Posts in «Gardening» category

You’ll find articles on the most popular gardening topics. Learn how to plant a variety of gardens & maintain them based on the different planting zones across the US.

How to Overwinter Tropical Plants

When fall temperatures dip, it’s time to bring tender tropicals indoors. Move your plants inside the house or to a sheltered area in late summer or early fall when the weather is mild, but not too cold. Why? A plant moved from chilly temperatures to a heated room may cause plant shock. Here we’ll cover how to overwinter cold-sensitive tropical plants. How should I store my tropical plants? If you’ve grown tropical plants in your […]

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The Benefits of Mulching in the Fall

The time between Indian summer and the holidays is an ideal time to mulch your garden. Mulch adds a protective layer for plants and adds beauty to your garden. Here we’ll cover fall mulching tips and the benefits of laying down mulch in autumn. Why should I mulch in autumn? Mulching in fall adds an extra layer of warmth and protection, shielding your garden and landscape plantings from cold winter temperatures. You can add mulch […]

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Fall Blooming Flowers for a Beautiful Autumn Garden

Did your flower garden fade mid-summer? Extend the flower show with blooming plants that flower in autumn. Here we’ll cover a selection of fall blooming flowers that will brighten your front porch or garden at harvest time. Who knows? You may have flowers for a holiday centerpiece! What types of colorful plants thrive in the fall? Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) This easy-care flower with soft, bright yellow petals looks lovely in an autumn garden or […]

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Late Summer 2019 Planting Tips for a Bountiful Fall Harvest

It’s midsummer and your vegetable garden is done for the season, or is it? Enjoy a second harvest by planting cool weather veggies in mid to late summer. Your growing region determines when to plant. Here’s an overview on when, how, and what to plant for a bountiful fall harvest. When is the best time to plant vegetables for a fall harvest? This will depend on your growing zone and your average first frost date. […]

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Water Plants: How to Add Flora to Your Pond

A backyard pond serves as a welcome focal point in the garden, especially when it includes colorful plants and fish. And the soothing sound of moving water is a bonus. Here we’ll cover the best water plants for ponds and how to create a relaxing, backyard oasis for your family and friends to enjoy. What plants grow in pond water? There are five categories of aquatic plants that thrive in any size pond. Choose one […]

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The Benefits of Ladybugs and How to Attract Them to Your Garden

Are aphids sucking the life from your tomato plants? Encouraging ladybugs to live in your garden or buying ladybugs to add to your veggie patch may be the answer. If you’re wondering how to attract ladybugs to your garden, read on. What are the benefits of ladybugs in the garden? Garden pests such as aphids and lacewings enjoy munching on the fruit and foliage of garden veggies, fruits, and herbs. Luckily, ladybugs love a meal […]

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Harvesting Summer Vegetables: Tips and How-tos

This year’s produce garden has been a success, and you have zucchini squash coming out of your ears! Now it’s time to enjoy the fruits (or veggies) of your labor, but how do you know when it’s harvest time? Here we’ll cover when and how to harvest your summer vegetables. When is the best time to start picking vegetables? Here are a few handy picking tips: It’s easy to think the larger a veggie grows, […]

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Common Weeds & How to Eliminate Them

Weeds are an unwelcome guest for any homeowner. And common weeds can disrupt the beauty of a well-maintained garden or lawn. And when there is one weed, new ones are sure to follow. Weeds in the yard compete for the sunlight and nutrients necessary for a healthy, green lawn. Here we’ll cover the most common weeds you may see in your garden and lawn, and offer weed removal and prevention tips. What are the most […]

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Garden Trellis Ideas, Types, and DIYs for the Home Gardener

Simply put, garden trellises serve as a support for climbing fruits, vegetables, and flowers. But trellises are more than purely functional. They also provide a decorative backdrop for outdoor greenery and when strategically placed, can provide privacy on a patio or deck. Here we’ll cover trellis ideas, plus the trellis types available for purchase at garden retailers and a few DIY options as well. Why use a trellis? A trellis keeps your plants off the […]

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Mother’s Day Gifts from the Garden: 6 Clever DIY Ideas for Containers

Thinking about a gift for Mother’s Day? All moms love handmade gifts so why not craft a DIY garden container and pop in her favorite blooming plants? See below for our curated list of clever DIY container gifts sure to delight a mother, daughter, or a special woman in your life. Build-Your-Own Wooden Wheelbarrow: This handcrafted gardening project from My Outdoor Plans is made of wood, so it’s a bit more challenging to create, but […]

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