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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.

Pi Can Help You Determine the Age of Your Trees

Curious to know how old those big trees are in your yard? We'll tell you how to use geometry to figure out their ages without risking their health.

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 Azaleas Became the Signature Flowers of the South

These showy pink, purple, red and white blossoms dazzle through the spring and summer and are ubiquitous throughout the southern U.S.

Why Evergreen Trees Don't Shed Their Needle-like Leaves

Lots of trees are losing their leaves this time of the year. But evergreens keep theirs year-round. What gives?

Why You Should Stop Raking Fall Leaves, Stat!

Stop bagging those leaves and putting them curbside to be hauled off to the landfill. There's a better way — for your lawn and the environment.

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.

Popping a Lawn Bubble Is Like Popping a Zit

You've probably never seen one, but it looks like a waterbed in your yard. And trust us, if you do see one, you'll have an impulse to pop it.

What's That Smell? It's the Dreaded Bradford Pear

Its blooms are lovely. But to many, its smell and invasiveness are anything but.

How Do Christmas Trees Get Their Shape?

Oh Christmas tree — how did you get your signature shape? These iconic symbols don't naturally grow into a perfect pyramid, but that doesn't stop us from expecting it.

Yours, Mine or Ours? Leaf Blowing and the Law

Whether you like to pile them up and jump in with abandon or rue the time of year when they fall, leaves are at the center of a heated debate.

Phallus Impudicus: The Nastiest Mushroom Ever?

Don't be alarmed if you find a few of these funky mushrooms popping up in your yard right when the weather turns cool and wet.

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?

Iconic Sequoia 'Tunnel Tree' Falls After Intense Winter Storm

At one time, tourists could drive through this mighty California icon. Then only hikers could traverse it. Now only worms and bugs will be able to pass through.

Eccentric Georgian Billionaire Takes Giant Tree for Sea Cruise

Why would an ex-prime minister of a former Soviet state uproot an enormous tree to ship across the Black Sea? It's not the first controversy for Bidzina Ivanishvili.

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