How to Propagate Fatsia from Seed

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Fatsia japonica, also known as Japanese aralia and paperplant, has big, emerald green leaves and can be grown as a houseplant or an ornamental shrub. These plants are easy to grow from seed – all you need is a few supplies and a little patience. Learn how to propagate fatsia from seed in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Japanese Aralia (Fatsia Japonica)

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Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica) is a striking houseplant with big, bold, emerald-green leaves. Put this low-maintenance foliage plant on your wish list if you’re looking for a pet-friendly option that will tolerate low-light conditions. Learn how to grow and care for fatsia indoors in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Goldfish Plants

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If you love cultivating houseplants that are happy to bloom indoors, be sure to put goldfish plant on your wishlist. With eye-catching foliage, these epiphytic plants bear goldfish-shaped flowers and some of them can bloom throughout the year. Learn more about growing and caring for goldfish plants in this guide.

The Buzz About Bees: 19 Ways to Help Bees in Your Backyard

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Bees are critical pollinators in our food systems and key members of our ecosystems. Yet these flying insects are in danger due to habitat loss and climate change. To help them, you can create a wildlife oasis in your backyard to offer food and shelter. Learn 19 ways to help bees in your landscape in this guide. Read more.

To Repot or Not? 17 Houseplants Happy to be Rootbound

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Some of the most frequently grown houseplants, as well as some less common ones, thrive when allowed to go somewhat potbound between repottings. For these types of houseplants, you may only need to repot every three to four years or more. Learn about 17 houseplants that don’t mind being rootbound in this guide. Read more.

Why Do Spider Plants Have Thick, White Roots?

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If you have noticed fleshy, white roots in your spider plant’s pot, you may be wondering what’s going on with your houseplant. Swollen roots in spider plants serve a purpose, and when you understand this part of your plant’s anatomy, you’ll worry no longer. Learn why spider plants have thick white roots in this guide.

11 Causes of Yellow or Brown Leaves on Norfolk Island Pines

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Norfolk Island pines are beautiful holiday houseplants. But once the celebrations are over, you may notice discolored needles on your plant, and you’ll need to identify the problem to restore your tree to its green glory. Learn about 11 causes of yellow or brown leaves on living Christmas trees in this guide.

How to Repot Spider Plants in 5 Easy Steps

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Spider plants are fast growers and need frequent repotting. When it’s time to transfer your houseplant to a new container, there are some simple but important steps to follow to keep your plant happy and healthy. Find out more about this indoor gardening task and learn the 5 steps for repotting spider plants. Read more.

19 Tips for Feeding Wild Birds in Winter

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It takes more than just food to create a welcoming location for birds during the winter. As well as bird seed, our feathered visitors also need water, shelter, and clean, safe conditions. To learn more about creating a wildlife-friendly stopover, find 19 tips for feeding wild birds in winter in this guide. Read more now.

Gardening for Wildlife: 21 of the Best Trees and Shrubs with Winter Berries

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Want to grow a winter feast for wild birds? Pick shrubs and trees that fit your growing conditions and available space, but also select those with the most benefits for wildlife, providing cover and habitat as well as food. Learn about 21 of the best trees and shrubs with winter berries for wildlife in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Starfish Flower Cactus

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With fascinating blooms, starfish flower is one of the stars of the plant world. These succulents have a simple care routine, are fast growers, and aren’t stingy with their blooms. However, with the nickname “carrion flower,” they may not be for everyone. Learn to grow and care for starfish flower in this guide. Read more.

37 Types of Lithops Living Stone Succulents

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Lithops are fascinating little succulents that need lots of bright light and little water. These mimicry plants grow in an array of colorations and patterns that may seem difficult to tell apart at first glance. Explore the wonderful world of lithops, keep reading now to learn about 37 different types of living stones.

How to Grow and Care for Purple Passion Plants

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Purple passion plant is a beguiling foliage plant with furry, violet tinted leaves. Adaptable to medium or low light locations, it makes a great houseplant and is nontoxic. Though it’s easy to grow, you’ll want to know how to provide it with the best care. Learn how to grow purple passion plant in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Lithops Living Stone Plants

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Ultra drought-tolerant, living stones are intriguing succulents. These fleshy plants mimic rocks to survive and thrive in tough locations. However, their surprising resilience in nature means they have special needs when grown as houseplants. Learn all about lithops and how to care for them in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Oregon Grape Holly

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With gorgeous fall color, eye-catching berries, and bright yellow flowers, Oregon grapes are fantastic for landscaping. These shrubs come in various shapes and sizes, and can serve multiple purposes in your yard – plus their fruits are edible. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for Oregon grape.

What Is the Difference Between Broccoli Rabe and Broccolini?

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Is there a difference between broccolini and broccoli rabe? Or are they the same? These two veggies look a lot alike and have similar names. But they are different – in their origins, how they grow in the garden, and how you’ll want to use them in the kitchen! To learn what distinguishes these two veggies, keep reading.

Sun Recommendations for Planting Kale

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Choosing to grow kale in the home garden is an excellent choice. Who doesn’t want a fresh patch of healthy leafy greens to pick from, right in the backyard? But knowing how much sunshine per day this cruciferous vegetable requires? That’s another question. To find out how much sun to provide your kale, read more now.

How to Store Your Apple Harvest

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If you find yourself with a bumper crop of apples, you’ll likely want to put some of your harvest up for winter storage, either fresh or as preserves. The fresh fruits will keep their delicious flavors and perfect textures for months when stored in the best conditions. Learn how to store your apple harvest in this guide.

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.

Fall Garden Planting Design Guide: Create a Cozy & Inviting Autumn Oasis

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Create a cozy, inviting autumn oasis in your own yard by choosing the right plants and design elements. For a fall garden that delights the senses and warms the spirit, make sure to plan your design with attention to color, texture, shape, and light. To learn more about creating your own fall garden design, read on.

The Best Companion Plants to Grow with Kale

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Planting kale in your vegetable garden? You’ll want to know the best common companion plants for this garden veggie. If so, you have come to the right place. Learn which plants will attract beneficial insects, repel pests, provide ground cover, and act as nitrogen fixers for this garden staple. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Ruby Glow Peperomia

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Ruby glow peperomia is a funky green and burgundy succulent plant that’s a breeze to care for. With its chunky, fleshy leaves, this perky and colorful houseplant will be good as gold sitting on a sunny windowsill and requires very little maintenance. Keep reading to learn how to grow and care for ruby glow peperomia.

How to Plant an Autumn Vegetable Garden

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Carrots, and cabbage, and collards, oh my! Fall is here and it’s time to head back to the garden to plant your autumn vegetable crops. For a bountiful harvest from your fall veggie patch, there are a few tips and tricks you’ll need before you sow your seeds and transplant your seedlings. Ready to learn more? Read on!

When and How to Harvest Apples

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If you’re growing apples in your orchard, you’ll harvest the best quality fruit if you know how to judge the maturity of your crop. There are a number of factors that will help you estimate when your apples will be ripe for picking. Learn when and how to harvest your apples in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Top Mushroom Growing Kits for Home Gardeners

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Want to try your hand at growing your own crop of mushrooms indoors? There’s a wealth of grow kits available, offering a variety of different types of delicious, edible fungi, with options for budding mycologists as well as experienced growers. Learn more about 17 of the best mushroom growing kits now. Read more.

7 of the Best Companion Plants to Grow with Chard

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Are you looking for the best companion plants for your Swiss chard? Whether you want them to deter pests, add nutrients to the soil, or serve as a living mulch, some excellent options are available that may help your chard to thrive. Discover the top garden buddies for these tasty and colorful leafy greens now.

How to Harvest Beet Greens

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Are you curious about harvesting the leaves from your beet plants to use in the kitchen? Cooking up tasty plant-based dishes with this often overlooked source of fresh greens is a great way to reduce food waste and add another healthy vegetable to your diet. To learn how and when to harvest beet greens, read more now.

How to Store Carrots In the Ground

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When it’s time to harvest your crops, have you ever wondered what to do with an overabundance of root vegetables? What if your homegrown carrots could be left in the soil for the winter? Leaving carrots in the ground is a great way to keep them fresh during the winter months – given the right conditions. Read more now.

When to Plant Crops In Fall (Autumn Planting Guide)

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Gardening is awesome in autumn, but do you know the best time to plant your favorite crops? Learn about important factors such as the first frost date, days to maturity, soil temperature, and more. This handy guide makes it easy for you to work out the ideal time to sow or transplant your fall garden plants. Read more.

15 Tropical Herbs and Spices to Grow in Your Garden

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Looking for tropical herbs and spices to grow in the garden? Take a look at our selection of warming rhizomes, flavorful leaves, and spicy seeds and fruits – these options are delicious additions to the homegrown spice rack. Keep reading to discover 15 different tropical herbs and spices you can grow in the backyard.

How to Propagate Epiphyllums from Cuttings

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Growing queen of the night from cuttings is an easy horticultural project, one that can allow indoor gardeners to cultivate a vast collection of orchid cacti. But this project is most successful when you use a few unexpected tricks. Learn more about propagating Epiphyllum oxypetalum from cuttings now. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Pineapple Sage

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With its showy red flowers and irresistible scent, pineapple sage is an aromatic star of the summer garden. Plus, if you grow this plant with your herbs or veggie crops, it will attract a multitude of pollinators and beneficial insects with its bright blooms. Keep reading to learn to grow and care for pineapple sage.

How to Grow and Care for Calamint

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Calamint is a fragrant perennial plant that makes an attractive member of an herb garden or flower bed. These bushy plants, covered with small white, blue, pink, or purple flowers, attract beneficial bees and butterflies, and are a delight to behold. Read more now to learn how to grow and care for calamint.

How to Grow and Care for Snowberry Bush

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With its bright white berries, snowberry bush will bring an element of fall and winter interest to your landscaping. And during spring and summer, this medium-sized shrub provides a showing of attractive bluish-green foliage and pinkish-white flowers. Learn how to grow and propagate snowberry bush now in our guide.

Field Guide to Outside Style: A Book Review

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Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gardener in need of stylistic aid, Ryan McEnaney’s “Field Guide to Outside Style” will help you identify your outdoor style, find plants for your location, and get ideas for your own designs. Read our review to learn more about this guide to designing your perfect outdoor space.

How to Dehydrate Homegrown Produce for Long-term Storage

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Dehydrating is an excellent way to preserve your garden or orchard harvests for later use. And once you learn how to dry fruits and vegetables, it will be one of the easiest means of food preservation you can use. Read more now to learn everything you need to know about dehydrating fruits and veggies from the garden.

How to Grow Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

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Want to attract loads of pollinators to your yard? Grow Rocky Mountain bee plant. These annuals are low maintenance, drought tolerant, and native to the US. Plus, they will readily reseed, providing year after year of showy purple blooms. Keep reading to learn more about growing this gorgeous native wildflower.

19 of the Best Types of Cilantro

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Cilantro is a zesty-flavored fresh herb that can brighten up many a meal – and when you grow your own crop of this delicious, multipurpose, aromatic plant, you can choose from a surprising variety of different cultivars. Read more now to discover 19 different types of cilantro to grow in your backyard garden.

How to Start Your Own Herb Garden

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Why not try starting an herb garden this spring? There are many edible, medicinal, fragrant, and ornamental herbs to choose from. And there are gardening options for everyone, whether it’s in the landscape or in raised beds, window boxes, or pots. Learn how to start your own herb garden this spring. Read more now.

Harvest Time: How and When to Pick Carrots

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When’s the best time to harvest homegrown carrots, and what’s the best way to do it? Harvesting carrots involves following several important steps – and making sure to pick these vegetables at just the right moment, for the sweetest crop. To learn everything you need to know about harvesting carrots, read more now.

When and How to Plant Marigold Seeds

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Ready to plant marigolds from seed for bright summer blooms? Planting marigolds from seed is easy, but you’ll want to know when you should start these annual flower seeds indoors – and when you can sow the seeds right into your garden soil. Learn more about how and when to plant marigolds from seed. Read more now.

11 of the Best Light Meters for Houseplants and Indoor Gardening

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Light meters come with many features and are available at a wide range of price points. But is there really that much difference between these different devices? With so many choices, which light meter should a well-meaning plant parent choose? Discover 11 of the best light meters for houseplants now in our roundup.

How to Grow and Care for Rattlesnake Plants

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Rattlesnake calathea is a prayer plant with attractively patterned leaves that are raised at night and lowered again every morning. This houseplant will reward you with gorgeous green and purple foliage if you provide it with the care it requires. Keep reading to learn how to grow and care for rattlesnake plant.

Your Ultimate Guide to Square Foot Gardening

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Square foot gardening is a beginner-friendly way of cultivating healthy, super local, homegrown produce, but this space-saving method has more to it than just growing in raised beds. Keep reading to discover the roots of square foot gardening and learn what steps to take to get started with it in your own backyard.

Learn How to Plant and Grow Cilantro (Coriander)

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For those of us who love cilantro, it can be a divine experience to grow this herb in the garden. This multipurpose plant provides a delicious garnish for many types of meals, attracts pollinators to its flowers, and even produces edible seeds. Keep reading to learn how to grow your own supply of fresh coriander.

How to Use a Light Meter for Houseplants

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If your houseplant is failing to thrive, it could be that the two of you aren’t on the same page when it comes to light exposure. But with a quick wave of a magic wand – er, light meter – you’ll know whether your light is low, medium, or bright. Keep reading to learn more about using a light meter for houseplants.

How to Pick and Harvest Spinach

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Spinach is a delicious cool weather crop and an excellent leafy green to include in your backyard garden. Whether your plans for your harvest include fresh spring salads or warming autumn stir fries, picking spinach in the right way can ensure a continual harvest. Ready to learn when and how to harvest spinach? Read more now.

What’s the Difference Between Male and Female Asparagus Plants?

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Asparagus, the reigning edible perennial of the backyard vegetable garden, has both male and female plants. But how does this affect the way you grow and harvest these delicious spring veggies? Keep reading to learn more about the difference between male and female asparagus plants – and why it matters.

21 of the Best Summer Squash Varieties for Your Garden

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Want to grow your own summer squash? These veggies are available in a delicious assortment of colors, shapes, patterns, and sizes. Whether you prefer your squash grilled, stuffed, spiralized, or sauteed, you have your pick for the garden. Discover 21 of the best summer squash varieties and choose your favorite now.

9 of the Best Cold-Hardy Cherry Trees

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Think it’s impossible to find a cold-hardy cherry tree that will survive in cold, northern climates? On the contrary – you can harvest delicious cherries, sweet or sour, so long as you pick the right variety. Discover the 9 best cold-tolerant cultivars that will produce your summer cherry bumper crop. To get the sweet lowdown, keep reading.

Growing Borage as a Cover Crop and for Green Manure

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Ready to learn some new gardening uses for your beloved borage? This blue-flowered herb can be grown as a cover crop to improve your garden in a number of ways, from soil amendment to pest protection, and it can even be used as a green manure. Discover how to grow borage as a cover crop in your garden. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Bush Beans

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Are you ready to harvest baskets full of homegrown bush beans, from your own backyard? These summer vegetables are easy to grow and so delicious when they are picked fresh from the garden. Read on to learn everything you need to know about growing your own bush beans, from sowing seeds all the way to harvest time.

What’s the Difference Between Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes?

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Wondering what the difference is between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes – and what this means for your garden? From staking and pruning to harvesting, these two types of tomato plants grow differently – and understanding their differences will guide you to the best tomato harvests. To learn more, keep reading.

A Plant Pick-Me-Up? Tips for Composting and Gardening with Coffee Grounds

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Coffee makes an outstanding hot drink, but what about using the spent grounds in the garden? These dregs are touted as a great fertilizer, mulch, and compost ingredient, but what does the science say? To find out if your notions about gardening with coffee grounds are on target – or a bit off center – keep reading now.

25 of the Best Hanging Planters

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A hanging planter can help a favorite plant to really shine. But when choosing a planter, certain practical details are as important as appearance. Does it have drainage holes? What size plant will it hold? Keep reading to discover 25 of the best hanging planters out there, and get all the details you’ll need.

How to Grow Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale

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Lacinato kale is a healthy, delicious, and easy-to-grow crop that deserves a place in the backyard garden. Also known as Dinosaur or Tuscan kale, this plant has long blueish green leaves that are just as ornamental as they are tasty. Read more to learn how to grow this cruciferous leafy green vegetable.

17 of the Best Types of Dry and Shelling Beans

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Growing dry beans can help fill a pantry with winter staples, and many varieties can be enjoyed for shelling as well. Since a wide array of these legumes simply can’t be found at a market, growing them yourself opens the door to a world of flavor. Keep reading to discover 17 of the best shelling and dry bean cultivars.

9 of the Best White Eggplant Varieties

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Looking for something unique that will really stand out in your veggie garden this year? These nine white eggplant varieties will glow as they grow. Usually less bitter than purple cultivars, white varieties come in different shapes and sizes. To learn more about these delicious white eggplant cultivars, keep reading.

How to Grow and Care for Hoya Houseplants

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Once hoyas start to catch your eye, these houseplants are hard to forget. With their long, trailing vines and fragrant, showy flowers, hoyas make gorgeous, easy-care indoor plants. Ready to fall down the hoya rabbit hole? Keep reading to find out all you need to know about growing these lovely, vining plants.

33 of the Best Melon Varieties

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If you think your garden isn’t suited to growing melons, or you just don’t find melons to be very exciting, it’s time to consider some new varieties. Discover a selection of cultivars to please every palate, and identify those that are perfectly suited to your growing conditions. Explore 33 top melon varieties now.

How to Grow and Care for Spider Plants

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The spider plant is loved for its bright foliage and masses of baby plantlets. It’s very resilient, will adapt to different growing conditions, and makes an excellent choice for beginners. And it’s a fast grower, helping you fill your home with greenery quickly. Keep reading to learn more about growing this houseplant.

How to Plant and Grow Carrots in the Garden

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Carrots may be the ultimate health food. The only way to make them healthier and more delicious is to grow them yourself! Add these beauties to the vegetable patch, and you can enjoy them in all the shades of the rainbow. And you’ll get the freshest root vegetables you’ve ever tasted. Keep reading to learn more.

The Taste of Summer: How to Plant and Grow Watermelons

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Watermelons are a delightful way to celebrate the summer months, so why not grow your own? Sometimes thought of as an intimidating fruit to grow, they are well worth the effort for their sensational sweet bounty. Learn how to plant and grow your own fresh harvest of watermelons with this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Dill Weed and Seed

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Dill is an easy-going herb that can double as a spice. This cool-weather annual can brighten up nearly any homecooked meal, so having a fresh supply is a must in any kitchen garden. Whether you plant dill for its leaves, seeds, or as an ornamental, this aromatic plant is a delight in the garden and the kitchen.

15 of the Best Types of Pole Beans

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When you grow the right pole bean cultivars, you’ll get a plentiful harvest and a giant helping of flavor. With pods of different colors and sizes, and varieties matched to different season lengths, it helps to carefully choose your seeds before you sow. Keep reading to discover 15 of the best types of pole beans.

How to Plant and Grow Ground Cherries

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Ground cherries are an easy-to-grow summer annual producing masses of small but tasty, tropical-flavored berries. If you grow these unique berries from seed in a small section of your veggie garden you’ll have a nice snack at hand while gardening. Read on to learn how easy it is to grow these delicious little berries.

How to Plant and Grow Pole Beans

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Pole beans provide a delicious and bountiful harvest when planted in the summer vegetable garden. Grown up trellises or stakes, this vertical crop is fun to sow, easy to pick, and can help maximize valuable garden real estate. Read more now to get the lowdown on planting and growing these lofty legumes.

How to Water Orchids

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With their elegant flowers, orchids make enchanting houseplants. But what’s the best way to water them? The answer depends on what type of orchid you have, and a few other factors as well, such as growing medium, container type, and even the time of year. Keep reading to learn more about how to water orchids.

23 Types of Orchids to Grow as Houseplants

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Featuring fascinating flowers, many orchids can be grown indoors as houseplants. When you make your pick you’ll want your selection to be gorgeous, but also well-suited to your growing conditions. Which to choose? Learn about 23 different types of orchids to grow indoors and find your perfect match now. Read more.

9 Different Types of String of Hearts

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String of hearts, also known as rosary vine, is a fabulous vining houseplant that needs no improvement. There are nonetheless several fascinating cultivars with different leaf shapes and colors that fans of this succulent will undoubtedly find beguiling. Discover 9 different types of string of hearts in this guide.

23 Colorful Houseplants to Warm Up Your Home This Winter

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Wintertime can be dreary. Why not brighten things up with colorful houseplants? Learn about 23 of our favorites to find the best options suited to your indoor conditions and decor. From fresh and tropical to old school, plants are available in your favorite colors that are sure to thrive in your home. Read more now.

How to Grow Red-Veined Prayer Plant

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With its boldly patterned leaves, red-veined prayer plant is a stunner of a houseplant. It’s also safe for households with curious pets or young kids. And this maranta is easy to care for too, when you have the right tips to follow. Read more now to learn all about growing and caring for red-veined prayer plants.

7 of the Best Gardening Journals to Plan, Record, and Celebrate Your Garden

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Are you forgetting one of the most important tools you can use to grow a productive and healthy garden? A gardening journal can help you record, design, plan, and improve your garden. To learn more about how journaling can help you all year, and discover 7 of the best gardening journals available today, keep reading.

How to Propagate Christmas Cactus from Cuttings

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Christmas cactus produces cheery blooms during the winter months and it’s easy to propagate cuttings. Whether your goal is to produce new plants to give as gifts or to expand your collection with new cultivars, this propagation method will come in handy. Read more to learn how to propagate Christmas cactus cuttings.

How to Grow and Care for String of Hearts

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With extra-long vines and heart-shaped leaves, string of hearts makes a beautiful and fast-growing houseplant. Covered with purple and dark green foliage, this succulent, also known as rosary vine, is easy and fun to propagate. Read more now to learn more about growing and caring for this Rapunzel among houseplants.

How to Grow and Care for Calathea Peacock Plant

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Peacock plant, a member of the prayer plant family, is an attractive tropical species grown for its decorative green and purple variegated foliage. This gorgeous houseplant is a breeze to keep happy and healthy once you understand its needs. Keep reading to learn how to grow beautiful, luscious peacock plants.

How to Grow and Care for Donkey’s Tail Succulents

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With its trailing stems and plump, bluish leaves, donkey’s tail sedum makes a striking houseplant that’s easy to care for. This cliff-dwelling succulent is the perfect choice for a raised planter or hanging basket. Plus, it is nontoxic and fun to propagate. Read more now to learn how to grow and care for donkey’s tail.

11 of The Best Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Cultivars

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When growing dragon fruit (or pitayas) at home, you have options. Do you want to grow small sweet yellow fruits, big tangy red-fleshed ones, or something in between? Choose the best cultivars for your growing conditions – and your taste buds. Ready to learn about 11 of the best dragon fruit varieties? Read more now.

How to Grow Your Own Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

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Dragon fruit are a tasty tropical treat – and with the right techniques and know-how, you can grow your own crop of them at home. These colorful fruits are borne on the succulent stems of jungle cacti, which can produce a bountiful harvest in just a year and a half. Learn how to grow your own pitayas in this guide.

11 of the Best Types of Elephant Bush to Grow at Home

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Elephant bush, also known as spekboom, is a low-maintenance, succulent houseplant that is available in different leaf colors, sizes, and growth habits. From trailing to upright, variegated to bright yellow, there are wonderful options to choose from. Discover 11 of the best types of elephant bush in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Elephant Bush Indoors

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With emerald-green, succulent leaves, elephant bush is an easy-care houseplant that can stand up to neglect. Also known as spekboom or dwarf jade, this plant has low water needs, plus it’s nontoxic and fun to propagate. Ready to learn more? Read our guide now to learn how to grow and care for elephant bush indoors.

23 of the Most Fabulous Types of Epiphyllums

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Epiphyllums are forest cacti that exhibit a dazzling assortment of flower colors and shapes, on both compact plants and prodigious growers. With their luxuriant foliage and extravagant blooms, species plants and hybrids are delights to discover. Read more now to learn about 23 of the most fabulous types of epiphyllums.

Growing Orchid Cacti: How to Care for Epiphyllums Indoors

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Epiphyllums are large forest cacti that produce incredibly showy, oversized blooms. With their large, flattened stems, these succulent plants are easy to care for, fun to propagate, and stand up well to neglect. To learn more about growing fabulous epiphyllum species and hybrids as houseplants, keep reading now.

35 of the Best Hanging and Trailing Succulents and Cacti

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Cacti and succulents that trail over a planter’s edge create a beautiful vision of floral bounty. But not all of these plants have the same care needs – and each of them has a different visual appeal. Keep reading to discover 35 of the best hanging and trailing cacti and succulents, and choose your favorites!

How to Plant and Grow Purple Sage

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With its alluring bicolored flowers, purple sage is a Western native that performs beautifully in arid landscapes. Drought tolerant and adapted to the desert, this shrub is an excellent, low maintenance choice for waterwise gardens and xeriscaping. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for purple sage.

9 Different Types of Goldenrods to Grow in the Landscape

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Goldenrods are late-season wildflowers bearing large golden sprays of blooms. With over 120 different species, there’s one suited to nearly every growing situation – dry or moist soil, wild meadows or compact gardens. To learn about 9 different goldenrods and discover which is best for your landscape, read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Goldenrod Plants

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Goldenrods are wildflowers that bear beautiful, golden sprays of late-season color. These easy-care perennials attract beneficial insects and pollinators like bees and butterflies while gilding the vista with their bright blooms. Keep reading for guidance on how to grow gorgeous goldenrods in the garden or landscape.

7 Steps to Harvesting and Saving Marigold Seeds

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It’s not difficult to save seeds from faded marigolds. But for success with future plantings, be sure to follow a few simple steps to make sure the seeds are harvested and stored properly. Keep reading to learn more about collecting and saving marigold seeds so they’ll produce a new batch of beautiful blooms.

How to Grow and Care for Desert Marigolds

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With their cheery yellow blooms, desert marigolds are waterwise plants adapted to arid landscapes. These drought-tolerant natives of the southwest can provide an eco-friendly alternative to thirsty bedding plants for those in hot, dry locations. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for desert marigolds.

31 of the Best Companion Plants for Beans

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Beans are a no-brainer garden crop, easily providing a bountiful harvest. But you might wonder which companion plants can help this legume to repel pests, offer structural support, keep weeds at bay, improve the soil, or increase your yield. Read more now to discover 31 of the best plant partnerships for beans.

How to Grow Mexican Hat Flowers

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Mexican hat, a wildflower species native to North America, is a drought-tolerant perennial with unique, charmingly quirky flowers. This plant is easy to cultivate and maintain in the landscape, and its brightly-colored blooms will attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Read more now to learn how to grow Mexican hat.

7 of the Best Types of Fava Beans

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When you grow fava beans at home, you have a wealth of options. Some types are super cold-hardy, while others are well-adapted to short growing seasons. Some excel when used as a cover crop – and all of them are fabulous in the kitchen. Keep reading to discover 7 of the best types of favas you can grow in the garden.

How to Plant and Grow Fava Beans

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Fava beans are a superb addition to the home garden, and they can be grown in spring or winter as nitrogen fixers or as a cool-weather crop. Also called broad beans, these legumes make excellent companion plants and bear tasty, meaty beans with endless uses. Keep reading to learn more about growing fava beans.

13 Different Types of Edible Beans for the Garden

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When growing beans at home, there are different types to try suited to almost every garden and palate. Some are perfect as cool-weather crops, while others hold up nicely to drought. Whether for fresh eating or dry storage, you have a wealth of options. Keep reading to learn about 13 different types of edible beans.

A Review of Plant Partners by Jessica Walliser

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Who needs a companion planting chart when you have a book that explains the science behind successful plant partnerships? Jessica Walliser’s Plant Partners does just that. Packed with gorgeous photos of real life combinations, this book will guide you in growing a diverse and resilient garden. Read our review now.

17 of the Best Marigold Companions

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Marigolds make superb companion plants – and can be paired in different ways depending on your garden needs and landscaping style. But you’ll want to make sure to choose plant partners that have similar growing requirements. Keep reading to discover a selection of 17 excellent marigold companions that fit the bill.

How to Grow and Care for Cardinal Flowers

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Cardinal flower is a superstar wildflower. With its eye-catching scarlet blooms, it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to the landscape. What’s more, this stunning native plant is very low maintenance when offered the right conditions. Learn more about growing cardinal flower in the landscape in this guide. Read more.

How to Use Eggshells in the Garden for Soil, Compost, and as Pest Control

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Want to use eggshells in your garden? Learn the best techniques for breaking them down in your compost and using them as a soil amendment. And find out the truth about whether eggshells really repel garden pests. To learn more about turning eggshells into garden amendments instead of landfill waste, read more now.

31 of the Best Types of Marigolds

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There are so many different marigolds to choose from for your veggie garden or flower beds. It can be hard to know which to pick when they are all so gorgeous, but learning about features such as bloom type, color, and size can help inform your choice. Keep reading to learn about 31 of the best types of marigolds.