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How to Harden Off Seedlings

Harden off seedlings to toughen them up for transplanting outdoors. When you harden off vegetable and flower seedlings that began life indoors (thanks to you or a commercial grower), you help the seedlings [more…]

Which Vegetables Grow Well in Pots?

If garden space is limited, consider growing vegetables in pots. With persistence, you can grow any vegetable and other edibles in pots or containers. Some of the bigger sprawling plants, like squash and [more…]

Combining Vegetables in a Planter

When you grow vegetables in pots or planters you can combine different vegetables to look good together. You can even throw in some flowers. Here are some good favorite container vegetable combinations [more…]

How to Choose Pots for Your Container Garden

Plant containers come in myriad styles and types. When choosing pots for your container garden, consider the ultimate size of the plants you'll be growing, what the pot is made of, and some critical features [more…]

Tips for Filling Garden Pots with Soil

When making a container garden, you fill pots with soil, stick in the plants, and add more soil. Here are some tricks to container gardening outdoors that'll help you grow healthy vegetables and ornamentals [more…]

How to Care for Container-Grown Vegetables and Flowers

Taking care of container-grown flowers and vegetables is similar to caring for plants grown in beds. But plants grown in pots do require extra watering and feeding. Here are some pointers for taking care [more…]

How to Build a Cold Frame for Your Garden

A cold frame is, essentially, a mini-greenhouse. By growing plants in a cold frame, you can harvest cold-tolerant vegetables year-round, even if you live in zone 5 where winter temperatures can dip as [more…]

When to Plant Leafy Green Vegetables

Planting leafy green vegetables is easy, but it's all in the timing. Knowing when to plant greens (such as spinach, kale, and lettuce) depends on your climate and if the leaf vegetables are heat- or cold-tolerant [more…]

How to Start Seeds Indoors

If you have the space for it, you can start your own seeds. Starting seeds indoors is easy and a lot less expensive than buying plants from a nursery. When you start your own seeds, you can grow unusual [more…]

How to Choose Mulch for Your Vegetable Garden

For vegetable gardeners, each type of mulch — organic and inorganic — has a unique purpose. No matter which you choose, however, mulching your vegetable garden has multiple rewards: It suppresses weeds [more…]

How to Transplant Seedlings

After you prepare your garden beds and harden off the seedlings, it's time to transplant your seedlings into the garden. Transplant seedlings on a calm, cloudy day, if possible. Late afternoon is a good [more…]

How to Test Your Soil

To have a successful garden, test your soil and amend it if necessary to create the best possible growing environment for plants. Testing your soil means you determine the pH level and nutrient content [more…]

How to Adjust Soil pH for Your Garden

Most garden soils have a pH between 5.5 and 8.0. This number helps you determine when and how to adjust your garden soil's pH level. If the pH level is below 6, the soil is too acidic, and you need to [more…]

How to Improve Garden Soil with Organic Matter

Organic matter is the key to amending less-than perfect garden soil. To fix mucky clay or sandy sand soil, add plenty of organic matter. You can't change the type of soil you have, but adding organic matter [more…]

When to Water Vegetable Plants

Take the right approach to watering garden vegetables to maximize crop production. In general, most vegetable plants use about 1 inch of water per week [more…]

Watering Systems for Your Vegetable Garden

You can water your vegetable garden several different ways. Basic watering techniques for vegetable gardens include creating simple furrows and basins. Watering systems involve sprinklers, regular hoses [more…]

Gardening Tips for Conserving Water

Whether you're a novice or experienced gardener, embrace water-conservation methods even if you don't live in a water-restricted area. Conserve water as you garden, and you'll help save this precious resource [more…]

When to Mulch Your Vegetable Garden

Choosing a mulch and deciding when to use it in your vegetable garden depends on the type of vegetables that you grow and when you plant them. Check out these mulching tips for different types of vegetables [more…]

How to Care for Annuals in Your Garden

Taking proper care of garden annuals isn't difficult. For the most part, annuals are easygoing because they're bred to be quite tough and durable. Grooming your flower garden [more…]

Choosing a Fertilizer for Your Vegetable Garden

As garden vegetables grow, they undergo an intensive process that strips nutrients from the soil. Adding fertilizer keeps soil in optimum shape to feed your garden. Choosing the right type of fertilizer [more…]

How to Side-Dress Your Vegetable Garden

Some garden vegetable plants and soil types require a consistent side-dressing of fertilizer throughout the growing season. To side-dress vegetable plants, you apply fertilizer to the soil on or around [more…]

Garden Stakes, Trellises, and Cages for Your Edible Garden

Staking garden plants, tying them to a trellis, or growing them inside wire cylinders reduces disease problems because it allows for better air circulation and keeps the fruits off the ground where they [more…]

How to Use Annuals for Instant Color

Annuals are great for gardeners who want instant color and big impact. You can plant colorful annuals in the ground, in containers of all sizes, or fill small spaces that just need a touch of [more…]

How to Find Your Hardiness Zone with Maps

Hardiness zone maps help you determine which garden plants will thrive where you live. The various hardiness zone maps indicate minimum and maximum temperatures that plants can tolerate, or growing seasons [more…]

How to Choose and Grow Perennial Flowers

Perennial flowers (or flowering perennials) bloom every year; you don't need to buy new plants each year as you do with annuals. The flowers on perennials don't last all season; most bloom for two to four [more…]


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