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Preserve your garden produce for delicious winter meals

All your hard work is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some... — Updated 8/13/2020


Bold and beautiful alliums for every garden

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorfu... — Updated 9/19/2019


Getting the most out of your tomato harvest

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and when they're left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better.... — Updated 9/5/2019


Plant edible, decorative containers for fall

End the growing season with an extra burst of color and nutrition with a few fall containers. A pot of mums or asters can add color to your front steps and a container filled with... — Updated 8/29/2019


Tomato troubles

You have waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest this year while improving... — Updated 8/22/2019


Strategies for growing produce later in season

Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden-fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter me... — Updated 8/15/2019


Chemical-free options for managing mosquitoes in your landscape

It’s time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, gardening, hikes and much more. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you inside; instead enlist these chemical-free strategies to manage... — Updated 7/11/2019


Cultivate green thumb for long-lasting blooms

A bit of grooming and care will keep your flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall. Remove the flower stems of salvias, veronicas and... — Updated 7/3/2019


Prevent tick-borne diseases

You’ve grabbed your water bottle, sunscreen and hat for a hike in the park or some gardening. Add a bit of tick protection to your must-have items when you head out the door for an adventure, to garden or play. Continue enjoying... — Updated 6/13/2019


Ways of taking the hassle out of daily watering duties

Proper watering is key to gardening success, but untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way is a common occurrence in many yards. If this describes your... — Updated 5/30/2019


Dahlias bring diverse shapes, sizes, colors to the garden

Dahlias have been a fixture in summer flower gardens for generations. But it may be time to update your idea of dahlias. With hundreds of varieties to choose from in a fabulous... — Updated 2/21/2019


Winning tomatoes add color and flavor

Impress your guests with a garden, container and dinner table filled with tasty and colorful winning tomato varieties. Small-fruited varieties are perfect for salads and snacking... — Updated 2/7/2019


Brighten your home with blooming houseplants

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are... — Updated 1/10/2019


Plant indoors now for a fragrant new year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites. Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into... — Updated 1/3/2019


Keep holiday plants looking their best

The holiday season has arrived. That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant. Extend the... — Updated 12/20/2018


Plants for every room in your home

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good — added beauty or tasty... — Updated 11/29/2018


Blooms and bulbs: holiday gifts that keep on giving

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift... — Updated 11/15/2018


Five steps to a more beautiful landscape

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. Cut the... — Updated 10/18/2018


Plan and plant this fall for three months of color

It's time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms. The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at... — Updated 10/11/2018


Start an indoor garden with scraps

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort... — Updated 10/4/2018


Discover the beauty of double tulips

Celebrate the National Garden Bureau's Year of the Tulip in a big way by planting double flowered tulip varieties this fall for a showy display next spring. Flower arrangers love... — Updated 9/20/2018


Safe suggestions for pet-friendly indoor gardening

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home's décor and improve the indoor air quality. Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and... — Updated 9/13/2018


Harvest and dry flowers for year-round enjoyment

By MELINDA MYERS Contributor Enjoy your flower garden's beauty all year long. Harvest and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for friends and... — Updated 8/30/2018


Create healthy foundation for fall plantings

Fall is a great time to start a garden or renovate an existing planting bed. The soil is warm while the air is cool - a perfect combination for establishing new plantings. It is... — Updated 8/23/2018


You can garden your way to better health

Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners have always know it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You'... — Updated 7/19/2018


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