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Good soil is the first step to a great garden. The loose, dark earth of the gardens seen on television doesn't usually just happen, however. Learn how to make the most out of your soil.

By C. Colston Burrell

Without water, plants wilt and die. But too much water can be just as bad. Balancing plants' water needs is like having a healthful diet. Learn how to water plants.

By C. Colston Burrell

Shrubs are more than just small trees. They are a way to create attractive, organic designs for your landscaping. Shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Find out about designing with shrubs.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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When preparing your home for the winter, don't forget to mulch your gardens to protect against winter burn. Mulching recycles nature's products to replenish your garden so that nothing is wasted. In the process, your garden will grow greener and healthier.

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Perennials are distinct from annuals in that they return year after year, eliminating the need to buy and plant flowers every spring. Perennials generally bloom only one or two seasons per year. Learn about perennials.

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If you really want to make the most of your garden, you might also want to consider such plantings as ground covers. Find out how to design your landscape to grow ground covers beautifully.

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Many plants thrive in bright sun, which provides abundant energy for growth, flowering, and fruiting. But some plants need shadier conditions. Learn the sun requirements of various garden and house plants.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Annuals are flowers that bloom the first year they are planted, often flowering just a couple of months after sowing. Biennials produce only greenery the first year. Learn about annuals and biennials.

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Any plant with an underground storage organ is referred to as a bulb. There are many categories, with different names for different structures. There are true bulbs, corms, and tubers. Learn about perennial bulbs.

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With so many different kinds of fruit are available, it's hard to decide which to grow. We'll help your spring planting by giving you the gardening methods you need. Learn how to grow fruits.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

We can find cork in just about any wine bottle. Have you ever wondered where the cork comes from and how is the cork made into a bottle stopper? Find out the answer to those questions in this article from HowStuffWorks.

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Dursban is a chemical that is widely used in the agricultural industry to help keep pests away from crops. Find out how the pesticide Dursban works with the help of this article.

Every year, there comes a time to pull out the oscillating sprinklers. Ever wonder just what makes an oscillating sprinkler oscillate? Find out!

By Marshall Brain

In built-in lawn sprinkling systems, there is a device called an anti-siphon valve. What is it for and how does it work? Find out what this part of an irrigation system does with the help of this article.

What is fertilizer and why do plants need it? What do the three numbers on most bags of fertilizer mean?

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They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Why is that? Do you want a lawn that looks like a pristinely manicured golf course, a plush green carpet surrounding your house? Learn how to take your lawn from wilting mess to suburban Eden.

By Tom Harris

Unlike model trains or dollhouses, bonsai is a living landscape. It's the vision of the bonsai artist applied to a tree, shrub or plant.

By Sara Elliott

A green lawn is a nice place to sip iced tea, relax in a hammock, bird watch. But to get to that magazine-worthy turf, you first need to till the soil. Here's how.

By Charles W. Bryant

The yard should be a relaxing place where you can go after a long day of work and enjoy a bit of nature. Unfortunately, your backyard is anything but relaxing. Building a pond may be just the thing to bring serenity to you.

By Heather Kolich

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Reproducing plants out of season gave man a measure of control over nature. The allure of it sparked the imagination and inspired new methods for building structures devoted to plants. So how do greenhouses work?

By Sara Elliott

When fish live in tanks, their waste builds up in the water. But what is one living thing's sewage is another living thing's savory meal. Can crops be cultivated on fish feces?

By Sarah Winkler

We all know that water's a precious resource, but in drought-stricken regions, it's harder to come by than ever. What can you do? One landscaping option is Xeriscaping.

By John Fuller

It may be time to dethatch your lawn, but you'd never know it unless you know what to look for. You'd better find out, though -- it could make the difference between a healthy and decaying lawn.

By Linda C. Brinson

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Riding mowers are ideal for larger lawns -- anything over half an acre. You can learn more about riding mowers from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Flowers have always played a part in our history. Even primitive man used flowers and plants to beautify his face, body, and his cave. Read this article to learn about the materials and techniques for arranging flowers, and the meanings of flowers.

By Editors of Consumer Guide