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Setting Up Artificial Lights for Indoor Plants

Setting Up Artificial Lights for Indoor Plants

As the dark days of winter descend, no one misses the sun more than your houseplants. Learn what sort of lighting your indoor plants needs to stay healthy, and how you can provide it in the most simple, cost-effective and attractive way.
Origins of Common Fruits and Vegetables

Origins of Common Fruits and Vegetables

As American as…gooseberry pie? We examine the globetrotting history of some of our favorite fruits and vegetables. They may be homegrown, but odds are, North America wasn’t their first home.
10 Houseplants to Propagate and Share

10 Houseplants to Propagate and Share

Double your fun with your houseplants by learning to propagate them from plantlets or cuttings. Increase your own collection or have houseplants to share—a unique and green DIY gift.
5 Uses for Rocks in Your Landscape

5 Uses for Rocks in Your Landscape

Rocks are useful in the landscape for design and to help plants or manage water. Here are five ways to use rocks in your garden.
Cover Crops for Home Vegetable Gardens

Cover Crops for Home Vegetable Gardens

Every winter, winds and storms batter the empty vegetables beds in the garden. Protect the soil from erosion and weeds by growing a cover crop in that space. The cover crop not only protects the soil surface but adds nutrients for next spring too!
Help with Houseplants: Printable Plant Care Wheel

Help with Houseplants: Printable Plant Care Wheel

Print out and make your own handy guide for the most common houseplants. This care wheel includes basics, such as light and water requirements. Bonus: There’s also an indicator for plants that are cat and dog safe.
How to Divide a Boston Fern

How to Divide a Boston Fern

Boston ferns are surprisingly easy to divide to produce more plants. We’ll show you step by step how to divide a Boston fern. You’ll enjoy having extra plants to share with plant-loving friends and family or maybe you’ll want to keep them for yourself, to create the relaxed atmosphere of a tropical forest throughout your home.
Fall and Winter Bonsai Tree Care

Fall and Winter Bonsai Tree Care

Bonsai trees need to experience the seasons just like their larger counterparts, but they can be a bit more vulnerable to cold damage. Learn what precautions to take to ensure your bonsai tree is ready for winter.
How to Make a Rain Garden

How to Make a Rain Garden

Rain gardens are the hot new, eco-friendly garden project that helps you control erosion and reduce pollution from storm run off with a bed of stunning plantings. We’ll get you started with our four easy steps to creating your own rain garden.
Decorating with Mums

Decorating with Mums

Chrysanthemum flowers have become as symbolic of the fall season as pumpkins and dried cornstalks. Here are some of our favorite ways to use chrysanthemums for adding great color to seasonal decorations.
10 Fun and Safe Houseplants for Kids’ Rooms

10 Fun and Safe Houseplants for Kids’ Rooms

Kids love taking care of houseplants, especially the interesting, colorful or downright weird ones. Check out our 10 favorite non-toxic and easy-care houseplants, perfect for your budding gardener’s bedroom.
Summer Squash Chips

Summer Squash Chips

Roasted squash chips are a great way to use some of your summer squash harvest. They make a great snack or serve them up with your favorite dip.
Create Nesting Areas for Backyard Birds

Create Nesting Areas for Backyard Birds

If you want your feeders and gardens filled with healthy, happy birds, you need to landscape with nesting habitat in mind. We lay out five things you can incorporate into your landscape plans to make sure your favorite backyard birds settle in for the season.
Make Natural Ink from Plants

Make Natural Ink from Plants

This is a perfect DIY project for gardeners and artists, including kids! Collect your favorite colors from your garden and backyard (or your spice cabinet and refrigerator) and get ready to make natural ink. We’ll show you how!
Ways to Water Your Garden

Ways to Water Your Garden

All garden plants, from sturdy shrubs to pretty container annuals need water, but the amount they need is different. Use one of these watering techniques, plus a little planning and a timer to ensure that your plants thrive without wasting water but still delivering the right amount to every plant. You’ll save time too!
5 Tips for Saving Water in the Garden

5 Tips for Saving Water in the Garden

Solutions to outdoor water waste, from inexpensive to a little investment.
Nesting Materials for Birds

Nesting Materials for Birds

Find out how easy it is to help your backyard birds with the task of building their nests this spring. Discover the materials they need—and don’t need—and how you can provide them from your garden, with very little effort.
8 Common Plants for Use in Natural Beauty Products

8 Common Plants for Use in Natural Beauty Products

Many of the main ingredients of the finest commercial soaps, creams, tinctures and perfumes are based on common garden plants. Explore the benefits and uses of eight of the most popular and easy-to-grow of these herbs and flowers, the natural alternative to harsh chemicals for skin and hair care.
How to Keep Lavender Alive in the Garden

How to Keep Lavender Alive in the Garden

Lavender is easy to grow, especially in drought. Learn how to start lavender plants and keep them alive for years.
5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants

5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants

Over time your soil can become depleted of certain nutrients and plants start to display signs of deficiency. Use our simple infographic to learn about five of the most common nutrient deficiencies and how to recognize them.
Biochar: A New Trend in Soil Amendment

Biochar: A New Trend in Soil Amendment

What if we told you there was a substance you could add to your garden that would improve the health of your plants, increase flower, fruit, and vegetable production, recondition barren areas, all the while helping to stop climate change by sequestering carbon and encouraging the production of alternative fuels? Interested? Then read on for nine questions, and answers, about the super soil amendment--biochar.
4 Plants for Reducing Stress and Anxiety

4 Plants for Reducing Stress and Anxiety

For centuries, people have turned to herbal remedies to soothe frayed nerves and lessen anxieties. In this article, we look at four easy-to-grow herbs known for their calming properties.
Caring for Your Cat Palm

Caring for Your Cat Palm

Cat palms are beloved by interior designers everywhere. Their graceful branches and fringed leaves add a breezy tropical air to any office or home. Check out our ten tips for keeping your cat palm thriving.
5 Common Pepper Problems and How to Fix Them

5 Common Pepper Problems and How to Fix Them

Peppers are super-easy to grow and usually have very few problems. But there are a few…Read on to discover five problems you might encounter with your pepper plants and what you can do to keep your plants healthy and productive.
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Frost Map with Dates

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