Gardening

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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Square Foot Gardening is great for people who want to grow their own veggies and who also like very specific instructions.

By Jesslyn Shields

If you're looking for an easy, organic way to improve your soil and create a permanent, thriving garden bed, a hugelkultur bed will check all the boxes for you.

By Kate Morgan

In a world so heavily dependent on pharmaceuticals, it's a wonderful thing to be able to treat some common maladies straight out of your garden.

By Kate Morgan

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Learn which plants benefit each other — and which plants shouldn't be neighbors — to get the most out of your garden.

By Kate Morgan

Did you know you don't need a plot of dirt or a ton of space to grow a lush vegetable and flower garden? You can get started with a bale of straw.

By Kate Morgan

"Lasagna gardening" is a no-till, no-dig method of organic gardening that helps create rich, healthy soil and requires very little work to get started.

By Kate Morgan

Farmers grow giant pumpkins heavier than cars using one seed variety. And one grower just set a new world record, squashing the competition.

By Muriel Vega

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Removing the spent blooms from your flowering plants will keep your garden looking its best and help your plants stay focused on reblooming.

By Laurie L. Dove

David Latimer put a plant and some compost in a bottle in 1960. It's still alive and thriving over 60 years later. How does a closed ecosystem like this work?

By Jesslyn Shields

Ranunculus is a genus containing more than 600 species, all of which are beautiful, but toxic to both humans and animals.

By Carrie Tatro

Tiger lilies have it all – they're edible, have healing properties and act as perfect pollinator magnets. They're also long-lasting, strikingly beautiful and super easy to grow.

By Carrie Tatro

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Potting soil looks an awful lot like dirt, except there's likely no earth in the mix. So, what is it really made of? And is it better for potted plants than the stuff from the ground?

By Alia Hoyt

A cinch to plant and tend, forsythia is beloved for its vivid yellow blooms. They also mark the beginning. Here's how to grow and care for these beauties.

By Alia Hoyt

Providing a great backdrop for any sunny garden, the butterfly bush comes in many colors and attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees galore.

By Wendy Bowman

The money tree has long been a symbol of good fortune in Asia. But how did the plant get its name?

By Alia Hoyt & Kathryn Whitbourne

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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?

By Nathan Chandler

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!

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

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.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Wendy Bowman

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?

By Patty Rasmussen

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.

By Tara Yarlagadda

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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?

By Chris Pollette

The cucamelon is about the size of a grape but it packs a big, tart punch. Just don't expect cucamelons to taste like cucumbers or watermelons!

By Nathan Chandler