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How to Deal with Drainage Problems in the Garden

You know you have a drainage problem in your garden when heavy or even moderate rain leaves puddles that take forever to drain. Or you may find out, to your dismay that under a few inches of okay soil [more…]

How to Grow Cool-Weather Crops

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower thrive in most parts of the country as a spring or fall crop. Start with a rich, fertile soil; keep plants well weeded and watered; and keep pests such [more…]

Where to Put Your Vegetable Garden

When deciding where to plant your vegetable garden, assess sun exposure, soil quality, and water access. Choosing a garden site that's best for growing vegetables is based on good old common sense, as [more…]

Growing Vegetables on Hills, Rows, or Raised Beds

After you determine the best spot for your vegetable garden, sketch a plan and decide the planting method: rows, hills or raised garden beds. These basic garden layouts have different advantages and uses [more…]

How to Support Perennials with Stakes or Rings

Because some perennials are tall, or tall and broad, you can support them with stakes or rings. Using stakes and rings keep perennials manageable, and prevents them from falling under their own weight. [more…]

How to Make Compost

Compost is an essential soil amendment that contributes nutrients and improves soil texture. You can buy it, but making your own compost saves money. The process isn't complicated, and commercial composting [more…]

Choosing a Garden Theme

Designing a garden often goes beyond deciding which plants you want to grow and the type of function you want your garden to have. Thematic elements can also influence the look of a garden. Do you have [more…]

Tips for Designing a Garden Plan

Before you start planting, you need to create a garden plan. Start by using graph paper and drawing a plan of your garden site to scale. Plot every feature you find on your site, both natural and those [more…]

Plant-Based Fertilizers for Organic Gardens

Fertilizers made from plants generally have low to moderate N-P-K (Nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium) values, but their nutrients quickly become available in the soil for your plants to use. Some of them [more…]

Animal-Based Fertilizers for Organic Gardens

Animals, fish, and birds all provide organic fertilizers that can help plants grow. Animal-based fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium ¯ the primary nutrients plants need to grow. They [more…]

Using Organic Gardening Disease-Control Products

In organic gardening, preventing plant stress and environmental imbalances are important in controlling disease. The only plant diseases you can control effectively after the plants become infected are [more…]

How to Grow Blueberries

You can grow blueberries in USDA Zones 3 to 10. The blueberry plant (Vacciniumspecies) offers small white flowers in spring, glossy green leaves in summer, and spectacular crimson foliage in fall. As an [more…]

Fighting Garden Pests the Organic Way

To manage garden pests without using harmful insecticides you have to know what to look for. Here's a short list of insects that can damage your garden vegetables and flowers and the organic gardening [more…]

How to Deal with Common Garden Diseases

Many names of plant diseases describe the symptoms they cause, such as powdery mildew, leaf curl, and club root diseases. Some diseases attack only one plant part, whereas others can affect the entire [more…]

How Growing Seasons Affect Vegetable Gardens

Typically, the vegetable-gardening season is summer, bookended by late spring and early fall. Gardeners mark the start by the last spring frost date and the finish by the first fall frost date [more…]

How to Choose an Orchid Pot

When shopping for an orchid pot, you'll find many types to choose from. Some orchid containers are more ornamental, while others have functional differences. The most common container is the basic pot [more…]

Designing Your Vegetable Garden

The best advice for planning your first vegetable garden is to start small. Just be sure you locate your garden in a sunny spot where expansion is possible. As for actual size, it depends on what you want [more…]

Deciding on a Potting Mix for Orchids

The right potting mix for orchids provides plenty of drainage, air circulation, or moisture — depending on the needs of your particular orchid. Orchid mixes consist of a variety of potting materials, each [more…]

How to Repot an Orchid

Don't be afraid to repot your orchids. Despite their reputation, orchids are tough, and repotting helps them thrive. You'll know it time to repot orchids when [more…]

Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Not all garden insects and bugs are bad. In fact, gardens rely on beneficial insects to keep the general insect population in balance. Beneficial insects are the ones that prey on or parasitize insect [more…]

Fruit and Veg Growing Calendar

If you thought that growing your own fruit and veg in the UK was a fair-weather hobby, think again! You can take steps all year round to make your plot a fertile one and to give your plants the best possible [more…]

Growing Your Own Fruit & Veg For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Growing your own fruit and veg – at home or on an allotment – is an exciting and challenging experience that makes an enjoyable pastime and brings you rewards throughout the year. [more…]

Figuring Out Fertilizers for Your Garden

Fertilizing is an important part of gardening because given at the right time, fertilizers can really give your plants a boost. When you're trying to decide on which fertilizer to use, keep this list handy [more…]

Gardening with Plants Made for the Shade

Don't fret if your garden gets more shade than sun; plenty of plants thrive in the shade. This chart names annuals and perennials that do well in the shade, so keep this list handy and you can decide which [more…]

Key Measurement Conversions for Gardening

Surprisingly, a great deal of measuring goes into garden planning. If you need to change between metric and English (U.S. standard) units, use this basic conversion chart to make sense of it all when planning [more…]

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