Gardening

Make the backyard garden of your dreams a reality with these gardening tips and ideas from our experts.

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How to Preserve Fresh Herbs by Freezing

Do you love the taste of fresh herbs? I do.  Especially when they come straight from my garden.  What I


Great Shade Plant – Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Last month, I was visiting Chicago and had the chance to see the green spaces surrounding the Art Institute of


Add Beauty to the Garden With Vegetables

You may not think of vegetables as being particularly attractive in the garden.  We are most often focused on how


Bloomin’ Onions: Beautiful Flowers of the Allium Family

On our Facebook page yesterday, we featured a “mystery photo” of a flower bloom head and asked readers to identify


Pentas: Perfect in Butterfly Gardens

At the butterfly garden where I work, I get asked pretty much every day which nectar flowers are best for...


DIY Container Gardening Virtual Demonstration

Recently, I was asked to put on a container gardening demonstration as part of a home tour.  I was given 3 beautiful,


Confederate Jasmine for Outside and In

This time of year, one wall of my house is responsible for perfuming the entire neighborhood. My Confederate Jasmine is


Signs of Spring – Fragrant, Flowering Fruit Trees

There is nothing that says spring is here as formerly leafless fruit trees covered in blossoms. What makes it even

Calibrachoa for Baskets, Borders, and Butterflies

When I saw my first Million Bells plant in a local plant nursery a few years ago, I immediately fell


Sweet Alyssum in Spring Combinations

Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite cool-season annuals: Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). This low-growing beauty is


Wintertime Planning for Springtime Improvements

Believe it or not, by this time of year — just over one month into the New Year — nearly


Got Citrus? Learn How and When to Fertilize

Every year, it never ceases to surprise me that winter is a busy season when you have citrus trees growing...


Starting Seeds Using Coffee Cups, Egg Shells or Cardboard Tubes

It's easy to start seeds using recycled materials that you already have at home. Try paper coffee cups, toilet paper...


Love Garlic? Grow Your Own!

Do you love garlic?  I do.  I like to use it in a lot when I cook.  In fact, if


Yellow Leaves With Green Veins Means Iron Deficiency

Does your plant have new yellow leaves with green veins? Learn how to test your soil, treat iron deficiency and...


Second Chance for a Damaged Tree

Have you ever had a favorite damaged by a storm or severe cold temperatures?  Was the damage so bad that


Simple Butterfly Photography Tips

Simple Butterfly Photography Tips

Plant Strawberries for a Sweet, Edible Groundcover

If you want an attractive ground cover plant with a sweet and flavorful bonus, grow strawberries!


Eggs in the Garden, or Where Caterpillars Come From

If you’re a good butterfly gardener, your garden is filled with nectar plants. If you’re a great butterfly gardener, your garden


Grow Vegetables and Flowers in Containers

Did you know that you can grow many types of vegetables in containers? You may be surprised to find that


How to Plant Your Own Herb Container Garden

Grow some of your favorite herbs in a container so you can just step outside the kitchen door and pick...


Nasturtiums or ‘Nose-Twisters’?

Have you ever heard of ‘nose-twisters’?  Well if you haven’t – let me tell you that if you have a


Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors

Do you want to get a head start on your vegetable garden this year? Start growing vegetable seeds indoors! Starting

Using Vines as Groundcover

Most of us are familiar with seeing vines growing up on a wall or fence. But, have you ever thought


The Story of an Old, Neglected, Nameless Rose

This is a story about an old, overgrown, nameless rose bush.  This poor rose hadn’t been cared for or pruned


Create an Instant Indoor Garden Using Carrot Tops

Next time you are chopping carrots for soup or making carrot sticks, don't throw out the tops. Plant them instead...


Expert Tips for Planting Bare Root Roses

Get your questions answered about planting bare root roses. Find out how to prepare the soil, dig a hole and...


How to Select Bare Root Roses

In warmer growing zones, you can buy bare root roses in late winter. Learn what to look for before going...


Grow Colorful and Edible Ornamental Kale in Your Garden

Plant ornamental kale to add beauty to your winter garden. Yes, you can eat it, too!