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How to Diagnose Watering Problems in Orchids

Overwatering and underwatering orchids show many of the same symptoms because the effect of both practices is the same — damaged or destroyed root systems, which result in a dehydrated orchid. [more…]

Orchids: How to Identify and Control Common Pests

When you first notice pests on your orchids, you need to promptly and properly identify them so you can be sure to apply the most effective control. In many cases, especially if there are many pests present [more…]

Annual Gardens: How to Combine Plant Shapes and Sizes

Annual plants come in myriad sizes, shapes, and forms that enable you to experiment with new garden designs every year. Your garden annuals can be short, tall, spiky, mounding, full of flowers, beautifully [more…]

How to Apply Fertilizer to a Vegetable Garden

The method you use to apply fertilizer to your vegetable garden depends on the fertilizer you've chosen, whether it's liquid or granular. If your vegetable garden has fertile soil enhanced by compost and [more…]

When to Plant Vegetables by Seed or Seedling

The last frost is the date when you're free to plant vegetable seedlings or direct-sow vegetable seeds into the garden. The last frost date is in late spring, but the date varies from year to year and [more…]

How to Grow Root Crops

Root crops, such as potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and turnips, are easy to grow if you have good soil, water, and proper spacing. The keys to growing great root crops are preparing the soil bed well [more…]

How to Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes require a long growing season, so your best bets are to buy plants or start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before your last frost date. Either way, you want a stocky, 6- to 10-inch tall transplant [more…]

How to Design an Herb Garden

Planting herbs in your vegetable and flower beds works quite well, as long as you plant your herbs in sunny location with well-drained soil. But you can also design a garden bed devoted entirely to herbs [more…]

How to Care for Herbs

Caring for herbs isn't much different from watching out for your other annuals and perennials, but herbs may have a few special requests. Although each type of herb has its own growing requirements, most [more…]

How to Deal with Pests in Herb Gardens

Believe it or not, many herbs are pest-free, which is one of the reasons gardeners find these plants so easy and fun to grow. Some herbs even repel pests from themselves as well as adjacent plants. However [more…]

How to Create a New Garden Bed

Creating a new garden bed can time consuming, but with good planning and some muscle, it'll be worthwhile. Decide where the garden bed will go and draw a plan on paper. Then, you'll need to clean up the [more…]

Using Companion Planting to Deter Pests in Vegetable Gardens

Many vegetable gardeners use a technique called companion planting to reduce pest problems. A companion plant is one that provides some sort of benefit to other plants growing nearby. Some plants are grown [more…]

Growing Vegetables by Succession Planting and Square-Foot Gardening

Succession planting and square-foot gardening are two gardening methods that help you produce more vegetables no matter how long your growing season is. [more…]

How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Deer are among the most troublesome of garden pests. A deer or two can ravage an entire garden overnight. Deer eat plants and trample vegetation, and bucks rub their antlers on young trees to remove the [more…]

Make Your Garden Less Inviting to Pests

Organic gardening helps you make your garden less inviting to pests. Most pests are opportunists that take advantage of weak or stressed plants and take up residence where the eating is easy. Here are [more…]

How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

The biggest mistake beginning gardeners make is using lousy or too-thin soil. Before planting anything in your yard, prepare your garden beds by digging to loosen the soil and adding organic material! [more…]

How to Choose the Right Rose for Your Garden

Roses come in a huge array of sizes and forms. If you like roses, you can find a rose to grow no matter what kind of environment you live in. The trick is to choose the right rose for the look you have [more…]

How to Grow Vining Vegetables

You need lots of room when you grow vining vegetables like cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins. Don't have the growing space for vining vegetables? No worries; you can plant the smaller, [more…]

How to Grow Beans and Peas

Peas and beans grow best in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Planting in raised bed keeps pea seeds from getting soggy while they germinate in cool spring weather and warms the soil for the beans, [more…]

Keeping Rodents Out of the Garden

Rodents such as squirrels groundhogs, moles, and meadow voles can do a lot of damage to a garden. Even though these small rodents don't eat everything overnight, you need to find a way to keep these pests [more…]

Solving Classic Garden Design Problems

When you plan your garden you have to start by assessing what you have. You want your garden to prosper in your climate and to pick plants that thrive in your soil. You must also take existing buildings [more…]

How to Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden

Rabbits nibble the foliage of almost any garden plant, returning day and night to finish the job. Rabbits tend to eat vegetables and flowers in spring and summer; sprouting tulips are a favorite spring [more…]

Plant Life Cycles and Garden Design

The life cycles of all the plants you choose for your garden play a large part in the garden's overall design. A plant's life cycle consists of the amount of time it takes for them to become mature enough [more…]

Garden Planning: How to Assess a Plant's Hardiness

When choosing plants for your garden, pay attention to its hardiness, which determines how well it handles climate extremes, such as cold and heat. Plant catalogs often use the term rather loosely to indicate [more…]

Which Soil Nutrients Does Your Garden Need?

Overall, plants need 16 specific elements, or nutrients, for proper growth. When enough of each nutrient is present in soil, plants grow optimally. If even one element is in short supply, plants can't [more…]

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