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What is N-P-K?

  Here's a look at that burning question, N-P-K? What is it all about anyway? It's on nearly every package of everything plant related, compost, fertilizers,...

What You Need To Know To Help Western Monarchs

Helping western monarch butterflies is more important than ever before. Recent counts of overwintering western monarchs have revealed that their population is now below endangered...

Seeds 101: Seed Selection & Terminology

Growing a garden from seed is really pretty amazing. And! amazingly simple. So, don't let seed terminology commonly used to describe seeds slow you...

10 Best Kitchen Garden Herbs

  Imagine a garden that elevates everyday living, is a dose of medicine with every bite, and doubles as a pollinator haven. If you grow...

Making Paper Pots For Starting Seeds

Goodbye plastic containers, hello upcycled newspaper seedling pots! I love these things. I love making them and planting in them. From beginning to finish...

How to Collect & Save Tomato Seeds

  If you're a tomato lover it's time to start thinking about collecting and saving seeds for next season's crop. There's a fancy way to...

6 Basil Varieties To Grow & Love

  Grow these 6 basil varieties to change the way you cook and live. As a gardener and cook, I’m always on the lookout for new...

Plant Pick: Clematis

  Who doesn't love summer long blooms? If you're looking for a perennial vine that is as charming as it is resilient Clematis (Clematis spp.) could be exactly...

Tarkio Rain Garden

This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather you see it,...

How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

Are you wishing ladybugs would find your garden as easily as aphids? Never fear, the trick for attracting ladybugs to your garden begins with...

How To Grow Rosemary From Cuttings

It's easy to grow rosemary from cuttings with the simple steps outlined in this video. What You Need To Grow Your Own Cuttings To get started,...

What’s Growing Now: Alpine Strawberries, Sweet Treat Tomatoes & Ladybugs

  It was just last winter when I found this garden. I was out for a run on a nearby trail and there it was...

Small Space Gardening Tips in Chicagoland

  What happens when you endure an unusually long, cold winter and finally the weather starts to turn the corner toward spring? Right! Pull out...

What to Plant: Planning for Spring

  Like you, I have a list of plants that already have dibs in the garden this coming season. They’re the plants that either out-performed...

Bring Blooms Inside

The contrast of a flowering fruit tree on a winters day is like a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream. A perfect combination. The...

How to Choose The Right Plant

Let's get it straight.  Choosing plants at the nursery, even with experience, can be daunting.  Not only do you need to try to stick...

Mint — I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Mint is aromatic, a lively addition to tea or other concoction and the bane of a garden if grown without restriction. "You have mint...

The SF Flower & Garden Show | 6 Uses for Gabions in the Garden

  I turned the corner into the show gardens at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this past weekend to be ultimately impressed with...

Transplanting Seedlings vs. Direct Sowing Seeds

  Should you chuck seeds straight into the garden or grow them in modules or seedling trays first? Knowing where and how to plant could...

Fall Garden Checklist

  If you count the hours spent readying your garden in spring, picking, eating and weeding in summer and now find yourself on to fall,...
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