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Spring and Summer Bonsai Tree Care

Spring and Summer Bonsai Tree Care

Learn how to nurture your bonsai tree through the growing season with these great tips on feeding, weeding, pruning and more!
All About Light and Water for Houseplants

All About Light and Water for Houseplants

Proper light and water are essential for successfully growing plants indoors. Learn how to identify the best locations for your houseplants, how to choose the plants suited to your light levels, and tips for giving your plants the right amount of water.
All About Mint

All About Mint

Take a minute and “refresh” yourself on one of the easiest-to-grow herbs – the mint plant! We cover all the basics of growing and harvesting mint and we’ll introduce you to 28 different varieties of mint. You’ll want to try them all!
How to Divide Bearded Iris

How to Divide Bearded Iris

Step by step instructions on how to dig and divide your bearded iris plants.
Annual Flowers by Color

Annual Flowers by Color

Do you have a specific color scheme in mind for your landscape or want to color-coordinate flowers for a special event? We’ve created a list with pictures of some of our favorite annuals, sorted by color to make it easy for you to find your favorites.
Get to Know Leafy Salad Greens

Get to Know Leafy Salad Greens

The days when iceberg lettuce set the standard for a leaf salad are long gone. Get in on the latest salad trends with these 16 leafy options that will bring fresh color, flavor, textures, and added nutrients to your next salad.
Pairing Garden Plants with Butterflies

Pairing Garden Plants with Butterflies

Before butterflies are winging their way from flower to flower sipping nectar, they are munching through life as caterpillars on their favorite plants. Find out the plant preferences for five common butterflies, then add them to your garden to see the full life cycle of the butterflies.
8 Sweet-Smelling Vines to Grow this Year

8 Sweet-Smelling Vines to Grow this Year

You don’t have to live in the tropics to have a garden graced with beautiful blooming vines that fill the air with sweet perfume. Check out our list of eight fragrant vines—you’re sure to find one that will work in your landscape and garden.
No-Brainer Container Combinations for Annual Plants

No-Brainer Container Combinations for Annual Plants

Eight easy-care plant combinations selected by a team of experts for their beauty, plant compatibility and outstanding performance all season long. Includes a printable PDF with step-by-step directions and a supply list that you can take along for shopping.
Build a House for Native Bees

Build a House for Native Bees

Celebrate mason and leafcutter bees with your family by providing bee houses and harvesting their cocoons to keep them safe. We have three styles of bee houses you can make with just a few simple tools and supplies.
Get to Know Native Bees of North America

Get to Know Native Bees of North America

Native bees don’t produce honey, but they are some of the best pollinators in the entire insect world. Learn more about two of the most common bee species native to North America, the mason and leafcutter bees, and how to set up your own bee house.
10 Common Weeds

10 Common Weeds

The truth is, a weed is just an ordinary plant growing in place that you don’t want it. That said, there are some plants that always seems to sprout where they aren’t welcome…year after year. You recognize them when you see them, but do you know what they are? Let us help put a name to some of the common weeds growing in your yard and offer a few tips for keeping them under control.
Plant a Stir-fry Garden – Diagram and Veggie Selections

Plant a Stir-fry Garden – Diagram and Veggie Selections

Square foot gardening is a great method for planning a stir-fry garden. You’ll always have fresh ingredients on hand for delicious homemade stir-fries!
How to Care for a New Bonsai Tree

How to Care for a New Bonsai Tree

Growing bonsai trees is more than an ancient art form, it’s a satisfying hobby and a way to connect with nature in a close and unique way. Getting started with bonsai is easy with these great tips on how to grow and care for your new bonsai tree.
How to Divide Hostas

How to Divide Hostas

Step-by-step instructions on how to dig and divide your hosta plants.
Succession Planting for Vegetables

Succession Planting for Vegetables

Is it possible to get lettuce and other vegetables all through summer? Yes, if you follow these steps for succession planting. See which vegetables can be used for succession planting to give you fresh vegetables for your summer recipes.
5 Ways to Stop Weeds Before They Start

5 Ways to Stop Weeds Before They Start

Early spring—that wonderful time you start to imagine your summer garden full of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and…weeds. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little preparation now, you can put a stop to the weeds before they get a chance to take root, without having to rely on chemical herbicides.
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.
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Frost Map with Dates

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USDA Zone Finder

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