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What To Do if You Have Clay Garden Soil

Home gardeners often regard clay soil with dread. But clay soil can be beneficial to your garden — if you know how to treat it right.

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What Is Clay Soil?

Everyone's heard of clay soil, but do you really know what it is? If your garden beds are clay, here's...


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9 Vegetables To Plant in Winter

For much of the U.S., there's no need to shut down the garden once winter rolls in. Here's what to...


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Homeowner’s Guide To Garden Soil Treatment for the Winter

In winter, your garden can still be working, creating rich beds for spring planting. From compost to cover crops, here...


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The Best Summer Color Plants for Northern Gardeners

Let's plan a garden! Here's a look at 12 of the best hardy plants that survive Northern winters and bloom...

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What Is Subsoil and How Does It Help a Garden?

Learn about subsoil's role in your garden's success and how to make it healthier.


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9 Adaptive Tools To Make Gardening With Disabilities Easier

Gardening can be relaxing and therapeutic. These adaptive gardening tools help those with limitations enjoy their time in the garden.

This Is Why You Should Grow a Firethorn Bush

Plant a firethorn bush in your backyard to welcome birds and bees while providing year-round beauty. This shrub features...


If Your Plant Leaves Have Brown Tips, This is What it Means

Noticing brown tips on leaves of your indoor plants? Solve the problem with proper watering and fertilizing tips from a...


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Gardener’s Guide To Soil Horizons

From topsoil to bedrock, soil horizons are like a textbook for determining your soil's health and how to optimize it...


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When Is the Best Time of Year for a Soil Test?

Knowing what's in your dirt is an easy way to green up your thumb, but the test isn't a no-brainer....

How To Garden with Perlite Potting Soil

Perlite, a natural wonder born from volcanoes, is an inexpensive soil additive that will help your garden plants grow faster...


How To Garden With Vermiculite

Versatile vermiculite helps your garden, potted plants, seedlings and lawn germinate and grow more quickly.


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8 Best Garden Scooters for Easy Gardening

Kick off spring gardening with a new garden scooter. These mobile seats make plant- and turf-tending so much easier on...


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12 Best Native Plants for Northern Gardeners

Looking for new native plants for your USDA Zone 3 landscape? These shrubs, perennials and grasses can survive temperatures as...


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What To Know About Loam Soil for Your Garden

Gardeners love loam soil because it's moist, soft and full of nutrients. Here's how to get more of it in...

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What Is Composted Manure and How Can It Benefit Gardening?

No jokes here, just straight info on how composted manure enhances your garden's health.


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The Importance Of Sulfur In Your Garden

In your garden soil, sulfur is as important to your plants' vitality as phosphorus. Here's what you need to know...


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7 Best Indoor Gardening Kits and Systems for 2022

Indoor gardening is growing in popularity. When you're ready to give it a try, here are some top indoor garden...


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What’s In the Best Garden Soil?

Four key factors make up the healthiest garden soil composition. All are essential for thriving, lush gardens.


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Homeowner’s Guide To Living Walls

Tantalizing or time-consuming: Is a living wall right for your home?


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12 Best Spring Blooming Plants for Northern Gardeners

Winter is the best time to plan next year's garden. These 12 spring blooming, hardy perennials and shrubs can survive...


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How To Improve Garden Soil in Winter

Use these tips to improve your garden soil in winter to make sure it's ready to go (and grow!) in...


Should You Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden?

Should you save your coffee grounds and add them to your garden soil? Learn how the garden expert says gardeners...

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9 Winter Window Box Ideas

Boost curb appeal this season with these winter window box ideas including festive greenery, hardy flowers and bright holiday accents.


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Should You Use Gypsum for Soil?

If you have hard clay or noticeably salty soil, gypsum can make healthy growth much easier for your garden plants....


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What Is Humus and How Is It Formed?

Think you know humus? You may be surprised what we traditionally call "humus" is actually something different.


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How Are Grow Lights Different From Regular Light Bulbs?

You don't need a green thumb to keep the thyme and aloe alive all winter. What you need is a...


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How To Use Grow Lights To Grow Healthy Plants Indoors

From choosing the right bulb to knowing how long to leave it on, here's how to keep you houseplants happy...


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What To Know About Soil Amendments

From our first-hand experience, learn how soil amendments work and which ones are right (and wrong) for your yard and...