite Damage in my Eucalyptus (Gum) Trees

    Termite Damage in my Eucalyptus (Gum) Trees

    by LongTimeMother6

  • How to grow and take care of tomato plants from seed 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.

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Tomatoes From Seed

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Tomatoes From Seed

    by L M Reid13

  • It IS easy being green when you grow beans in your Ohio garden. Depending on where you live in the Buckeye State, you can stagger the planting windows to have tasty legumes, all season long.

    Growing Green Beans in Ohio

    Growing Green Beans in Ohio

    by Teri Silver2

  • 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.

    How I Grow and Harvest Stevia

    How I Grow and Harvest Stevia

    by LongTimeMother29

  • Rose-Scented Geraniums are one of the more useful herbs in the garden - make a relaxing herbal tea or use the leaves to delicately scent and nourish wood and to keep insects at bay.

    Benefits and Uses of Geranium Pelargonium

    Benefits and Uses of Geranium Pelargonium

    by Fiona11

  • 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.

    How to Store Tuberous Begonias for Winter and Restart Them in Spring

    How to Store Tuberous Begonias for Winter and Restart Them in Spring

    by Sandi8

  • 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.

    Top 10 Climbing Plants for a Small Trellis

    Top 10 Climbing Plants for a Small Trellis

    by GardenExpert99927

  • 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 extremely juicy. Mountain apples are usually eaten fresh or made into jams, pickles, and wines.

    Tropical Taste of Hawaii: The Mouthwatering Mountain Apple

    Tropical Taste of Hawaii: The Mouthwatering Mountain Apple

    by Viet Doan32

  • This guide will show you how to plant, grow and harvest spring onions, also known as scallions or green onions. I also provide some recipes for coleslaw and potato salad, so that you can make some tasty side dishes with your own freshly grown vegetables.

    Planting, Growing and Harvesting Spring Onions

    Planting, Growing and Harvesting Spring Onions

    by L M Reid9

  • 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.

    How and When to Plant and Prune Raspberry Bushes

    How and When to Plant and Prune Raspberry Bushes

    by Anthony Altorenna11

  • 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.

    Earliest Blooming Spring Bulbs

    Earliest Blooming Spring Bulbs

    by Leah Lefler28

  • Tithonia is a great addition to any garden because it is deer resistant. It also works well in butterfly gardens because it is the nectar plant for many butterflies including monarchs.

    How to Grow Tithonia (Mexican Sunflowers)

    How to Grow Tithonia (Mexican Sunflowers)

    by Caren White0

  • Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)

    25 Tips for Making Compost

    25 Tips for Making Compost

    by Jill Spencer22

  • 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.

    English Ivy Facts, Uses, and Problems

    English Ivy Facts, Uses, and Problems

    by Linda Crampton64

  • 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.

    Care, Growth, and Feng Shui Meaning of Lucky Bamboo

    Care, Growth, and Feng Shui Meaning of Lucky Bamboo

    by Nithya Venkat78

  • Learn 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 and how to take care of these vegetables.

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Onions in the Garden

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Onions in the Garden

    by L M Reid20

  • 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.

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Cabbage: Gardening

    How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Cabbage: Gardening

    by L M Reid6

  • If you like to craft with dried flowers, you need to add celosia to your cutting garden. The flowers come in many bright colors, are easy to dry and retain their colors for months.

    How to Grow Celosia

    How to Grow Celosia

    by Caren White4

  • These 20 apps, ranging from free to under $20, are fun, useful tools for home gardeners, landscapers & nature lovers. Updated to include specialty apps about cacti, wildflowers, veggies, & mushrooms.

    20 Smartphone Apps for Plant Lovers

    20 Smartphone Apps for Plant Lovers

    by Jill Spencer34

  • 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.

    Gardening for Beginners: 10 Easy Steps to Sowing Seeds

    Gardening for Beginners: 10 Easy Steps to Sowing Seeds

    by Eugene Brennan33

  • This is a guide to the top 10 easy 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.

    Top 10 Easy Perennial Plants to Grow From Seed

    Top 10 Easy Perennial Plants to Grow From Seed

    by GardenExpert99918

  • Simple how-to make a rain garden for homeowners. No power tools or plumbing alterations are needed to make an eco-friendly plant-filled depression in your property for rain water to temporarily accumulate before being absorbed into the ground, allowing soil's natural filtration to work.

    Good for the Earth: How to Make a Rain Garden

    Good for the Earth: How to Make a Rain Garden

    by Maren Elizabeth Morgan0

  • Pests of eggplant are sometimes difficult to identify before damage occurs. Learn the serious eggplant pests and natural remedies for their removal.

    Identifying and Removing Eggplant Pests

    Identifying and Removing Eggplant Pests

    by Zach7

  • If you're wondering how you'll know when bananas are ready to pick, here are photos to showing the various stages. An attentive eye and patience are required to pick your bananas at the perfect time.

    When to Harvest Bananas

    When to Harvest Bananas

    by Mary Wickison46

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