This article is about how to make bottles trees using just a few simple items. The history and 'functionality' of these trees is equally fascinating. Read on to discover more!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
You can enjoy homegrown figs no matter where you live. Fig trees grow well in containers if they are not hardy in your area.
Here are five "weeds" that are beautiful, edible, and have medicinal qualities and uses that you never knew! All five of these weeds grow in my yard.
Tick bites can cause diseases in humans and pets. Design a tick-free environment by cleaning, spraying, and planting to keep ticks out of your yard.
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.
This article explains how to grow onions step by step and how to cultivate and harvest onions. They are easy to grow, require little maintenance, and have a great flavour.
Black-eyed Susan vines look like black-eyed susans, but they are not related. These vigorous vines bloom all summer.
Pots and soil can be messy, but it's easy and cheap to grow houseplants in nothing more than a vase, water, and some liquid fertilizer!
The best fertilizer for your tomato plants can only be determined after testing your soil, but not all of us know how do this for our home gardens. This guide covers the best natural or chemical fertilizers that you need for your tomatoes at different stages of growth.
Finding predator tracks in your yard and around your livestock? Use these non-lethal tricks to keep coyotes, wolves, and foxes from killing your animals and entering your yard.
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 also included jam recipes.
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.
Growing potatoes in containers can save space and simplify the process. This guide will show you how to successfully grow this tasty vegetable in a variety of different mediums, including garbage bags, trash cans, and old tires.
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.
Rose-scented geranium is one of the more useful herbs in the garden—it can be used to make a relaxing herbal tea, delicately scent and nourish wood, and keep insects at bay.
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.
This is one hardy, evergreen, & perennial favorite shrub that blooms much of the year in outdoor southern climates. See photos & videos.
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.
Grow your own quinoa as a grain substitute and excellent source of protein for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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.
Lady's mantle has been a long-time cottage garden favorite. Its fuzzy leaves are deer resistant and hold droplets of water after a rain that sparkle like diamonds in your garden.
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.
Follow this handy guide to learn how to set up your garden hose to an indoor or garden tap, as well as how to attach it to spray nozzles, sprinklers, pressure washers, and coiled hoses.
Scarlet runner beans are related to pole beans. They can be grown purely for their ornamental value or as a crop. The flowers, beans and tubers are all edible.
Tomatoes are easy to grow and taste delicious picked fresh from the garden. Here is a guide to planting, growing, fertilizing and harvesting tomatoes.
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. In this article, you will learn the scoop about these poisonous plants and get tips on safe alternatives to have in your home.
Plant a lot of garden carrots? I simply don't have the space to fall-harvest and store all my carrots over the winter season. Fall harvest time has enough to do as it is, and this carrot and beet winterizing method saves time too! Here's what I do.
Learn how to grow and care for camellia plants. The show of flowers each year in the winter months is spectacular!
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.
With a little effort, you can turn one coleus plant into a flowerbed of bright color with ease. Here's how to propagate these gorgeous ornamental plants in four easy steps.
Want a beautiful garden or at least a beautiful bouquet. It's helpful to know what flowers flourish in what month to know how to enjoy beautiful flowers all year long.
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.
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.
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.
Thoroughly water newly planted seeds or seedlings to remove any air gaps in the soil. In general, water daily while the plants are young. As a rule of thumb tomato plants require 1 - 1.5 inches of water a week. The guide helps you figure out how much water YOUR tomatoes need.
This article includes directions for two methods of in-ground composting—the one-hole and the two-hole method.
This is a how-to article on growing camellia flowers from cuttings. If you have a beautiful camellia plant, you can actually "clone" it!
Make a compost tea brewing system from a few basic materials. While there are many commercial products available, making a simple and effective compost tea brewing system is an easy DIY project.
This article is for people who already have established dogwood trees but might be looking for solutions to various problems with those trees.
Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)
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.
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.
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?
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.
Yellowing of leaves on tomato plants can be caused by plenty of factors, most of them treatable. Are your tomatoes in trouble? This guide will help.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Columbines are a beloved cottage garden flower. They are hardy plants that freely reseed themselves in your garden providing years of color. Gardeners also love them because they bridge the flowering gap between spring bulbs and summer flowers.
Damping off is the scourge of the greenhouse. Even if you don't have a greenhouse, you may lose your seedlings to this disease. With a little care you can prevent this disease from killing your plants.
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.
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.
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?
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 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 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.
Like most gourds, birdhouse gourds are grown for their utility. They can be dried and made into utensils, bowls and even birdhouses.
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.
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.
Do you want beautiful, healthy black-eyed Susan to flourish the organic way? Try these garden management techniques that help prevent the rust, gray mold, and mildew that often plague Rudbeckia hirta.
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.
If you've noticed black spots on the bottom of your tomatoes, you could be looking at blossom end rot. It's not alarming and can be fixed if you know how. Read on to know more.
Numerous photos and videos showcase many of the flowering plants in our garden in the month of October. Learn how to grow and care for them.
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.
Do you only have a small area but want a garden? You can grow almost anything in containers or in a small space with a little planning and care. Follow these steps to plan your perfect little garden!
Blackberry lilies, which are not true lilies, have orange or yellow flowers which produce shiny black seeds that provide color and texture in the fall and early winter.
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.
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?
Whether you want to control or eliminate them completely, I'll show you how we do this on our farm in Brazil.
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!
This is one heirloom cucumber that you won't forget. Mouse melon vines produce ample amounts of delicious tiny fruits. In this article, explore how to grow mouse melons.
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.
This photo collage highlights common elements of a Chinese garden. A good amount of classical Chinese gardens have these elements, and they are part of what defines the Chinese style of garden design.
Designing a simple landscape plan requires a careful assessment of the garden site prior to selecting plants: you must determine the sun exposure, soil pH, moisture level, and location. Sample garden plans for different situations are included in this article about how to create a simple garden.
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.
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.
Did you know that Hellebore, Oleander, and Periwinkle or Vinca are poisonous? Learn about poisonous plants, how to avoid them, and how to prevent an unpleasant accident.
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.
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
My temperate climate's growing season is not as long as it was in the tropics. When you live off the grid as I do, spring is a time for celebration—and for getting jobs done quickly. Here are my top 6 most important jobs!
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.
I have 35 years experience with the foxtail fern. Here's how to propagate and tend your plant for years of green enjoyment.
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.
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.
This guide gives you some ideas about colorful and easy to grow perennial and annual flowers for planters and flower beds in your garden. None of the plants are particularly fussy and many can be grown easily from seed
All plants need some light. Houseplants that will thrive in low light conditions still need some sunlight for photosynthesis. Here are 12 houseplants that will grow in low or indirect light.
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.
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.