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Organic Gardeners You Should Follow
You’ll appreciate Timothy’s down-to-earth approach and basic gardening tips as well as natural fertilizer recipes, projects and fun, easy-to-digest graphical information. He gardens in urban Houston. INSTAGRAM: @bigcitygardener BLOG: bigcitygardener
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FROM THE GROUND UP Start With The Soil
It’s easy to take soil for granted… until you decide to grow something! Even though we are often trying to cover up the ground with plants, a lush garden really does rely on soil quality. Plants don’t need a lot of extra care when they’re grown in am
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Bulb-forcing how-to. Houseplant projects. Bird-feeding ideas. Check out our Garden Projects Playlist on YouTube! Learn the secret to elegant mass plantings and other smart design tips to incorporate into your garden.
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A Thoughtful Transition
Gardening can be an activity we enjoy throughout our lives—especially if we adapt our gardens to suit our changing abilities. Just ask Kathleen LaLiberte. She moved to Richmond, Vermont, in the 1970s with the dream of having a garden where she could
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Top 5 Tools
Digging and cultivating soil can be hard work. Keep these tools on hand to make the job easier. 1 Garden fork A garden fork is used for loosening hard ground. It’s an essential tool for lifting and turning soil and digging and dividing perennials.
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Reader Tips
To help decide which plants go where when designing a garden bed, Margaret draws out the shape of the bed to scale on graph paper. She marks the spaces of preexisting plants, then covers the paper with self-sealing laminating sheets. Then she can use
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Botanical Names
Musa spp. and hybrids Canna spp. and hybrids Phormium spp. and hybrids Iris spp. and hybrids Monarda didyma Aegopodium podagraria Heuchera spp. and hybrids Oenothera spp. and hybrids Phlox paniculata Origanum vulgare Centaurea montana
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Compost It
Fall leaves Straw Dead flowers Shredded newspaper Sawdust Dead brush and twigs Pine needles Grass clippings Plant-based kitchen waste Barnyard animal manure Coffee grounds/filters/tea bags Fresh garden trimmings Dog or cat feces Disease- or insect
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Pest Watch
These critters dig complex underground tunnels and feast on plant roots. They primarily stay underground; have four protruding yellow front teeth, white whiskers and a hairless tail, and are smaller than a rat. Various species of pocket gophers range
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Tapestry Under a Tree
Are you tired of struggling with lawn under a large shade tree? Me, too. With dramatic fall color, this 18-year-old red maple is a striking asset in my front yard. But there are large and extensive surface roots that make it difficult to grow grass.
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Caring for This Island Bed
In spring cut back and rake up dead foliage and replenish mulch if you need to. When summer arrives, just deadhead faded flowers to encourage new growth. Once the hosta foliage has browned in fall, cut down all the foliage to prevent the large leaves
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Good-Looking Edible Greens
Edible and ornamental plants don’t need to be segregated. In fact, many edible crops have striking, architectural foliage that can look great in ornamental plantings. The concept of foodscaping—incorporating vegetables in with showier plants to creat
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Start Seeds Faster with Bottom Heat
It’s true that you can grow seeds on the windowsill in recycled yogurt cups—people do it all the time. But I’ve found that I’m more successful at growing indoors if I give seeds bottom heat with a germination mat. WHY IS BOTTOM HEAT IMPORTANT? When
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Grow Your Own Flowers for Cutting
The simple joy of planting a patch of flowers to cut and fashion into a posy is undeniable. For Jennifer and Adam O’Neal, growing cut flowers is a way of life. They grow all of their botanical ingredients themselves, from early blooming anemones to l
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Optimal Germinating Temperatures
Centaurea cyanus Melampodium divaricatum Tropaeolum majus Pastinaca sativa Rudbeckia fulgida Cosmos bipinnatus Allium porrum Antirrhinum majus Spinacia oleracea Helianthus annuus Zinnia elegans Plectranthus scutellarioides Imp
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• 5-gallon bucket or deep plastic tub filled with water • Terra-cotta clay pots (4 or 6 in.) • Spray paint (base coat and 2 or more colors for marbling) • Latex gloves and painter’s mask • Wooden skewers • A cardboard tray and bamboo stakes ■
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How Else Can You Provide Bottom Heat?
Any extra warmth can make a difference. If you don’t have a germination mat, here are a few hacks that will give your seed-starting tray bottom heat: A warm appliance Many household appliances, such as refrigerators, water heaters or freezers, give
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Marbleize Your Plain Clay Pots
Of all the ways to paint clay pots, creating this marble effect with spray paint ranks at the top for us. The finish is classy and a cinch to pull off. But the end result resembles high-end marble. Check out the materials list below and you’ll see th
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Garden Jargon
INOSCULATION The natural phenomenon in which trunks, branches or roots of two trees grow together. It is biologically similar to grafting and occurs when two branches rub together in the wind, removing the thin outer layer of bark and exposing the ca
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Like a lot of people, you may be glad to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and get a fresh start. There’s no better way to do that than with a new year and a batch of fresh plants introductions! MEET SOME NEW PLANTS Color seems to be the name of the g
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Q How do I overwinter strawberries growing in a container? I live in an apartment without access to a shed or garage. Donna Schwankl, MN A Strawberry plants in pots and baskets can be challenging to overwinter outside in cold climates. That being
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Test Garden Tryout
We grow as many new plants as possible in our test garden each year so we can share our experience with you. The patio looked great last summer with the new Double Up wax begonias and Medusa Green sweet potato vine mixed in with some old favorites.
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What Are Good Free Phone Apps For Identifying Plants? Margaret E. Hannah, MO
Like Shazam for plants, this app uses image-recognition software and a database of more than 600,000 plants, to identify annuals, perennials, succulents, and mushrooms from around the world. Connect with over 400,000 scientists and naturalists who c
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Grow Gorgeous Peonies
Can such beautiful flowers also be easy to grow? The answer is a definite yes! Peonies are not only easy-care, but they make great cut flowers, are often fragrant and can live for generations. Even though some gardeners grow huge, colorful peonies wi
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Weed Watch
What it looks like Leaves emerge from a rosette and are covered with white woolly hairs. Leaves are stalkless, alternate with one another along the stem and are egg- to spoon-shaped with rounded to broadly pointed tips. Lower leaves are ½ to 5 inches
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Vegetable Plating Guide
One of the most challenging aspects of vegetable gardening is trying to figure out when to plant each type of crop. Some vegetables are cold tolerant and can be planted as soon as the soil thaws in early spring. Others are frost-sensitive and can’t b
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Color Explosion
A Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus ‘Alaska Mix’ See information above left. B Zinnia Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Lime Orange’ Annual; big double apricot blooms with lime-green and rose-colored centers summer through fall; full sun; 30 to 40 in. tall, 12 to 15
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5 Steps To A Layered Border
Anyone can boost their curb appeal and add the “wow!” factor to borders big or small by using a garden design method called “layering.” You can use it to pack in maximum color and texture and get a look that’s as vibrant as the border top right. Find
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