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Decorate with Creepy Plants
We’ve got 13 creepy plants that are sure to add a grim, gloomy or ghoulish touch to your landscape or home interior.
How to Root African Violets
African violets are houseplants with attractive leaves and flowers that are available in almost every color imaginable. This article provides detailed instructions for rooting a new African violet plant from a leaf in 10 simple steps.
Extend the Growing Season with a Cold Frame
Many vegetables grow better in cooler temperatures. A cold frame will extend your cool-season harvest or create a space for starting plants earlier in the spring.
How Much Light Do Indoor Plants Need?
Though most favorite houseplants are suited to grow well in an indoor environment, they all need some access to sunlight or an artificial substitute. We’ll walk you through how to tell if your plants are getting too much or too little light, and what you can do to correct that.
Vegetable Choices for Cold Frames
Cold frames are perfect for growing vegetables that thrive in cool temperatures or for starting seeds and cuttings so you can get a jump-start on spring.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Solutions to outdoor water waste, from inexpensive to a little investment.
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
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
Lavender is easy to grow, especially in drought. Learn how to start lavender plants and keep them alive for years.
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