When and How to Prune Elderberries

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Did you know pruning elderberry shrubs will help to produce bigger berries and larger harvests? Since Sambucus is so resilient, it’s easy to trim! Learning how to optimize the harvest of a medicinal plant like elderberry is beneficial for the home gardener who wants to increase their yield of homegrown healing herbs.

How to Grow Elderberries in Pots and Containers

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If you love the blossoms and fruits of the beautiful elderberry but don’t have space in the garden, why not grow it in containers instead? Elderberry is a vigorous grower and will thrive in pots as long as you keep a few tips in mind. Learn how to grow and care for elderberry shrubs in containers. Read more now.

How to Grow Elderberries

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The elderberry makes a beautiful addition to any yard. Learn about the available varieties, and how to make them thrive in a domestic setting, plus harvesting tips and more. Everything you need to succeed is at Gardener’s Path. Read more now!

69 Incredible Edible Flowers and How to Use Them

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You may be surrounded by edible flowers without even knowing it. Dianthus, begonia, and forsythia? Edible. Forget-me-nots, yuccas, and gladiolus? Delicious. Whether you want a little something to act as a colorful garnish, or you’re serious about using flowers to add flavor to your recipes, there are so many options.

How to Plant and Grow Jewelweed in the Garden

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If your yard or garden has a soggy spot where the shade from trees or structures prevents many types of plants from growing, then consider planting jewelweed. This wildflower is the perfect addition for borders and mass plantings, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that can also pollinate your crops.

7 Top Elderberry Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard

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If you love elderberries, why not grow them at home? These tall shrubs make an incredible addition to the landscape, with beautiful flowers and tasty fruit. Learn which plants are best suited for your growing area as we take a look at 7 of the best varieties to grow at home in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Pomegranate Trees

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Wild pomegranate trees originated in the Middle East, and came to be cultivated as a nutritious food source and medicine. Regarded once as status symbols, they’re more commonplace today, but no less delicious. And many varieties of this fruit are available to choose from. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.

How to Grow and Care for Viburnum

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There are over 150 species of woody flowering viburnum shrubs with clusters of blossoms in shades of cream, pink, and white. Some are evergreen. Others are deciduous, with vibrant autumn foliage and clusters of deep blue to red fruits. Learn how to grow one or more of the many available viburnum species and cultivars.

Combat Cold Season Naturally with Herbs and Plants from the Garden

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Herbs, flowers, and fruits have been used for millennia to provide natural, wholesome relief from the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms – and many can be grown in your own garden. Join us now for a look at some of the most popular and easily grown plant-based medicinals to combat cold season naturally with herbs.

How and When to Take Elderberry Cuttings to Propagate New Plants

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Have an elderberry bush you love? Or are there wild elderberries nearby that you’d love to grow in your garden? Reproduce that lovely bush through cuttings. Whether hardwood or softwood, in water or soil, elderberries are simple and straightforward to propagate by cuttings. This guide shows you all you need to know.

How to Grow and Care for Juniper Shrubs

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Hardy, reliable, and surprisingly multi-purpose, juniper shrubs are garden staples for a reason. They can stand up to brutal environmental conditions like drought and heat while providing food, medicine, and alluring visual impact. Learn how to grow this outstanding plant in your garden in this guide. Read more now.

9+ of the Best Types of Cranberries for Your Garden

Want to grow your own cranberries at home? Which type are you after? Several different species go by the common name “cranberry” and most of these produce edible fruit, though Vaccinium macrocarpon is king in commercial production. Discover the best varieties of true cranberry now, plus a few alternate options.

How to Grow Gooseberries

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Looking for a versatile fruit that isn’t demanding? Want something that can also add a decorative element to your garden? Look no further than the gooseberry. This underappreciated plant, popular in the UK, is slowly regaining popularity in the US. Find out what you need to know to grow gooseberries in your garden.

Juglone in Pecan Leaves Can Harm Plants

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As a close relative of black walnut, pecan also produces the strong toxin juglone. This toxin is poisonous to people, animals – and plants. Its presence can make it impossible to grow some kinds of plants under these trees. Read on to learn about juglone in pecan trees and how to work around it.

Healthy Purple Produce: Should You Eat More Purple Fruits and Vegetables?

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Purple fruits and vegetables get a lot of praise for offering powerful health benefits. Here we explore what makes foods purple and dive into the nutrition facts. We also cover ideas to grow and eat more purple produce at home. Embrace the power of purple! Read more now to learn what makes purple produce so special.

When and How to Harvest Boysenberries, a Tart Summertime Delight

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Are you wondering when and how you should harvest boysenberries for maximum juiciness and flavor? In this guide, you’ll learn all the top tips on when and how to harvest delicious, nutritious, homegrown boysenberries. Whether you trained yours on a trellis or let them grow wild, we’ve got you covered. Read more now.

How and When to Fertilize Elderberry Shrubs

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Elderberries need extra nutrients if you want a healthy shrub, large flowers, and an abundant harvest. And that means fertilizer. But when is the best time to add fertilizer to your plants, and what kind should you use? Discover how and when to fertilize your elderberry shrubs with this guide. Read more now.

The Ultimate Fall Berry Planting Guide

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Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean your gardening season has to be over. Autumn is the perfect time to plant berry bushes, trees, and canes for a generous crop of homegrown fruit next year. Read more to learn to plant a variety of berries this autumn for a luscious spring, summer, and fall harvest.

Harvesting and Preserving Elderberry: A Fruit for Food and Medicine

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Elderberry is truly an incredible plant, with a rich, complex history and a multitude of fascinating uses. It can be consumed in many forms including as a syrup, pie filling, or jam. Learn how to harvest and preserve the fruit of this shrub for medicine, food, or wine. Read more now.

How to Use Elderflowers for Food and Medicine

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Did you know that like the berries, elderflowers are both edible and medicinal? These tiny aromatic blossoms have a myriad of interesting uses. Head to Gardener’s Path for harvesting tips, as well as suggestions on ways to prepare and use elderflowers. Read more now.

Using Organic Methods to Control the Spotted Wing Drosophila

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From its initial discovery in California in 2009, the spotted wing Drosophila spread throughout the US wreaking havoc on raspberries, blueberries, and many other types of fruits. This fly is very difficult to control, but you can do so organically. Read on to learn how to control this pest in your home garden.

How to Grow Raspberries: Enjoy Berries for Years to Come

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Are you intimidated by the idea of growing fruit? Don’t be – raspberries are easy-to-grow perennials that will thrive throughout most of the US. With a bit of pruning, they’re adaptable and come back year after year, providing you with delicious homegrown berries for years to come. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Strawberries at Home

It’s really sad when you purchase a good-looking batch of strawberries only to find them bland, tart, or worse – nothing but mush. Have you tried growing your own? As a cold hardy perennial, you’ll be surprised how little is involved in growing a plant or two for some delicious snacking. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

Grow Your Own Gorgeous Mulberry Trees

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Mulberry trees have a short harvest season but produce ample fruits for all of your favorite pies, jellies, and wines. See what it takes to propagate this fast-growing tree and why it makes a beautiful addition to any yard or garden. Learn the basics for care in our growing guide on Gardener’s Path.

A-Foraging We Will Go: Berry Edition

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What’s even better than just-picked berries from the garden? The ones you harvest yourself from a wild source. With some basic how-tos, attention to detail, and a keen appreciation for the outdoors, you can take a trip back to our hunter-gatherer days and safely consume wild foods. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Death by Black Walnut: The Facts on Juglone Toxicity

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Have you heard of juglone toxicity? This side effect of keeping black walnut trees may be killing your other plants. Learn what fruits and flowers can withstand living near the tree and how to properly treat sensitive plants with our owner’s guide on Gardener’s Path.

Plant Folklore: Myths, Magic, and Superstition

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Plants have long been a source of inspiration, magic, and awe. Throughout the centuries, tales have been told about powerful plants, with the power to heal and harm, to do good as well as evil. Learn more about the folkloric origins of your favorite garden flora on Gardener’s Path now.

My Thoughts on Weed Removal

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Weeds are a really challenging problem. I spend considerable time pulling them, digging, them, and sorting them. Generally speaking, the broadest definition of a weed is something that’s growing someplace where you don’t want it. You can recognize this type of plant after you pull it because it often either won’t come out without major …

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