Earwigs can be beneficial predators in your garden, but what do you do when they turn their attention towards eating your newly sprouted vegetables and favorite flowers? Use these tips to keep earwig damage under control.
You can easily learn how to plant, grow and care for clematis vines. These are easy to grow if you know what you are doing. You'll get a flush of blooms in the spring.
Sustainable gardening and permaculture are important gardening concepts. Here you will find 10 methods that will improve sustainability and growing food in suburban and urban yards.
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.
Sedum, or stonecrop, is a succulent plant that comes in many varieties and can be used in many ways in the garden. Learn more about popular varieties and how to care for them.
Not all the critters in your garden are pests. In fact, many creepy-crawling (or flying) things are beneficial to a healthy garden. Learn how to make your garden to beneficial bugs and animals with a few key points below.
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas display giant pink- and cream-colored blossoms in late summer that fade to red as the weather cools. Learn how to plant and care for these beautiful bushes.
It's enjoyable to have plants in a home, but some house plants are poisonous. These need to be treated carefully and kept away from children and pets.
The jade plant is a low maintenance succulent houseplant. Find out what are the different varieties, and how to care for and propagate it.
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.
Everyone loves to observe a butterfly fluttering through the air. Not only are they typically beautiful, but the critters are beneficial in the garden as well because they pollinate flowers. Here are a few simple things you can do to encourage butterflies to visit your garden.
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.
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.
Here is a compilation of all known methods to get rid of gophers. If you know of one that is not here, please add it.
See the top 8 plants we have selected to be the absolute best options to grow in any office. Many of these plants offer health benefits and will even prosper in low-light environments!
Easy vertical garden ideas for the beginner gardener. How to build a garden trellis with a piece of wood and some nails.
Detailed instructions on how to "clone" your favorite geranium plant from a cutting. It's easy to do, and each new plant has the same characteristics of the first so there will be no surprises!
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.
This is one hardy, evergreen & perennial favorite shrub that blooms much of the year in outdoor southern climates. See photos & videos.
Frosts and thaws can damage or even kill tender plants. Here are 10 easy, practical ways to protect your garden from killing frost.
If you are keen to grow frangipani (plumeria) from seeds, this article will show you how with easy to follow instructions and photos
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.
How do you grow cabbage from seeds in the garden. Planting, growing and harvesting cabbage successfully. Cabbage grows very well in cool weather. The seeds germinate quickly and are easy to transplant. How long does it take to grow a cabbage from a seed?
Exotic and unusual orchids that look like monkeys, bees, babies, flying ducks and doves. Plus descriptions of all their funny little quirks, botanical names and pictures of orchids.
This article includes pictures and videos showing varieties of iris plants and how to grow them. Read about our experiences, plus other information you may wish to know about this flowering perennial.
Black walnut trees growing in Ohio yards and landscapes produce edible nuts for people and wildlife, but these trees may also harm nearby plants, gardens, and shrubbery.
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.
A guide to planting, growing and harvesting carrots from seeds in pots and containers 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to grow strawberries in pots and containers from seeds. Planting, growing and harvesting strawberry plants. They are not hard to grow in the garden. You can grow new strawberry plants from runners for next year. Step-by-step instructions. I have included Jam recipes.
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.
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.
Herbaceous perennials, plants that die off in the cold winter months but bloom again in the spring, are the gardener’s friend. Not only are they a great investment (you only have to buy the plant once), but perennials also tend to bloom more vigorous the following year.
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.
Are you and your child ready to go outdoors and grow plants? Gardening with children is rewarding for everyone. Explore these ideas for making your kid's garden magical and educational.
The edible Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot) should be properly identified to avoid confusion with the deadly hemlock plant. Knowing the differences between these two plants could literally save your life!
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.
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.
Every gardener deals with weeds, with many would-be gardeners throwing in the towel after just one season of daily weed pulling. Use these organic tips to help keep weeds under control this season.
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
Here we are discussing Marigold Tagetes, or the African Marigold, not the Calendula. Although both have their uses and benefits, the former is better at keeping gardens healthy and pest free.
How to plant and grow a goji berry tree in your garden. How long it takes to grow goji berries from seed or young plants. What are the health benefits of goji berries. Step-by-step instructions with videos and pictures
Combined with leafy green boxwood clippings, this dried rose wreath will add a unique and beautiful touch to your home.
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.
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.
Here are simple step by step instructions on how to set up a worm composting bin. From hints and tips on what wormery to buy, to what to feed the worms, this article shows you the starting stages of setting up your own worm farm to bring you the very best completely organic natural fertilizer for your garden.
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.
Learn the basics of hydroponic gardening before you start one. The rewards of growing a hydroponics garden include greater yield and flexibility of location.
Growing plants in the city isn’t as impossible as you might think. There are plenty of fruit and vegetables that can thrive in an indoor environment or on your balcony. Here are ten fruits and vegetables you can grow in your apartment.
Moth Orchid or Phalaenopsis is an easy to grow houseplant that is inexpensive and easy to find. Flowers are long lived, lasting over a month. With proper care, get your Phal to thrive and rebloom
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.
Find out how to make small succulent gardens that look amazing and take only a few minutes! Easy, affordable, delightful to look at and hardly any maintenance needed.
Black walnut is a great tree to have around. It yields beautiful wood, great tasting nuts, and the hulls have medicinal properties. It has a wonderful taste and you can use it in cooking. Find out more about this interesting plant and fruit.
Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)
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.
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!
Everyone enjoys a spring-blooming flower, but blooms from bulbs, corms, or tubers require a little more tender loving care than the average flower. These perennials require cold storage during the cold winter months to ensure they are protected from freezing and frost.
Yes, that white mold growing on the dirt of your indoor potted plants is dangerous for them. Here's how to get rid of it safely, without chemicals.
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.
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.
Natural effective options for the war on weeds will provide you a way to do away with your weeds for good using natural products, or good old fashioned elbow grease, instead of expensive commercial chemicals from the store. This way you save time and money all while using family safe products.
Christmas or holiday plants are a wonderful addition to a home during the Christmas season. While some are harmless or have low toxicity, others are poisonous.
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.
These dazzling white blossomed trees herald Spring each year. See photos & learn how to best care for these trees which also grace Fall with their magnificent colored leaves.
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.
As the name might suggest, annuals have only one growing cycle. But perennials will grow for a season, die down during the colder months, and grow again in the spring. Properly identifying issues will not only keep your garden beautiful, but will limit problems of pests and disease.
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.
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 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.
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.
Oklahoma is home to a wide variety of butterflies. Here are ten of the prettiest Oklahoma butterflies with tips for attracting them to your yard and garden.
Many people spend a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of the moss in their gardens. And despite all the effort, it is often with poor result because you are struggling against nature! Stop that and nurture the moss instead! I will show you the beauty of moss and how to nurture a moss garden...
This is a how-to article on growing camellia flowers from cuttings. If you have a beautiful camellia plant, you can actually "clone" it!
Do plants like music? It's a controversial topic: Studies have supported the claim that music can result in better growth, but many disagree with those findings. Hear both sides & decide for yourself.
Moss in a lawn competes with grass, looks unsightly and can make mowing more difficult. Fortunately it is easy to get rid of, and measures can be taken to prevent it
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.
Purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and Michaelmas daisies are colourful members of the Aster family. Each flower is associated with some interesting facts.
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.
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.
Did you ever want to grow your own garlic? This hub 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?
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.
Looking for a unique addition you your landscaping or garden plan? The spiderwort is hardy, handsome, and easy-to-grow.
The Venus flytrap is a fascinating plant that is very popular. The wild population grows in a limited area in the United States and is in trouble.
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.
Walks through through the countryside with a basket for wild blackberries and strawberries are fantastic to imagine, but unrealistic for most urban-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.
Numerous photos and videos showcase many of the flowering plants in our garden at this time of year. Learn how to grow and care for them.
Here are five "weeds" that are beautiful, edible, and have medicinal qualities and uses that you never knew! They grow in my yard.
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.
Love watermelon but hate the seeds? Follow these five tips to grow seedless watermelons in your home garden successfully.