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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:18:20 +0000

 



How to Make Your Poinsettia Bloom Again Next Year

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Poinsettias are popular holiday decorations. Here's how to keep them in bloom longer and how to force them to rebloom next Christmas.



How and When to Prune Your Roses

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Confused about when to prune roses or hurting them when you do? Pruning roses helps to keep the healthy and blooming. Here's how to do it right.



Force Paper Whites to Bloom in 9 Easy Steps

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Unlike other narcissus, paperwhites don't require a chilling period. Forcing them into bloom is almost as easy as putting them in water. Here's how.



What Does a Nip of Booze Do for Paperwhites?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Paperwhites can grow tall and top heavy, then fall over, but just a little nip of alcohol keeps them standing upright. Here's how to do it.



Caring for Your Cyclamen Plant

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Holiday cyclamen plants make excellent long, blooming houseplants that need minimal care. Here are some tips for keeping yours growing.



Your Guide to Getting Amaryllis to Flower in...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Amaryllis bulbs often appear around the winter holidays. Here’s how to care for this plant that has a long life and is easy to grow.



Deliciously Fragrant Heirloom Flowers to Grow...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Fragrant flowers have an unmatched appeal and the old-fashioned heirlooms have the best scent of all. Here are some to include in your garden.



10 Tips for Growing the Best Tomatoes on the...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

How to Grow Tomatoes. Tomato plants know what they like and they grow best when you give it to them. Here are 10 tips for growing terrific tomatoes.



Be a Good Gardener and Know How and When to...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Most plants, flowering trees, and shrubs benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in knowing when to prune what.



How to Prune a Hybrid Tea Rose

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Hybrid tea roses aren't quite as fussy as their reputation would have you believe, but they do require some maintenance. Pruning hybrid tea roses will help keep them healthy and productive. Follow these easy steps to keep your hybrid tea blooming.



How to Grow Rosemary - Indoors and Out

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

It's not hard to grow rosemary. The plants need warmth and sun, but you can successfully grow them just about anywhere. Here are some tips to help.



Perennial Plants to Cut Back in the Fall

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

It's nice to leave plants standing for winter interest,but many perennials won't survive rough weather. These plants should be cut back in the fall.



The Top 10 Gardening Magazines

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Gardening magazines are monthly garden inspiration. They tell us about new plants, garden design ideas and gardening techniques. Here are my picks for the top gardening magazines.



How to Dry Your Gourds

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Drying gourds is an easy process that keeps them around indefinitely. Here's how to do it.. What you make of them after that is up to your creativity.



Pothos Houseplant Description and Growing Tips

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow, tolerant of low light and erratic watering. Here's some help choosing and growing a pothos plant.



How to Grow a Windowsill Herb Garden

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Many herb plants can be grown indoors, on a sunny windowsill or under lights. Here are tips for the best herbs to grow and how to keep them growing.



When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Hydrangeas need pruning, to keep them flowering profusely. The real question is when to prune which type of hydrangea. Here's some help.



Want to Grow Tomatoes from Seed? Get Started...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

How to grow tomatoes from seed. Tips for getting started growing tomato plants from seed to table.



How to Get Your Water Lilies through Winter Alive

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

It is possible to over winter both hardy and tropical water lilies, but it can be tricky. Here are some tricks and tips to help you have success



Keep Your Holiday Plants Looking Good, Long...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Every holiday has plants for giving and decorating. Here's how to care for your holiday plants, during the holidays and how to keep them growing afterward.



4 Ways to Get Your Geraniums through Winter......

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Where geraniums are not hardy, gardeners basically have 3 choices for how to store them for winter: bring them indoors as houseplants, take cuttings and make more plants or store them dormant until next spring.



How to Protect Your Roses from Harsh Winter...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

All rose plants need some attention going into winter. Winter weather can really challenge rose bushes, particularly hybrid teas. Here's what to do.



Powdery Mildew Taking Over Your Plants? Defeat...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Here's how to prevent, recognize, treat, and control powdery mildew plant disease.



What Is Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

The USDA has released their new Plant Hardiness Zone Maps. Using 30 years of data, the new maps better reflect regional differences and are much easier to read. See what's changed.



Growing and Caring for Dazzling Snapdragons

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Snapdragons are cool season flowers that grow easily in most gardens and start the gardening season off with a wild splash of color. Here are some tips.



9 Types of Mulch and Why You Should Use Them

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Mulching your garden improves the soil in many ways and also makes the garden more attractive. Here are the pros and cons of various mulch materials.



How to Grow Fragrant Lavender

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

You can be successful growing lavender in your garden if you choose the right variety. Tips for choosing growing and pruning lavender plants.



Choosing Your Christmas Tree and Keeping it...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Selecting the best Christmas tree depends on what you are looking for. Some will hold their needles longer. Some will hold your ornaments better. Page 2.



Your Best Bets for Drying and Storing Fresh Herbs

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Air drying herbs is an easy way to preserve and store your garden herbs, with minimal loss of flavor and quality. Here are some simple steps.



Rose Hips - Edible Treats After the Rose Fades

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Rose hips are the seed pods of roses. They look like small crab apples and can be eaten in a similar manner. Here's how to harvest and use yours.



Keeping Raspberries & Blackberries Under...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Brambles, like raspberries and blackberries, need regular pruning to bear large, healthy crops. Learn how to properly prune raspberries and blackberries.



Fall Garden Mums. Will They Come Back Next...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

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How to Plant Roses and Get Them Started Right

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Roses can use a little extra care when you first plant them. Try these tips for transplanting or planting roses and getting them off to a great start.



10 of the Best Fall Perennial Flowers

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Fall blooming flowers come in rich colors that extend the gardening season. Learn tips for choosing and growing the best fall flowers in your garden.



How and When to Prune Lilacs

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Pruning lilacs doesn't just keep their size in check, it rejuvenates the plant and encourages more blooming. Here's how to prune lilac plants.



Are You New to Gardening? Get Started with...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

A little planning goes a long way, when starting a garden. Here's some help in deciding where to put it, what you'll need, and what to plant.



How to Grow Pansies - Cool Weather Favorites

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Pansies are probably the most popular cool season flower and they are easy to grow. Here's how to keep your pansies growing and blooming longer.



6 Houseplants Anyone Can Grow

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

These 6 indoors plants are extremely hard to kill with neglect or kindness, yet they'll add that homey feel that only plants can bring.



Your Guide to Harvesting and Storing Garlic

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

When garlic plants start to die back, it's time to harvest. Here's how to be sure your garlic is ready to dig and how to dry and store it for keeping.



Prepare for the New Growing Season by Spring...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Spring is busy season in the garden, with much to do before plants start growing. Here's a check list of spring cleaning tasks for your garden clean-up.



What Does Loam Mean to a Gardener?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Loose, friable loam is what all gardeners are told they need, but what exactly does that mean. Here's a breakdown of what is in loam soil and how to get it.



For Breathtaking Color, Try Winterberry Holly

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Growing tips for Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), a native holly that drops its leaves in autumn, exposing a breathtaking abundance of bright berries.



Seed Swaps for Gardeners

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Some people have a wealth of plant seeds left over at the end of the gardening season. Some folks can never find the seeds for the garden plants they want at the beginning of the season. seed swapping. It's a match made in heaven.



What Type of Old Fashioned Hydrangea are You...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

To know when to prune your old fashioned hydrangea, you'll need to know what type of hydrangea it is. Here's some help in identifying your hydrangea.



Squelching Powdery Mildew with Milk

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Add plain old milk to the list of homemade remedies for powdery mildew. The research is ongoing, milk looks an effective powdery mildew treatment.



Preserving Fall Leaves

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Preserving the beauty of fall leaves is an easy, fun craft. Here are 4 basic methods for pressing and preserving a colorful reminder of fall.



Why You Should Winter Mulch the Garden

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

In areas that experience freezing temperatures, winter mulching of the garden differs from mulching during the growing season. We mulch our gardens in the spring to suppress weeds, retain moisture and feed and warm the soil. While we may spread a layer of soil conditioning compost or manure in the fall, the primary reason for winter mulching is to protect our plants from the harsh conditions of winter freezes, thaws and winds. There are several ways to do this.



The Best Soil for Roses

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Roses are a long term proposition. It pays to start them off with the right soil at planting time. Here's how to make your soil perfect for roses.



Growing Beautiful Ornamental Gourds

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Ornamental gourds may not be edible, but they sure are colorful. They are also very easy to grow and when dried, last well beyond the holiday season.



Growing Hardy Mums for a Fall Show

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Mums can be hardy perennial flowers in the garden, if you start them off early. Here are some tips for keeping your mums alive and growing beautifully.



Roses: Boost Their Growth with Springtime Care

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

A bit of spring rose care will mean healthier roses throughout the growing season. It's time to wake up your roses with some TLC.



How to Grow Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Sweet potatoes can be grown in most vegetable gardens. Even the leaves are edible. Here are tips for getting the most from you backyard harvest.



Petunias - Long-Blooming Flowers You Need in...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

There are so many choices, when it comes to growing petunias - grandiflora, supertunia, wave... Here are some tips to keep them blooming all summer.



How to Fight Powdery Plant Mildew with Baking...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Powdery mildew and other fungus diseases of plants have long been successfully controlled with a home remedy of baking soda, water, and oil or soap. Here's the recipe.



Coneflowers are Garden Favorites for a Reason

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Coneflowers (Echinacea), rugged native American plants, bloom throughout summer. Here are some growing tips to get the most from these popular plants.



Grow the Iridescent Leaves of Persian Shield

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Persian Shield has luminous purple leaves washed with silver and is great in borders, containers or as a houseplant. Tips for growing Persian Shield.



4 Pruning Practices You Can Ignore

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

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How to Grow Rugosa Roses - Rugged and Beautiful

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Rugosa roses have great cold tolerance and pest resistance and many are fragrant. Here are some tips for growing and caring for rugged rugosa roses.



Preparing Your Plants for Winter

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Tender plants won't make it through the winter outdoors, in frosty climates. That doesn't mean they're compost. Here are some ideas for over-wintering all kinds of non-hardy plants.



A Handy Guide to Growing Potatoes in Your Home...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Growing potatoes can be easy if you learn to avoid the pest and disease problems. They can even be grown in containers. Here are the basics on how to grow potatoes.



Cutting Back Ornamental Grasses: Try This Easy,...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Whether you cut your ornamental grasses in spring or fall, it can be messy. This technique is an easy way to cut them back, without leaves falling everywhere.



Seed Potatoes - What are They and How Do You...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

What are Seed Potatoes The term "seed potato" can be a little misleading. Although potatoes do set seed,



Houseplants Need Special Care in Winter

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Growing plants indoors presents challenges, like low humidity, temperature fluctuations and limited sunlight. Try these tips to care for your houseplants in winter.



Outdoor Garden Plants That Make Great Houseplants

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

With the right care, you can grow your favorite garden plants indoors. Here's a list of potential houseplants that may be growing in your garden.



Soilless Potting Mix: What Is It and Why Is It...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Starting seeds with a sterile potting mix is a wise idea. Here’s a rundown on what's in a soilless potting mix and why it's the best option, when seed starting indoors.



How to Grow Charming Cool Season Violas

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Violas and pansies are cheerful, hardy, cool season flowers, great for bridging the seasons. Here's how to grow the best violas for your garden.



Garlic Scapes: Delicious Vegetables You're Not...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Garlic scapes are the curling tops of garlic plants, which are as edible and delicious as the garlic bulbs. Here are tips for growing and using them.



What's the Deal with Ornamental Cabbage and...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Ornamental cabbage and kale are close relatives of edible cabbages and kale, they've just been bred for looks, not flavor. Still just as easy to grow.



10 Root Vegetables You can Successfully Grow

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Growing root vegetables like carrots, radishes and onions, takes a bit of patience and faith. It also helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve, so here are some tips for successfully growing root crops.



When to Prune Your Clematis Plants

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Clematis vines need to be pruned to encourage new growth and more flowers. When to prune your clematis depends on when it blooms. Here are some tips.



Tips for Growing Kale

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Growing kale is easy and very rewarding for the home gardener. Just give it plenty of water and keep it cool. Here's how to have your best crop ever.



How to Protect Your Potted Plants in Winter

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

If you must leave plants in containers during freezing winters, they'll need protection. Here's how to keep potted plants alive through the winter.



How to Grow New Plants from Stem Cuttings

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Increase the plants in your home and garden by taking cuttings from existing plants and rooting them to make more plants. Here's how, step-by-step.



How to Grow Sunny Coreopsis Plants

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Coreopsis flowers repeat bloom throughout most of the summer. Here are some tips for choosing and growing some of the dozens of varieties available.



Before You Buy or Build a Greenhouse

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

The idea of building a greenhouse means gardening year round is tempting. Greenhouses are a big responsibility.



What does Direct Sowing Mean?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Direct seeding or direct sowing seeds is one of the easiest ways to start plants. Here are some tips for successfully starting seeds in your garden.



7 Herbs that Taste Good When Dried

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Not all herbs retain their flavor when dried, but these 7 are almost as good as the real thing. Tips for the bet herbs to dry and how to use them.



Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Fall blooming flowers in rich jewel tones make autumn one of our most colorful seasons. Here are some top choice flowers to grow in your fall garden.



How to Grow Tropical Cannas Anywhere

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Cannas are dramatic, tropical flowering plants with large, banana like leaves that can be grown as annuals anywhere. Here's how to care from them.



What Exactly Is Horticultural Oil?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Horticultural oil is an ecologically friendly way to handle many garden problems. Here's the difference between dormant, summer, and all-season oil.



The Best Time to Plant Your Spring Blooming Bulbs

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

The perfect time to plant spring bulbs depends on the weather. But even if you don't get your bulbs in on time, there are a few things you can do.



The Right Way to Freeze Fresh Herbs

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Drying isn't always the best way to preserve herbs. Freezing herbs will preserve their fresh flavor for months. Here are two simple ways to do it.



How to Control Blossom Drop in Tomato Plants

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Blossom drop is a common and frustrating tomato growing problem that can be attributed to several causes. Here's how to prevent it happening to you.



How to Put Your Garden to Bed and Prepare for...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Gardening doesn't come to a sudden halt in the fall. Putting your garden to bed means cleaning up and protecting your plants until spring. Here's a checklist of what to do to put your garden to bed.



Do You Need to Divide Your Bulbs?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Spring flowering bulbs need to be divided and replanted every 3 to 5 years. A sure sign that flowering bulbs need to be divided is when they start to produce less flowers. Here's how to divide, re-plant or store your spring bulbs.



Growing and Caring for Sunny, Long Lived...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Daffodils may be the most popular spring flowering bulb. They are easy to grow and live for years. Here's how to plant and care for daffodil flowers.



Growing and Caring for Geranium Plants

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

We know them as geraniums and they're everywhere in summer. They're not actually geraniums at all, but they are easy care, cheerful flowers. Here how.



Great Companion Plants for Roses

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Rose companions should look good with roses and have similar growing conditions. Here are more tips from the NY Botanical Garden.



Foolproof Indoor Seed Starting

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Starting plants from seed isn't rocket science, but there are several tips that will help your success rate with seed germination and give your seedlings a healthy start. Here's how to start seeds indoors.



Time to Plant Your Bulbs!

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

What's happening with those bulbs underground? Do they need food, dividing, protection? Did you plant them right? Here's everything you need to know.



Growing Aeonium Plants

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Aeoniums are intriguing succulents. They grow in rosettes of various colors, with leaves so waxy they look almost artificial. More on Aeoniums.



What is Perennial Plant?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Perennials are plants that live for more than 2 years. Most are low maintenance, but they still need some care. Here's what to expect from perennial plants.



The Best Ways to Dry Hydrangea Flowers

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Hydrangeas will dry on their own, but this water method helps hydrangeas retain their color. Once dry, they can last and look beautiful for years.



How Much to Plant Per Person in the Vegetable...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

It's time to plan the vegetable garden, but how much should you plant per person? How much to plant depends on a number of factors. Here are some guidelines.



To Prune or Not to Prune: How to Handle Tomato...

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Tomato suckers, or side shoots, can become another main stem with branches, flowers, fruit and more suckers of their own. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes not so good. Here are some guidelines for when to prune your tomatoes and how much.



10 Things to Consider When Starting a New Garden

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

When starting a first garden - Start Small. Here's a bottom line Step-by-Step primer to get you growing and tips to pass along to gardening friends who need some help getting started.



Which Petunia is Right for You?

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

With all the new petunias available to grow in your garden, it's hard to pick just one. Here's a look at what each type of petunia has to offer.



When to Start Perennial Flowers from Seed

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Tips for growing perennial flowers from seed,an easy, inexpensive way to grow more perennials.



10 No-Fuss Perennials for the Lazy Gardener

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

The trick to a lower maintenance garden is choosing plants suited to your growing conditions. Here are 10 good perennial flower candidates.



Top Plant Choices to Include in Your First Garden

2016-12-07T11:18:20Z

Great plant suggestions for new gardeners.