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.
After my backyard was invaded by hundreds of crows, I put a variety of crow scares to the test to find the best ways to humanely get rid of them.
Learn to deal with unwanted visitors to your bird feeder and keep bully birds, chipmunks, squirrels and other critters away.
Love watermelon but hate the seeds? Follow these five tips to grow seedless watermelons in your home garden successfully.
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 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.
Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)
Propagate and enjoy a piece of history with the Herb of Angels, a biennial vegetable, sent from heaven by the archangel Michael, to be given to man to combat the plaque. It tastes good too!
Garlic is a tasty addition to our favorite recipes. A place for growing this vegetable can be made in your own back yard.
From hardy perennial pansies to pansy hybrids, there are so many "flavors" to choose from that growing pansies year round is a snap in Zones 2-10. Here's an overview of some of the best, including cold-tolerant beauties and heat-resistant heavy bloomers.
I am a lazy gardener. Every plant on this page has been personally stress tested by me. They are hardy, and easy to care for. They require little water and are distasteful to deer.
Roses are one of the most popular garden flower and come in a wide variety of colors and species. Here's how to care for roses in your garden.
Putting the garden to bed for the winter is an important gardening task. Clearing up debris, cutting back perennials, composting, and mulching will create a healthier spring garden!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you'd like to host a puddle club party for butterflies in your garden, here are five easy ways to attract lots of gorgeous guests.
Introduction to 10 common houseplants that can be poisonous to your children and pets. Houseplants are lovely, but please use them with caution!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sweet alyssum produces a carpet of abundant tiny flowers that resemble snow when planted in masses. Learn how to grow and care for this annual groundcover, and what to plant it with.
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.
Even northern gardeners can enjoy fresh citrus year-round by growing a Meyer lemon tree in a container.
Enjoy fresh and healthy vegetables from your own backyard by following these ten tips for growing an organic vegetable garden.
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
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.
Looking for a unique addition you your landscaping or garden plan? The spiderwort is hardy, handsome, and easy-to-grow.
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.
When properly combined, garlic cloves, mineral oil, ordinary dishwashing liquid and water create a mild organic pesticide that's effective against aphids. It also kills cabbageworms, larval mosquitoes, leafhoppers, squash bugs, whitefly and other garden pests. And it can even serve as a mild fungicide and animal repellant.
Snapdragons are a tender perennial plant that sometimes survive the winter, but more often reseed themselves. Find out why they pop up in different places each year, sometimes in different colors.
Jalapenos peppers are a festive and bountiful addition to any container garden. Learn how to grow jalapenos in containers today!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Need a unique addition to your patio garden? Well then, consider growing olive trees in containers! These hardy trees are perfect for small spaces, and will grow for many years to come.
Learn some easy ways you can turn your yard into a bird-friendly habitat and create a beautiful backyard sanctuary for songbirds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plant related poisonings are the the third leading cause of illness and death in children, and responsible for thousands of pet emergencies each year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a complete guide of everything you need to know how and when to prune rose bushes. As well as brief overview of pros and cons of most popular rose species.
Discover some ways to manage the Eastern Chipmunk in your yard and prevent it from raiding bird feeders, digging up gardens and wrecking patios.
Share your space with a slice of Egypt by growing papyrus as a houseplant. This is the perfect choice for comfort during winter blahs.
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.
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.
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.
Hydrangea bushes can produce beautiful showy flowers and grow up to 6 feet wide, but buying lots of bushes can be pricey. Learn how to get many hydrangea bushes from one original plant.
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.
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.
Purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and Michaelmas daisies are colourful members of the Aster family. Each flower is associated with some interesting facts.
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 which are safe and effective.
If cared for properly, the Bonsai tree can be arguably one of the most beautiful house plants in the world. Follow these simple steps to properly care for your tree to ensure decades of beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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!
See photos & videos of the Southern Magnolia trees + learn how to grow & care for them. The blossoms are spectacular and fragrant!
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.
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.
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.
Growing French tarragon in the home garden. How to pick a planting location, how to plant and care for French tarragon.
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.
An orchid is arguably one of the most beautiful indoor plants in existence. Follow these few simple instructions to achieve a beautiful blooming orchid plant for years to come.
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!
If you are keen to grow frangipani (plumeria) from seeds, this article will show you how with easy to follow instructions and photos
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.
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.
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.
Pretty in a border, beautiful in a bouquet, purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a hardy, low-maintenance perennial that's easy to grow by division or from seed.
Bottle gardens are fun to create and awesome to own. They're low-maintenance, attractive, and extremely easy to make using recycled household items. In fact, you can make them for free!
Watering tomato plants is not rocket science, we could all be perfectionists. This article on how to water tomatoes will help convert even novices to pros.
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
Blackspot disease is a common problem on roses and other plants. Learn about the natural and chemical treatments that will keep your roses healthy and beautiful.