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Starting a Garden from Seed
Growing plants from seed can save gardeners money and vastly increase the varieties that can be grown in a backyard garden. Gardeners can grow several transplants for the price of a few, store-bought plants, and the selection of varieties for sale is often limited. More...
Seed Starting Kit
Seed Starting Kit

Planting a Tree
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Spring is the best season to plant conservation trees, from the moment the frost is out of the ground until the weather starts to become hot and dry. Ideally, seedlings should be planted the same day they are received from the nursery.. More...

Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance
Longer days. Birdsong. Growing Grass. These are all indicators that it's time to pull out the lawn mower and get it ready for another season. Of course, all we think we need to do is just top it off with gas and crank it up. More...
Lawn Mowers
Lawn Mowers

Leaf Scoops
Leaf Scoops
Letting Leaves Lie
Raking up and disposing of leaves is a time-honored ritual of autumn, but are ways of putting them to better use in a yard. Ecologically, the best way to deal with leaves in the yard is to mulch them where they fall and let them decompose to release their minerals back to the soil.. More... 

Potted Perennials in Winter
Taking care of your potted perennial plants over the winter will ensure they are around next season to provide another year of enjoyment. Perennials in pots need protection because their root system is basically above ground in a container. More.
Bougainvillea Bonsai
Bougainvillea Bonsai

Lawnmower Bites
Big Trees Felled By Tiny Fungi
Urban trees tend to have shortened lives, some living no more than 50 to 80 years. Urban forests in many metro areas have started to mature and decline, and are very susceptible to trunk-rotting and buttress root-rotting organisms. More...

Fire Ant Control in the Fall
When you think of fire ants in the fall, "vulnerable" isn't the first word that pops into your mind. But it should be. If you are going to treat fire ants only once a year, do it in the fall. Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall. More...

Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer
Identifying Emerald Ash Borer
As fall's colors emerge, it's hard to miss the striking gold and purple leaves of ash trees lining streets and roads in many Midwestern states. However, when emerald ash borer arrives, many ash trees planted in towns, cities and conservation plantings could be lost. More...

Composting Yard Waste
While it may seem easy to put those raked leaves and other yard waste in plastic bags and toss them out as garbage, composting can be just as easy and much better for the environment. Composting decomposes organic matter into a dark, crumbly material similar to humus. Finished compost provides nutrients and helps soil retain water by increasing the valuable organic matter in the lawn and garden. More...

   Riding Lawn Mower Cover Riding Lawn Mower Cover Preparing a Lawn for Winter
When it's time for the last cutting of your lawn, how low should you cut? Your area's winter snowcover should help you decide whether to cut it short or leave it long. If you live in a heavy snow area, cut the grass to about 1.5 inches in fall to prevent it from matting down... More...

Preserving Flowers
Some flowers are easy to preserve: baby's breath, celosia, yarrow, statice, globe amaranth, strawflower and artemesia.  But every flower responds differently to drying and preserving. Experiment to get the results you want with the flowers you have. More...
Herb Swag Herb Swag

Saving Seeds
As fall approaches, enthusiastic gardeners want to store seed for next year's production. Before you decide to save seed from your plants, it's important to consider whether saving seed will get you the type of plants you want. More....

  • The Benefits of Earthworms
  • Organic Production Guides
  • Ferns Freshen Flats
  • Saving Holiday Gift Plants
  • Tabletop Christmas Trees
  • Gifts for Gardeners
  • Overwintering Geraniums
  • Selecting Holiday Plants
  • Preventing Sunscald
  • Stopping Squash Bugs
  • Rabbit Resistant Flowers
  • Potted Perennials in Winter
  • Planting Fall Wildflowers
  • Planting a Second Crop
  • Knowing What's What in the Garden
  • Trellis Home Vegetables
  • Preventing Thatch
  • How to Mulch a Tree
  • Cross-Pollinating Cherry Trees
  • Talking to Plants
  • Planning a Water Garden
  • Nectar Plants that Attract Hummingbirds
  • The Many Varieties of Tomato
  • Allergenic Plants
  • Growing Asparagus
  • Constructing a Berry Bed
  • Extending Harvest With Spring Planting
  • Clearing the Air with Houseplants
  • Time to Plant Asparagus
  • Girdling and Ringing
  • Autumn Tree Planting
  • Beware of Toxic Carrots
  • Don't Dress Tree Wounds
  • Time to Order Fall Bulbs
  • Don't Feed a Tree That Isn't Hungry
  • Pruning Flowering Shrubs
  • Helping Drought-Stressed Trees
  • Planting for Hummingbirds
  • Horticulture Lexicon
  • Seed Catalogs
  • Hold the Salt and Save the Plants
  • Is it a Yam or a Sweet Potato?
  • Site Selection for Roses
  • Add Silicon in the Greenhouse
  • Garden Anywhere With a Compost Sock
  • Growing Heirlooms
  • Time to Plant Garlic
  • Dividing Perennials
  • Cutting Lawn Care Costs
  • Pruning Lilacs
  • Autumn Tree Planting 
  • Adding Color to Autumn Landscapes
  • Grow Your Own Starts
  • Home Gardening Crop Rotations
  • Signs of Drought Stress in Conifers
  • Crape Murder!
  • Blending Grasses for Year-Round Lawn
  • Growing Corn
  • Moving Houseplants Outdoors
  • Mind Your Mulch
  • Time to Order Fall Bulbs
  • Lawn Care During Drought
  • Spacing Plants in Rows
  • Lawnmower Bites, Kills Tree
  • Cultivating a Cutting Garden
  • Preparing Soil
  • Recycling Christmas Trees
  • Brighten Winter With Holly
  • Living Christmas Trees
  • The Benefits of Earthworms
  • Aphid Control Without Chemicals
  • Saving Rainfall
  • Selecting and Using a Lawn Spreader
  • Revealing Signs of Spring
  • Preventing Herbicide Horrors
  • Prepare Ornamental Grasses for Spring
  • Growing Oaks from Acorns
  • Tips for Growing Tomatoes by the Ton
  • Saving on Beneficials
  • Planning a Water Garden
  • Diagnosing Plant Ailments
  • A Choice of Tomatoes
  • Creating a Container Herb Garden
  • Shade Tree Care
  • Good Trees for Successful Lawns
  • Small Space Gardening
  • Growing Blueberries
  • Planting for Deer Resistance
  • A Glossary of Gardens
  • Winterizing Irrigation Systems
  • Remove Grass Clippings, or Not?
  • Testing Garden Soil
  • Alternative Evergreens
  • When to Prune
  • Protecting Evergreens in Winter
  • Tips on Watering Trees in Fall
  • Planting Fall Flowers
  • Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance
  • Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms
  • Creating a Container Flower Garden
  • Ornamental Grasses Stand Up To Winter
  • Frost Seeding
  • Preserving Poinsettia
  • The Virtual Greenhouse
  • Keeping Out the Kudzu Bugs
  • Taking Care of Raspberry Plants in Fall
  • Scouting Key to Mole Control
  • Extending Harvest With Spring Planting
  • Turning Up the Heat in Peppers
  • When Fruit Trees Bear No Fruit
  • Xeriscaping
  • Attracting Butterflies to Gardens
  • Apple-Free Crabapples
  • Watering Plants
  • Deck Gardening
  • Soil Sampling
  • Crop Rotation in the Garden
  • Seedless Watermelons
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    Paradise in Plain Sight

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    Rainbow Mix Coleus Seeds
    Rainbow Mix Coleus Seeds

    Garden Belt
    Garden Belt

    Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living
    Homegrown and Handmade

    A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living

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    Grocery Gardening

    The Winter Harvest Handbook
    The Winter Harvest Handbook

    Gardeners Knee Pads
    Gardeners Knee Pads

    Ratchet-Action Pruner
    Ratchet-Action Pruner

    Roto Driller
    Roto Driller

    Light Sensing in Plants
    Light Sensing in Plants

    used books

    The Identification of Flowering Plant Families
    Including a Key to Those Native and Cultivated in North Temperate Regions
    Gloxinias and How to Grow Them
    by Peggie
    Garden Bucket Caddy
    Garden Bucket Caddy

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