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Why Is There No Fruit on My Tree?

Why Is There No Fruit on My Tree?

Are your fruit trees not setting fruit? We give you common reasons that might happen.
How to Plant a Fragrant Shade Garden

How to Plant a Fragrant Shade Garden

Imagine a cool corner of the forest, green leaves above, soft earth below, a carpet of flowers, the air heavy with floral perfume. Actually, don't imagine it--build it yourself! In this article, we'll show you how to grow a heavenly-scented shade garden.
Vegetable Garden Basics – Start a Small Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden Basics – Start a Small Vegetable Garden

Even if you've never gardened before, you can grow your own vegetables with little investment of time or money. Let us show you how to plant a 4’ x 4’ area from scratch.
Hardening Off Plants and Seedlings

Hardening Off Plants and Seedlings

Moving plants and seedlings directly outdoors in the spring can be a shock to their systems, even to the point of causing damage or death. “Hardening off” is the safe way to introduce plants to the outdoors. Follow these simple steps to introduce your plants to spring safely.
5 Tips for Fertilizing Fruit Trees

5 Tips for Fertilizing Fruit Trees

Learn how to fertilize your home orchard and maximize your summer and fall harvest. Whether you’re growing apple, peach, apricot, cherry or another type of fruit tree, these five most important rules of thumb will hold in almost all cases.
Forcing Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors

Forcing Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors

Why wait for April showers to bring spring flowers when you can force the budded branches from many trees and shrubs into bloom early. Here’s our list of some of the easiest to force so that you can chase those winter blues away early this year.
Ten Presidents and their Trees

Ten Presidents and their Trees

Ever since Thomas Jefferson occupied the White House, presidents have planted trees to honor events big and small or simply to add to the storied gardens at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We'll introduce you to ten of these commemorative trees and the presidents who planted them.
How to Repel Mice with Natural Herb Sachets

How to Repel Mice with Natural Herb Sachets

Winter is the peak time for mice infestations, as the creatures try to find warm spots to shelter and nest. You can stop the problem before it starts by making your own natural mouse-repelling sachets to place in your cupboards, in your vehicles, garage, or any other place you'd rather not find these pesky rodents.
How to Repot a Cactus

How to Repot a Cactus

Repotting a cactus can seem like a daunting task. But with a few precautions to protect you, and your cactus, it’s just as easy as repotting any other container plant.
Prevent Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Prevent Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Winter's ice, snow, low temperatures and frozen ground can do damage to even your hardiest plants. Arm yourself with information on how to protect your plants through winter’s worst weather.
Landscape Trends for 2020

Landscape Trends for 2020

This year’s best trends in plants, color schemes and landscape décor that you’ll want to try!
Make Your Own Decorative Garlands to Feed Winter Birds

Make Your Own Decorative Garlands to Feed Winter Birds

By midwinter, cold and snow cover will make it difficult for your backyard birds to find the nutrition they need. With these easy bird feeder garlands you can supplement the birds' winter diet as well as brighten your winter views!
Easy to Make Lavender Sugar Scrub

Easy to Make Lavender Sugar Scrub

The long winter and the excesses of the holidays can leave your skin dry and in need of rejuvenation. This easy-to-make lavender sugar scrub can be made in ten minutes with inexpensive ingredients from your pantry, but don't be fooled. It will leave you as refreshed and glowing as the most exclusive spa skin care products.
Keep Your European Tree® Looking Good

Keep Your European Tree® Looking Good

European trees have become a charming holiday tradition, especially for small spaces such as apartments and offices. They bring long-lasting beauty as an indoor plant and can be placed outdoors in the spring. We’ve got a quick list of hints and essential care tips to keep your miniature holiday tree healthy and beautiful through Christmas and beyond.
Do You Know Mistletoe?

Do You Know Mistletoe?

A plant parasite, a source of ancient myths and legends, or a magical charm…the history of mistletoe is a fascinating tale that spans the centuries.
Secrets to Growing Citrus in Pots

Secrets to Growing Citrus in Pots

Follow this beginner’s guide to grow and harvest your own lemons, limes or mandarins.
Keep a Poinsettia Looking Good Longer

Keep a Poinsettia Looking Good Longer

Keep your poinsettia looking beautiful for as long as possible with these tips.
Grow an Avocado Plant from a Pit

Grow an Avocado Plant from a Pit

Stop throwing out those avocado pits! With nothing more than water, sunlight, and patience, you can turn the seeds into lush houseplants with this crazy-easy DIY project.
7 Houseplants That Look Great on a Shelf

7 Houseplants That Look Great on a Shelf

While all houseplants bring the relaxed feeling of the outdoors, indoors, some are particularly well-suited for displaying on a shelf, where their naturally trailing foliage can grow free. Here are seven of our favorites.
How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

You’ll warm up quickly to these easy-to-make fire starters. They’re the perfect way to jump-start a cozy hearth or camp fire.
All About Growing Perennial Plants

All About Growing Perennial Plants

The information you need to know to grow perennial garden plants. We’ve collected some of our best tips for growing perennials in pots and in your garden, including a list of popular plants and how to care for them.
Beyond Conifers: 10 Evergreens You Should Try

Beyond Conifers: 10 Evergreens You Should Try

Evergreen trees aren't your only option if you want some outside color in your garden or landscape during the cold months. Here are ten evergreen plants that can also provide a splash of green onto the bare whites of winter.
7 Houseplants for Hanging Planters

7 Houseplants for Hanging Planters

Displaying houseplants in hanging planters allows you to add greenery to higher spaces and drama to your indoor garden displays. This article discusses seven houseplants especially suited to hanging.
How to Force Paperwhites for Winter Blooms

How to Force Paperwhites for Winter Blooms

Paperwhites are easy to force into bloom, allowing you to have fresh flowers inside when the ground is frozen and barren outside. This article takes you step-by-step through the process of growing paperwhites in the winter months.
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Frost Map with Dates

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