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How to Plant Ground Cover Plants

How to Plant Ground Cover Plants

Low-maintenance ground cover plants prevent weeds and provide erosion control on slopes. Here are tips for planting garden ground cover that return year after year on hillsides, around trees and between pavers.
All About Asparagus Fern Houseplants – Types and Care

All About Asparagus Fern Houseplants – Types and Care

The common name “asparagus fern” is used for several different Asparagus species. Identify which asparagus fern you are growing and how to grow it as a potted plant indoors.
How to Care for Your Croton Plant

How to Care for Your Croton Plant

If your croton plant has gotten too large or the stems are getting leggy it may be time to give it a trim. Follow these simple croton care tips to prune, propagate and protect a croton.
Houseplant Identification

Houseplant Identification

Find out what houseplant is growing in that pot on your windowsill using these handy houseplant identification tools.
How to Grow Zucchini Plants

How to Grow Zucchini Plants

These ten tips will help you grow zucchini. The tips include how to choose a good location, how far apart to plant zucchini and how to tell if zucchini is ripe.
Flowering Shrubs for Pots

Flowering Shrubs for Pots

Flowering shrubs for pots are an ideal way to add color and fragrance to a smaller space. Here are nine varieties ideal for sun, shade, and providing perfume.
Are Sunflowers Annuals or Perennials?

Are Sunflowers Annuals or Perennials?

What is a sunflower? Can sunflowers be perennial as well as annual? Learn more about some of the many plants commonly called “sunflower”.
All About Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Berries

All About Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Berries

Growing food at home is a great way to cut your grocery budget and enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, and berries at the peak of their color, flavor, and nutrition.
All About Growing Annual Plants

All About Growing Annual Plants

The info you need to know to grow annual plants. We gathered all our tips about choosing which flowers to grow and how to take care of annuals.
All About Growing and Using Herbs

All About Growing and Using Herbs

All the info you need to choose, grow and care for herbs planted in a garden or in pots. We also have helpful ideas for harvesting, cooking and using homegrown herbs.
A Soil Calculator for Raised Beds and Containers

A Soil Calculator for Raised Beds and Containers

Before you make the trip to the garden center to buy potting or raised bed soil, you can easily determine how much you'll need using a simple soil calculator formula.
No Till Gardening

No Till Gardening

A no till gardening soil recipe includes a blend of compost, mulch and plant matter layered over cardboard or newspaper. No till gardening is a low-maintenance solution to the problem of tilling, which is not always good for the environment.
8 Perennials and Shrubs to Plant Near Black Walnut Trees

8 Perennials and Shrubs to Plant Near Black Walnut Trees

Black walnut trees produce a toxin that prevents many plants from growing in their shade. Here are eight tolerant plants that will happily grow under black walnut trees.
How to Change Your Soil pH

How to Change Your Soil pH

Soil pH is an essential factor in a plant's ability to grow. Learn what it means, why it's important, and how to change your soil pH to help plants thrive.
How to Grow Climbing Roses

How to Grow Climbing Roses

A climbing rose is an excellent way of adding height and color to a garden, and ideal for covering bare walls or fences. Here's how to grow one successfully.
How to Grow Asparagus in the Home Garden

How to Grow Asparagus in the Home Garden

Learn how to grow asparagus and enjoy this seasonal treat for years to come. Asparagus is one of a handful of perennial vegetables, making it a great garden investment.
How Tall Can Sunflowers Grow

How Tall Can Sunflowers Grow

How tall can sunflowers grow? Sunflowers grow from 3 feet up to 14 feet tall. Discover tall, medium and dwarf sunflower varieties plus ideas for using sunflowers in your garden.
Growing Thornless Blackberry Plants

Growing Thornless Blackberry Plants

Thornless blackberry plants can produce up to 20 pounds of fruit per season. Read how to grow, care for and harvest blackberries, without the prickles!
Ideas to Create a Sensory Garden

Ideas to Create a Sensory Garden

You will delight all five senses in a sensory garden. Grow plants that you will enjoy looking at, tasting and touching. Choose bushes and shrubs that smell good. Listen to wind chimes or invite birds to sing for you with a birdfeeder.
How to Test Soil pH

How to Test Soil pH

Here’s how to do a simple soil pH test from items you probably already have in your kitchen. Once you determine whether your soil is acidic or alkaline, we have recommendations for soil amendments that can bring the soil back into the neutral pH range.
Low Light Houseplants

Low Light Houseplants

10 low light houseplants with a natural ability to adapt to shady conditions. Great houseplants for low light, indirect sunlight, or artificial light.
Your Last Frost Date – What You Need to Know

Your Last Frost Date – What You Need to Know

Check the last frost date for your area, learn why it matters, and discover how you can work around it to avoid subjecting your seedlings to damaging conditions.
Herbs That Make Good Houseplants

Herbs That Make Good Houseplants

There are plenty of herbs that make good houseplants. The best herbs to grow indoors are those that have beautiful foliage with the bonus of flowers, fragrance, or culinary uses.
Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Here's what you need to know about why and how to use coffee grounds in the garden for plants.
frost map with dates

Frost Map with Dates

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