Aromatic plants, whether trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, or herbs add a distinctive touch to your home garden design. Here is a list of easy to find scented plants for a romantic 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!
Learn how to build and maintain a plant terrarium in 7 easy steps. 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!
These 17 apps, ranging from free to under $10, are fun, useful tools for home gardeners, landscapers, & nature lovers. Updated to include specialty apps about cacti, wildflowers, veggies, & mushrooms.
Your garden can bloom from early spring until late fall if you plant a variety of flowers that bloom at different times. Select plants ahead of time for all season long flowers.
Many people claim that meat cannot be composted in a vermicomposting system. That isn't true. Following a few simple guidelines, red wigglers can enjoy snacking on your meat scraps!
Learn how to grow your own cannabis the easy way! There are so many ways to go about it, but in the beginning, taking a simple approach will give you the best results.
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
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.
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.
Sunflowers produce large, bright flower heads that tower above other flowers. Growing sunflowers is easy and rewarding, especially to those who enjoy the blooms and eating the seeds. Proper soil preparation, watering, sunlight, and fertilization will produce beautiful blooms almost effortlessly.
A fun and easy DIY project. You can even mix different types of plants and transplant them at different times. Just cut them out with scissors and voila!
Whether you lack a greenthumb, or just need hardy plants to suit your busy lifestyles, these hardy houseplants survive neglect and/or abuse.
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.
Looking to add a colorful pop to your garden this spring? Consider planting tulips in the fall! These low-maintenance, high-reward blooms will brighten your yard and bring a smile to your face.
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.
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.
Container gardening with broccoli is a great way to provide yourself with fresh produce. Learn the basics of growing broccoli in containers.
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.
Want beautiful, healthy black-eyed Susan the organic way? Try these garden management techniques that help prevent the rust, gray mold and mildew that often plague Rudbeckia hirta.
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!
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
Lower the cost and reduce the hassle of filling seasonal containers by reusing last year’s potting soil. To minimize risk to your plants and maximize the effectiveness of used soil, follow these recycling tips.
The article explores the history and philosophy of the Japanese rock garden, in addition to giving step-by-step instructions on how to design and build one.
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.
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?
Do your roses have black spot? Nip it in the bud with these 6 easy strategies for growing healthy, black spot-free roses.
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.
Having trouble finding the perfect plant for shady spaces? This list of shade plants will help you with your garden if you're in partial sun or full shade.
Jalapenos peppers are a festive and bountiful addition to any container garden. Learn how to grow jalapenos in containers today!
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.
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.
Learn some easy ways you can turn your yard into a bird-friendly habitat and create a beautiful backyard sanctuary for songbirds.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 article explains how to grow onions step by step, how to cultivate and harvest onions. They are easy to grow, require little maintenance and have a great flavour.
Foraging is very popular today and it is surprising how many edible plants and useful herbs grow in the neighbourhoods we live in. Just half an hour spent looking around can turn up a lot of plants.
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.
Learn to make decorative ice gems in five easy steps. Includes step-by-step instructions and images. Ice gems are a fun, easy craft for adults and kids alike, and are a wonderful conversation starter. Add flair and an artistic touch to your winter garden this year!
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
Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)
Love is in bloom! Let these 12 exquisite red beauties of Hawaii put you in the romantic mood for Valentine's Day.
Vermicomposting is a good substitute for composting outdoors. Using a small bin, some newspaper or cardboard, red wiggler worms and a little patience, you can make nutritious compost for your garden.
I show you how to grow a goji berry tree and look after it (with pictures). I also explain the health benefits of goji berries.
Knock Out® roses are the most popular roses sold in the United States. Learn how to care for them so they reach their full potential.
Herbicides, pesticides and other lawn and garden products are toxic to people and animals. Most people don't realize how dangerous these chemicals really are.
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.
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!
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
Purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and Michaelmas daisies are colourful members of the Aster family. Each flower is associated with some interesting facts.
Some easy tips for growing strong and healthy tomato plants that will produce lots of delicious fruit.
Surinam cherry is not native to Hawaii, but it is a versatile tropical fruit with an eye-catching shape and delightful taste.
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.
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.
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 to deal with unwanted visitors to your bird feeder and keep bully birds, chipmunks, squirrels and other critters away.
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.
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.
If you are keen to grow frangipani (plumeria) from seeds, this article will show you how with easy to follow instructions and photos
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.
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.
If you're a gardener with shady areas around your home, you may struggle with finding shrubs that can survive. A number of beautiful shade shrubs exist for these not-so-ideal planting locations.
Add a prehistoric accent to your gardens and landscape with an ambling pathway of DIY dinosaur tracks. This article includes photos, diagrams and step-by-step instructions.
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.
This article includes photos of my hosta plant in different stages of growth, from the beginning sprouts to full growth and blooming. Photos taken in Virginia.
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.
Looking to start a butterfly garden in Florida? These are the 5 essential nectar sources you need in your garden!
Learn how easy it is to plant this nutritionally rich fruit. You can even plant pineapple in a pot and have them indoor.
If you are willing to dig up and replant them every year, dahlias will reward you with color from July until frost.
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.
Any gardener that has only shade and poor soil to work with has to deal with frustration. But with patience and research, there are many new varieties of plants coming out all the time. Experiment!
How to Grow Bell Peppers. Vegetable Garden Tips for growing, planting and harvesting Sweet Bell Peppers.
Do you cringe 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 & faster growing plants.
Designing a landscape that matches the type of climate you have can save lots of money in dead plants, fertilizer, pesticides, and water. Here are several climate factors to consider when you plant.
There are endless ways to build cheap, easy, workable greenhouses. What you choose should depend on what your needs actually are. What type of gardening you do, the plants you intend to grow meed to be considered. Information on the types, including passive solar, pvc and traditionally framed greenhouses.
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.
Enrich your soil and pamper your plants with homemade vermicompost. All you need is a plastic storage container and a bag of worms to get started!
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.
One of the best fertilizers you can use on your plants is liquid seaweed, yet this is probably the last fertilizer people think of buying when they go to their local garden centre or shop online. Liquid seaweed fertilizer is not only organic, but comes from a sustainable source and can be harvested without damaging the environment.
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.
Bougainvillea vines are rapid growers and climbers, and prolific bloomers, but watch out, because they will grow into the soffit and gutters of your home.
Lettuce comes in many varieties with differing shapes and uses. It is best grown in the coolness of spring and fall.
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.
Hydrangeas are one of the quintessential flowers of the South; they evoke a sense of charm and hospitality. Fortunately, they can effectively bloom in a variety of climates and locales.
Plant related poisonings are the the third leading cause of illness and death in children, and responsible for thousands of pet emergencies each year.
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.
Honey bees are very important to food resources because they pollinate many crops. Beekeepers are seeing massive die-offs. What is killing our honey bees?