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Gardening by USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

When choosing plants for your garden, select the plants best suited to your climate. Know your USDA hardiness zone and use this chart to determine the time and length of your growing season. [more…]

Gardening Basics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To have the garden of your dreams, make sure you pick the right plants for your hardiness zone and select the right fertilizers for your plants. If your garden is shady, this Cheat Sheet offers a list [more…]

How to Assess Soil Composition

The health of garden plants depends on the soil's composition — the proper balance of mineral pieces, organic matter, air, and water. Knowing the type of soil you have can help you choose techniques to [more…]

How to Grow Strawberries

Perhaps the most popular small fruits for the home garden, strawberries are also among the hardest to grow organically. Strawberries have many insect pests and diseases that damage plants and berries alike [more…]

A Look under the Layers of Lasagna Gardening

If you don’t dig digging and if the thought of amending the Constitution seems easier than amending your plant beds, lasagna gardening might be for you. When you lasagna garden, you don’t dig up existing [more…]

The Allotment Gardening Year

Working an allotment garden in the UK is an all-year-round commitment. Make your plot as productive as possible by following this month-by-month guide, and get the most from your soil. [more…]

Allotment Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether you’re hoping to get a foot on the allotment gardening ladder, or needing to rejuvenate a flagging patch, you need to know what to do and, importantly, when to do it. This Cheat Sheet gives you [more…]

Container Gardening: How to Plant Vegetables in Pots

If gardening space is limited at home, you can still grow vegetables — just plant your vegetable seeds or seedlings in containers and place the pots on your deck or patio. With containers, you can plant [more…]

How to Divide Perennials

To keep your perennial gardens healthy you need to divide several kinds of perennials periodically. You know when yours need to be divided because the plants are growing in ever-denser clumps and the flower [more…]

How to Improve Soil Quality for Healthy Plant Growth

Good quality soil is essential to the successful allotment plot. Without fertile, nutrient-packed soil, your careful efforts at sewing, weeding and tending your garden or allotment will all be in vain. [more…]

How to Grow Potatoes

There are various ways to grow tasty, nutrient-packed potatoes, all of which are reasonably easy and straightforward. Choose the variety that works best for you and follow these instructions for the perfect [more…]

Canadian Gardening Frost Dates by Region

Canadian gardeners need to know when the growing season in their area begins and ends so they can avoid losing plants to frost. This chart provides frost dates across Canada. To be extra careful, plant [more…]

Online Resources for Gardening in Canada

If you’re looking for reliable Canadian gardening Web sites, you’ve come to the right spot. The following sites offer interesting Canadian gardening blogs, excellent gardening tips, Canadian gardening [more…]

Preparing Perennials for Cold Canadian Winters

In Canada, tender perennials like geraniums, impatiens, and gerbera need to be kept alive with good winter protection — otherwise they become one-hit wonders. To overwinter your tender perennial plants [more…]

The Best Grasses to Plant in Canada

Growing and maintaining a lush green lawn in Canada can be a challenge. It starts with choosing the best type of grass. The best types of grasses to grow in Canada are cool-season grasses because our summers [more…]

Gardening Basics For Canadians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Gardening in Canada presents specific challenges due to our cold climate and short growing season. This cheat sheet offers tips for getting the most out of your Canadian garden. Start by checking the frost [more…]

Tie Your Garden into the Local Ecosystem with Native Plants

The ideal environmentally sound garden has native plants and shrubs that thrive in your local climate. Native plants make the most of the local environment and bolster the local ecosystem. They don't need [more…]

Vermicomposting: Creating Compost with Worms

Vermicomposting, having worms break down table scraps and paper into nutrient-rich fertilizer, is an ideal way to deal with small amounts of household waste and is perfect for creating compost if you don't [more…]

How Much Gravel, Sand, and Mulch to Buy for Your Garden

Gravel, mulch, sand, small rocks, and soil amendments can play a healthy and decorative role in your garden. Gravel, sand, and rocks are generally sold by weight. For coverage that's 2 inches [more…]

Growing Seasons by Hardiness Zone

Where you live has a lot to do with what you can grow in your garden and how you can grow it. You can use the following chart to determine the length and time of your growing season according to the [more…]

Good Insects for Your Outdoor Plants

As a gardener, you know that although you wage war on some insects, you can enlist whole armies of beneficial insects to help your garden grow. You can buy the insects in the following list to help control [more…]

Explaining Gardening Fertilizers

Before you buy fertilizer for your garden, be sure that you understand what's available. The following list offers the common types of garden fertilizers and explains their components and uses: [more…]

Gardening All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Growing your garden requires the aid and cooperation of many forces including the climate in your hardiness zone; insects, good and bad; fertilizers; and soil amendments. Decorative material [more…]

Avoid Dangerous Herbs

Here are some of the more common herbs to be wary of, including a couple that can “worke eternal sleepe.” If you choose to grow these herbs, be sure to carefully label each herb and plant them away from [more…]

Choose Herbs for Fragrance

The term “fragrant herbs” may be redundant, but there are fragrances and there are fragrances. Some gardeners love the scent of rosemary, for example, and others are less enthralled. Here are herbs whose [more…]

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