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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:27:00 +0000

 



10 of the Best Fall Perennial Flowers

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



How and When to Prune Your Roses

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Perennial Plants to Cut Back in the Fall

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Preserving Fall Leaves

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



7 Things to Do with Fall Leaves

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Fall leaves are free fertilizer for your garden and so much more. Gather them up and mulch, mold, insulate, and even decorate with your leaves.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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Rose Hips - Edible Treats After the Rose Fades

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Growing Hardy Mums for a Fall Show

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Your Best Bets for Drying and Storing Fresh Herbs

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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 for doing it.



Keeping Raspberries Under Control

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Brambles, like raspberries and blackberries, need regular pruning to keep bearing large, healthy crops and to prevent them from taking over your garden. Don't let this scare you. Pruning brambles is actually a simple procedure, if you follow these steps.



Growing and Caring for Dazzling Snapdragons

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



How to Dry Your Gourds

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How and When to Prune Your Plants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in know when to prune what. It’s confusing, but rarely fatal. Pruning at the wrong time of year may result in less flowers and fruits, but it usually won’t harm the plant in the long run To help you take the guess work out of pruning, here is a series of articles to help you learn when to prune the plants in your garden.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How and When to Prune Lilacs

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Prune a Hybrid Tea Rose

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



The Best Ways to Dry Hydrangea Flowers

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



What Is Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



Powdery Mildew Taking Over Your Plants? Defeat...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Although powdery mildew is unattractive, it is rarely fatal. However severe or repetitive infections will weaken the plant. Here's how to prevent it.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Coneflowers are Garden Favorites for a Reason

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



How to Grow Pansies - Cool Weather Favorites

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Grow Rugosa Roses - Rugged and Beautiful

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



A Leaf Mold that is Good for Your Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Leaf mold may not sound like something you’d want in your garden, but leaf mold compost is free, easy to make, and does wonders for soil. Here’s how.



The Air-Purifying Houseplant Anyone Can Grow

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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 Fragrant Lavender

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



How to Grow Sunny Coreopsis Plants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



9 Types of Mulch and Why You Should Use Them

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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 Make Your Poinsettia Bloom Again Next Year

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



How to Grow Rosemary - Indoors and Out

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



Gourds - Growing a Variety of Ornamental Gourds

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Growing gourds is easy and extremely rewarding. By drying ornamental gourds, you can keep them intact indefinitely and use them to make bird houses, containers, pots and silly, whimsical decorations. However gourds will require a good amount of space to run and they will probably take the entire growing season to mature. But growing gourds is something that the entire family can take part in and enjoy. Here’s how easy it is.



Tricks to Get Green Tomatoes to Ripen

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Tips for getting green tomatoes to ripen on the vine and how to salvage the obstinate tomatoes you actually have to pick before they fully ripen.



How to Protect Your Roses from Harsh Winter...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

All rose plants need some attention going into winter. Winter weather can really challenge rose bushes, particularly the hybrid teas. You will need to discourage new growth and make sure the rose plants in your garden are well water and well mulched. Look out for overwintering garden pests and diseases too.



7 Herbs that Taste Good When Dried

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



4 Pruning Practices You Can Ignore

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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Vegetables for a Fall Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Considering a fall vegetable garden? Many vegetables prefer growing in cool temperatures. The vegetables listed here will grow well in the fall, because the temperatures are not slowly warming.



Time to Plant Your Bulbs!

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Insects and Diseases of Plants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Diseases and insect pests of garden plants. Photos of insects, insect damage and diseases, with brief description of the pest and the damage it can do to plants in the garden.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Seed Saving: Tips for Storing Your Garden...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

The best reason for saving seeds is because there is a plant you love and want to grow again. It's also a lot of fun and very easy to do. Here's how.



When to Prune Your Clematis Plants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Find Out the Best Time to Plant Your Spring...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

The perfect time to plant spring blooming bulbs depends on where you live and what the weather is like that season. Spring blooming bulbs need several weeks in the ground to get their root systems growing before the ground freezes. But even if you don’t get your spring blooming bulbs in on time, there are a few thing you can do.



Grow the Iridescent Leaves of Persian Shield

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Persian Shield has luminous purple leaves washed with silver. You can grow Persian Shield as a houseplant or use it in borders and containers. Tips for growing Persian Shield.



How to Plant Roses and Get Them Started Right

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Squelching Powdery Mildew with Milk

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Add plain old milk to the list of homemade remedies for powdery mildew. The research is ongoing, but it looks like a solution of milk and water makes an effective powdery mildew treatment.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Fight Powdery Plant Mildew with Baking...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Top Plant Choices to Include in Your First Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Great plant suggestions for new gardeners.



Get Your Garden Ready for Fall Vegetable...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

With a little prep, you can keep your vegetable garden going right through the fall. Here's how to get your garden ready for a second season.



The Right Way to Freeze Fresh Herbs

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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 Grow Charming Cool Season Violas

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Caring for Your Cyclamen Plant

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



How to Grow Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



Rudbeckia - Choosing and Growing Black-Eyed...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

For a dependable, long season bloomer, you can't go wrong with Rudbeckia. Here are some tips for choosing, growing and caring for Black-eyed Susans.



Tips for Growing Kale

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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 Grow Tropical Cannas Anywhere

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



The Best Soil for Roses

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Shut Down Your Garden and Prepare for...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



10 No-Fuss Perennials for the Lazy Gardener

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



What is Perennial Plant?

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Grow and Care for Lilacs

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Tips on growing, caring for and pruning lilacs.



Gourd Bird Houses

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

They don't call them birdhouse gourds for nothing. With little effort, turn your birdhouse gourd into an actual gourd bird house. These step-by-step instructions will walk you through how to make a gourd bird house of your own.



Outdoor Garden Plants That Make Great Houseplants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



What Does Loam Mean to a Gardener?

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Which Hostas Can Grow in the Sun?

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Hostas are called 'shade-tolerant' plants, meaning they will grow in shade or partial shade. But some hostas need a period of full sun to look and perform their best. Although it is not recommended that any hosta be in full sun all the time, many Hostas are more vigorous and display their most vibrant colors if given at least some sun exposure. Here are some tips to help you pick the right hosta for your site.



6 Houseplants Anyone Can Grow

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Grow and Care for Astilbe Plants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

If you're looking for a low-maintenance perennial flower with a long season of interest, consider Astilbe. Here's how easy they are to grow...



Roses: Boost Their Growth with Springtime Care

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Taking Care of Your Perennial Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Deadheading fading flowers is an easy way to keep your garden blooming and looking fresh. The examples shown here are flowers that benefit from regular deadheading.



How to Grow a Windowsill Herb Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Rabbit Proof Plants?

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Rabbits can do a lot of damage to gardens. Like most animals, they have their favorite plants and those they tend to avoid. Here are lists of both, but be forewarned, rabbits' tastes can change.



The Blue Mist Shrub Brings Late Summer Color

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

'Blue Mist Shrub' , or Caryopteris, is a late flowering, blue shrub that attracts butterflies and bumblebees by the dozens. Here's how to grow yours.



Do You Know Which Perennials to Prune in the...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Some perennials need the winter protection their fallen foliage provides and survive best if left standing through fall and winter. The following plants should be pruned in the spring.



How to Get Your Water Lilies through Winter Alive

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



Your Guide to Harvesting and Storing Garlic

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Grow New Plants from Stem Cuttings

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Seasonal Color for Fall Containers

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Many fall blooming garden plants, with unusual foliage and flowers in the shades of autumn, make wonderful container plants. Here are some favorites.



Growing Perennial Flowers from Seed

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



Got Gaillardia? - A 2015 Plant of the Year

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, looks like a large, colorful daisy. Gaillardia plants are drought tolerant, tough plants that bloom non-stop in shades of gold, red and 2-tones.



10 Annual Flowers You Can Grow During Cool...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Cool weather can be hard to garden in, because you never know how long it will last. But there are many annual flowers that prefer the cool days of spring and fall.



Planning a Fall Vegetable Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Don't let your vegetable garden fade away at the end of summer. With a little planning, you can keep growing and harvesting vegetables well into the holidays. Here are tips for what to plant, when to plant and how to plant a fall vegetable garden.



Your Guide to Getting Amaryllis to Flower

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Amaryllis bulbs often appear around the winter holidays, but they are long lived plants that are easy to grow and easy to force. The large blooms get bigger every year. More...



10 Fall Garden Tasks for a Better Spring Garden

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Taking some extra time in the fall to prepare your garden for winter will make spring garden clean-up a snap. It’s not too late to pamper your garden with some easy fall garden tasks.



How to Grow African Daisies - Cool Colors for...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

African daisies are a pretty daisy-like flower with unusual colored petals and often, a blue center. Here's how to keep them blooming in your garden.



Growing and Caring for Sunny, Long Lived...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Plant Your Favorite Tomatoes Next Year with...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Saving tomato seeds requires a little more work than simply scooping them out and letting them dry. But it's not hard and it's worth it, to save your favorite varieties.



Great Companion Plants for Roses

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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



Do You Need to Divide Your Bulbs?

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



How to Grow a Carpet of Moss

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Moss gives any garden a sense of age and weight. To grow moss requires giving it the right growing conditions and patience while it gets established.



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

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Growing and Caring for Geranium Plants

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



Passion Flowers - Easy-to-Grow Exotic Flowers

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Exotic, tropical Passion Flowers can actually be grown in much milder areas. Here's how to grow and care for passion flowers in your garden.



Heirloom, GMO and Hybrid Vegetables: How Are...

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

Is there a difference and is one type of vegetable seed better for you than another. Here's a breakdown of what it means when a vegetable is defined as hybrid, open pollinated, heirloom or genetically modified (GMO).



Seed Swaps for Gardeners

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.



10 Root Vegetables You can Successfully Grow

2016-09-29T11:27:00Z

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.