Why You Shouldn’t Make Impulse Plant Purchases
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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.
Good to know: A pollinizer is a plant that provides pollen; a pollinator is a creature that transfers pollen from one plant to another.
Those paint marks on trees are used to mark boundaries, tag for harvesting and denote ownership. Click here to learn more.
Lawn mower racing is a real thing, with proceeds going to charity. Read on to learn about why and where it started.
Raised garden beds don’t have to cost a lot, and can sometimes be built with what’s already available. Read on for more.
It’s important to know whether a wild plant is endangered before you dig it up. Learn how to find out what’s legal.
Getting stung by a bee is a constant hazard of gardening. Click here to learn what to do when a bee stings you.
What is No Mow May and does it help pollinators? Click here to learn more and see how you can join in on No Mow May.
Beatrix Potter is known for her children's books, but she was also an enthusiastic mycologist. Click to read more.
Learn about plants that are banned or in the process of being banned, and why you should avoid them.
Back pain from gardening is such a common complaint. Read these tips that can help keep gardening enjoyable.
Tetanus is a serious disease that can be contracted through garden soil. Is it possible to get tetanus gardening? Click to learn the facts.
Click here to read how lime green and chartreuse colors in the garden set off the darker colors and add sunshine.
Need to muffle noise? Consider planting noise reducing plants, shrubs and trees. Read which ones work best.
Plant spikes, especially the organic kind, can feed all kinds of plants. Read on for more info on these versatile tools.
A traditional Scottish holiday incorporates root vegetables into a feast that brightens up a cold winter's night. Click for more.
Click here to learn how to ungarden your yard and everything you should know about rewilding and why you should do it.
If you’re considering an alternative to the traditional holiday turkey this year, Here are ideas for a fresh, delicious plant-based dinner.
Many gardeners are familiar with a cold frame, but what about a hot bed? Can you use manure to heat a hot bed? Click here to learn more.
If you’ve ever wondered if it was too cold to plant vegetables or other plants, you’ve come to the right place. Click here for more.
What a great idea! Did you know you can grow vegetables and annuals right in a bag of potting soil? Click to learn more.
The word boho means different things depending upon where and how we grew up, but it has a history. Learn how to create boho style outside.
Different from cottage style, farmhouse style is more relaxed and rustic and can bring back memories of a simpler time. Cozy up your garden space with these tips.
Sustainable living and developing a permaculture environment are no longer just concepts for discussion, but are being implemented around the world. Start with considering every need in life and how it can be filled sustainably, and create a newer and more organic, sustainable lifestyle.
Anyone can practice permaculture techniques, since it is a gardening mindset that embraces sustainable living. Read on to learn its origins and concepts.
Living in a desert environment can be rich and productive if you know how to develop a permaculture system. Read on for more.
Too much plant doesn’t mean your cuttings need to go into the compost. You can create “passalong” plants or get involved in a plant swap when your divided plants need a new home.
Read these suggestions for combining a varied plethora of bright and textured foliage and flowers for a drama filled, eye-popping garden.
Plants and nature can provide inspiration and a boost in creative energy. Learn how nature increases our vitality by inspiring us to invent, produce and create.
If you’re eager to install new garden plants in the heat of midsummer, here are some ideas for the best results.
Can extreme temperature changes shock plants? Click here for more information on gardening in areas with big temperature swings.
Invasive plants pose a huge threat to ecosystems. Click here to learn how to stop invasive species from spreading in areas they don’t belong.
Permaculture principles practiced to any degree can help our planet. Learn the basics of permaculture design so you can apply them to your gardening projects.
Gardens of the past were imperative, and some were impressive. This article reminds us that well groomed lawns are a relatively recent idea, but we’ve always been gardening.
Plenty of critters want to make your harvest their own. If you want to protect your garden there’s no better way than installing vegetable garden fencing.
Why is sunlight so important for plants? Read on to acquire a basic knowledge of how sun affects plants, and how some plants can actually survive without it.
Have you ever heard of the three ice men, also known as the Ice Saints? These are three saints associated with planting crops, and - as is the habit with saints - they each have a particular day of the year they are celebrated. Click for more.
Some of our favorite vegetables need a long growing season to produce reliably. For many gardeners, that means transplanting seedlings that are started indoors. Read on to learn how.
Growing a Mexican garden provides all the goodies necessary for tasty salsa and better tacos, right outside your door.
Humans have meteorologists to help determine when weather will become wet, but plants don't have that advantage. So how do plants do it?
Building a backyard putting green takes dedication, expense, and longtime maintenance, but it is possible. Read on to learn how to do it.
Candy has been a treat enjoyed for centuries. Most of these sweets were plant based candy, easy recipes to produce today in the garden.
Spring is a great time to plant, but not necessarily to prune. Which plants need spring pruning? Read on for more information.
Considering Caesar was the greatest general in the history of the Roman Republic, it isn’t surprising that a few plants were named for him.
Garden bed plans must consider location. A raised bed layout should take into consideration all plant factors as well. Click here for more info.
Naturalizing plants can be both bad and good, depending on the plant and how you do it. Read on to learn more about how to naturalize plants.
It is important we recognize endangered plants so we can prevent habitat loss and foster conservation. Read on for some surprising endangered plants.
Coir netting is natural fiber that can be extremely versatile in the home garden and landscape. Click here to learn about coir netting uses.
It's important to learn the difference between frost and freeze so you can be ready for dangerous weather conditions. Click for more.
To convert summer beds to winter gardens, you can make an easy cold frame for raised beds you already have in the yard. Click for more.
Bricks last a long time, have that old world charm, and are easy on the pocketbook if purchasing new. Here are several brick garden ideas.
The plants you put in your garden should speak to you. Zodiac sign plants further the personal aspect of the landscape. Read on for more.
Did you know four-leaf clovers aren’t the only good luck plants? Plenty of other plants can also bring good health and good fortune. Click to learn more.
The history of holly and ivy at Christmas is quite an interesting one, dating all the way back to the Romans. Read on for more.
Pruning evergreens can be intimidating if you aren’t sure what to do. Read on for help pruning evergreen trees and shrubs.
Making dry produce at home is a great way to preserve your fruits and vegetables, save money, and extend the harvest period. Click for more.
Who feels like cleaning up the garden in autumn? When there‘s a suggestion that lawn and garden cleanup in autumn is not a good idea, it’s worth listening carefully.
Create a no waste kitchen. Did you know you can regrow produce? Click to learn about regrowing avocados, green onions, and pineapples.
Extend the season by developing ways to keep plants warm at night, you don't have to spend a fortune either. Common household items will often do the trick.
Can plants learn? Surprisingly, studies into the subject seem to reveal that plant learned behavior carries through their lives, and in some cases, is transported into further generations.
Gardening can be a year-round endeavor, but cold weather gardening can be downright uncomfortable when you are ill prepared. Read on to learn how to keep warm in the garden.
How do you make a garden seem big? We’ve composed a list of small garden ideas to make a small garden look bigger. Read on to learn what to do with a small garden.
Cold frames are simple constructs that use solar energy and insulation to maintain a microclimate. Read on for our top 5 cold frame tips.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could harvest more vegetables from the same amount of garden space? Well, you can! Click to find out how.
In areas where you can't grow fruits and vegetables year-round, a root cellar is the key to economical, long-term storage of produce over the winter. Read on for more.
How to start pruning a tree? We get many questions about how to prune trees and shrubs, and the process can feel overwhelming when you aren’t familiar with it. Read on for more info.
If you’ve never heard of stacked garden beds, read on. We’ll give you the ins and outs of stackable raised beds as well as stack garden planters.
Somehow everything seems sweeter when it is tiny. There are many choices for tiny plants for interior and fantasy decor. Read on for tips.
If you have a small space and are trying to figure out how to make your garden bigger, there are solutions. Read on for some tips.
If you paint a raised garden bed, that color helps enliven the space the year round. But there can be issues with painted raised beds. Read on for the whole scoop.
As summer begins, it’s time to spend hours in the sun in the garden. Use these tips to enjoy a safer summer in the garden.
Finding flowers that grow well in full sun and clay soil may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible. Read on for more info.
If you live near the coast, you probably have a hard time gardening. The dilemma can be overcome, however, by choosing plants that like full sun and sand. Read on for more.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of plants that love wet soil and full sun. Read on for tips for growing in wet, sunny sites.
Examining late spring garden chores will help ensure that gardeners are ready for the summer season. Click here for late spring to-do list ideas.
Have you considered starting seeds or rooting cuttings in coffee pods? You’ll find they’re just the right size for both.
If you live in an apartment, you may think a raised bed is out of the question, but with a little ingenuity, it's very possible. Read on for balcony raised bed ideas and tips.
May Day baskets - baskets of flowers and treats given to friends or love interests - represent an old tradition, dating back to pagan Europe. To celebrate spring, consider bringing these back to your family or neighborhood.
If you’re in the second year, you’re ready to perfect last year’s efforts and for some more advanced gardening. Read on for tips.
You’ve just moved into a new house and you love it, except for the lack of privacy in the backyard. Luckily, creating a DIY privacy wall just takes some imagination.
Click here to explore available green collar jobs and determine if this type of job is right for you.
Annual, perennial, biennial differences in plants are important to understand for gardeners. Click here to learn more.
Houseplants are an excellent way to add interest to indoor spaces, as well as freshness and a bright pop of color. Read on to learn more about matching houseplants to your personal style.
New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to, so why not make it easy and choose resolutions for the garden? Find ideas here.
Looking for a few winter gardening challenges? Click this article for some fun ideas on gardening in winter.
What answers did you long for this year? Journey with us as Gardening Know How takes a look back at the best of 2020.
Winter solstice is the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. If you are hoping to celebrate winter in the garden, click here.
You’ve probably heard of Earth Day, but there are several plant-related holidays that you could celebrate in the garden. Click to learn more.
Fall colors and nature’s bounty create the perfect natural Thanksgiving décor. Click herefor some ideas on Thanksgiving décor that you can grow.
There are several ways to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner outdoors. Click this article for some fun ideas you may want to try out this year.
All too often, cold climate gardeners find their sun loving perennials don't make it through the winter. Click here for options.
If you're wondering what to do in a garden in winter, the answer is plenty. Here are some winter gardening do's and don'ts to keep you busy.
Experienced growers know that preparation for winter can be a busy time in the garden. Click here for info on winter prepping plants.
With Covid, many botanic gardens around the world have made it possible to enjoy virtual tours from the comfort of home. Learn more here.
Garden planning software can make the job of garden design easier and help you avoid costly mistakes. Click here to learn more.
The end of the growing season can be both rewarding and sad, but end of season garden planning is your next task. Click here for tips to get started.
Using nature as a compass is not only entertaining, it sharpens your observational skills and appreciation of nature. Learn more here.
Identifying poison ivy and understanding how to alleviate its symptoms can help reduce spread and the discomfort it can cause. Learn more here.
Honor heroes with living Veteran's day plants. Building a remembrance garden is a great way of paying tribute to veteran soldiers. Learn more here.
First-time gardeners have nearly unlimited access to the resources necessary to be successful. Explore gardening tips for beginners here.
Who doesn't love a good hack to make life easier and save a little money too? Click here for some gardening tips that might just amaze you.
There are lots of new tips and technology to promote the best garden growth, but old gardening advice comes in handy too. Learn more here.
Bird feeder crafts can be great projects for families and kids. Ready to get started? Click this article for some fun ideas.
Starting a hobby farm can be an exciting adventure. Click here for some tips and ideas to help get you started with this fun endeavor.
Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Click here for information on how to start a small farm to help you make a wise decision.
Understanding how to start homesteading will help beginners as they progress towards their own self-sufficiency goals. Learn more here.
A homesteading farm life may not be for everyone, but some of the simpler practices can be used even in urban settings. Learn more here.
When starting seeds or planting bulbs, do you ever wonder how plants know which way to grow? If so, then this article is for you.
Whether raking the yard, cleaning the garden, starting a new garden, or prepping for next season, here are autumn garden tips to get it done.
After a few years or even months of regular use, flowerpots begin to look grungy. Learn how to clean flowerpots with vinegar here.
Pruning is essential in gardens, but when is the best time for cutting back plants? Click this article for more information.
There is still much to do to prepare a fall garden for ongoing growth and next spring. Get general autumn gardening planning tips here.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that fluctuates with the seasons. Click here to learn about SAD and gardening.
Starting a plant nursery is a huge challenge that requires dedication, long hours, and hard work, day in and day out. Find useful tips in this article.
Starting a native plant nursery can be a rewarding experience. If you’re wondering how to start a native plant nursery, click here for more information.
With so many plants having wort in their name, there should be a wort family of plants. But what does wort mean? Learn about wort plant members here.
Have you ever wondered if honey can be poisonous? If so, what makes honey toxic to humans? Poisonous honey occurs when bees collect pollen or nectar from certain plants and carry it back to their hives. To learn more about poisonous honey, click here.
Do different flowers make different honey? Yes, they do. Click here to learn about honey derived from different flowers, and try some for yourself.
Hand pollination may be the answer to improving low crop yields in the garden. These simple skills are easy to learn. Click here for more info.
If you’re passionate about gardening, read and dream about gardening, and like to talk to everyone about your passion, then maybe you should write a book about gardening. How to turn your green thoughts into a book? Find out in this article.
Room cooling is a common way to cool down fruits and vegetables after they are harvested. If you aren’t familiar with it, this article can help.
April showers bring May flowers and so much more. Is rain relaxing? For some, it most certainly is! Click here to learn some ways the rain can relax you.
What is the summer solstice? Exactly when is the summer solstice and what does it mean for gardeners? Click here to learn more.
Where to begin searching when starting a garden at home can be overwhelming, but shouldn’t be. Use this Beginner’s Guide to Gardening to get started!
In order to identify a plant, you need to recognize characteristics about it. For basic tips on identifying plants and flowers by their leaves, click here.
Whether discouraging neighbors from getting too close or have a business in need of boundaries, try social distancing with plants. Click here for more.
What can you do with non-organic garden waste? Can it be recycled? Click here for some ideas and tips for your garden related garbage.
The passing of loved ones is never easy. Along with the loss, options for final arrangements can lbe overwhelming. Learn about earth-friendly burial options here.
Not everyone is keen on the idea of investing a bundle of money in their garden. Yet, many still want to be able to create and have a nice garden area. It is very possible to garden on a budget using free or low-cost materials. Click here for some free gardening tips and ideas.
When it’s spring, you know Easter is just around the corner. It’s not too early to start planning for the family dinner, including flowers for the Easter table. Click on the following article to learn more about Easter centerpiece flowers.
The amount of gardening information available to us is overwhelming. Explore the line between gardening facts and fiction in this article.
Whether you're growing food for the community or for your family, growing antiviral plants could become the wave of the future. Learn more here.
Ever heard the name of a plant that made you giggle just a little? Some plants do have rather silly or funny names. Plants with funny names earn these unusual names for a variety of reasons. Click on the following article for a few plant names that will make you laugh.
It's time for spring cleaning, but do natural disinfectants work? Find tips here to clean your house naturally with herbs and common household products.
Herbal plants that boost immune system stimulate the activity of cells responsible for fighting infections. Learn about natural immune boosters here.
Teas to fight viruses may be your first line of defense in a time of such widespread illness. Learn about using herbal teas for health here.
Toilet paper is something most of us take for granted, but what if there was a shortage? Perhaps you could grow your own toilet paper. Find plants here.
Knowing when/how to spring clean your garden is important for local ecosystems, as many pollinators overwinter in dead plant material you may want to remove. By waiting to clean, it ensures the safety of these beneficial insects. Learn about spring garden cleaning here.
The instinct to protect children of any species is strong and may also extend to insects. While not in the same sense as humans or other animals, it is possible insect parents similarly watch over their young. Click here to find out more about how insects protect their young.
Honoring women’s achievements with flowers goes way back, and there’s no better way to convey your love and admiration to the women in your life or around the world than with a heartfelt bouquet of International Women’s Day plants. Learn more here.
There are around 2,000 botanical gardens spanning across numerous countries worldwide. Why so many and what do botanical gardens do? Botanical gardens serve many purposes. Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information.
Visiting a botanical garden is a memorable experience. Botanical gardens are a great place to learn about nature. Many offer several different interesting features or events to check out. For some tips on how to enjoy botanical gardens, click the following article.
There are in fact a plethora of fruit and vegetable peel uses. Some of the things to do with peels will surprise you, while other uses for old peels are fairly common sense. Click the following article to find out what to do with peelings.
A spathe and spadix in plants are unique types of flowering structures. Some of the plants that have these structures are popular potted houseplants that you may already be growing. To learn more about the spathe and spadix structure, click on the following article.
Garden statuary, bird baths, and fountains are fun and decorative additions to the landscape but just like the garden, they require maintenance. How do you clean a garden statue? It doesn’t take much. Click the following article to learn more about cleaning garden statues.
Very committed and slightly crazy gardeners like to humanize their plants. Could there be some grain of truth in our desire to think plants are like people? Can plants talk to each other? Do plants communicate with us? The verdicts are in. Learn more here.
While many homeowners choose to explore more intensive methods of producing vegetables, others may prefer more traditional growing techniques. Furrow gardening is a method that produces a beautiful garden, as well as high yields. Learn more here.
Microclimates within the garden can greatly impact which plants can be grown and how. By utilizing these microclimates to their advantage, however, homeowners can create beautiful and vibrant garden spaces that serve a wide range of purposes. Learn more here.
A microclimate is a small area with different environmental and atmospheric conditions than the surrounding area. These microclimate factors may vary from site to site. As a gardener, it’s important to know about these factors. To learn more, click here.
Microclimates vary widely depending upon the location of the garden, nearby structures, and even the direction which the garden faces. Learning how to determine your microclimate will help you meet the needs of garden plants. This article will get you started.
A developer’s first order of business is to clear and grub a landscape. What does clearing and grubbing mean? This refers to land clearing basics performed by anyone who has purchased undeveloped land. You could also clear land for yourself. For more information, click here.
Are you new to growing a garden and unsure how to get organized? Maybe you’ve been gardening for a while but never get the results you desire. An important part of achieving success is setting goals in the garden. This article can help with sticking to your garden resolutions.
Did you know transporting plants over borders can be illegal? While most commercial growers realize moving plants across international borders requires a permit, vacationers may not. Click this article for tips on international travel with plants.
Either as a gift or a souvenir from a vacation, taking plants on flights is possible, although not always easy. You should know beforehand any restrictions for the particular airline you are flying with. For more information about bringing plants on planes, click here.
Are you planning a move out of state soon and planning on taking your beloved plants with you? Can you take plants across state lines? You may be surprised to learn there are actually laws and guidelines about moving plants out of state. Learn more here.
A huge joy of one’s garden is the visual delight of it. Strategically planning the plants for your garden can allow for year-round beauty. For ideas on stunning plants that evolve with the seasons, click on the following article.
Would you like a different look for this year's holiday floral centerpiece? If traditional plants for a Christmas centerpiece leave you feeling bah humbug, it's time to think outside of the “flower” box! Click this article for some other Christmas centerpiece ideas.
Botanical illustration has a long history and dates back long before cameras were around. Back in those times, hand drawings were the only way to show others exactly what a specific plant looked like. Click here for more information on making botanical drawings yourself.
Botanical art history stretches further back in time, more than 4,000 years ago. If you enjoy collecting or creating botanical art, you may find it interesting to know how this specialized art form began and evolved over the years. This article will help with that.
Plants may not move in the way animals do; however, they do move. As they grow from a seedling to a full plant, they are slowly moving. Although usually slow, there are other ways plants move. To learn about popular plants known for their movements, click here.
Do certain flower colors have meaning? Flower color symbolism dates back centuries and is found all across the world. Knowing these meanings can help you make the most of your floral arrangements and gift bouquets. To learn what flower colors symbolize, click here.
The mild days of spring and summer are long gone and you’re in the grip of winter, so why are you still getting seasonal plant allergies? Cold weather plant allergies aren’t as unusual as one might think. Click here to learn what triggers winter allergies.
Good pruning will minimize damage to growing plant tissue. However, bad pruning creates several problems for the plant. What if you make a pruning mistake? To learn how to correct seasonal pruning errors, click the following article.
Gardeners are some of the most giving people out there, and there’s nothing more valuable than giving your time and no better way to help fellow gardeners than by mentoring them. Ready to start your garden coaching endeavor? Click here to learn more.
Donating to garden causes, be it on #givingtuesday or any day of the year, is easy to do and the fulfillment you receive from this act of kindness lasts a lifetime. Want to help out a cause and bring about positive change? Click this article to learn more.
For many, gardening is just a hobby, but it can be much more meaningful when you use that hobby to give back to the community. Garden donations to food banks, community gardens, and other charitable causes are all ways to give back. Click here to learn more.
Tech isn't just for video games and phone apps. Gardening with technology can save time, energy and money. Check out these smart garden techniques and take home some inventive ideas that can help you in the landscape. Click this article to learn more.
While a delicious meal will bring family and friends together around the same table, many hosts wish to make the event even more special by crafting an unforgettable tablescape. Click this article for information on garden tabelscaping.
Can you grow your own clothes? People have been growing plants for making clothes practically since the beginning of time. Click on the following article to learn more about the most common plants for making clothes.
Available in a wide array of colors, patterns, roll sizes and sheets, its bonding power makes it easy to find creative uses for duct tape. But what can gardeners do with duct tape? Outdoor uses are ideal for this product and we’ll tell you how. Click here for more info.
While those in extremely mild climates can get away with minimal perennial winter care, the rest of us need to think about winterizing the perennial garden. If you are not sure about how to take care of perennials in winter, click here for tips.
If you are having a party or a dinner for the holiday, you might want to consider using Halloween flowers and plants as table decorations. Of course, the pumpkin is the rock star of Halloween, but there are plenty of other creative options too. Learn more here.
Planting a tree, rose bush or flowers to memorialize a loved one can provide a beautiful place of remembrance. If you'll be planting with cremains (cremated remains) of your loved one, there are extra steps you'll need to take. Learn what they are in this article.
Whether they admit it or not, everyone fears something. For many people, it’s an actual fear of plants and flowers. Considering the world is covered in plants, this phobia can be extremely serious and curtail a person’s lifestyle. Learn more in this article.
Mutation in plants is a naturally occurring phenomenon that alters the appearance of a plant’s characteristics, most notably in the foliage, flowers, fruit, or stems. Many times, the mutant plants return to normal the next season. Learn more in this article.
Gardening is a great hobby for mental health. There is now evidence that gardening and being outdoors can aid in recovery from addiction as well. Click this article to learn more about using gardening as a tool to help with addiction recovery.
Is there a such thing as a glow-in-the-dark plant? Glowing plants are already a reality in many universities. For more information on what makes a glowing plant and how it is caused, click the following article.
What are Growing Degree Days? Growing Degree Days (GDD) are a way researchers and growers can estimate the development of plants and insects during a growing season. You can learn more about the importance of Growing Degree Days in this article.
The idea of harvesting wild plants for survival is not new, but familiarizing oneself with these plants is vital. You never know when you might find yourself in a predicament where relying upon such plants for survival becomes necessary. Learn more here.
If plants require chlorophyll to produce energy from sunlight, it's logical to wonder if photosynthesis without chlorophyll can occur. The answer is yes. Click on the following article to learn how plants that aren't green photosynthesize.
When it comes to the word “poaching,” most people immediately think of the illegal taking of large, endangered animals. But what if I told you that poaching extends far beyond endangered wildlife? Plant poaching is real too. Learn more about it here.
Sometimes, a plant will become spindly, colorless, and generally listless not because of disease, lack of water, or fertilizer but due to an entirely different problem - an etiolation plant problem. What is etiolation and why does it occur? Find out here in this article.
Due to their rooted nature, it may be difficult to imagine what measures plants are able to take to prevent outside attacks. One may quickly begin to wonder, “How does a plant defend itself?”. Click here to learn about ways plants protect themselves from threats.
Learning to grow and sustain plantings beyond Earth is of great importance to the discussion of extended space travel and exploration. Take a peek at the study of plants grown in space by clicking on the following article.
If shade from clouds is making you feel blue, you can always opt to walk on the sunny side of the street. The plants in your garden do not have this option. But do clouds affect photosynthesis? Click here to learn how cloudy days affect plants.
It’s normal for gardeners who are accustomed to fussy, high-maintenance flower beds to wonder how to fertilize native plants, or if feeding native plants is even necessary. It isn’t. Click here while we explore the question, “Do native plants need fertilizer?”
Many plants throughout the world are adapted to and able to withstand even the harshest of growing conditions. Taking a closer look at how plants survive these harsh growing conditions can help home gardeners better plan their own landscapes. This article will help.
Wish you could extend the life of those colorful flowers growing in your garden? You can! Drying flowers is easy to do anytime blossoms are in their prime. Click this article for more information on how to dry flowers from the garden.
If spring is luring you toward the garden and you are yearning to share your gardening knowledge with others, starting a garden blog can be the way to go. Anyone can learn to blog. Learn how to start a garden blog with the easy tips from this article.
Moving plants is a huge challenge and often leads to moisture damage, broken pots and other disasters, including dead or damaged plants. Many plant enthusiasts have found that moving plants in plastic bags is a simple, inexpensive solution. Learn more here.
Spring isn’t the only time you can expect hay fever. Summer plants can aggravate allergies too. Learn about common summer allergy triggers here.
Fungicides are a very useful item in the gardener’s arsenal, and when used correctly, they can be extremely effective in the fight against disease. But before you start spraying, you should understand is the difference between protectant and eradicant fungicides. Learn more here.
When you think about soil, your eyes probably drift down. Soil belongs in the ground, underfoot, right? Not necessarily. There’s a whole different class of soil that exists high above your head, up in the treetops. They’re called canopy soils and you can learn about it here.
One of the most common elements of garden design to consider is the use of texture. In the garden, textures refer to the overall presence of the plant. Gardening with texture allows the grower to create plantings that are diverse and offer fantastic curb appeal. Learn more here.
Dr. Doolittle talked to the animals with excellent results, so why shouldn’t you try talking to your plants? Do plants respond to voices? There are many compelling studies that seem to point to a rousing “yes.” Click this article to see if you should talk to your plants.
Albinism in plants is a genetic mutation that may happen in the home garden. When direct sown, plants with albinism may go unnoticed. However, growers who start their seeds indoors may wonder why their seedlings are demonstrating this unique trait. Learn more here.
Many gardeners agree that planting by the moon really works. Others think moon phase gardening is pure myth and malarkey. The only way to know for sure is to give moon phase gardening a try. After all, what can it hurt? Learn how to garden by the moon here.
As plants reproduce and naturalize in the landscape, it can be difficult to distinguish between different garden varieties and weeds. There are a few ways to identify a plant pup, though. What is a plant pup? Click here for that answer and tips on plant pup identification.
For many people, the process of learning the ins and outs of garden-related jargon can be confusing. In this article, we will be exploring and learning more about one very important part of the plant - the root ball. What is it, where is it, and how to tell if they’re healthy.
Gardeners in regions with heavy winds will likely need to protect young trees from harsh gusts. Making your own burlap protection from wind is a cheap and effective way to protect your precious plants. This article will help get you started with burlap windscreen in the garden.
Gardeners who are looking for something unique and exciting to set their landscape apart might try garden design with copper. Using copper in the garden or as indoor plant décor is a fun way to incorporate metallic beauty with natural flora. Learn more here.
It is easy to see the showy flowers of spring, such as lilacs or cherry blossoms, and blame your allergy misery on them, but they are not likely the real culprits. Click on the following article to learn about plants that cause allergies in spring.
Don’t recycle bubble wrap or throw it out! Repurpose bubble wrap in the garden. While gardening with bubble wrap may seem strange, bubble wrap and plants are a marriage made in the garden. The following article discusses several terrific bubble wrap garden ideas.
Fall leaf management can be a pain, but it isn’t necessary to send this precious resource to the dump. There are several alternatives for autumn leaf disposal; this article provides a few of the most “do-able” options. Click here for more information.
Maintaining clean hands in the garden (without gloves) requires a bit of extra tender loving care, but it’s possible. Click this article for tips on keeping your hands clean and avoiding dirty fingernails, no matter how hard you’re working in the garden.
Earth conscious or eco-friendly gardeners are always coming up with new clever ways to reuse and recycle common household trash. You can even recycle tin foil in the garden! Click here for more information about uses for aluminum foil in the garden.
Does climate change affect gardens? It does, and it’s important to learn how to spot climate change in the garden so that you can take action to help your plants adjust. For information about gardening with climate change, click this article.
The same moisture-sealing qualities that make it work for keeping in food odors make it possible to start gardening with plastic wrap. If you’d like a few DIY garden plastic wrap ideas, click here. We’ll tell you how to use cling film in the garden to help your plants grow.
If you are one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, then it’s helpful to know what the triggers for these allergies are so you avoid them. So, what are some plants that cause fall allergies? Click this article to learn more about allergies in autumn.
One of the key components to growing healthy, abundant crops is properly managing and measuring soil moisture content in fields. By using time domain reflectometry tools, farmers are able to precisely measure water content within their soil. Learn more in this article.
You may have seen bactericides recommended in horticultural publications or simply at your local garden center but what is bactericide. Bacterial infections can invade plants just as they can animals. Learn how to use bactericide to help your plants healthy in this article.
Plant growth regulators, or plant hormones, are chemicals that plants produce to regulate, direct, and promote growth and development. There are synthetic versions available to use commercially and in gardens. You can learn more about these plant hormones here.
What is nyctinasty? It's a valid question and a word you definitely don't hear every day, even if you are an avid gardener. It refers to a type of plant movement, like when flowers open in the day and close at night, or vice versa. Learn more about it in this article.
Those who struggle to keep their garden alive will try almost anything to give their plants a healthy boost. You could blend up strange and smelly concoctions to feed your ailing plants or you could try boosting plant energies by using crystals in the garden. Learn more here.
How much should you increase your watering in heat? Click here for heat wave watering tips and keeping plants safe during high temperatures.
One of the most ambiguous directives is where the gardener is told to perform a specific gardening task "until it is well established." That is a bit of a head scratcher, isn't it? Well, what does well established mean? How long until plants are well established? Find out here.
A common question, "Should I trim air roots?", is often pondered. When it comes to air root pruning, experts have mixed opinions. Primarily, it depends on the type of plant. Click here to learn more about pruning air roots on a few commonly grown plants.
To take your green thumb to the next level, you should understand the biology of plants and the botanical terms that come along with growing plants. Get started here with some dioecious and monoecious information that will have you impressing your gardening friends.
Using copper fungicides is confusing, but knowing exactly when to use copper fungicide is the key to success. However, fungal diseases are difficult to control and results aren?t guaranteed. We explore these issues in this article.
Reproductive organs of plants can be found on separate male and female plants or one plant can have both parts. These male and female structures can be on separate flowers or flowers may also be hermaphroditic. Click here to learn about plants that are hermaphrodites.
Mapping sunlight in the garden helps you understand the movement of light and shade throughout the landscape. It allows you to place the right plants in the right exposure so they do not burn up or have stunted, leggy or distorted growth. Learn more here.
When purchasing plants, you may have been given special instructions to plant in a sheltered position. So exactly what is a sheltered area and how can you create one in your garden? Click this article to find out more about gardening in sheltered areas.
The Greek gods supposedly ate ambrosia and drank nectar, and hummingbirds drink nectar, but what exactly is it? If you've ever wondered what nectar is, and if you can get some out of your garden, you're not alone. This article has more information.
As anyone with allergies knows, pollen is abundant in the spring. Plants seem to give off a thorough dusting of this powdery substance. But what is pollen exactly? And why do plants produce it? Here's a little pollen information for you to satisfy your curiosity.
Buds on plants are precursors to new growth of some kind. This can be a flower bud or a leaf bud. Identifying flower buds to separate them from possible leaf buds can be tricky. Click here for more information on flower bud vs. leaf bud in the garden.
Have you heard of tickling plants to help them grow? If you saw someone tickling, stroking, or bending plants, you might assume they were crazy. ?Why should I tickle my plants?? you may wonder. This article will explain the reasons behind this unusual practice.
Plants are as alive as we are and have physical characteristics that help them live just as humans and animals do. Stomata are some of the more important attributes a plant can have. What are stomata? Click this article to learn more.
You probably know that plants generate oxygen during photosynthesis. Since it?s common knowledge that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere during this process, it may be a surprise that plants also need oxygen to survive. Learn more here.
Fleece in the garden is similar to the fleece we use for blankets and jackets: it keeps plants warm. This plant blanket is lightweight and easy to use and can provide protection against cold and frost as well as other harmful weather conditions and pests. Learn more here.
Extreme weather can mean anything from excessive heat or cold, heavy snow or rains, high winds, drought or floods. Whatever Mother Nature throws at you, creating weatherproof gardens can give you the upper hand. Find more information in this article.
When do plants wake up in spring? There is no exact answer to that question because it depends on too many variables, such as which plant it is, what zone you live in and precise details of the weather your area has been experiencing. Learn more here.
Almost every culture has a long history of using plant essential oils for health, beauty, or religious practices. So, what are essential oils? Click this article for the answer, as well as information on how to use essential oils.
Planting in cremation ashes sounds like a wonderful way to pay tribute to a friend or family member who has passed on, but is gardening with cremation ashes really beneficial for the environment, and can plants grow in human ashes? Learn more here.
Apple and peach trees, tulips and daffodils, hollyhocks and foxgloves, and many other plants wouldn't produce their flowers or fruit without cold winters. Click this article to learn about this process and why plants need vernalization.
Aromatherapy has been around since the ancient times but it has only recently come back into fashion. What is aromatherapy? You can find answers and information on using plants for aromatherapy in this article. Click here to learn more.
We've all heard that playing music for plants helps them grow faster. So can music accelerate plant growth, or this just another urban legend? Can plants really hear sounds? Do they like music? Click here to learn what experts have to say.
While you're busy with in your own hay fever misery, you likely overlooked your pets. Can dogs and cats have allergies too? Click here to learn more.
Not all landscapes come with perfect soft, loamy soil and gardening in cracks and crevices may be a part of your garden reality. Fortunately, there are many plants that are versatile enough for rocky spaces. Click here for some great options.
A plant crown is a part of the plant, not an adornment or accessory. This article provides information about plant crown so you can learn more about what part of the plant is the crown and its overall function on the plant.
Plants are amazing organisms. They have a number of unique adaptations and abilities that help them thrive and survive. Urushiol oil in plants is one such adaptation. What is urushiol oil? It is a toxin that may cause blistering and rashes. Learn more here.
Some plants that we grow as annuals in northern regions are perennial in southern areas. By overwintering these plants, we can keep them growing year after year and save a little money. Learn more about overwintering plants in this article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using greenery indoors is a holiday tradition that extends back many hundreds of years. Of course, you can still use this indoor d?cor 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.
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.
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.
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.
Native to warm climates, tender perennials add lush texture and a 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 are fairly self-explanatory, but what does biennial mean? This article will help with that.
If you are adding to the home landscape, you may be considering any number of perennial garden plants. What is a perennial then, and what other perennial plant facts may influence your decision? Read here to learn more.
Have you ever perused the dizzying variety of annuals and perennials and pondered which ones might be best for your garden? A good place to start is in understanding exactly what an annual is in reference to. Find out here.
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.
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.
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.
The direction of the sun and its orientation are important considerations in gardens. Facing walls and windows are also important. What are facing walls and windows? Read here to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
The study of sun patterns in the garden is an important part of your garden planning, especially when it comes to full sun landscaping. Learn more about full sun in this article.
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.
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.
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.
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 about using vinegar in the garden here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing helps bring beauty and good cheer like beautiful flowers for Christmas. There are a few standard Christmas plants and flowers that you may like for your home this holiday. Find out what they are here.
There are times when we gardeners simply run out of time to properly plant everything in the garden that we bought. A solution that can give a gardener a little more time is to heel in plants. Learn more here.
What does it mean when you are pinching plants? Why do you pinch plants? You may also be wondering how to pinch a plant. Learn more about pinching back plants in this article.
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.
When it comes to gardening, there is always the underlying question of which is better: organic or non-organic gardening methods. This article focuses on using non-organic garden methods.
Knowing the last frost date is very important. Whether you are starting seeds or just want to know when it is safe to plant your vegetables, you need to know when the last frost date is. This article will help.