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Tips For Planting In Hot Weather

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

If you’re eager to install new garden plants in the heat of midsummer, here are some ideas for the best results.

Using Algae To Combat Climate Change

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Scientists think algae may be the solution to our ever-growing problem of climate change. Read on to learn more.

How To Stop Invasive Plants From Spreading

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Invasive plants pose a huge threat to ecosystems. Click here to learn how to stop invasive species from spreading in areas they don’t belong.

Understanding The Plant Immune System

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Have you ever wondered about the plant immune system? How do they fight disease? Click here to learn about adaptive immunity in plants.

Plant Adaptations For Fire-Prone Areas

By Teo Spengler

Plants vary widely in their response to fire, and overtime, adapt to it. Click here to learn how plants have adapted to wildfires.

Connections Between Harmful Algae And Climate Change

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Are toxic algae blooms related to climate change? Click here for information on the subject.

Pros And Cons Of Raised Bed Gardening

By Laura Miller

Raised beds can be convenient and helpful for many gardeners, but there can be disadvantages if one doesn’t think ahead.

Learn How Lightning And Plants Interact

By Laura Miller

Do plants grow better after thunderstorms? Click here to learn all about it.

Basic Principles Of Permaculture Design

By Laura Miller

Permaculture principles practiced to any degree can help our planet. Learn the basics of permaculture design so you can apply them to your gardening projects.

Why Thermogenic Plants Produce Heat

By Laura Miller

Do plants produce heat? This may seem like an odd question, but some do, and many have adaptations to regulate their internal temperatures.

Worst Plants For Allergies

By Amy Grant

Knowledge of plants that cause allergic reactions can be beneficial. Click here to learn about common plant allergies.

Plants That Smell Like Lemon

By Amy Grant

Not everyone can grow a lemon tree, but there are plenty of lemon smelling plants that can be grown either in the garden or in containers.

Reasons To Avoid Planting When Soil Is Wet

By Laura Miller

Is it ok to plant in the rain? Should gardeners wait til it's dry or forge ahead and plant anyway? Click to learn the secret.

Plants That Predict The Weather

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Humans have meteorologists to help determine when weather will become wet, but plants don't have that advantage. So how do plants do it?

Can Plants Learn – Do Plants Have Memories

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Can plants learn? Surprisingly, studies into the subject seem to reveal that plant learned behavior carries through their lives, and in some cases, is transported into further generations.

Sophomore Year Garden Tips – What To Do When You’re Gardening For The Second Time

By Mary Ellen Ellis

If you’re in the second year, you’re ready to perfect last year’s efforts and for some more advanced gardening. Read on for tips.

Privacy Wall Ideas – How To Design A Secluded Backyard

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

You’ve just moved into a new house and you love it, except for the lack of privacy in the backyard. Luckily, creating a DIY privacy wall just takes some imagination.

Green Collar Job Info – What Does A Green Collar Worker Do

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Click here to explore available green collar jobs and determine if this type of job is right for you.

Annual Vs Perennial Vs Biennial – Annual Biennial Perennial Meaning

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Annual, perennial, biennial differences in plants are important to understand for gardeners. Click here to learn more.

Spring Garden Checklist – Garden Tasks For Spring

By Amy Grant

As temperatures warm, the garden beckons; it’s time to work on your spring garden to-do list. Read on to learn more.

Choosing Houseplants For Your Style – What Are The Best Houseplants For My Decor

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Houseplants are an excellent way to add interest to indoor spaces, as well as freshness and a bright pop of color. Read on to learn more about matching houseplants to your personal style.

Gardening In The New Year: Monthly Resolutions For The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to, so why not make it easy and choose resolutions for the garden? Find ideas here.

Growing Challenge In Winter: Finding Winter Garden Motivation

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Looking for a few winter gardening challenges? Click this article for some fun ideas on gardening in winter.

Gardening Questions And Answers – Our Top 2020 Gardening Topics

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

What answers did you long for this year? Journey with us as Gardening Know How takes a look back at the best of 2020.

Winter Solstice Gardening: How Gardeners Spend The First Day Of Winter

By Teo Spengler

Winter solstice is the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. If you are hoping to celebrate winter in the garden, click here.

Holiday Plant History – Why Do We Have Christmas Plants

By Amy Grant

Have you ever wondered how holiday plants became popular? Here’s some holiday plant history into why we have Christmas plants.

Plant Related Holidays: Celebrate Each Month With A Gardening Calendar

By Teo Spengler

You’ve probably heard of Earth Day, but there are several plant-related holidays that you could celebrate in the garden. Click to learn more.

Giving To Food Deserts – How To Donate To Food Deserts

By Amy Grant

How do you donate to food deserts? Click this article to learn about food desert organizations and nonprofits that can help.

Natural Thanksgiving Décor – How To Grow Thanksgiving Decorations

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

Fall colors and nature’s bounty create the perfect natural Thanksgiving décor. Click herefor some ideas on Thanksgiving décor that you can grow.

Thanksgiving In The Garden – Creating A Backyard Thanksgiving Dinner

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

There are several ways to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner outdoors. Click this article for some fun ideas you may want to try out this year.

Heat Loving Plants That Tolerate Cold: Choosing Cold Hardy Sun Plants

By Laura Miller

All too often, cold climate gardeners find their sun loving perennials don't make it through the winter. Click here for options.

Winter Gardening Do’s And Don’ts – What To Do In A Garden In Winter

By Laura Miller

If you're wondering what to do in a garden in winter, the answer is plenty. Here are some winter gardening do's and don'ts to keep you busy.

Winter Prepping Plants – How To Prepare Plants For Winter

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Experienced growers know that preparation for winter can be a busy time in the garden. Click here for info on winter prepping plants.

Virtual Garden Tours: Touring Gardens While Home

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

With Covid, many botanic gardens around the world have made it possible to enjoy virtual tours from the comfort of home. Learn more here.

Virtual Garden Design – How To Use Garden Planning Software

By Laura Miller

Garden planning software can make the job of garden design easier and help you avoid costly mistakes. Click here to learn more.

When To Start Garden Plans – Learn About End Of Season Garden Planning

By Mary Ellen Ellis

The end of the growing season can be both rewarding and sad, but end of season garden planning is your next task. Click here for tips to get started.

Plant Navigation – How To Use Nature As A Compass

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

Using nature as a compass is not only entertaining, it sharpens your observational skills and appreciation of nature. Learn more here.

Poison Ivy Treatments: Poison Ivy Home Remedy Tips

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Identifying poison ivy and understanding how to alleviate its symptoms can help reduce spread and the discomfort it can cause. Learn more here.

Plants For Veterans – Honoring Veterans With Flowers

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Honor heroes with living Veteran's day plants. Building a remembrance garden is a great way of paying tribute to veteran soldiers. Learn more here.

Beginner Garden Tips: Getting Started With Gardening

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

First-time gardeners have nearly unlimited access to the resources necessary to be successful. Explore gardening tips for beginners here.

Interesting Garden Hacks You May Not Know About

By Leslie Garner, Early Childhood Educator

Who doesn't love a good hack to make life easier and save a little money too? Click here for some gardening tips that might just amaze you.

Old Gardening Advice: Garden Tips From The Past

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

There are lots of new tips and technology to promote the best garden growth, but old gardening advice comes in handy too. Learn more here.

Homemade Bird Feeder Ideas – Making Bird Feeders With Kids

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Bird feeder crafts can be great projects for families and kids. Ready to get started? Click this article for some fun ideas.

Hobby Farm Ideas – Tips For Starting A Hobby Farm

By Laura Miller

Starting a hobby farm can be an exciting adventure. Click here for some tips and ideas to help get you started with this fun endeavor.

What Are Hobby Farms – Hobby Farm Vs. Business Farm

By Amy Grant

Unclear about the difference between a hobby farm vs. business farm? Click here to learn what hobby farms are and how they differ.

Small Farming Tips And Ideas – How To Start A Small Farm

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Click here for information on how to start a small farm to help you make a wise decision.

Homesteading For Beginners – Learn About Starting A Homestead

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Understanding how to start homesteading will help beginners as they progress towards their own self-sufficiency goals. Learn more here.

Homesteading Information: Tips On Starting A Homestead

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

A homesteading farm life may not be for everyone, but some of the simpler practices can be used even in urban settings. Learn more here.

Plant Growing Orientation – How Do Plants Know Which Way Is Up

By Mary Ellen Ellis

When starting seeds or planting bulbs, do you ever wonder how plants know which way to grow? If so, then this article is for you.

Fall Garden Guide: Basic Fall Gardening For Beginners

By Liz Baessler

Whether raking the yard, cleaning the garden, starting a new garden, or prepping for next season, here are autumn garden tips to get it done.

Cleaning With Vinegar: Using Vinegar To Clean Pots In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

After a few years or even months of regular use, flowerpots begin to look grungy. Learn how to clean flowerpots with vinegar here.

General Pruning Calendar: When Should Plants Be Cut Back

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Pruning is essential in gardens, but when is the best time for cutting back plants? Click this article for more information.

Fall Garden Planner – How To Prepare A Fall Garden

By Mary Ellen Ellis

There is still much to do to prepare a fall garden for ongoing growth and next spring. Get general autumn gardening planning tips here.

Harvest Moon Facts – What Is The Harvest Moon

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Regardless of personal beliefs, the connection between the harvest moon and gardening is worth exploring. Learn more here.

Seasonal SAD Disorder: Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder With Plants

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that fluctuates with the seasons. Click here to learn about SAD and gardening.

Plant Nursery Set Up – Tips For Starting A Plant Nursery

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Starting a plant nursery is a huge challenge that requires dedication, long hours, and hard work, day in and day out. Find useful tips in this article.

Native Plant Nurseries – How To Start A Native Plant Nursery

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Starting a native plant nursery can be a rewarding experience. If you’re wondering how to start a native plant nursery, click here for more information.

What Does Wort Mean: Wort Family Of Plants

By Laura Miller

With so many plants having wort in their name, there should be a wort family of plants. But what does wort mean? Learn about wort plant members here.

Can Honey Be Poisonous: What Makes Honey Toxic

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Have you ever wondered if honey can be poisonous? If so, what makes honey toxic to humans? Poisonous honey occurs when bees collect pollen or nectar from certain plants and carry it back to their hives. To learn more about poisonous honey, click here.

Honey From Different Flowers – How Do Flowers Affect Honey Flavor

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Do different flowers make different honey? Yes, they do. Click here to learn about honey derived from different flowers, and try some for yourself.

Why Pollinate By Hand: What Is The Purpose Of Hand Pollination

By Laura Miller

Hand pollination may be the answer to improving low crop yields in the garden. These simple skills are easy to learn. Click here for more info.

Garden Writing Tips – How To Write A Garden Book

By Amy Grant

If you’re passionate about gardening, read and dream about gardening, and like to talk to everyone about your passion, then maybe you should write a book about gardening. How to turn your green thoughts into a book? Find out in this article.

What Is Room Cooling Of Produce: How Does Room Cooling Work

By Teo Spengler

Room cooling is a common way to cool down fruits and vegetables after they are harvested. If you aren’t familiar with it, this article can help.

Why Is Rain Relaxing: How To Reduce Stress With Rain

By Mary Ellen Ellis

April showers bring May flowers and so much more. Is rain relaxing? For some, it most certainly is! Click here to learn some ways the rain can relax you.

What Is The Summer Solstice – How Does The Summer Solstice Work

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What is the summer solstice? Exactly when is the summer solstice and what does it mean for gardeners? Click here to learn more.

A Beginner’s Guide To Gardening: How To Get Started With Gardening

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Where to begin searching when starting a garden at home can be overwhelming, but shouldn’t be. Use this Beginner’s Guide to Gardening to get started!

Plant Leaf Identification: How To Tell Plant Leaves Apart

By Teo Spengler

In order to identify a plant, you need to recognize characteristics about it. For basic tips on identifying plants and flowers by their leaves, click here.

Green Social Distancing: Growing Plant Walls For Social Distancing

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Whether discouraging neighbors from getting too close or have a business in need of boundaries, try social distancing with plants. Click here for more.

Recycling Garbage Waste: What To Do With Old Garden Supplies

By Amy Grant

What can you do with non-organic garden waste? Can it be recycled? Click here for some ideas and tips for your garden related garbage.

What Are Green Burials – Learn About Earth-Friendly Burial Options

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The passing of loved ones is never easy. Along with the loss, options for final arrangements can lbe overwhelming. Learn about earth-friendly burial options here.

Frugal Gardening Tips – How To Grow A Garden For Free

By Teo Spengler

Not everyone is keen on the idea of investing a bundle of money in their garden. Yet, many still want to be able to create and have a nice garden area. It is very possible to garden on a budget using free or low-cost materials. Click here for some free gardening tips and ideas.

Easter Centerpiece Flowers: Popular Plants For Easter Centerpieces

By Teo Spengler

When it’s spring, you know Easter is just around the corner. It’s not too early to start planning for the family dinner, including flowers for the Easter table. Click on the following article to learn more about Easter centerpiece flowers.

Gardening Truths: Surprising Gardening Facts About Your Garden

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The amount of gardening information available to us is overwhelming. Explore the line between gardening facts and fiction in this article.

Immune-Boosting Foods – Growing Plants With Antiviral Properties

By Laura Miller

Whether you're growing food for the community or for your family, growing antiviral plants could become the wave of the future. Learn more here.

Unusual Plant Names: Growing Plants With Funny Names

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Ever heard the name of a plant that made you giggle just a little? Some plants do have rather silly or funny names. Plants with funny names earn these unusual names for a variety of reasons. Click on the following article for a few plant names that will make you laugh.

Clean Your House Naturally: Learn About Natural Home Sanitizers

By Mary Ellen Ellis

It's time for spring cleaning, but do natural disinfectants work? Find tips here to clean your house naturally with herbs and common household products.

Boosting Immunity Naturally – Plants That Boost Immune System

By Amy Grant

Herbal plants that boost immune system stimulate the activity of cells responsible for fighting infections. Learn about natural immune boosters here.

Using Herbal Teas For Health: Tea To Drink When You’re Sick

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Teas to fight viruses may be your first line of defense in a time of such widespread illness. Learn about using herbal teas for health here.

Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Toilet paper is something most of us take for granted, but what if there was a shortage? Perhaps you could grow your own toilet paper. Find plants here.

Spring Cleanup Time: When To Start Spring Garden Cleaning

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Knowing when/how to spring clean your garden is important for local ecosystems, as many pollinators overwinter in dead plant material you may want to remove. By waiting to clean, it ensures the safety of these beneficial insects. Learn about spring garden cleaning here.

Insects Protecting Their Children – Do Insects Care For Their Young

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

The instinct to protect children of any species is strong and may also extend to insects. While not in the same sense as humans or other animals, it is possible insect parents similarly watch over their young. Click here to find out more about how insects protect their young.

Honoring Women: Choosing Flowers For International Women’s Day

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Honoring women’s achievements with flowers goes way back, and there’s no better way to convey your love and admiration to the women in your life or around the world than with a heartfelt bouquet of International Women’s Day plants. Learn more here.

Botanical Garden Activities: What To Do At A Botanical Garden

By Amy Grant

There are around 2,000 botanical gardens spanning across numerous countries worldwide. Why so many and what do botanical gardens do? Botanical gardens serve many purposes. Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information.

Visiting Botanical Gardens: Botanical Garden Tips For Enjoyment

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Visiting a botanical garden is a memorable experience. Botanical gardens are a great place to learn about nature. Many offer several different interesting features or events to check out. For some tips on how to enjoy botanical gardens, click the following article.

Fruit And Vegetable Peel Uses – Interesting Uses For Old Peels

By Amy Grant

There are in fact a plethora of fruit and vegetable peel uses. Some of the things to do with peels will surprise you, while other uses for old peels are fairly common sense. Click the following article to find out what to do with peelings.

What Is A Spathe: Learn About The Spathe And Spadix In Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

A spathe and spadix in plants are unique types of flowering structures. Some of the plants that have these structures are popular potted houseplants that you may already be growing. To learn more about the spathe and spadix structure, click on the following article.

Cleaning Garden Sculptures: What To Clean Garden Statues With

By Amy Grant

Garden statuary, bird baths, and fountains are fun and decorative additions to the landscape but just like the garden, they require maintenance. How do you clean a garden statue? It doesn’t take much. Click the following article to learn more about cleaning garden statues.

Can Plants Talk To Each Other – What Do Plants Use To Communicate

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Very committed and slightly crazy gardeners like to humanize their plants. Could there be some grain of truth in our desire to think plants are like people? Can plants talk to each other? Do plants communicate with us? The verdicts are in. Learn more here.

Planting In Furrows: Are There Benefits To Furrow Gardening

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

While many homeowners choose to explore more intensive methods of producing vegetables, others may prefer more traditional growing techniques. Furrow gardening is a method that produces a beautiful garden, as well as high yields. Learn more here.

Designing With Microclimates – How To Use Microclimates To Your Advantage

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Microclimates within the garden can greatly impact which plants can be grown and how. By utilizing these microclimates to their advantage, however, homeowners can create beautiful and vibrant garden spaces that serve a wide range of purposes. Learn more here.

What Makes A Microclimate: Learn About Different Microclimate Factors

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

A microclimate is a small area with different environmental and atmospheric conditions than the surrounding area. These microclimate factors may vary from site to site. As a gardener, it’s important to know about these factors. To learn more, click here.

Finding Microclimates In Gardens: How To Determine Your Microclimate

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Microclimates vary widely depending upon the location of the garden, nearby structures, and even the direction which the garden faces. Learning how to determine your microclimate will help you meet the needs of garden plants. This article will get you started.

Land Clearing Basics – What Does It Mean To Clear And Grub Something

By Amy Grant

A developer’s first order of business is to clear and grub a landscape. What does clearing and grubbing mean? This refers to land clearing basics performed by anyone who has purchased undeveloped land. You could also clear land for yourself. For more information, click here.

Setting Goals In The Garden – How To Achieve Your Gardening Goals

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Are you new to growing a garden and unsure how to get organized? Maybe you’ve been gardening for a while but never get the results you desire. An important part of achieving success is setting goals in the garden. This article can help with sticking to your garden resolutions.

Taking Plants Over Borders – Learn About International Travel With Plants

By Laura Miller

Did you know transporting plants over borders can be illegal? While most commercial growers realize moving plants across international borders requires a permit, vacationers may not. Click this article for tips on international travel with plants.

Flying With Plants: Can I Take Plants On An Airplane

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Either as a gift or a souvenir from a vacation, taking plants on flights is possible, although not always easy. You should know beforehand any restrictions for the particular airline you are flying with. For more information about bringing plants on planes, click here.

Moving Plants Across State Lines: Can You Transport Plants Over State Borders

By Amy Grant

Are you planning a move out of state soon and planning on taking your beloved plants with you? Can you take plants across state lines? You may be surprised to learn there are actually laws and guidelines about moving plants out of state. Learn more here.

Plants That Evolve With The Seasons – Stunning Seasonal Changing Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

A huge joy of one’s garden is the visual delight of it. Strategically planning the plants for your garden can allow for year-round beauty. For ideas on stunning plants that evolve with the seasons, click on the following article.

Christmas Centerpiece Ideas – Growing Plants For A Christmas Centerpiece

By Laura Miller

Would you like a different look for this year's holiday floral centerpiece? If traditional plants for a Christmas centerpiece leave you feeling bah humbug, it's time to think outside of the “flower” box! Click this article for some other Christmas centerpiece ideas.

How To Draw Plants – Learn About Making Botanical Drawings

By Teo Spengler

Botanical illustration has a long history and dates back long before cameras were around. Back in those times, hand drawings were the only way to show others exactly what a specific plant looked like. Click here for more information on making botanical drawings yourself.

Botanical Art History: What Is The History Of Botanical Illustration

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Botanical art history stretches further back in time, more than 4,000 years ago. If you enjoy collecting or creating botanical art, you may find it interesting to know how this specialized art form began and evolved over the years. This article will help with that.

Plants That Move: Learn About Plant Movement

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Plants may not move in the way animals do; however, they do move. As they grow from a seedling to a full plant, they are slowly moving. Although usually slow, there are other ways plants move. To learn about popular plants known for their movements, click here.

Flower Color Symbolism: What Do Flower Colors Mean

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Do certain flower colors have meaning? Flower color symbolism dates back centuries and is found all across the world. Knowing these meanings can help you make the most of your floral arrangements and gift bouquets. To learn what flower colors symbolize, click here.

Cold Weather Plant Allergies – Are There Winter Allergy Plants

By Amy Grant

The mild days of spring and summer are long gone and you’re in the grip of winter, so why are you still getting seasonal plant allergies? Cold weather plant allergies aren’t as unusual as one might think. Click here to learn what triggers winter allergies.

Repairing Bad Pruning: How To Correct Pruning Mistakes

By Teo Spengler

Good pruning will minimize damage to growing plant tissue. However, bad pruning creates several problems for the plant. What if you make a pruning mistake? To learn how to correct seasonal pruning errors, click the following article.

Becoming A Garden Mentor: Giving Back By Garden Coaching

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Gardeners are some of the most giving people out there, and there’s nothing more valuable than giving your time and no better way to help fellow gardeners than by mentoring them. Ready to start your garden coaching endeavor? Click here to learn more.

Donating To Garden Causes – How To Get Involved With Garden Charities

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Donating to garden causes, be it on #givingtuesday or any day of the year, is easy to do and the fulfillment you receive from this act of kindness lasts a lifetime. Want to help out a cause and bring about positive change? Click this article to learn more.

Giving Back With Gardens – Volunteer And Charity Garden Ideas

By Mary Ellen Ellis

For many, gardening is just a hobby, but it can be much more meaningful when you use that hobby to give back to the community. Garden donations to food banks, community gardens, and other charitable causes are all ways to give back. Click here to learn more.

Smart Gardening Guide – Learn About Gardening With Technology

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Tech isn't just for video games and phone apps. Gardening with technology can save time, energy and money. Check out these smart garden techniques and take home some inventive ideas that can help you in the landscape. Click this article to learn more.

Garden Tablescaping Ideas: Tips On How To Create Tablescapes

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

While a delicious meal will bring family and friends together around the same table, many hosts wish to make the event even more special by crafting an unforgettable tablescape. Click this article for information on garden tabelscaping.

Grow Your Own Clothes: Learn About Clothing Materials Made From Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Can you grow your own clothes? People have been growing plants for making clothes practically since the beginning of time. Click on the following article to learn more about the most common plants for making clothes.

Duct Tape Garden Hacks: Learn About Gardening With Duct Tape

By Laura Miller

Available in a wide array of colors, patterns, roll sizes and sheets, its bonding power makes it easy to find creative uses for duct tape. But what can gardeners do with duct tape? Outdoor uses are ideal for this product and we’ll tell you how. Click here for more info.

Winterizing The Perennial Garden – Tips For Perennial Winter Care

By Teo Spengler

While those in extremely mild climates can get away with minimal perennial winter care, the rest of us need to think about winterizing the perennial garden. If you are not sure about how to take care of perennials in winter, click here for tips.

Halloween Table Plants – Make A Living Halloween Centerpiece

By Teo Spengler

If you are having a party or a dinner for the holiday, you might want to consider using Halloween flowers and plants as table decorations. Of course, the pumpkin is the rock star of Halloween, but there are plenty of other creative options too. Learn more here.

Planting With Cremains – Is There A Safe Way To Bury Ashes

By Laura Miller

Planting a tree, rose bush or flowers to memorialize a loved one can provide a beautiful place of remembrance. If you'll be planting with cremains (cremated remains) of your loved one, there are extra steps you'll need to take. Learn what they are in this article.

Common Plant Phobias – Fear Of Flowers, Plants, and More

By Amy Grant

Whether they admit it or not, everyone fears something. For many people, it’s an actual fear of plants and flowers. Considering the world is covered in plants, this phobia can be extremely serious and curtail a person’s lifestyle. Learn more in this article.

What Is Plant Mutation – Learn About Mutation In Plants

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

Mutation in plants is a naturally occurring phenomenon that alters the appearance of a plant’s characteristics, most notably in the foliage, flowers, fruit, or stems. Many times, the mutant plants return to normal the next season. Learn more in this article.

Gardening And Addiction – How Gardening Helps In Recovery

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Gardening is a great hobby for mental health. There is now evidence that gardening and being outdoors can aid in recovery from addiction as well. Click this article to learn more about using gardening as a tool to help with addiction recovery.

Glow-In-The-Dark Plants – Learn About Plants That Glow

By Teo Spengler

Is there a such thing as a glow-in-the-dark plant? Glowing plants are already a reality in many universities. For more information on what makes a glowing plant and how it is caused, click the following article.

Growing Degree Day Information – Tips For Calculating Growing Degree Days

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

What are Growing Degree Days? Growing Degree Days (GDD) are a way researchers and growers can estimate the development of plants and insects during a growing season. You can learn more about the importance of Growing Degree Days in this article.

Survival Plants – Information About Plants You Can Eat In The Wild

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The idea of harvesting wild plants for survival is not new, but familiarizing oneself with these plants is vital. You never know when you might find yourself in a predicament where relying upon such plants for survival becomes necessary. Learn more here.

White Plant Photosynthesis: How Plants That Aren’t Green Photosynthesize

By Laura Miller

If plants require chlorophyll to produce energy from sunlight, it's logical to wonder if photosynthesis without chlorophyll can occur. The answer is yes. Click on the following article to learn how plants that aren't green photosynthesize.

Illegal Plant Trade Info – How Does Poaching Affect Plants

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

When it comes to the word “poaching,” most people immediately think of the illegal taking of large, endangered animals. But what if I told you that poaching extends far beyond endangered wildlife? Plant poaching is real too. Learn more about it here.

What Is Etiolation: Learn About Etiolation Plant Problems

By Amy Grant

Sometimes, a plant will become spindly, colorless, and generally listless not because of disease, lack of water, or fertilizer but due to an entirely different problem - an etiolation plant problem. What is etiolation and why does it occur? Find out here in this article.

Do Plants Fight Off Predators: Learn About Plant Defense Mechanisms

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Due to their rooted nature, it may be difficult to imagine what measures plants are able to take to prevent outside attacks. One may quickly begin to wonder, “How does a plant defend itself?”. Click here to learn about ways plants protect themselves from threats.

Space Horticulture: Learn How Astronauts Grow Plants In Space

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Learning to grow and sustain plantings beyond Earth is of great importance to the discussion of extended space travel and exploration. Take a peek at the study of plants grown in space by clicking on the following article.

Clouds And Photosynthesis – Do Plants Grow On Cloudy Days

By Teo Spengler

If shade from clouds is making you feel blue, you can always opt to walk on the sunny side of the street. The plants in your garden do not have this option. But do clouds affect photosynthesis? Click here to learn how cloudy days affect plants.

Do Native Plants Need Fertilizer: Learn About Feeding Native Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

It’s normal for gardeners who are accustomed to fussy, high-maintenance flower beds to wonder how to fertilize native plants, or if feeding native plants is even necessary. It isn’t. Click here while we explore the question, “Do native plants need fertilizer?”

Punishing Places For Plants – How Plants Survive Extreme Environments

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Many plants throughout the world are adapted to and able to withstand even the harshest of growing conditions. Taking a closer look at how plants survive these harsh growing conditions can help home gardeners better plan their own landscapes. This article will help.

Flower Drying Methods: Learn About Preserving Flowers From The Garden

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

Wish you could extend the life of those colorful flowers growing in your garden? You can! Drying flowers is easy to do anytime blossoms are in their prime. Click this article for more information on how to dry flowers from the garden.

Garden Blog Tips – Learn How To Start A Garden Blog

By Gardening Know How

If spring is luring you toward the garden and you are yearning to share your gardening knowledge with others, starting a garden blog can be the way to go. Anyone can learn to blog. Learn how to start a garden blog with the easy tips from this article.

Plastic Bags For Plants: How To Move Plants In Bags

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Moving plants is a huge challenge and often leads to moisture damage, broken pots and other disasters, including dead or damaged plants. Many plant enthusiasts have found that moving plants in plastic bags is a simple, inexpensive solution. Learn more here.

Problems With Summer Pollen: Plants That Cause Summer Allergies

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Spring isn’t the only time you can expect hay fever. Summer plants can aggravate allergies too. Learn about common summer allergy triggers here.

What Is An Eradicant Fungicide: Protectant Vs. Eradicant Fungicide Info

By Liz Baessler

Fungicides are a very useful item in the gardener’s arsenal, and when used correctly, they can be extremely effective in the fight against disease. But before you start spraying, you should understand is the difference between protectant and eradicant fungicides. Learn more here.

Canopy Soil Info: What Is In Canopy Soil

By Liz Baessler

When you think about soil, your eyes probably drift down. Soil belongs in the ground, underfoot, right? Not necessarily. There’s a whole different class of soil that exists high above your head, up in the treetops. They’re called canopy soils and you can learn about it here.

Garden Design Textures – What Is Garden Texture

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

One of the most common elements of garden design to consider is the use of texture. In the garden, textures refer to the overall presence of the plant. Gardening with texture allows the grower to create plantings that are diverse and offer fantastic curb appeal. Learn more here.

Plants And Talking: Should You Talk To Your Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Dr. Doolittle talked to the animals with excellent results, so why shouldn’t you try talking to your plants? Do plants respond to voices? There are many compelling studies that seem to point to a rousing “yes.” Click this article to see if you should talk to your plants.

Albino Plant Info: How Do Plants Having No Chlorophyll Grow

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Albinism in plants is a genetic mutation that may happen in the home garden. When direct sown, plants with albinism may go unnoticed. However, growers who start their seeds indoors may wonder why their seedlings are demonstrating this unique trait. Learn more here.

Gardening By The Moon: Learn How To Plant By Moon Phases

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Many gardeners agree that planting by the moon really works. Others think moon phase gardening is pure myth and malarkey. The only way to know for sure is to give moon phase gardening a try. After all, what can it hurt? Learn how to garden by the moon here.

What Is A Plant Pup – What Do Plant Pups Look Like

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

As plants reproduce and naturalize in the landscape, it can be difficult to distinguish between different garden varieties and weeds. There are a few ways to identify a plant pup, though. What is a plant pup? Click here for that answer and tips on plant pup identification.

Root Ball Information – Where Is The Root Ball On A Plant Or Tree

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

For many people, the process of learning the ins and outs of garden-related jargon can be confusing. In this article, we will be exploring and learning more about one very important part of the plant - the root ball. What is it, where is it, and how to tell if they’re healthy.

Burlap Windscreen In The Garden: How To Make Burlap Windscreens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Gardeners in regions with heavy winds will likely need to protect young trees from harsh gusts. Making your own burlap protection from wind is a cheap and effective way to protect your precious plants. This article will help get you started with burlap windscreen in the garden.

Copper Garden Design – Tips On Using Copper In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Gardeners who are looking for something unique and exciting to set their landscape apart might try garden design with copper. Using copper in the garden or as indoor plant décor is a fun way to incorporate metallic beauty with natural flora. Learn more here.

Springtime Plant Allergens: Plants That Cause Allergies In Spring

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

It is easy to see the showy flowers of spring, such as lilacs or cherry blossoms, and blame your allergy misery on them, but they are not likely the real culprits. Click on the following article to learn about plants that cause allergies in spring.

Gardening With Bubble Wrap: DIY Bubble Wrap Garden Ideas

By Amy Grant

Don’t recycle bubble wrap or throw it out! Repurpose bubble wrap in the garden. While gardening with bubble wrap may seem strange, bubble wrap and plants are a marriage made in the garden. The following article discusses several terrific bubble wrap garden ideas.

Fall Leaf Management – What To Do With Fall Leaves

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Fall leaf management can be a pain, but it isn’t necessary to send this precious resource to the dump. There are several alternatives for autumn leaf disposal; this article provides a few of the most “do-able” options. Click here for more information.

Hand Care Tips For Gardeners: Keeping Your Hands Clean In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Maintaining clean hands in the garden (without gloves) requires a bit of extra tender loving care, but it’s possible. Click this article for tips on keeping your hands clean and avoiding dirty fingernails, no matter how hard you’re working in the garden.

Gardening With Foil: How To Recycle Tin Foil In The Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Earth conscious or eco-friendly gardeners are always coming up with new clever ways to reuse and recycle common household trash. You can even recycle tin foil in the garden! Click here for more information about uses for aluminum foil in the garden.

Garden Climate Changes: How Does Climate Change Affect Gardens

By Teo Spengler

Does climate change affect gardens? It does, and it’s important to learn how to spot climate change in the garden so that you can take action to help your plants adjust. For information about gardening with climate change, click this article.

Plastic Wrap Garden Ideas – Learn How To Use Cling Film In The Garden

By Teo Spengler

The same moisture-sealing qualities that make it work for keeping in food odors make it possible to start gardening with plastic wrap. If you’d like a few DIY garden plastic wrap ideas, click here. We’ll tell you how to use cling film in the garden to help your plants grow.

Autumn Garden Allergies – Common Plants That Cause Fall Allergies

By Shelley Pierce

If you are one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, then it’s helpful to know what the triggers for these allergies are so you avoid them. So, what are some plants that cause fall allergies? Click this article to learn more about allergies in autumn.

Measuring Soil Moisture – What Is Time Domain Reflectometry

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

One of the key components to growing healthy, abundant crops is properly managing and measuring soil moisture content in fields. By using time domain reflectometry tools, farmers are able to precisely measure water content within their soil. Learn more in this article.

Bactericide Information: Learn About Applying Bactericide To Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

You may have seen bactericides recommended in horticultural publications or simply at your local garden center but what is bactericide. Bacterial infections can invade plants just as they can animals. Learn how to use bactericide to help your plants healthy in this article.

What Is a Plant Growth Regulator – Learn When To Use Plant Hormones

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Plant growth regulators, or plant hormones, are chemicals that plants produce to regulate, direct, and promote growth and development. There are synthetic versions available to use commercially and in gardens. You can learn more about these plant hormones here.

What Is Nyctinasty – Learn About Flowers That Open And Close

By Mary Ellen Ellis

What is nyctinasty? It's a valid question and a word you definitely don't hear every day, even if you are an avid gardener. It refers to a type of plant movement, like when flowers open in the day and close at night, or vice versa. Learn more about it in this article.

Gardening With Crystals – How To Use Precious Stones In Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Those who struggle to keep their garden alive will try almost anything to give their plants a healthy boost. You could blend up strange and smelly concoctions to feed your ailing plants or you could try boosting plant energies by using crystals in the garden. Learn more here.

Heat Wave Watering Guide – How Much To Water During Heat Waves

By Kristi Waterworth

How much should you increase your watering in heat? Click here for heat wave watering tips and keeping plants safe during high temperatures.

When Is A Plant Established – What Does “Well Established” Mean

By Shelley Pierce

One of the most ambiguous directives is where the gardener is told to perform a specific gardening task "until it is well established." That is a bit of a head scratcher, isn't it? Well, what does well established mean? How long until plants are well established? Find out here.

Air Root Pruning Info: Should I Trim Air Roots On Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

A common question, "Should I trim air roots?", is often pondered. When it comes to air root pruning, experts have mixed opinions. Primarily, it depends on the type of plant. Click here to learn more about pruning air roots on a few commonly grown plants.

Dioecious And Monoecious Information – Learn About Monoecious And Dioecious Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

To take your green thumb to the next level, you should understand the biology of plants and the botanical terms that come along with growing plants. Get started here with some dioecious and monoecious information that will have you impressing your gardening friends.

What Is Copper Fungicide – How To Use Copper Fungicide In Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Using copper fungicides is confusing, but knowing exactly when to use copper fungicide is the key to success. However, fungal diseases are difficult to control and results aren?t guaranteed. We explore these issues in this article.

Hermaphroditic Plant Info: Why Are Some Plants Hermaphrodites

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Reproductive organs of plants can be found on separate male and female plants or one plant can have both parts. These male and female structures can be on separate flowers or flowers may also be hermaphroditic. Click here to learn about plants that are hermaphrodites.

Making A Sun Map: Tracking Sun Exposure In The Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Mapping sunlight in the garden helps you understand the movement of light and shade throughout the landscape. It allows you to place the right plants in the right exposure so they do not burn up or have stunted, leggy or distorted growth. Learn more here.

What Is A Sheltered Area – When To Put Plants In A Sheltered Position

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

When purchasing plants, you may have been given special instructions to plant in a sheltered position. So exactly what is a sheltered area and how can you create one in your garden? Click this article to find out more about gardening in sheltered areas.

What Is Nectar: Why Do Plants Produce Nectar

By Mary Ellen Ellis

The Greek gods supposedly ate ambrosia and drank nectar, and hummingbirds drink nectar, but what exactly is it? If you've ever wondered what nectar is, and if you can get some out of your garden, you're not alone. This article has more information.

What Is Pollen: How Does Pollination Work

By Mary Ellen Ellis

As anyone with allergies knows, pollen is abundant in the spring. Plants seem to give off a thorough dusting of this powdery substance. But what is pollen exactly? And why do plants produce it? Here's a little pollen information for you to satisfy your curiosity.

Plant Bud Information – Flower Bud Vs. Leaf Bud On Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Buds on plants are precursors to new growth of some kind. This can be a flower bud or a leaf bud. Identifying flower buds to separate them from possible leaf buds can be tricky. Click here for more information on flower bud vs. leaf bud in the garden.

Thigmomorphogenesis Info: Why Should I Tickle My Plants

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

Have you heard of tickling plants to help them grow? If you saw someone tickling, stroking, or bending plants, you might assume they were crazy. ?Why should I tickle my plants?? you may wonder. This article will explain the reasons behind this unusual practice.

What Are Stomata: Stoma Plant Pores And How They Work

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plants are as alive as we are and have physical characteristics that help them live just as humans and animals do. Stomata are some of the more important attributes a plant can have. What are stomata? Click this article to learn more.

Oxygen For Plants – Can Plants Live Without Oxygen

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

You probably know that plants generate oxygen during photosynthesis. Since it?s common knowledge that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere during this process, it may be a surprise that plants also need oxygen to survive. Learn more here.

Horticultural Fleece Uses – Learn How To Use Garden Fleece

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Fleece in the garden is similar to the fleece we use for blankets and jackets: it keeps plants warm. This plant blanket is lightweight and easy to use and can provide protection against cold and frost as well as other harmful weather conditions and pests. Learn more here.

Protecting Gardens Year Round: How To Weatherproof The Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Extreme weather can mean anything from excessive heat or cold, heavy snow or rains, high winds, drought or floods. Whatever Mother Nature throws at you, creating weatherproof gardens can give you the upper hand. Find more information in this article.

When Do Plants Wake Up – Learn About Plant Dormancy In The Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

When do plants wake up in spring? There is no exact answer to that question because it depends on too many variables, such as which plant it is, what zone you live in and precise details of the weather your area has been experiencing. Learn more here.

What Are Essential Oils: Learn About Using Essential Oil From Plants

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Almost every culture has a long history of using plant essential oils for health, beauty, or religious practices. So, what are essential oils? Click this article for the answer, as well as information on how to use essential oils.

Planting In Cremation Ashes – Are Cremation Ashes Good For Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Planting in cremation ashes sounds like a wonderful way to pay tribute to a friend or family member who has passed on, but is gardening with cremation ashes really beneficial for the environment, and can plants grow in human ashes? Learn more here.

What Are Vernalization Requirements And Why Plants Need Vernalization

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

Apple and peach trees, tulips and daffodils, hollyhocks and foxgloves, and many other plants wouldn't produce their flowers or fruit without cold winters. Click this article to learn about this process and why plants need vernalization.

What Is Aromatherapy: Learn About Using Plants For Aromatherapy

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Aromatherapy has been around since the ancient times but it has only recently come back into fashion. What is aromatherapy? You can find answers and information on using plants for aromatherapy in this article. Click here to learn more.

Playing Music For Plants – How Does Music Affect Plant Growth

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

We've all heard that playing music for plants helps them grow faster. So can music accelerate plant growth, or this just another urban legend? Can plants really hear sounds? Do they like music? Click here to learn what experts have to say.

Pets And Plant Allergens: Learn About Plants That Cause Allergies In Pets

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

While you're busy with in your own hay fever misery, you likely overlooked your pets. Can dogs and cats have allergies too? Click here to learn more.

Planting In Crevices: Are There Plants For Cracks And Crevices

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Not all landscapes come with perfect soft, loamy soil and gardening in cracks and crevices may be a part of your garden reality. Fortunately, there are many plants that are versatile enough for rocky spaces. Click here for some great options.

What Is The Crown Of A Plant – Learn About Plants Having Crowns

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

A plant crown is a part of the plant, not an adornment or accessory. This article provides information about plant crown so you can learn more about what part of the plant is the crown and its overall function on the plant.

What Is Urushiol Oil: Learn About Urushiol Plant Allergies

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plants are amazing organisms. They have a number of unique adaptations and abilities that help them thrive and survive. Urushiol oil in plants is one such adaptation. What is urushiol oil? It is a toxin that may cause blistering and rashes. Learn more here.

Overwintering Plants: What Is Overwintering

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Some plants that we grow as annuals in northern regions are perennial in southern areas. By overwintering these plants, we can keep them growing year after year and save a little money. Learn more about overwintering plants in this article.

What Are Herbicide Adjuvants: Herbicide Adjuvant Guide For Gardeners

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you have ever perused a pesticide label, you might be familiar with the term 'adjuvant.' What are herbicide adjuvants? It can be confusing to unravel herbicide spray adjuvants and their properties, but we'll do it together and make some sense of them in this article.

Pulling Up Landscape Fabric: How To Get Rid Of Landscape Fabric In Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Little black tufts of landscape fabric stick out of the ground everywhere. The score is: weeds 10 pts, weed block fabric 0. Now you're faced with the question, "Should I remove landscape fabric?". This article has tips on removing old landscape fabric.

What Is Phenology: Information On Phenology In Gardens

By Amy Grant

Climate, weather, and temperature triggers interact with the environment impacting the plant, animal, and insect worlds - phenology. What is phenology and how can practicing phenology in gardens help us to correctly time planting? Find out here.

Uses For Coke In Gardens – Using Coke For Pest Control And More

By Amy Grant

Most people drink Coke as a tasty beverage, but it has a myriad of other uses. Coke can be used on darn near everything. How about some uses for Coke in gardens? Click this article to find out more about using Coke in the garden.

Toxic Garden Plants – Learn About Poisonous Garden Plants To Look Out For

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Garden plants are beautiful to behold, but some of them - even very familiar, commonly grown plants - are highly toxic. Learn the basic facts on a few highly poisonous garden plants in this article so you can ensure the safety of your family and pets.

Bent Flower Stems: How To Repair Crushed Or Bent Stems On Plants

By Teo Spengler

If you've ever inspected your garden after the kids play there, you may find your favorite plants have been trampled or damaged. Don't despair. It is possible to repair bent flower stems on plants with a few simple tools. Learn how here.

Are Railroad Ties Safe For Gardening: Using Railroad Ties For Garden Beds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Railroad ties are common in older landscapes, but are old railroad ties safe for gardening? Railroad ties are treated wood, steeped in a toxic stew of chemicals, chief of which is creosote. Explore why and what alternatives are safer in this article.

Importance Of Healthy Roots – What Do Healthy Roots Look Like

By Liz Baessler

One of the most important parts of a plant is the part you can't see. Roots are absolutely vital to a plant's health, and if the roots are sick, the plant is sick. But how can you tell if roots are healthy? This article will help with identifying healthy roots.

Learn About Plant Bracts: What Is A Bract On A Plant

By Liz Baessler

Plants are simple, right? If it's green it's a leaf, and if it's not green it's a flower? Right? Not really. There's another part of the plant, somewhere between a leaf and a flower, which you don't hear too much about. It's called a bract. Learn more here.

Oatmeal Uses In Gardens: Tips On Using Oatmeal For Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although opinions are mixed and there is no scientific evidence, some gardeners believe that using oatmeal in the garden provides a number of benefits. Want to try using oatmeal in the garden? Click this article to get more tips and information.

Copper In The Garden: Tips On Using Copper In Gardening

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Most serious gardeners know what copper compounds can do for plants as a fungicide and bactericide but how about using copper for slug control? Using copper-based pesticides provides a safe, non-toxic way to control soft-bodied, slimy pests. Click here for more info.

Plant Care Abbreviations: Information On Plant Acronyms In Gardening

By Liz Baessler

Nursery and seed catalogs are full of plant abbreviations and acronyms and a lot are specific to each company. There are some, however, that are pretty consistent across the board. This article will help with understanding the plant acronyms in gardening.

Cheesecloth Fabric: Tips For Using Cheesecloth In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Occasionally, due to references in articles, we hear the question, "What is cheesecloth?". While many of us already know the answer to this, some people don't. So what is it anyway and what does it have to do with gardening? Read on to learn more.

Magnetism And Plant Growth – How Do Magnets Help Plants Grow

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Magnetic fields, such as that generated by our planet, are thought to enhance plant growth. Do magnets help plants grow? There are actually several ways exposure to magnets may direct plant growth. Learn more in this article.

What Are Botanical Gardens – Botanical Garden Information

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Botanical gardens are one of our most important resources for knowledge and collection of flora around the globe. What botanical gardens do for the health of the planet and as a conservation tool is extremely important. Learn more here.

Vinegar For Garden Use: Making Homemade Vinegar Rooting Hormone

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

There are many surprising ways to use apple cider vinegar in gardens, and rooting plants with vinegar is one of the most popular. This article has more information about making rooting hormone with apple cider vinegar for cuttings.

Hardy Garden Plants: Best Plants For Forgetful Gardeners

By Karen Boness, Owner of Wild Willow Landscape Design

For many of us life is just too busy. It is a challenge to keep up with everything. On a given crazy-busy day, we don't even remember the garden exists. What all of us busy people need are plant and forget gardens. Learn more here.

Easy Care Garden Plants: Tips For Low Maintenance Landscaping

By Karen Boness, Owner of Wild Willow Landscape Design

We all want a beautiful garden. But often the effort required in maintaining that lovely landscape is just too much. The answer to this dilemma is to install low maintenance landscaping. This article can help with ideas and plants for easy gardening.

Identifying Flowers: Learn About Flower Types And Inflorescences

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

To the untrained eye, each leaf, stem and root may look similar to another plant?s parts, but the flowers are instantly distinctive. Knowing the different types of inflorescence gives gardeners a quick method for classifying flowering plants. Click here to learn more.

Leaf Identification – Learn About Different Leaf Types In Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Leaf identification is helpful in classifying the variety of plant and its family. There are different leaf types, exemplified by their form and shape as well as other characteristics. You can learn more about these in this article.

Plants Considered Lucky – Lucky Plants Inside The House And In The Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

While New Year's is a common time for traditions involving luck, it's the "luck of the Irish" that I most think of when it comes to plants considered lucky. Learn more about lucky plants you can grow in this article.

What Is Plasticulture: How To Apply Plasticulture Methods In Gardens

By Amy Grant

Plasticulture production is a multi-billion dollar industry, utilized worldwide with impressive increases in yield. What is plasticulture and how can you apply plasticulture methods to the home garden? Learn more in this article.

Using Greenery Indoors: Evergreen Plants For Indoor Décor

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Using greenery indoors is a holiday tradition that extends back many hundreds of years. Of course, you can still use this indoor d?cor long after the holidays too. This article has tips that can help. Click here for more information.

Overgrown Landscape Beds: How To Reclaim An Overgrown Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Overgrown plants, multiplying perennials, encroaching weeds and blurred garden edges create chaos. Learn the steps on how to reclaim an overgrown garden and bring back your inner peace with the information found in this article.

Shade Cover Ideas: Tips On Using Shade Cloth In Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

It's common knowledge that many plants need shade to protect them from bright sunlight. However, savvy gardeners also use shade cover for certain plants to avoid winter burn, also known as sunscald. This article will help.

Common Edible Plants: Learn About Edible Plants That Grow In The Wild

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Wildflowers are interesting plants that add color and beauty to the natural landscape, but they may have even more to offer. Many of the native plants we take for granted are edible, and some are surprisingly tasty. Click here for more info.

DIY Bordeaux Fungicide Recipe: Tips For Making Bordeaux Fungicide

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Bordeaux is a dormant season spray that is useful to combat fungal diseases and certain bacterial issues. You can purchase a prepared mixture or make your own Bordeaux fungicide preparation as you need it. This article will help.

What Is An Invasive Plant: Reasons To Avoid Exotic Plants In Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

Gardeners have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of destructive, invasive plants by planting responsibly. Find out about invasive plants and the damage they cause in this article so you can avoid these landscape horrors.

What Is A Native Plant: Learn About Native Plant Benefits In The Garden

By Jackie Carroll

Native plants have a reputation for being the plain Janes of the plant world. That is simply not true. You can enjoy a beautiful garden while protecting the health of local ecosystems when you plant natives. Find out more about native plants in this article.

What Is Wild Harvesting: Learn About The Dangers Of Wild Harvesting

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It is tempting after a lovely walk in nature to want to bring home some of its beauty. These aren't just free plants but part of complex ecosystems and they can also pose real dangers to your landscape, other plants and animals in your care. Click here for more.

Tender Perennial Plants: Care Of Tender Perennials In Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

Native to warm climates, tender perennials add lush texture and a tropical flair to the garden, but unless you live in warm climate zones, winter can spell disaster for these frost-sensitive plants. Find out more about tender perennials in this article.

Biennial Plant Information: What Does Biennial Mean

By Amy Grant

There are three terms most often used to classify plants due to their life cycle and bloom time. Annual and perennial are fairly self-explanatory, but what does biennial mean? This article will help with that.

Perennial Garden Plants: What Is A Perennial

By Amy Grant

If you are adding to the home landscape, you may be considering any number of perennial garden plants. What is a perennial then, and what other perennial plant facts may influence your decision? Read here to learn more.

Annual Plant Cycle: What Is An Annual Plant

By Amy Grant

Have you ever perused the dizzying variety of annuals and perennials and pondered which ones might be best for your garden? A good place to start is in understanding exactly what an annual is in reference to. Find out here.

Common Garden Mistakes: Tips On Avoiding Mishaps In Gardens

By Kristi Waterworth

Common garden mistakes lead many gardeners down this path - but fear not, with careful planning, you can avoid future garden mishaps and problems. This article can help with that.

Calculating Plants Per Square Foot: Number Of Plants Per Square Foot Guide

By Anne Baley

The concept of square foot gardening is nothing new. But how many plants per square foot do you need? This article can help with that. Click here to get started with square foot gardening.

What Is Hybridization: Information About Hybrid Plants

By Anne Baley

What is hybridization? Plant hybridization is a common practice for gardeners looking to create new plants. Keep reading the following article to learn more about what it is and how it works.

Late Winter Gardening Tips: End Of Winter Garden Maintenance

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Late winter is the time to start looking forward to spring and all its promise. End of winter garden maintenance can help give you a jump start on the growing season. Learn more in this article.

What Is Light Shade: Tips On Gardening With Plants In Light Shade

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plants in light shade are useful for dimmer areas of the home and garden. What is light shade and what plants thrive in this condition? Read this article to learn more about partial shade and plants thriving in it.

Benefits Of Cinnamon On Plants: Using Cinnamon For Pests, Cuttings, & Fungicide

By Anne Baley

Cinnamon is a wonderful flavor addition to cookies, cakes, and any number of other foods, but to gardeners, it's so much more. Read this article to learn more about using cinnamon in gardens.

Sodium Bicarbonate In Gardens: Using Baking Soda On Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been touted as a safe, effective fungicide for the treatment of powdery mildew and other fungal diseases. Learn more about using baking soda on plants in this article.

Holiday Gift Plant Care: Information On Caring For Holiday Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Usually knowing how to care for holiday plants is a no-brainer, but getting them to live and produce again the next season is the trick. A few tips and tricks will get you started and this article will help.

Plant Sport Mutations – What Does It Mean When A Plant “Throws A Sport”

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

If you've noticed something outside the norm in your garden, it could be the result of plant sport mutations. What are these? Read this article to learn more about plant sports.

What Are Facing Walls And Windows?

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

The direction of the sun and its orientation are important considerations in gardens. Facing walls and windows are also important. What are facing walls and windows? Read here to learn more.

Treated Wood For Gardening: Is Pressure Treated Lumber Safe For A Garden?

By Anne Baley

While you can create the walls of a raised bed with cinder blocks, bricks and even sandbags, one of the most popular and attractive methods is to use treated logs. Are these safe? Read here to find out.

What Is Partial Sunlight: Understanding Partial Sun Patterns

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Different plants require different degrees of light. While sun and shade are pretty straightforward, partial sun or partial shade are a little more ambiguous. This article will discuss partial sunlight.

Dense Shade In Gardens: Exactly What Is Full Shade

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Contrary to what many people think, there are numerous plants that thrive in full shade. But exactly what is full shade and how do you gauge full shade density? Read here to find out more.

Moving Plants To Another Home: How To Relocate Plants Safely

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Perhaps you have just found out that you need to move and you wonder if moving your plants to another home is even something that can be done. This article will help with that.

What Is Full Sun And Tips For Full Sun Landscaping

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

The study of sun patterns in the garden is an important part of your garden planning, especially when it comes to full sun landscaping. Learn more about full sun in this article.

Types Of Shade: What Is Partial Shade

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

When you look at a plant label or seed packet and it says to locate plants in partial shade, what does that mean exactly? What is partial shade? This article will help answer that.

What Is An Extension Service: Using Your County Extension Office For Home Garden Information

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Experienced and knowledgeable staff extend their resources to farmers, growers, and home gardeners by offering Cooperative Extension Services. What is an extension service and how does it help? Find out here.

Types Of Support: When And How To Support Garden Plants

By Jackie Carroll

Tall, top-heavy plants, as well as those grown in windy locations, often need plant supports. Plant supports for gardens come in all types. This article will cover some of the more common support structures.

What Is Honeydew: Tips On How To Remove Honeydew From Cars And Plants

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

If you've noticed a clear, sticky substance on your plants or on the furniture underneath, you likely have a honeydew secretion. What is honeydew? Learn more in this article and find out what can be done about it.

Fungicide For Plants: How To Make Your Own Fungicide

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

When dealing with lawn and garden fungal diseases, homemade plant fungicides often solve these problems without damaging the environment and risking the health of you, your children and pets. Learn more here.

Botanical Nomenclature Guide: The Meaning Of Latin Plant Names

By Amy Grant

There are so many plant names to learn as it is, so why do we use Latin names too? And exactly what are Latin plant names anyway? Find out more in this article and learn why these names are so important.

What Is An Indicator Plant: Using A Plant Indicator To Improve Garden Health

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

What is an indicator plant? These plants are most useful as pointers to certain diseases and pest problems. Learn more about them and how they're used in this article. Click here for more information.

Garden Uses For Vinegar – Tips For Using Vinegar In Gardens

By Amy Grant

Many of us have heard about the benefits of using vinegar in gardens, mainly as an herbicide. But how effective is it and what else can it be used for? Find out more about using vinegar in the garden here.

Diseased Plant Disposal: What To Do With Infected Plants In The Garden

By Jackie Carroll

One of the most difficult problems that gardeners face is plant disease. In many cases there is no cure, and the only treatment is the removal of the affected plant. Learn how to dispose of plants in this article.

United States Flowers: List Of American State Flowers

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Official state flowers exist for each state in the union and also for some U.S. territories. To learn more about the flower for your state or how to use state flowers to color garden areas, read here.

Understanding Plant Dormancy: How To Put A Plant Into Dormancy

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Nearly all plants go dormant in winter. This period of rest is crucial to their survival in order to regrow each year. Learn more about the dormancy of plants in the following article.

Cleaning Up The Garden: How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Fall garden cleanup can make spring gardening a treat instead of a chore. Learn more about the importance of cleaning up the garden in the following article and get a head start on next season.

Plant Dropping Leaves – Why A Plant May Be Losing Leaves

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

When leaves drop, it can be quite disheartening, especially if you don't know why it's happening. While some leaf loss is normal, there may be many reasons for a plant losing leaves, and this article will help.

Allelopathy In Plants: What Plants Suppress Other Plants

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Plant allelopathy is all around us; yet, many people have never even heard of this interesting phenomenon. Allelopathy can have an adverse effect in the garden, though, and this article will explain why.

A List Of Plants And Flowers For Christmas

By Heather Rhoades

Nothing helps bring beauty and good cheer like beautiful flowers for Christmas. There are a few standard Christmas plants and flowers that you may like for your home this holiday. Find out what they are here.

Steps For Heeling In Plants

By Heather Rhoades

There are times when we gardeners simply run out of time to properly plant everything in the garden that we bought. A solution that can give a gardener a little more time is to heel in plants. Learn more here.

Pinching Back: Tips For Pinching A Plant

By Heather Rhoades

What does it mean when you are pinching plants? Why do you pinch plants? You may also be wondering how to pinch a plant? Learn more about pinching back plants in this article.

Types Of Fungicide: Using Fungicides In Your Garden

By Shari Armstrong

When using fungicides in your garden it is important to first determine if your plant actually needs a fungicide. The following article will provide information on using garden fungicides.

Non-Organic Gardening Issues

By Heather Rhoades

When it comes to gardening, there is always the underlying question of which is better: organic or non-organic gardening methods. This article focuses on using non-organic garden methods.

How To Determine Last Frost Date

By Heather Rhoades

Knowing the last frost date is very important. Whether you are starting seeds or just want to know when it is safe to plant your vegetables, you need to know when the last frost date is. This article will help.

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