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16 Genius Garden Hacks That Turn Trash Into Treasure

One man's broken terracotta pot is another man's garden marker.<p>No use crying over a broken pot! Here's how you can use items you'd normally toss in the garbage in your garden.

Gardening

A Beginner's Guide to Gardening

The rewards of gardening are great — fresh air, exercise, beauty and relaxation, to name a few. But designing and planting your very first garden can feel like an overwhelming task. Luckily, gardens are surprisingly forgiving creations, and the best way to learn is by simply diving in. Here are 10 …

English Ivy is a Low-Maintenance Decorator's Dream

You're probably familiar with English ivy on the exterior of buildings, but it also makes a lovely houseplant. This fast-growing climber is …

Object of Desire: The Mighty Seed Box by Franklyn & Vincent

Born out of necessity: a wooden seed storage box with just the right number of compartments, sturdy metal hinges, and a shiny clasp.<p>After …

Urban farming utopia in India produces more energy than it uses

1/30<p>Hyperions by Vincent Callebaut<p>Most urban centers have a bad rap for pollution and energy consumption, but the cities of the future could be very …

11 plant combos you should grow side-by-side

Nasturtium + Cucumber<p>'For me, companion planting is about bringing pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden to improve biodiversity,' says …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland

From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. …

Combined Shape

It's safe to say that everyone's been looking forward to the sun to come out and flowers to bloom. 'Tis the season to start thinking about your home garden and the beautiful flowers and textures you want to fill it with.<p>From a perfect pair of gloves to avoid invasive thorns to the must-have hand …

Gardening

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping reaches an audience of 30+ million each month. In addition to the magazine brand, the Good Housekeeping Institute is the consumer …

Housekeeping

Required Reading: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

When the original version of <i>The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden</i> was published in 1975, supermarket cauliflower cost 98 cents a head (the nerve!), and …

Gardening

10 Easy Pieces: Gray Flowers

When it comes to flower color, is there such a thing as a true gray? Imagine our excitement to learn the answer is yes.<p>The other day our Old Bulbs …

DIY: Small Space Vegetable Garden

After two years of living in a New York City apartment where the only outdoor space was a fire escape that I was told not to use unless actually …

Gardening

11 Plant Combos You Should Grow Side-by-Side

It's part folklore, part science, but companion planting just may help your garden grow.<p>Step back in time to embrace some gardening wisdom your grandparents may have practiced: The concept of companion planting, or planting combinations of specific plants for their mutual benefit. "The theory …

Gardening

Ask the Expert: Design Tips for a Shady Courtyard Garden

For Jack Laver Brister of Tinhouse Home and Garden Antiques, a heavily shaded courtyard that came with the Georgian townhouse he’s renovating in …

Calamint

Variegated calamint<p><i>Calamintha grandiflora</i> 'Variegata' has yellow-green leaves dappled with creamy white. It bears tubular purple flowers that attract …

Gardening 101: Yuccas

Yucca: “Striking Sword”<p>With more than 50 different species of Yucca, these shrubs hold their own as distinctive and striking evergreen landscape …

You Need to Know About This Small-Batch Tea

Stop and smell Berkeley's Leaves and Flowers.<p>The room smells like lemon verbena, peppermint, tarragon, anise hyssop, and tulsi. It’s filled with bakers’ racks taller than an adult man, holding perforated metal sheets. Dehumidifiers and fans rest against the walls. This is a drying room; the herbs I …

Tea

What Every Gardener Should Know About Mulching

Adding mulch to your garden is one of the best things you can do for healthy soil—here are 6 ways to do it right.<p>The best time-saving measure a …

Taking on your own garden project this spring? Read this first

However big or small, our gardens have so much potential – a place to relax, play and grow produce, as well as providing an extension of living …

Outdoor Spaces

Go Pine Cone Foraging Now, Be Rewarded With Happier Potted Plants

I love this time of year. Winter looks like it’s finally waning (in the South at least), and I start to get excited about spring—and gardening. Before starting my container garden after the last frost, there’s one thing I always do to make caring for it easier and more efficient.<p>Before our final …

8 of the Best House Plants for the Kitchen

No matter what color your thumb happens to be, you can probably keep these plants alive in your kitchen. And you should want to give it a shot: Not …

Sweet Flag

plant quick find clear<p>how to grow Sweet flag<p>Propagation<p>more varieties for Sweet flag<p>Dwarf golden sweet flag<p><i>Acorus gramineus</i> 'Minimus Aureus' reaches …

10 ways to make the most of a garden wall

If you have a garden wall that soaks up the sun for part or all of the day, treasure it and rejoice. Walls abound with gardening opportunity as they offer a vertical microclimate that you can turn into invaluable growing space. The next sunny day, become a wall-watcher. Notice which of yours are …

The 10 Books Every Gardener Should Read

Unless you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by knowledgeable gardeners—whether they are parents, friends, or neighbors—you can often find yourself …

6 Must-Have Supplies For Starting Seeds Successfully

Here's all the equipment (and DIY advice) you need to start your own seeds this spring.<p>It's the time of year to dig in to seed-starting, and, as …

4 DIY Potting Soil Recipes To Make Any Plant Thrive

One size doesn't fit all! Make these quality mixes at home and watch your veggies, flowers, and fruits shine.<p>Want superior succulents, <b>tons of …

10 Easy Pieces: Rubber Plant Pots

I increasingly find myself drawn to the look of rubber plant pots. What did it for me was a collection of the pots in the courtyard of Paris shop …

5 Garden Tweaks That Will Make You Happier and Healthier

These simple changes will boost your mood and ease any stress.<p>We all feel the calming benefits of spending time in the garden, but are there a few extra design tweaks we could make to our outdoor spaces to allow them to reach their full health and wellbeing potential?<p>We asked RHS Ambassador for …

Gardening

6 Small Garden Decoration Ideas

Small gardens could be a great decoration place. There are many tips to develop a charming garden decor, with a small garden, the layout will be …