Gardening Tips

Here you'll find quick and easy gardening tips to help you avoid mistakes, fix problems, and maximize your harvest in your garden.

beneficial weeds. Close-up of flowering Chickweed plants (Stellaria media) in a sunny garden. Chickweed is a delicate annual herb with small, oval-shaped leaves arranged in pairs along its succulent, branching stems. Its dainty white flowers, each containing five deeply notched petals.

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41 Beneficial Weeds and Their Uses

While some weeds can be problematic for garden crops, weedy plants aren’t always the enemies we’ve made them out to be. Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey digs into the beneficial uses of common weeds for everything from pest control to pollinator habitat to edible nutrition and herbal remedies.

save overfertilized plants. Close-up of Calathea Orbifolia in a large white pot outdoors. The plant has damaged leaves due to overfertilization. Calathea Orbifolia is a stunning tropical plant known for its large, oval leaves adorned with intricate patterns of silvery-green stripes that radiate from the central vein. Each leaf showcases a blend of light and dark green hues. The tips of the leaves are brown and dry.

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9 Ways to Save Over-Fertilized Plants

Too many nutrients can be catastrophic for houseplants, vegetables, and shrubs, but these remedies may help you save over-fertilized plants. Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains how to identify and fix over-fertilization before it kills your plants.

garden color schemes. Close-up of a flowering bed of colorful zinnias in a sunny garden. Zinnias are vibrant and eye-catching annual flowers known for their striking colors and diverse forms. They feature sturdy stems with lance-shaped leaves arranged opposite each other. Atop these stems, zinnias produce large, daisy-like flowers with multiple layers of petals in a wide array of hues, including shades of red, orange, pink, and white.

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10 Garden Designs for Different Color Schemes

Choosing colors for the garden allows us to play with exciting combinations and moods. Color combinations create lively, energized spaces or peaceful and serene ones. They’ll complement a home or contrast it beautifully through striking opposites. Explore ideas for different color schemes with garden designer Katherine Rowe.

Wooden raised beds and paved pathways form a structured garden. Verdant plants thrive, reaching upward with lush foliage. Some spill gracefully over the edges of the beds, adding a soft cascade of greenery to the landscape.

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Where to Put Raised Beds in Your Garden: 7 Location Tips

Thinking about installing a raised bed in your garden but not sure where to put it? Looking for tips on getting the location and orientation right? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros highlights the priorities for siting a raised bed where it will yield the healthiest, most productive plants. You’ll learn the characteristics of an ideal location and how to avert some costly location mistakes.

Wooden garden beds neatly arranged in a sunlit garden, offering a rustic charm to the outdoor space. Sunlight filters through the leaves, casting a warm glow on the thriving greenery, creating a tranquil oasis in the backyard.

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Raised Bed Gardening: 7 Beginner Tips

Ready to build a raised bed garden in your yard? Wondering how to prep your raised beds for success? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros offers 7 beginner tips for choosing, building, filling, planting, and caring for a raised bed garden.

budget gardening. Close-up of a female gardener in denim overalls and a red plaid shirt digging soil in a garden bed using a garden trowel. The garden bed contains rows of Swiss Chard plants. Swiss chard plants showcase a vibrant and striking appearance with large, glossy bright green leaves and strong, succulent pale green stems.

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31 Tips for Starting Your New Garden on a Budget

Are you excited about starting a new garden but intimidated by the potential cost? There are plenty of practical ways you can save money on your gardening project. Join thrifty gardening expert Liessa Bowen as she shares some of her favorite tips for gardening on a budget.

Close-up of a blooming Blue Butterfly Pea - one of the natural plant dyes. The Blue Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) is a striking vine with delicate foliage and mesmerizing flowers. Its slender stems bear compound leaves consisting of three ovate leaflets. The flowers, reminiscent of butterfly wings, are a vibrant sky-blue color with a distinctive shape and intricate patterns.

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21 Garden Plants to Use as Natural Dyes

You’ve heard of vegetable and cut flower gardens, but what about dye gardens? Dying yarn and fabrics with plant-based dyes allows you to create beautiful hues and develop a new appreciation for plants. If you’re not sure where to get started, join Briana Yablonski to learn 21 plants you can use as natural dyes.

direct sow raised beds. Close-up of radish plants growing on a wooden raised bed. The radish plant showcases vibrant, green foliage with distinctive lobed leaves that form a rosette close to the soil. Below the surface, the roots develop into crisp, bulbous structures of a pinkish color. Radishes' roots exhibit a smooth texture and a rounded shape.

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21 Vegetables and Flowers to Direct Sow in Raised Beds

Seed-starting can be intimidating for new gardeners. Especially when you consider the space requirements. However, with the following seeds, you can skip the indoor seed-starting step and head straight out to your raised beds! Gardening expert Kelli Klein shares 21 vegetables and flowers to direct sow in raised beds.

Garden method chop and drop. Close-up of trimmed plants in a garden bed. The plants are trimmed at the base and the leaves are thrown on top of the bed.

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What is the Chop-and-Drop Gardening Technique?

Gardening has its own language and verbiage, which can sometimes be intimidating, especially for beginner gardeners. So, while you may have heard the phrase “chop- and -drop” you might be wondering: What is it? And why do it? Gardening expert Kelli Klein explains how chop-and-drop can benefit your garden.