Gardening Basics

Soil and Composting

What is Winter Mulch?

What is Winter Mulch?

Applying winter mulch is like giving plants a blanket to protect them from harsh winter conditions and damaging spring frosts. Learn more about the benefits of applying mulch before winter sets in.
How to Improve Sandy Soil to Grow Healthier Plants

How to Improve Sandy Soil to Grow Healthier Plants

Tips on how to improve sandy soil for better moisture retention and healthier plants.
Pallet Raised Garden Bed – Build it Yourself!

Pallet Raised Garden Bed – Build it Yourself!

DIY pallet raised garden beds are a simple, budget-friendly way to build your own raised garden beds for flowers and vegetables. Learn how easy they are to construct with our step-by-step directions!
Potting Soil vs Potting Mix: What’s the Difference?

Potting Soil vs Potting Mix: What’s the Difference?

Is potting soil the same as potting mix? Learn how to read soil product labels and which ingredients to look for to help your potted plants grow and thrive.
All About Garden Soil and Mulch

All About Garden Soil and Mulch

Find out what types of soil is best for growing plants and what mulch you should use. Along with tips for making healthy soil, use our soil and mulch calculators to find how much you need for pots, gardens, and raised beds.
How to Amend Clay Soil

How to Amend Clay Soil

Clay soil can be hard to work, have poor drainage and lack nutrients plants need to survive. Learn how to amend clay soil into workable, healthier soil.
Compost Tea – Step by Step

Compost Tea – Step by Step

Compost tea is an easy option for gardeners and a healthy choice for plants. Learn how to make compost tea (aerated and non-aerated), and how to use it.
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.
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 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.
Tips for Fertilizing Houseplants

Tips for Fertilizing Houseplants

Most houseplants need feeding with a fertilizer from time to time to replenish the soil’s nutrient levels and keep plants thriving. Get answers to some of the most common questions around what to feed, and when to fertilize, your houseplants.
Straightforward Tips for Soil Improvement

Straightforward Tips for Soil Improvement

Good soil is essential for healthy plants. If your yard’s soil is less than perfect, you can improve it by digging in fresh materials to make up for what it lacks. But which materials should you add? This article describes seven of the most useful natural soil improvers.
5 Ways to Use Eggshells for Plants

5 Ways to Use Eggshells for Plants

Eggshells are packed with calcium and other minerals, and this makes them too valuable for a gardener to throw into the waste disposal. When put to imaginative use, they can make a great contribution to your yard’s health and productivity.
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.
The Dirt on Garden Soils

The Dirt on Garden Soils

Digging through the many planting soils at your local garden center can be daunting. This article will help you figure out what sort of soil you need right now.
How Much Mulch Do I Need?

How Much Mulch Do I Need?

It’s important to apply enough mulch to reap the benefits. Learn how to quickly calculate the amount of mulch you need for your space.
Guide to Direct Composting

Guide to Direct Composting

Try direct composting: the no-mess, no-fuss method for making compost from your kitchen food waste.
How to Stop Soil Erosion

How to Stop Soil Erosion

Topsoil being carried away by rainfall can be a serious problem. Here are methods to control erosion, including the strongest deterrent, plants.
Compost Tips for Beginners

Compost Tips for Beginners

Start composting with these tips and basic steps!
Plant Food 101

Plant Food 101

Explanation of the most important nutrients plants require to thrive and how those nutrients influence plant growth and development.
How to Evaluate Your Soil Type

How to Evaluate Your Soil Type

Believe it or not, plants in the garden do better if the soil is healthy. Focus on a single aspect of soil health and perform this simple jar test to determine the composition of your garden soil.

Types of Plants

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 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.
All About Growing Cactus

All About Growing Cactus

We’ve gathered our most helpful care tips and inspiring project ideas for growing cactus plants, whether it’s as a potted houseplant or displayed outside. A list of eight popular cacti is also included.
All About Growing Succulents

All About Growing Succulents

We’ve gathered our most helpful care tips and inspiring project ideas for growing succulent plants, whether it’s as a potted houseplant or displayed outside. A list of 10 popular succulents is also included.
Know Your Plants – Annual vs. Perennial

Know Your Plants – Annual vs. Perennial

Learn the differences between annual vs. perennial plants and how to decide which type of plant is best for your gardening needs.

How to Plant

12 Fast-growing Trees to Quickly Update Your Landscape

12 Fast-growing Trees to Quickly Update Your Landscape

Whether you’re planting a new landscape or replacing a tree that was lost to natural causes, we’ve got tips for selecting and nurturing fast-growing trees.
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.
How to Plant a Shrub

How to Plant a Shrub

Learn how to plant a shrub with these illustrated steps.
How to Plant a Vine

How to Plant a Vine

Learn how to plant a vine with these illustrated steps.
How to Plant a Tree

How to Plant a Tree

Learn how to plant a tree with these illustrated steps.
How to Plant a Perennial

How to Plant a Perennial

Learn how to plant perennials with these illustrated steps.
How to Plant an Annual

How to Plant an Annual

Learn how to plant an annual plant with these illustrated steps.
Fall Planting of Trees and Shrubs

Fall Planting of Trees and Shrubs

Fall is the perfect time for planting trees and shrubs!

Gardening Styles

21 Fruit Flavored Herbs – Your Favorite Herbs with an Unexpected Twist!

21 Fruit Flavored Herbs – Your Favorite Herbs with an Unexpected Twist!

If “variety is the spice of life” then you’ll want to grow these fun, fruit flavored herbs to add fresh fragrances to your garden and create new flavor variations on your favorite recipes.
When to Prune Flowering Shrubs – Schedules for 16 of the Most Popular Shrubs

When to Prune Flowering Shrubs – Schedules for 16 of the Most Popular Shrubs

The ideal time to prune flowering shrubs depends on the species and flowering period. Learn the best time of year to prune 16 of the most common flowering shrubs.
Top Tips for Starting Seeds in the Ground Outdoors

Top Tips for Starting Seeds in the Ground Outdoors

Direct sowing means starting seeds in the ground, rather than in containers indoors. Learn which types of seeds can be started in the ground outdoors and explore the pros and cons of direct sowing.
8 Perfect Plants for a Shady Porch

8 Perfect Plants for a Shady Porch

If your porch is shady all day long, that doesn’t mean you can’t still grow beautiful plants. Growing plants on a shady porch is all about selecting the right plants.
9 Creative Window Box Ideas for Your Home

9 Creative Window Box Ideas for Your Home

Window boxes create the perfect transition from your garden to your house. Make the most of this “bonus” garden space with these creative window box ideas to dress up your window boxes year-round.
6 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard

6 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard

Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are symbols of summer and whimsy as they delight children and adults alike with their soft, twinkling glow. Discover six ways to attract fireflies to your yard!
16 Plants with Green Flowers for Unique Garden Designs

16 Plants with Green Flowers for Unique Garden Designs

Take a break from traditional garden themes and get creative with plants with green flowers!
Cheat Sheet for Planting Seeds

Cheat Sheet for Planting Seeds

Planting seeds and watching plants grow is fun, inexpensive, and made even easier with our simple planting tips!
Top 24 Favorite Tomato Varieties for Home Gardeners

Top 24 Favorite Tomato Varieties for Home Gardeners

Not sure what tomatoes to try this season? Home gardeners weigh in with their favorite tomato varieties for flavor and dependability.
10 Tips to Avoid Gardening Injuries

10 Tips to Avoid Gardening Injuries

Gardening injuries can result from working too long in difficult positions and performing unfamiliar movements. We’ve got tips for keeping your gardening time injury free!
60 Plants with White Flowers to Create Tranquil Garden Spaces

60 Plants with White Flowers to Create Tranquil Garden Spaces

The color white invokes a sense of coolness and calm. Make your outdoor space a source of serenity with these soothing white flowers.
Instructions for Cleaning a Birdhouse

Instructions for Cleaning a Birdhouse

Make sure your birdhouse is move-in ready! It's important to clean birdhouses annually so they'll attract new residents during the nesting season.
Fabulous Ficus

Fabulous Ficus

A rubber plant livening up a corner near the family room couch, a Ficus tree forest in the middle of a mall, or a creeping fig dangling from a home shelf…they’re all Ficus plants. Get the facts on Ficus and fit one into your life soon!
Grow Light Guidelines for Getting Seeds Started

Grow Light Guidelines for Getting Seeds Started

You don’t have to wait for the cold days of winter to pass before jumping into spring gardening. Start your seeds indoors to get a jump-start on the growing season. This article explains the pros and cons of using grow lights to start your plant seedlings. It also provides advice on the various light bulb types and proper spacing.
DIY: Ice Luminaries Are Simple to Make

DIY: Ice Luminaries Are Simple to Make

With a little imagination and a few hours of freezing temps, you can make these gorgeous luminaries from scratch, and they don't have to cost you a thing.
What is Winter Mulch?

What is Winter Mulch?

Applying winter mulch is like giving plants a blanket to protect them from harsh winter conditions and damaging spring frosts. Learn more about the benefits of applying mulch before winter sets in.
Top 10 Tomato Pests and Problems

Top 10 Tomato Pests and Problems

Here's expert advice on how to keep your tomatoes healthy and prevent the 10 most common problems with tomato plants.
54 Plants with True Blue Flowers

54 Plants with True Blue Flowers

Blue flowers are a rare addition to your garden color palette. Discover plants with blue flowers that you can use to bring the soothing qualities of blue into your landscape and containers.
The Magnificent Monstera Plant – Care Guide and Varieties

The Magnificent Monstera Plant – Care Guide and Varieties

Monstera plants are not only a striking and unique addition to your plant home, but a reminder of the adaptability and tenacity of nature! Monstera plants are easy to care for and fun to grow!
12 Evergreen Groundcovers for a Low-Maintenance Landscape

12 Evergreen Groundcovers for a Low-Maintenance Landscape

Fill your garden’s “in-between” spaces with beautiful evergreen groundcovers! Discover some of the best plants for low-maintenance, eco-friendly groundcover.
Growing Edible Fig Trees: Variety Selection and Care Tips

Growing Edible Fig Trees: Variety Selection and Care Tips

Did you know that many varieties of edible fig trees can be grown in North American gardens? Learn how to grow your own fig tree and harvest delicious fresh figs!

Gardening Tools

When to Prune Flowering Shrubs – Schedules for 16 of the Most Popular Shrubs

When to Prune Flowering Shrubs – Schedules for 16 of the Most Popular Shrubs

The ideal time to prune flowering shrubs depends on the species and flowering period. Learn the best time of year to prune 16 of the most common flowering shrubs.
10 Tips to Avoid Gardening Injuries

10 Tips to Avoid Gardening Injuries

Gardening injuries can result from working too long in difficult positions and performing unfamiliar movements. We’ve got tips for keeping your gardening time injury free!
Guide to the Safe Use of Home and Garden Chemicals

Guide to the Safe Use of Home and Garden Chemicals

Sometimes chemical solutions are necessary to control severe infestations of plant pests or diseases. Learn how to safely handle home and garden chemicals to protect yourself and the environment.
How to Trim Hedges: A Guide to Perfectly Pruned Hedges

How to Trim Hedges: A Guide to Perfectly Pruned Hedges

Learn how to trim hedges like a pro! Get tips on when to trim, what tools you need, and how to create even shapes for perfectly pruned hedges.
Gardening on a Budget: 7 Ways to Save Money

Gardening on a Budget: 7 Ways to Save Money

Gardening doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby! Save money on gardening by growing plants from seeds, making your own compost, and buying used gardening tools.
Best Gifts for Gardeners Under $10

Best Gifts for Gardeners Under $10

If you’re gift shopping for your gardener friends, you don’t have to break the bank to find them a gift that they will enjoy or find useful. We have gift ideas that will work for any gardener.
How to Sharpen Garden Tools

How to Sharpen Garden Tools

Learn how to sharpen garden tools safely and maintain them so they're ready to use when needed.
Taking Care of Garden Tools

Taking Care of Garden Tools

If you’re an active gardener then it’s likely that your garden tools show it. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to keep your garden tools in tiptop shape. By managing wear and tear, you can get years of use out of your tools.
7 Simple Lawn Mower Safety Tips

7 Simple Lawn Mower Safety Tips

Whether you find mowing the lawn a boring chore or a relaxing pastime, it’s important to do it safely. Here are seven simple, but essential, lawn mower safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
Garden Center Checklist

Garden Center Checklist

Before heading over to your neighborhood garden center, print this checklist to remember all the supplies you need in one trip.
The Basic Gardening Tools Everyone Needs

The Basic Gardening Tools Everyone Needs

A list of necessary gardening tools, no matter what your garden's size.
How-to: Pruning Landscape Trees & Shrubs

How-to: Pruning Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Regular pruning of trees and shrubs offers many benefits to help your plants grow strong and healthy. Learn more about how and when to prune trees and shrubs.

All About Seeds

Top Tips for Starting Seeds in the Ground Outdoors

Top Tips for Starting Seeds in the Ground Outdoors

Direct sowing means starting seeds in the ground, rather than in containers indoors. Learn which types of seeds can be started in the ground outdoors and explore the pros and cons of direct sowing.
Cheat Sheet for Planting Seeds

Cheat Sheet for Planting Seeds

Planting seeds and watching plants grow is fun, inexpensive, and made even easier with our simple planting tips!
Grow Light Guidelines for Getting Seeds Started

Grow Light Guidelines for Getting Seeds Started

You don’t have to wait for the cold days of winter to pass before jumping into spring gardening. Start your seeds indoors to get a jump-start on the growing season. This article explains the pros and cons of using grow lights to start your plant seedlings. It also provides advice on the various light bulb types and proper spacing.
Different Seed Types You Can Grow

Different Seed Types You Can Grow

One of the first steps for growing plants is selecting from different seed types. Learn about the different heirloom, hybrid, standard, certified organic and non-GMO seeds.
Seed Storage – How Long Do Seeds Last?

Seed Storage – How Long Do Seeds Last?

Careful seed storage is vital if you want to enjoy good germination rates. Learn how to store seed to preserve them as long as possible.
Tips for Seed Germination

Tips for Seed Germination

Seed germination is the first step toward growing a healthy plant, and here's what you need to know to encourage high germination rates from the seeds you sow.
Seed Exchanges – How to Find or Organize a Seed Swap

Seed Exchanges – How to Find or Organize a Seed Swap

Celebrate National Seed Swap Day at a seed exchange or better yet organize your own seed swap. Discover how to share seeds and dreams of spring!
Make Your Own Envelopes for Saving Seeds

Make Your Own Envelopes for Saving Seeds

Saving seeds is a great way to make sure you always have access to some of your favorite plant varieties. Keep your seed storage organized with our handy, easy to make seed envelopes.
DIY: Homemade Seed Paper

DIY: Homemade Seed Paper

Eco-friendly crafts and gifts are all the rage, and this plantable seed paper fits the bill. The DIY project uses recycled paper to create homemade paper embedded with seeds. Plant the paper in a pot or outside for an instant garden!
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.
Vegetable Garden Basics – Start Seeds or Buy Plants?

Vegetable Garden Basics – Start Seeds or Buy Plants?

Learn what you need to consider when deciding whether to plant your vegetable garden from seed or get a jump-start by purchasing plants.
When and How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

When and How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

Sunflowers are a fun garden flower and their seeds are a popular snack. Learn how and when to harvest sunflower seeds in six easy steps.
Have the Greenest Lawn on the Block

Have the Greenest Lawn on the Block

It’s easy to seed a new lawn, thicken an existing lawn, or patch bare spots if you know the right steps to follow. You'll have the greenest lawn on the block in no time!

What to Grow

5 Easy Flowers for Kids to Grow

5 Easy Flowers for Kids to Grow

Kids love any opportunity to get their hands in the dirt! Discover our top tips for gardening with little ones and 5 easy flowers for kids.
10 Plants for Wet Areas

10 Plants for Wet Areas

If areas of your landscape are on the soggy side, you’ll want to select plants that can thrive in wet soil conditions. We’ve got a list of ten water-tolerant plants that can handle your landscape’s wet spots.
What to Plant in Summer

What to Plant in Summer

What do you do when the flowers you planted in spring are fading, and your early season crops are picked through? You plant a fresh batch of heat-loving plants that will thrive through the summer into fall. Here are twelve ideas for flowers and vegetables to plant in summer.
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 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.
Turn Your Garden into a Wildlife Habitat

Turn Your Garden into a Wildlife Habitat

Just about any outdoor space can become a sustainable food source and safe living area for wildlife. With the right plants and planning, you can encourage all sorts of birds, frogs, small animals, and beneficial insects to visit your yard.
Plant a Pollinator Garden

Plant a Pollinator Garden

Bees and other pollinating insects are an important part of the ecosystem. You can plant a garden that provides a food source for pollinators and adds beauty to your yard.
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.
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.
Create a Fragrance Garden

Create a Fragrance Garden

Flowering plants are all beautiful, but some are more fragrant than others. Discover ten plants that will add exceptional fragrance to your landscape.
Finding Perfect Companion Plants

Finding Perfect Companion Plants

These tips will have you designing like a pro!

Pest and Disease Control

Guide to the Safe Use of Home and Garden Chemicals

Guide to the Safe Use of Home and Garden Chemicals

Sometimes chemical solutions are necessary to control severe infestations of plant pests or diseases. Learn how to safely handle home and garden chemicals to protect yourself and the environment.
Invasive species in the U.S. – 5 Insect Pests That Damage Trees

Invasive species in the U.S. – 5 Insect Pests That Damage Trees

There are many invasive insect species in the U.S. that damage trees. Their impacts are widespread. Let's look at five of the most destructive of these pests, the damage they do and what, if anything, we can do to stop them.
How to Get Rid of Slugs in the Garden

How to Get Rid of Slugs in the Garden

In most instances, you can get rid of slugs in the garden without the need to use toxic chemicals or baits.
9 Methods to Control Insect Pests

9 Methods to Control Insect Pests

Are bothersome bugs ruining your outdoor fun? Insects can be annoying when you are trying to enjoy time spent outside. Here are nine tips for keeping unwelcome insects away from your yard.
frost map with dates

Frost Map with Dates

USDA zone finder with zip code search and maps

USDA Zone Finder

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