Gardening

15 Ways to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Block

Hacking

How to make compost: The only video tutorial you'll need

I've always considered myself a better compost-maker than I am a gardener. And from building a compost tumbler to composting indoors, I've posted a …

Composting

Tree-climbing goats have unusual way to spread seeds

Animals and plants have one of the most ideal relationships in nature. The plants feed the animals and the animals, in turn, spread the seeds of the …

Goats

Growing Rosemary Plants Indoors

Rosemary is an excellent indoor herb. Like other Mediterranean herbs, it's drought-tolerant and thrives in bright, sunny windowsills. Perhaps best of …

Plants

Foxgloves: Rethinking a Fickle Flower

Foxgloves behave like a bad boyfriend. Owing to their biennial nature and a tendency to self-sow freely, foxgloves usually don’t show up when or …

Flowers

7 lessons urban gardeners can learn from Kate Gould's Gold-winning City Living Chelsea Flower Show garden

As with many magical things, the Chelsea Flower Show can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. There are dozens of gardens, all of which could justify an afternoon’s idle enjoyment, and that’s before you get anywhere near the horticultural smorgasbord of the Great Pavilion, brimming with the …

Flowers

Growing and Caring for Dazzling Snapdragons

Overview and Description<p>Snapdragons have tall spikes of brightly colored flowers that bloom profusely in cooler weather. Most are intensely colored …

Flowers

A Classic New York City Wedding

Danielle Hirschberg and Joshua Holtzman met in New York City, through a mutual friend in March 2011. They immediately hit it off—and fast forward to November 2015: Danielle works at a public relations agency in the city so when she got invited to a Soul Cycle class, she assumed it was a …

Botanical Gardens

What to Do About Black Spot on Roses

What is Black Spot?<p>Black spot is a fungal disease (<i>Diplocarpon rosae</i>), that affects roses. It causes black spots on leaves, eventually causing the …

Siberian irises are garden treasures

After the wonderland of bloom by flowers in March and April, we now approach late spring, which often seems too green. With the trees in full leaf, …

Flowers

10 things we learned from the Chelsea flower show 2017

From lupins to moss, crazy paving to oranges and reds, these were the trends that stood out at the 2017 show<p><b>1 The future’s bright</b><p>Chelsea’s purple patch – dominated by alliums, irises and salvias – seems to be in a slow decline, with this year’s emergent colour scheme one of deep wine reds, …

Flowers

Vegetable preparation is relaxing, no matter how you slice it

Preparing a meal usually begins with cutting and chopping things. It’s time-consuming but can be done ahead of time by a cook facing a busy day. It’s the job you give to a helpful guest or hungry family member to speed dinner along. When making many dishes, vegetables come first, whether for a …

Lifestyle

New York City: where to eat, play, and be entertained without tourist traps

HERE are a few tips to avoid local wrath and make the most of your visit to the greatest city in the world.<p>Mistake: Never leaving tourist areas.<p>I …

Botanical Gardens

On Gardening: Gold doubloon gardenia can light up your landscape

If you have fascinated about finding a gold doubloon I've got one for you, and it is a stunning gardenia variety. Like the word suggest doubloon or …

Flowers

Rose Diseases and What to Do about Them

Roses have a reputation for getting all kinds of diseases. While modern roses are a lot less prone to problems than the tea roses favored not so long …

Flowers

An Easy Blue Flower for Beginners

Gardeners looking for a true blue color in a flower can’t go wrong with the old-fashioned bachelor’s button. These fully double annual flowers look …

Flowers

Growing Scented Geraniums

Overview and Description of Scented Geraniums<p>There are dozens of scented geraniums with an array of fragrances. The one thing they all share is that …

Plants

Growing Lemon Scented Herbs

Not every gardener can grow a lemon tree, but everyone can have lemon scent and flavor in their garden by planting some lemon scented herbs. It’s …

Herbs

Kelly Brook Wants To Host A Gardening Show, After Declaring Her Love For Her New 'Full-Time Hobby'

Yep, there's still one TV avenue she's yet to pursue.<p>Just when you thought she’d explored every possible avenue in the entertainment world, Kelly Brook has admitted there’s one televisual stone that she’s still to unturn.<p>The former ‘Love Island’ host, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge, ‘Strictly Come …

Kelly Brook

Sweet Alyssum Flowers Please Pollinators

The <i>Brassicaceae</i> family is not known for its fragrant members, at least if you're referring to pleasing fragrances. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and …

Flowers

Strawflowers Brighten Up Flower Arrangements

The name strawflower doesn’t do much to excite the flower gardener, eliciting images of something withered and tan, but the real strawflower blossom …

Flowers

Holding the Cosmos in Our Hands

“This is a seed. The seed comes from the tree, the tree comes from the seed. It’s like the chicken and the egg. If people want to understand it, they will break the seed apart — they will actually kill it — to see the cells, the chromosomes and the genetics. There is another way to look at this: I …

Puducherry

Herbs and Veggies to Plant in August

August is a fabulous month in the vegetable garden for many of us. The summer crops are overwhelming us with their productivity (hopefully!) and the …

Vegetables

Get Your Bird House Ready for Winter

After the breeding season ends and birds have migrated, it is time to winterize your bird houses so they will stay safe and suitable for the next …

Birds

Tough Slope? Junipers Are Up to Task

01 of 09<p>Let's start with the popular type of creeping juniper shown here (click the link to access the full article), <i>Juniperus horizontalis</i> 'Blue …

Landscaping

14 Ideas to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger

Who doesn’t dream of an English estate with groves and gardens and koi ponds? Or perhaps you prefer the ultimate American playground with a pool and …

Landscaping

What Plants Can Be Used as a Companion with a Lemon Tree? | Home Guides | SF Gate

The right companion plantings for lemon trees reduce the need for excess chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Companion plantings serve as both an extra protection and a source of nutrition for your lemon trees, enabling you to garden more organically while taking steps to increase fruit production.<p>…

Garden Visit: Emily Thompson Explores Her Dark Side at a Brooklyn Heights Townhouse

When developers were renovating a landmarked Greek Revival–style townhouse in New York City’s Brooklyn Heights last year, they called in talented …

Flowers

How to Grow and Enjoy Bergamot - Organic Gardening

Content Tools<p>Print Email<p><i>Lately, more and more people have begun to understand just how limited — in both variety and nutritional value — our "modern"</i> …

Organic Gardening

Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

New study praises pollutant-absorbing qualities of the humble hedge.<p>Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, …

Lifestyle