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Gardening is a useful and relaxing pastime. Read gardening tips and learn how to plan and care for a variety of gardens.

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Kohlrabi Is Cabbage's Sweet Cousin You Need to Try

Kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable, just like cabbage, with a slightly sweeter flavor. It's also known as a German turnip and can be eaten raw or cooked.

Perlite: It's Like Popcorn for Your Potting Soil!

Those white beads you see in potting soil are made of a volcanic glass called perlite. And that's not the only place you'll see this versatile material. So how is it made and what is it used for?

Pretty Cool Produce: The Exotic Fruits and Veggies Quiz

You know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what's your IQ on the lesser-known fruits (and veggies) of the world? Take our quiz to find out!

From Plant Pots to Ancient Armies, Terracotta Is Universal

One of the oldest and most widely used materials in the world, baked clay or terracotta, can be found on roofs, in museums and in gardens all over the world.

How to Choose the Best Trellis for Your Garden

If you don't already have a trellis working for you in your garden, you probably need one.

Oleander Is a Poisonous Plant, Not a Cure for COVID-19

Despite being pretty in pink, oleander is a highly poisonous plant. And now it's being touted as a cure for COVID-19. We'll break down the facts from fiction.

Foxglove: The Beautiful Bloom That's Good (and Bad) for Your Heart

This pretty flower has been known for centuries to have chemicals that can regulate your heartbeat but also poison you.

Sunflowers Really Do Follow the Sun and 9 Other Dazzling Facts

Sunflowers are incredibly tough and can be grown in almost any soil. Plus, it's hard not to smile when you see a field of these bright yellow rays.

How Many Houseplants Do You Need for Good Indoor Air Quality?

For decades we've been told having houseplants can improve our indoor air quality. But is this true? And do you need to live in a veritable jungle to get better air quality?

Rhubarb: The Poisonous Veggie You Can Totally Eat

What vegetable is often mistaken for a fruit, has poisonous leaves but is still edible and is often harvested by candlelight? Yep, that would be rhubarb.

How Does the Herbicide Glyphosate (Roundup) Work?

Roundup is the brand name for the chemical glyphosate, which is the most widely used weedkiller today. Some hail it, some hate it, but what does it really do?

Cucamelon: Not the Love Child of a Cucumber and a Watermelon

Cucamelons are about the size of grapes but they pack a big tart punch.

New Sharing Website Links Farmers, Saves Seeds

People have been saving seeds for centuries. But a new website takes the idea online, making it easier for farmers to find and share the seeds they want and need.

'Warm Snap': What Happens When Trees and Shrubs Flower Early?

Many of us love a break from the cold weather, even if temporarily, but should we be worried about early blooms and the environment?

Historically, Houseplants Were For Rich; Now, Chinese Money Tree Purports Wealth

'Easy-to-care' has always been a big plus for indoor plants. Which ones are impossible to kill?

Are poinsettias poisonous?

How many poinsettias have languished on high shelves so children and pets can't munch on their dangerous leaves? It may all have been for naught. The poinsettia's poisonous rep is a bit unfair.

Backyard-Free Gardens: How to Grow Without Space

Don’t have much space? That doesn’t mean you have to go without a garden.

Gardening for Beginners: Tips for First-Timers

Even if you've never gardened before, it's easy to add some plants to your yard in five easy steps.

5 Amazing Backyard Waterfalls

Creative waterfalls for yards of all shapes and sizes.

How can you recycle water for your outdoor garden?

It'll save you money and help the environment. How can you grab water from your roof and your washing machine and use it to hydrate your plants?

What veggies can you grow in a shady yard?

Sure, you could take a wrecking ball to everything that casts a shadow on your yard. But it's way easier to simply plant some veggies that thrive on shade. Which seeds should you sow?

What are asters?

If you're looking for a way to add color to your garden year after year, you can't go wrong with bright asters. Learn more about this floral star in this article.

Should you plant lavender in your garden?

For fragrance and looks it's hard to beat lavender. Find out more about this well-loved plant in this article.

What's an "elephant’s ear"?

Elephant's ear is a colocasia plant with large leaves. Learn more about other characteristics of elephant's ears.

What type of perennial plant thrives in the West?

There are many ways to use perennials, including as borders, in gardens, in flower arrangements and as groundcover. Find out which perennials are popular in the West from this article.

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