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There are many types of gardens, vast numbers of plants, and an unrelenting list of gardening terms that may be unfamiliar to the average person. With so much garden design info out there, how on earth does one begin to weed it all out? Well, for starters you can begin your search here. We provide gardening tips and information that is easy to understand. From various types of gardens to explanations about gardening terms and how tos, you are certain to find what you’re looking for. If not, let us know and we’ll be happy to add it.
After hours of eye strain, you finally order a bunch of plants for your garden. For weeks, you wait in excited anticipation, but when your plants finally arrive, they are much less than you expected. Click this article to learn more.
Picking a plant nursery that is reputable and has healthy zone appropriate plants can be the key to a successful gardening project. Online plant nurseries can be part of the process. This article provides tips for choosing a reputable nursery.
One of the best ways to save water is by creating a swale. What is a swale? These are manmade structures used by road management officials to divert water, but the practice is also useful in the home landscape. This article provides more information.
If you have ever perused a pesticide label, you might be familiar with the term ‘adjuvant.’ What are herbicide adjuvants? It can be confusing to unravel herbicide spray adjuvants and their properties, but we'll do it together and make some sense of them in this article.
Little black tufts of landscape fabric stick out of the ground everywhere. The score is: weeds 10 pts, weed block fabric 0. Now you’re faced with the question, “Should I remove landscape fabric?” This article has tips on removing old landscape fabric.
While we are all conscious of the safe quality of our drinking water, we may not be so aware of the quality of the water we are giving to our plants. Learn about water quality in gardens and testing water for plants in this article.
Gardeners and landscapers often refer to the root zone of plants. So what is a root zone, exactly? Learn what the root zone of plants is, and the importance of watering the root zone using the information found in this article.
Not everyone has the means to live a healthy lifestyle. What is a food desert in America? What are some of the causes of food deserts? The following article contains information on food deserts, their causes and food desert solutions.
“Be sure to water it well when planting it.” I say this phrase several times a day to my garden center customers. But what does it mean to water well when planting? Click this article to learn how to water new garden plants.
Climate, weather and temperature triggers interact with the environment impacting the plant, animal and insect worlds – phenology. What is phenology and how can practicing phenology in gardens help us to correctly time planting? Find out here.
Most people drink Coke as a tasty beverage, but it has a myriad of other uses. Coke can be used on darn near everything. How about some uses for Coke in gardens? Click this article to find out more about using Coke in the garden.
After a long season of garden projects and chores, sometimes we forget to give our tools a good cleaning and proper storage. When we return to our garden sheds in spring, we find some of our favorite garden tools are rusted. Learn how to clean rusty garden tools here.
If you’d love to have a garden, but you think you have no time for gardening because of your hectic work schedule, the answer may lie in designing a low-maintenance garden. Learn how to balance work and a garden in this article.
What is commercial landscaping? It is a multi-faceted landscaping service that includes planning, design, installation and maintenance for businesses big and small. Learn more about the profession in this article.
Choosing a landscape architect for your garden is similar to hiring any professional for home services. You need to get references, interview some candidates, determine if their vision respects your wishes and budget, and make a choice. This article will help.
Garden plants are beautiful to behold, but some of them – even very familiar, commonly grown plants – are highly toxic. Learn the basic facts on a few highly poisonous garden plants in this article so you can ensure the safety of your family and pets.
No matter how carefully you landscape your garden, there are some things you just can’t get away from. Utility boxes for things like electricity, cable, and phone lines are the perfect example of this. Learn more about camouflaging utility boxes here.
It’s important to know about keeping safe in the garden during a lightning storm; dangerous weather can pop up with very little warning, and gardens and lightning can be a very bad combination. Click here to learn more about lightning safety out in gardens.
The history of garden gnomes is long and storied, rooted in folklore and superstition. Their rise in modern popularity can be explained by taking a look at traditional garden gnome information and their historical use and genesis. Learn more here.
If you’ve ever inspected your garden after the kids play there, you may find your favorite plants have been trampled or damaged. Don’t despair. It is possible to repair bent flower stems on plants with a few simple tools. Learn how here.
Painting garden structures a delightful way to introduce color all year around. Whatever reason you may have, this fun outdoor trend can really add pop to the garden and is an easy way to transform old structures. Learn more in this article.
What do landscapers mean when they say hardscape or softscape? There are different types of garden designers too – landscape architect, landscape contractor, landscape designer, landscaper. What is the difference? Learn more in this article.
Choosing a landscape designer can seem daunting. As with hiring any professional, you want to be careful to choose the person that is best for you. This article provides information on things you need to know to make finding a landscape designer an easier process.
QWEL is the acronym for Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. Creating a water saving landscape can be a tricky thing – especially if the homeowner has a large lawn. This article provides more information on QWEL certification.
Using technology in landscape architecture has become easier than ever. There are loads of web-based programs and mobile apps that handle practically all phases of landscape design, installation and maintenance. Click here to learn more.
Railroad ties are common in older landscapes, but are old railroad ties safe for gardening? Railroad ties are treated wood, steeped in a toxic stew of chemicals, chief of which is creosote. Explore why and what alternatives are safer in this article.
One of the most important parts of a plant is the part you can’t see. Roots are absolutely vital to a plant’s health, and if the roots are sick, the plant is sick. But how can you tell if roots are healthy? This article will help with identifying healthy roots.
Plants are simple, right? If it’s green it’s a leaf, and if it’s not green it’s a flower… right? Not really. There’s another part of the plant, somewhere between a leaf and a flower, which you don’t hear too much about. It’s called a bract. Learn more here.
If you’ve never gardened before, you might feel both excited and overwhelmed. Where do you begin? You know it can be a lot of work and you wonder how to make gardening easier. What are the best time saving tips for gardeners? Find out here.
Although opinions are mixed and there is no scientific evidence, some gardeners believe that using oatmeal in the garden provides a number of benefits. Want to try using oatmeal in the garden? Click this article to get more tips and information.
Does weather affect plant growth? It sure does! It’s easy to tell when a plant has been nipped by frost, but high temperatures can be just as harmful. There is a considerable disparity when it comes to temperature stress in plants. Learn more here.
Most serious gardeners know what copper compounds can do for plants as a fungicide and bactericide but how about using copper for slug control? Using copper based pesticides provides a safe, non-toxic way to control soft-bodied, slimy pests. Click here for more info.
Nursery and seed catalogs are full of plant abbreviations and acronyms and a lot are specific to each company. There are some, however, that are pretty consistent across the board. This article will help with understanding the plant acronyms in gardening.
Occasionally, due to references in articles, we hear the question, “what is cheesecloth?” While many of us already know the answer to this, some people don’t. So what is it anyway and what does it have to do with gardening? Read on to learn more.
Air pruning roots is an effective way to promote root health in potted plants. Air pruning containers create a healthy and hands-free environment for roots that makes for a stronger plant and easier transplanting. Learn more in this article.
All living things need some sort of protection to keep them comfortable during the winter months and plants are no exception. In addition to mulch, or even snow, many plants depend on a little extra protection to survive. Learn more here.
Magnetic fields, such as that generated by our planet, are thought to enhance plant growth. Do magnets help plants grow? There are actually several ways exposure to magnets may direct plant growth. Learn more in this article.
When cold weather is coming and your garden is winding down, a good question arises: What will become of all your garden tools? Learn about winter garden tool maintenance and how to clean garden tools for winter in this article.
Botanical gardens are one of our most important resources for knowledge and collection of flora around the globe. What botanical gardens do for the health of the planet and as a conservation tool is extremely important. Learn more here.
Gardening with wooden pallets has moved from a creative idea to a garden trend. Gardeners are using pallets for planting everything from herbs to succulents. Click on this article to learn how to grow a pallet garden.
If you have a wall you do not love, remember that you can use trailing plants to cover it. Not all wall covering plants are the same, however, so do your homework on what and how to plant. Click here for more information.
Buying flower bulbs online offers large selection and easy acquisition but not always the best quality. Here we have assembled a list of some the most trustworthy bulb suppliers and information to help ensure you get good deals and great bulbs.
Rooting is a good way to propagate plants. Their success can be greatly increased by the aid of a rooting hormone. There are plenty of organic ways of making your own rooting hormone and this article will help.
There are many surprising ways to use apple cider vinegar in gardens, and rooting plants with vinegar is one of the most popular. This article has more information about making rooting hormone with apple cider vinegar for cuttings.
Phototoxicity is anything chemical which causes an adverse reaction. The plant’s response varies from discolored leaves to death. The sensitivity can go both ways, however, since some plants are phototoxic to humans too. Click here to learn more.
There isn’t really an answer to which light color is better for plant growth, since both red light and blue light are necessary to the health of your indoor plants. That being said, you can find more info on red light vs. blue light in this article.
Intrigued by plant shadows as they undulate on the facade of subtlety lit backdrop? Want to create the same effect at your home? Read on to learn more about silhouette lighting in gardens and how to recreate it in your own landscape.
People highlight just about everything – paths, trees, buildings, sculptures, patios and driveways. There are so many options. Where does one begin? This garden lighting how to guide will help sort it all out. Click here for more info.
For many of us life is just too busy. It is a challenge to keep up with everything. On a given crazy-busy day, we don’t even remember the garden exists. What all of us busy people need are plant and forget gardens. Learn more here.
The Solanum family of plants is a large genus including up to 2,000 species and ranging from food crops to ornamentals and medicinal species. The following article entails interesting information about the Solanum genus and its members.
Garden lore is full of interesting methods of treating and preventing diseases. Even though treating plants with hot water sounds like it should be one of those crazy home remedies, it can actually be very effective when applied properly. Learn more here.
There are a number of options for outdoor lighting. One such option is down lighting, a quick, relatively inexpensive way to turn a simple backyard into something magical and mysterious. Click here to learn how to use down lighting in landscapes.
DIY uplighting is a fast, relatively inexpensive way to change your backyard from run of the mill to magical. You can choose among many types of uplighting to illuminate your garden and backyard. Learn more in this article.
We all want a beautiful garden. But often the effort required in maintaining that lovely landscape is just too much. The answer to this dilemma is to install low maintenance landscaping. This article can help with ideas and plants for easy gardening.
While most people give it little thought, the bird lover in the rest of us know that part of attracting birds to our gardens means providing them a suitable home in addition to feeding them. So what types of birdhouses are available? Find out here.
Using caution when purchasing wild bird seed will help avoid excess waste, allelopathic effects and unwanted pests. Read this article to prevent problems with bird seeds and ensure a trouble free ornithologist experience. Click here for more info.
Ever felt the desire to weed your garden in the buff or daydreamed of walking naked through the flowerbed? Well, my friends, you can do just that. It’s Annual World Naked Gardening Day. Click here to learn more.
To the untrained eye, each leaf, stem and root may look similar to another plant’s parts, but the flowers are instantly distinctive. Knowing the different types of inflorescence gives gardeners a quick method for classifying flowering plants. Click here to learn more.
Propagating plants from root cuttings is unfamiliar to many gardeners, so they hesitate to try it. It isn’t hard, but there are a few things you need to know. This article explains the basics of starting plants from root cuttings.
Leaf identification is helpful in classifying the variety of plant and its family. There are different leaf types, exemplified by their form and shape as well as other characteristics. You can learn more about these in this article.
If you’re curious about soaker hoses stocked alongside regular hoses in the garden store, take a few minutes to investigate their many benefits. That funny-looking hose is one of the best gardening investments you can make. Learn more here.
Your outdoor living spaces should be as nice as the interior of your home. Exterior seating for gardens offer comfort to you and your family but also give the chance to show a little whimsy and fun. This article has tips that can help.
While New Year’s is a common time for traditions involving luck, it’s the “luck of the Irish” that I most think of when it comes to plants considered lucky. Learn more about lucky plants you can grow in this article.
So you say you want to become a master gardener? What is a master gardener and what steps must be taken to achieve that goal? The tips and information found in this article will answer these questions and help get you started. Click here for more info.
Plasticulture production is a multi-billion dollar industry, utilized worldwide with impressive increases in yield. What is plasticulture and how can you apply plasticulture methods to the home garden? Learn more in this article.
If you suddenly find yourself in the possession of a large extraneous mirror, count yourself fortunate. Mirrors in a garden are not only decorative but reflect the play of light and make small spaces seem larger. Learn more about how to use them here.
Using greenery indoors is a holiday tradition that extends back many hundreds of years. Of course, you can still use this indoor décor long after the holidays too. This article has tips that can help. Click here for more information.
Overgrown plants, multiplying perennials, encroaching weeds and blurred garden edges create chaos. Learn the steps on how to reclaim an overgrown garden and bring back your inner peace with the information found in this article.
Plants are expensive and the last thing you want is for your beautiful new plant to keel over and die shortly after you bring it home, but knowing how to tell if a plant is healthy may help. Find more information and tips in this article.
Most gardeners take advantage of organic mulch such as bark chips, leaf mulch or compost, which is more attractive, healthy for growing plants, and beneficial to the soil. But sometimes organic mulch and fungus go hand in hand. Click here to learn more.
It’s common knowledge that many plants need shade to protect them from bright sunlight. However, savvy gardeners also use shade cover for certain plants to avoid winter burn, also known as sunscald. This article will help.
Looking for ways to give your scary Halloween garden the “aura of the season” in an inviting way? Well, look no further. It’s not only easier but better for everyone when Halloween decorating in the garden is based on a theme. Learn more here.
Parthenocarpy in plants is a relatively unusual condition but it does occur in some of our most common fruit. What is parthenocarpy? Read this article to discover what causes parthenocarpy, or seedless fruit in plants.
Wrapping plants with burlap is a relatively simple way to protect the plants from winter frost, snow and ice. Burlap for plants can be as simple as an old burlap bag. Read this article to learn more about using burlap for winter plant protection in the garden.
Wildflowers are interesting plants that add color and beauty to the natural landscape, but they may have even more to offer. Many of the native plants we take for granted are edible, and some are surprisingly tasty. Click here for more info.
Bordeaux is a dormant season spray that is useful to combat fungal diseases and certain bacterial issues. You can purchase a prepared mixture or make your own Bordeaux fungicide preparation as you need it. This article will help.
Plant sharing is a big hobby. Shipping plants by mail requires careful packaging and preparation of the plant. Knowing how to ship plants and the best way to box them up will enrich both you and the receiver. This article will help.
Gardeners have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of destructive, invasive plants by planting responsibly. Find out about invasive plants and the damage they cause in this article so you can avoid these landscape horrors.
Native plants have a reputation for being the plain Janes of the plant world. That is simply not true. You can enjoy a beautiful garden while protecting the health of local ecosystems when you plant natives. Find out more about native plants in this article.
It is tempting after a lovely walk in nature to want to bring home some of its beauty. These aren’t just free plants but part of complex ecosystems and they can also pose real dangers to your landscape, other plants and animals in your care. Click here for more.
Air layering plants is a method of propagation that doesn’t require a horticultural degree or fancy rooting hormones or tools. Read here to get more information and some easy plants on which to try the process.
Native to warm climates, tender perennials add lush texture and tropical flair to the garden, but unless you live in warm climate zones, winter can spell disaster for these frost-sensitive plants. Find out more about tender perennials in this article.
There are three terms most often used to classify plants due to their life cycle and bloom time. Annual and perennial is fairly self explanatory, but what does biennial mean? This article will help with that.
Some gardeners think of volunteer plants in gardens as free bonus plants. Others consider them weeds. This article explains how to use volunteer plants to your best advantage and how to eliminate unwanted volunteers.
Common garden mistakes lead many gardeners down this path – but fear not, with careful planning, you can avoid future garden mishaps and problems. This article can help with that.
Plant propagation containers can be as simple as recycled kitchen containers or as elaborate as commercial self-watering systems. Read this article for tips on suitable propagating pots.
Everyone is familiar with propagating plants by saving seeds and rooting cuttings. A less familiar way to clone your favorite plants is propagation by layering. Learn more about this technique here.
The concept of square foot gardening is nothing new. But how many plants per square foot do you need? This article can help with that. Click here to get started with square foot gardening.
What is hybridization? Plant hybridization is a common practice for gardeners looking to create new plants. Keep reading the following article to learn more about what it is and how it works.
Late winter is the time to start looking forward to spring and all its promise. End of winter garden maintenance can help give you a jump start on the growing season. Learn more in this article.
Managing stock plants gives you a ready and healthy supply of new clones to share or just keep for yourself. Use this article to get information on stock plants for propagation.
In many places, winter watering is a good idea and a necessary chore for most gardens. Learn more about this in the following article so your plants can stay hydrated year round in the garden.
Plants in light shade are useful for dimmer areas of the home and garden. What is light shade and what plants thrive in this condition? Read this article to learn more about partial shade and plants thriving in it.
Cinnamon is a wonderful flavor addition to cookies, cakes, and any number of other foods, but to gardeners, it's so much more. Read this article to learn more about using cinnamon in gardens.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been touted as a safe, effective fungicide for the treatment of powdery mildew and other fungal diseases. Learn more about using baking soda on plants in this article.
Usually knowing how to care for holiday plants is a no brainer, but getting them to live and produce again the next season is the trick. A few tips and tricks will get you started and this article will help.
If you’ve noticed something outside the norm in your garden, it could be the result of plant sport mutations. What are these? Read this article to learn more about plant sports.
Inevitably you’ve come across nursery pot sizes as you have browsed through mail-order catalogs. You may have even wondered what it all means. Read here for information on common pot sizes.
There are few things more crushing than discovering your prize vine or tree has broken a stem or branch. Can you reattach a severed plant stem? Fixing injured plants is possible, and this article will help.
While you can create the walls of a raised bed with cinder blocks, bricks and even sandbags, one of the most popular and attractive methods is to use treated logs. Are these safe? Read here to find out.
Perhaps you have heard it said not to place harvested fruits in the fridge alongside other fruits to avoid over-ripening from ethylene gas. What is ethylene gas? Read this article to learn more.
Different plants require different degrees of light. While sun and shade are pretty straightforward, partial sun or partial shade are a little more ambiguous. This article will discuss partial sunlight.
Contrary to what many people think, there are numerous plants that thrive in full shade. But exactly what is full shade and how do you gauge full shade density? Read here to find out more.
What is guerrilla gardening? The practice is intended to make unused and neglected spaces beautiful, green and healthy. Read this article for more information on guerilla gardening practices.
Perhaps you have just found out that you need to move and you wonder if moving your plants to another home is even something that can be done. This article will help with that.
Did you know that honey may contain enzymes for promoting root growth in plants? It’s true. Many people have found success with using honey to root cuttings. Read here to learn more.
The study of sun patterns in the garden an important part of your garden planning, especially when it comes to full sun landscaping. Learn more about full sun in this article.
Planting where other plants died is possible but only if you take appropriate actions, especially when disease issues are involved – which may result in replant disease. Learn more in this article.
Because focal points in gardens draw the eye to something, it is important to decide what to use when creating focal points. The following article can help with that. Click here for information on using focal points.
Experienced and knowledgeable staff extend their resources to farmers, growers, and home gardeners by offering Cooperative Extension Services. What is an extension service and how does it help? Find out here.
Popular ways to make new plants is from root cuttings, stem cutting and leaf cuttings—oftentimes using a root hormone. So what is rooting hormone? Read here to find out this answer and more.
Tall, top-heavy plants, as well as those grown in windy locations, often need plant supports. Plant supports for gardens come in all types. This article will cover some of the more common support structures.
If you've noticed a clear, sticky substance on your plants or on the furniture underneath, you likely have a honeydew secretion. What is honeydew? Learn more in this article and find out what can be done about it.
When dealing with lawn and garden fungal diseases, homemade plant fungicides often solve these problems without damaging the environment and risking the health of you, your children and pets. Learn more here.
There are so many plant names to learn as it is, so why do we use Latin names too? And exactly what are Latin plant names anyway? Find out more in this article and learn why these names are so important.
Adventitious roots are among these various types of root forms, and may no doubt lead you to wonder, what does adventitious mean. This article will help answer that question.
What is an indicator plant? These plants are most useful as pointers to certain diseases and pest problems. Learn more about them and how they're used in this article. Click here for more information.
Weather forecasters may predict either a light frost or hard frost. So what is the difference and how are plants affected by hard frost verses light ones? Read this article to find out more.
Nothing takes the smile off of a gardener’s face quicker than an early fall or a late spring frost. Read this article to find out what is light frost and plant frost info for plants affected by light frost.
Bell jars and cloches are invaluable objects for the gardener. What are cloches and bell jars? This article will help answer that as well as how to use them in the garden. Click here for more information.
Many of us have heard about the benefits of using vinegar in gardens, mainly as an herbicide. But how effective is it and what else can it be used for? Find out more using vinegar in the garden here.
Cold frames for gardening are simple structures used for slightly different purposes but utilizing the same frame. Making a cold frame doesn’t need to be complicated, and this article can help.
For houseplant enthusiasts, using double pots for plants is an ideal solution to cover up unsightly containers without the hassle of having to repot. Learn more about cachepots in this article.
How do you collect rainwater and what are the benefits? The following article will answer these questions so you can decide if harvesting rainwater with rain barrels is right for you.
Rain gauges are a great way to save water. There are different kinds that can be used depending on your needs. Read here for additional information how a rain gauge can be used in gardens.
One of the most difficult problems that gardeners face is plant disease. In many cases there is no cure, and the only treatment is the removal of the affected plant. Learn how to dispose of plants in this article.
Plants have protective mechanisms just like animals. Skin irritant plants abound in the home landscape. Use the information in the following article to learn more and how to avoid a painful outbreak.
Official state flowers exist for each state in the union and also for some U.S. territories. To learn more about the flower for your state or how to use state flowers to color garden areas, read here.
Using graywater to irrigate lawns and gardens saves a precious natural resource with little or no effect on plants, especially during periods of drought when water use is restricted. This article explains more.
Using row covers for garden plants is a great way to protect your prized plants from damaging cold or pests. Some of the best row covers include the floating garden row covers. Learn more about them here.
When one thinks of plant propagation, he/she generally thinks of sexual reproduction through seeds or cuttings. Other plants produce bulbils, which can be used to grow plants. This article explains more.
Most planting guides recommend installing plants after all danger of frost has passed, but you can also pick frost resistant plants. Learn more about these in the following article.
Along with seeking out great gardening websites to gain experience with your gardening, seek out local societies or clubs as well. Get started learning more about gardening clubs in this article.
Nearly all plants go dormant in winter. This period of rest is crucial to their survival in order to regrow each year. Learn more about the dormancy of plants in the following article.
Fall garden cleanup can make spring gardening a treat instead of a chore. Learn more about the importance of cleaning up the garden in the following article and get a head start on next season.
When leaves drop, it can be quite disheartening, especially if you don’t know why it’s happening. While some leaf loss is normal, there may be many reasons for a plant losing leaves, and this article will help.
Many people ponder over how to water a garden. They may struggle over questions such as “how much water should I give my garden” or “how often should I water a garden.” This article will help.
Plant allelopathy is all around us; yet, many people have never even heard of this interesting phenomenon. Allelopathy can have an adverse effect in the garden, though, and this article will explain why.
Brown coconut coir is a natural fiber commonly used in a variety of products, like plant liners. There are many reasons for using coconut fiber liners. Learn what those are in this article.
As a novice to gardening, I looked to the iPad App Store for help in learning and planning what I would like to put in my yard in the future. I settled on the five gardening apps listed in this article.
Cross pollination can cause problems for gardeners who wish to save the seeds of their vegetables or flowers from year to year. Read this article to learn about controlling cross pollinating in plants.
While pots and containers look lovely all summer, there are a few steps you need to take in the fall to make sure that your containers survive the winter and are ready for planting next spring. Learn more here.
Plant propagation is an important step in producing additional plants in the garden or home. Take a look at some of the different forms of plant propagation in this article. Click here to learn more.
When using fungicides in your garden it is important to first determine if your plant actually needs a fungicide. The following article will provide information on using garden fungicides.
For gardeners, planning a vacation always adds an extra complication – how can you enjoy your time away if you’re concerned that your carefully planned and well-tended garden will be dead or dying by the time you return? This article will help.
Gardening is the most addictive hobbies in America. As a gardener myself, I know firsthand just how addictive this pastime can be. Get tips for managing your garden addiction in this article.
Did you know gardening is actually good for you? Gardening is an enjoyable pastime that is widely available to anyone interested. Learn more about maintaining a garden for health in this article.
Outdoor lighting not only highlights interesting features but provides your home and surrounding landscape with additional beauty and security. This article will help with tips on using garden lighting.
Many gardeners are also avid pet lovers. A common dilemma is keeping gardens and lawns in tip-top shape in spite of the family dog! Learn more about dog proof gardens in this article.
The first activity any serious gardener should tackle is research of one's garden zone info. The information found in this article will help you do just that. Click here to learn more about garden zones and how to find yours.