13 Cheap Mulch Ideas to Keep Your Garden Healthy

Buying mulch at a traditional garden center or nursery can quickly get expensive, especially if you have a large garden or multiple flower beds to maintain. You usually apply mulch once or twice a year, but you may have to apply it more if you plant new shrubs or get a lot of rainfall that

How to Grow Lantana Plant – Growing Lantana Plants

Lantana Camara may be a showy plant but it is pleasingly easy to grow and care for. Drought tolerant, this summer flower is also pleasingly robust. Depending on the USDA zone you are growing in, lantanas can be grown as either an annual or perennial in zones 9-11. Its colorful verbena-like flowers are a magnet

Ultimate Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers

Growing lettuce in containers is a great solution if you only have a small garden, balcony or patio. If you are able to begin growing lettuce in pots indoors you are also able to get a head start on the growing season. This means that you will be able to enjoy fresh salad leaves even

How to Grow and Care for Heavenly Bamboo

Heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo is a fine-textured, graceful evergreen shrub with the scientific name of Nandina domestica. It’s not a true bamboo plant, however. But, because the name has the word “bamboo” in it, many people assume it’s an invasive species they should avoid planting. Unfortunately, this means that many people miss out on

Growing Scallions in Your Home Garden

You may have heard scallions called green onions or bunching onions. Their scientific name is Allium fistulosum, and they have white and green stalks. They don’t form bulbs like traditional onions, and you can chop them up and eat them raw or cook them in a large variety of dishes. In traditional Asian cuisine, scallions

15 Laundry Room Ideas for Maximizing a Small Space

Looking for laundry room ideas? Overlooking laundry room design is easy to do. It’s not the place where you eat, watch TV, or sleep. The laundry room is the small space in your house that you may visit once a week for a few minutes at a time between shows you’re binge-watching. It’s all about

Different Types of Mint and How to Use Them

Mint is a very popular and fast growing herb, but did you know there are several types of mint available? Although there are hundreds of types of mint, these types of mint all boil down to several that you’ll find grown in gardens throughout the world. You can grow them both indoors and out, and

Stink Bug Infestation? How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs at Home  

A few months ago, when the weather started getting colder, stink bugs started appearing around my house. I would find them everywhere–crawling on my succulents, dropping from the lights, even sauntering along the dining room table. The stink bug is a common nuisance pest for homeowners every fall and spring. However, because I was able

Hens and Chicks Succulents: How to Grow Hens and Chicks

Some of my favorite easy-to-care-for outdoor plants are hens and chicks. The hens and chicks have a beautiful, unique shape that adds texture to the garden, and they’re hardy enough to survive the cold winters here in Michigan. I’m also a sucker for plants that spread quickly, and hens and chicks certainly fit into that

Growing Rosemary Plant – How to Grow Rosemary and Propagate at Home

Rosemary plant is a popular member of the herb garden. It is also a reliable addition to container gardens and vegetable patches. As well as its culinary uses, this Mediterranean herb retains its interest all year round. Growing rosemary is not difficult and this detailed plant guide will teach you everything you need to know

How to Care for Bleeding Heart Plant and Grow Bleeding Heart Flower

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is an eye-catching addition to any garden. Flowering in early spring the plants heart-shaped flowers sit on arching blue-green foliage. Popular with pollinators, the flowers of bleeding hearts can be in shades of red, pink or white. A herbaceous perennial, bleeding heart plant is ideal in a woodland or forest garden

How to Create a Plant Wall or Living Wall at Home

Want to create a living wall or plant wall at home? Vertical gardens. Green walls. Corporate offices, hotel lobbies, and airport or shopping center atriums have used these eye-catching living walls as decorations for years. You can find them mounted on the inside or outside of buildings, and they can vary in shape and size.

Fig Tree Care Guide – How to Grow Fig Tree

The fig tree (ficus carica) has large, beautiful leaves that are able to provide a lot of tree shade, and the tree produces a very sweet fruit. Fortunately, fig tree care is easy to help them grow and maintain, but you may run into trouble if you forget to water them or don’t have the

13 Homemade Plant Food Recipes

It’s almost time to get those outdoor plants in the ground and growing. Are you ready to get outside, arrange gorgeous flower beds or plants, and watch them thrive? It can be a challenge to keep your plants healthy all year round, and plant food recipes can help. We’ve found several homemade plant food recipes

11 Beautiful Indoor Plant Ideas For Your Home

Indoor plants can serve many purposes: decoration, improved indoor air quality, hobby fulfillment, and they can even improve your mood. However, as with anything that is alive, you need to learn how to care for your indoor plants.  In this guide, we will learn all about five popular indoor plants, along with some styling methods/tricks.

How to Care for Hydrangeas – How to Grow Hydrangea Shrubs

An increasingly popular garden plant, hydrangeas are an attractive addition to any garden. Quick growing, some Hydrangea varieties will happily grow to 15ft. Hydrangea shrubs are a great way to fill space in a garden or add definition to spaces and edging. Flowering from early spring until early fall Hydrangeas can also be a foundation

How to Plant Asiatic Lily

The Asiatic lily (Lilum asiatica) is the earliest flowering variety of lily. Alongside Oriental varieties, the Asiatic lily is one of the most popular garden varieties. An unfussy, stately plant, Asiatic Lilies reward your attention with colorful, long-lasting showy flowers that return year after year. Varieties of Asiatic Lily The Asiatic lily is hardy in

How to Grow Geranium Plants – Geranium Care Guide

The geranium is one of the most recognizable garden flowers. Geraniums are a popular choice amongst gardeners, filling containers, beds, and hanging baskets with attractive foliage and floral color. An easy to care for plant, geraniums are very popular. Growing geranium plants is a rewarding process. Here is everything you need to know to grow

Bonsai Tree Care Guide – How to Grow Bonsai for Beginners

The art of growing and cultivating Bonsai trees is well over 1,000 years old. This tends to scare some people off because they believe that these unique plants are very difficult to maintain. The most popular way to get a Bonsai is to buy one already grown online, but this can be expensive. It’s more

How to Grow Your Own Cashew Tree

Wondering how are cashews grown and looking to grow your own cashew tree? The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a flowering evergreen. Despite its ornamental attraction it is primarily grown for its fruit, the cashew nut and cashew apple. This versatility makes it a popular choice for people when choosing fruit trees for their garden.

Ultimate Guide to Growing Potatoes in Containers

Growing potatoes in containers is a great idea if you are short on space. Not only is this an easy process, it is also one of the most rewarding. Even the smallest container will yield a pleasing crop of potatoes. This is ideal for container gardens. Their lush green foliage is a perfect partner for

How to Grow Primrose Flower

The primrose flower is a member of the primula family. Happiest growing in shady locations and on the edge of beds, or as part of a forest planting scheme, primrose flowers come in a spectrum of attractive colors. The primrose flower sits on short stems above rich, green foliage. A popular way to add color

Most Efficient Heating System – Cheapest Way to Heat a Home

Looking for the most efficient heating system? Depending on your region, wintertime can be a bit of hassle. Not only do you have to deal with scraping ice off of your car on frigid mornings to get to work, but you also have shorter days, snowy weather, dicey road conditions, and cabin fever to contend

How to Grow the Bell Pepper Plant

The bell pepper plant is not only attractive, it is also a very rewarding addition to a garden. Their reputation for being difficult to grow comes from people not giving these plants the correct attention. Also known as sweet peppers or capsicum, if cared for properly you will be rewarded with an abundance of rich

Sorrel Plant Care – How to Grow Sorrel

Sorrel plant is a leafy green herbs with a tart, lemony flavor. A member of the Polygonaceae family, this is a low maintenance, high flavor, addition to the herb garden. It’s leaves can be used either fresh, in salads, or as flavouring in a range of culinary dishes. Warning: the leaves of sorrel contain potentially

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Your Coconut Tree

Ah, the humble coconut tree. Having originated somewhere in Indonesia or Malaysia (we think), coconut palms are the VIPs of trees in the tropics. Their long and storied history in this region dates back thousands of years, but only of late has the west caught on to just how precious to our health the coconut

How to Grow Gerbera Daisy

The Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a popular garden flower that originates in South Africa. The cheerful daisy-like flowers of Gerbera Daisies come in a range of jewel tones including salmon, pink, orange, yellow and white. Depending on the variety the flowers can range in size from 2 to 5 inches. These impressive blooms sit

How to Grow Avocado Indoors

With the rise of “healthy fats” and decade-defining foods such as avocado toast and guacamole, these warm-weather fruits have been in incredibly high demand, meaning that their prices in the grocery store continue to rise. If you love avocados and gardening, you’ve likely looked into growing your own avocado plant to help save a few

How to Repot Succulents the Right Way

Here’s a quick, easy, and detailed guide on how to repot succulents the right way. Often times you may damage your cactus if you don’t know how to repot a cactus safely. Whether you are an avid gardener or new to plant-care, succulents and cacti are a great plant choice. These plants are beautiful and

How to Grow Impatiens / Busy Lizzies

Bright and cheerful, Impatiens are a popular annual bedding plant. Impatiens plants can grow even in shady areas of the garden and this has only helped their popularity. Also known as Busy Lizzies, Impatiens plants can also be grown in containers or as a houseplant. Impatiens is latin for impatient. The Impatiens plants were given

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Cauliflower

Rows of growing cauliflower plants are a common sight in vegetable gardens. One of the most versatile members of the brassica family, cauliflower is happiest in compact rows in cool climates. Their edible, neat head, in white as well as shades of purple and orange, are a common sight in vegetable gardens. Happiest  in cooler

Daffodil Care – How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs and More

In this Daffodil care guide we teach you how to plant daffodil bulbs and care for these beautiful plants. Bright and colorful, planting daffodils is a great way to add early season interest to your garden. They are also a popular early season / early spring flower for visiting pollinators. Daffodils may look delicate but

How to Grow and Care for Knockout Roses

Knockout roses are among the most eye catching flowers available. As the name suggests the knockout roses have an abundant flowering habit – colorful blooms and the distinctive fragrance make it a knockout addition to any garden. The hardy nature of the knock out rose, meaning that it will grow in many different situations such

Rooting Roses in Potatoes: A Complete Guide

Rooting roses in potatoes may sound a strange idea but, if done correctly, rotting the rose in potato is actually a reliable method of propagation. If you are unaware propagation is a great way of doubling the number of plants you have without spending money. Propagation usually requires placing a plant cutting in soil or

16 Easy Tips to Successfully Grow Pampas Grass

Few plants create such a striking presence as the mighty pampas grass. Reaching anywhere between five and fifteen feet depending on the climate, the towering ornamental pampas grass adds an arresting, dramatic beauty to any landscape and is often used to provide an organic alternative to fences and walls as a garden border. Yet that’s

Snake Plant Care Guide – How to Grow Snake Plant

In this snake plant care guide we teach you how to grow snake plants. If ever there was a perfect ‘beginner’s plant’ for those new to gardening, the snake plant would probably be it. Tougher than the proverbial old boots, this super-strong succulent (also known as Sansevieria) is not only a breeze to plant, but

Christmas Cactus Care Guide – How to Grow Christmas Cactus

In this Christmas Cactus care guide we teach you how to grow Christmas Cactus. Christmas Cactus plants are a popular choice for gifts and houseplant collectors. Their bright, tubular flowers adorn numerous windowsills and shelves. Like some other houseplants, the Christmas Cactus is largely easy to care for. However, many people wrongly assume, partly because

Aloe Vera Plant Care Guide – How to Care for Aloe Vera

In this Aloe Vera plant care guide we teach you how to care for the Aloe plant like an expert. As well as making an attractive addition to the home or garden, an aloe vera plant offers numerous medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Is there any plant that proves such a worthy addition to the home

A Guide to Using Crop Rotation in Your Garden

One of the best ways to avoid your crops falling victim to pests and diseases is to regularly rotate your planting. This is known as crop rotation. Crop rotation may sound complicated but it really isn’t. Like companion planting, crop rotation is a natural, easy to follow method. Crop rotation can work as a standalone

How To Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizer or Liquid Plant Food

In an organic garden, it is crucial to think long-term. Learning how to make your own liquid fertilizer or plant food is one of the many ways to ensure your garden works not just now, but well into the future. Liquid fertilizers are one of a number of organic gardening practices that you can use

How to Grow Elephant Garlic – Care, Types and Growing Tips

Elephant garlic is an interesting perennial crop to consider growing in your garden. In this article, we will discuss what it is, why you should grow it, and how to grow it in your garden. We’ll cover all the important things you need to know in order to grow it successfully where you live. Read

15 Perennial Vegetables – Care, Types and Growing Tips

Annual vegetables are familiar favourites in many gardens. Many gardeners are used to growing annuals from seed each year to feed themselves and their families. But fewer gardeners are aware of the potential of perennial vegetables. While these may not be as familiar as their annual cousins, they can be a great choice. Unlike annuals,

Vermiculture Guide – How to Start Vermicomposting at Home

As an organic gardener, one of the most important jobs is making compost. Composting is crucial. It allows us to take organic matter from the garden, kitchen scraps and biodegradable household waste and return their nutrients to the natural system. This can help us to grow our plants, and keeps the soil ecosystem healthy and

How To Plant Fruit Trees in Your Garden

Planting fruit trees in your garden is a great choice. Planting any tree is great for you, and for the planet. But a fruit tree gives you even more. They provide a bountiful yield. When cared for, they can continue to do so year after year. They are great for wildlife too. Did you know

Fruiting Canes For Your Garden (And How to Grow Them)

Fall is a great time to think about creating a fruit garden. Fruiting canes are a great choice for gardens large and small. No matter how little space you have, you will have the potential to add a few canes to grow soft fruit where you live. Some can even be grown in containers. If

How to Grow Pot Marigold

The bright yellow and orange flowers of the pot marigold. A stand out plant in any garden decorating flower beds with bright, daisy-like flowers. Different from the similarly named marigold, pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) is also known as Calendula, common marigold or Scotch marigold. Part of the Asteraceae family along with daisies and chrysanthemums it

19 Stunning Landscape Timbers Ideas

From patio decking to planters and raised garden beds, a little landscaping timber or landscape timbers can go a long way in completely transforming your outdoor space. Doesn’t it always seem that any time you mention landscape gardening to someone, the conversation inevitably turns to landscape timbers? Whether it’s breathing a whole new lease of

19 Tips on How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

How to attract birds to your backyard? With their bright, colorful plumage, the sweet melody of their song, and the simple joy they bring just watching them hop about the place, birds can make truly wonderful visitors to your garden. Yet personal enjoyment isn’t the only reason why you might want to start looking at

How to Grow Mediterranean Spices – Care, Types, and Growing Tips

If you are a keen cook, you will no doubt be familiar with the main Mediterranean Spices that are commonly used in Mediterranean cooking and that are part of the Mediterranean diet. These Mediterranean spices are not only great additions to a store cupboard, they are also fantastic additions to your garden. While your climate

How to Grow Quinoa – Care, Types, and Growing Tips

Quinoa is very much a wonder food. Derided by some as the ultimate in green yuppie chic, this is actually a very useful and healthy plant to grow. This grain, seed or pseudocereal is not only nutritious, it is also relatively easy to grow in many climates, and can be a great addition to a