How to Plant and Grow Virginia Creeper

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Virginia creeper is a native vine that thrives in average soil, tolerates shade, and doesn’t appeal to deer. Autumn color and deep blue berries make it sound like the perfect plant. However, its aggressive nature and suckering tendrils may pose problems. Is Virginia creeper right for your landscape? Read on and decide.

How to Prune Geraniums

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Pruning and deadheading geraniums can give you more blossoms and a tidier-looking plant. Whether you overwinter your plants or you’re looking to keep annuals blooming as bountifully as they can, the right pruning technique can make all the difference in your display. Learn how and when to prune geraniums in this guide.

How to Identify and Control Tomato Hornworms

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Tomato hornworms might look interesting with that curved horn, but you might feel more frustrated than intrigued when you notice they are munching all the leaves off your tomato plant. This guide covers everything you need to know about these large caterpillars, including several effective ways to control infestations.

Common Calendula Pests: Does Pot Marigold Attract Pests to the Garden?

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Calendula is often recommended as a companion or beneficial plant to add to the garden. But isn’t it attractive to pests? How does that make sense? Learn which bugs, both good and bad, are attracted to calendula, what the research says, and how this flower can be a useful and pretty vegetable garden addition in this guide.

How to Grow California Coffeeberry

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California coffeeberry is the ideal species for wildlife gardens! Birds will appreciate your consideration when you grow this beauty in your landscape, and you’ll be able to watch them from your yard. This fast-growing perennial shrub is a drought-tolerant flowering native plant that’s perfect for spaces big and small.

How to Choose, Raise, and Maintain Beautiful Climbing Roses

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Climbing roses give you the beauty of a climbing vine without the risk of damage to your property. Because they don’t have suckers or tendrils, they can’t grip onto things on their own. Plus, the canes aren’t aggressively strong like the stems of ivy or wisteria can be. Embrace this classic cottage garden beauty.

How to Plant and Grow Jasmine

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Beloved for its heady scent and dainty, pinwheel flowers, jasmine is best known as a tender perennial vine that makes an excellent climbing specimen in the summer garden. But it can also grow indoors and there are winter-flowering species as well. Learn how to grow jasmine in the garden in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Carrot Pests

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There is nothing more disappointing than finding your long-awaited, carefully cultivated carrot roots chewed, distorted, or stunted thanks to a variety of pest insects and other creepy crawlies. Check out this guide to read up on everything you need to know about the most common carrot pests and how to deal with them.

How to Grow Heather Plants in Your Garden

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Heather is famous as a hardy, low-maintenance plant that offers up vibrant color even during the dreary winter months. But there are also species that bloom in the spring and summer, as well as some that create year-round interest with colorful foliage. If you need something trouble-free but showy, check out heather.

How to Grow and Care for Clematis

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Clematis are beautiful climbing vines covered with masses of flowers in the spring, summer, or fall garden, depending on the type. Fast-growing, they’re also easy to care for but need annual pruning for gorgeous floral displays. Find all the cultivation details right here, in our complete clematis growing guide.

How to Grow Sweeter Tomatoes in Your Garden

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Want to grow juicy, sweet tomatoes with the best flavor? Our guide tells you how to select the sweetest varieties and encourage sugary flavor with proper growing conditions. Rich soil, supplemental water, and vine pruning are all important. Grow the best tasting cherry, plum, and beefsteaks in your summer garden.

How to Identify and Manage Common Petunia Pests

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Is something eating your petunia plants? Your garden is filled to the brim with pests that would love to dine on the flowers and foliage. Luckily, most of the pests you’ll deal with are very manageable with a few easy steps. This guide covers everything you need to know about petunia pests and control strategies.

How to Plant and Grow Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash that has spaghetti-like strands commonly used as an alternative to starchy noodles. The plants are heat tolerant and easy to cultivate, and can even grow in small space gardens with trellising. Learn how to plant and grow your own in this guide. Read more now.

Why Are My Hosta Leaves Turning Yellow? 9 Causes and Solutions

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Pests, diseases, and various environmental issues can all cause hosta leaves to turn yellow, and the symptoms can look fairly similar. From overwatering to foliar nematodes, there are lots of things that can go wrong. The trick is to figure out which is causing your plants problems so you can determine how to fix it.

15 of the Best Miniature Teacup Roses

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Teacup roses allow you to fill a small space with a big, beautiful floral display. Whether that means a patio container, a corner of your tiny backyard, or just an empty spot near a walkway, a miniature rose can fill your space with color, fragrance, and nonstop visual interest. Discover more about 15 top picks now.

How to Identify and Manage Common Blueberry Pests and Diseases

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Blueberry plants are susceptible to a handful of common pests and diseases. By taking certain preventative steps, you’ll dodge many of these issues and will enjoy a bountiful blueberry harvest. Learn how to identify the most common pests and diseases that affect blueberries and what to do about them in this guide.

How to Grow Parsley in Containers

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Parsley is a nutritious, highly aromatic, and richly flavored herb, with tasty leaves that are used in a wide variety of savory dishes to brighten and balance flavors. The pretty foliage is a must-have for convenient kitchen gardens and is easily grown in pots. Learn how to grow parsley in containers in this guide.

Tips for Growing Bushy Asters

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The bushy aster is a shrubby native perennial with masses of tiny flowers that bloom in late summer to early fall. It is suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. Numerous varieties and cultivated hybrids make it an intriguing plant. Read on and discover what bushy asters can contribute to your landscape.

How and When to Harvest Scallions

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When you grow scallions in your vegetable garden, you can harvest the stalks to use like chives, pull full-size green onions for salads and recipes, or pick edible blooms for garnishes and flavored oils. Our guide tells when and how to pick bunching onions for peak flavor and to keep the perennial plants productive.

How and When to Fertilize Blueberry Bushes

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Blueberries are an iconic summer fruit that is enjoyed all over the world. If fertilized correctly in the early spring, you can count on an incredible harvest in the summer. These delicious berries have very specific fertilization needs, so grab your gardening gloves and dive in to this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Fuchsia Plants

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Pruning is one of the most important parts of producing a big, beautiful display of fuchsia flowers. Without proper pruning, your plants will eventually stop producing as many blossoms as they used to. The process isn’t difficult, but knowing when and how to do it is key to enjoying your biggest show of flowers yet.

How to Identify and Manage 7 Common Hosta Diseases

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Hostas have a reputation for being tough in the garden. That’s one of the reasons they’re one of the most popular plants out there. But when one of these disease strikes, it can spell disaster. Knowing what causes disease can help you prevent them, but if it’s too late, you need to know how to deal with hosta diseases.

7 of the Best Types of Fava Beans

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When you grow fava beans at home, you have a wealth of options. Some types are super cold-hardy, while others are well-adapted to short growing seasons. Some excel when used as a cover crop – and all of them are fabulous in the kitchen. Keep reading to discover 7 of the best types of favas you can grow in the garden.

Tips for Growing Heath Asters

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The heath aster is native to the United States where it typically grows among prairie grasses and in the disrupted soil of roadbeds and clearings. Ranging in height from one to three feet at maturity, it readily naturalizes via rhizomes and self-sowing and produces masses of tiny blossoms from late summer into autumn.

Tips for Growing Shrub Roses

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Shrub roses are ideal for beginners because they’re easy to care for without forcing you to sacrifice an elegant floral display. They’re disease-resistant, most are self-cleaning, and they bloom all season long. Plus, they come in a range of colors, growth habits, and sizes. Read more to learn how to grow shrub roses.

How to Plant and Grow Fava Beans

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Fava beans are a superb addition to the home garden, and they can be grown in spring or winter as nitrogen fixers or as a cool-weather crop. Also called broad beans, these legumes make excellent companion plants and bear tasty, meaty beans with endless uses. Keep reading to learn more about growing fava beans.

How to Propagate Basil from Seed

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Basil is an aromatic herb loved for its sweetly spicy flavor. And this fast-growing annual is easy to start from seed and cultivate in the home garden. Propagating your own plants is fun, economical, and highly rewarding as well. To enjoy a steady harvest all summer, here are the details on how to grow basil from seed.

How to Plant and Grow Sesame

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Spice up your garden by growing sesame seeds and be inspired by one of the most ancient edible seeds in cultivation! Many are familiar with sesame seeds but have never grown the plant. Read more now to learn how to easily cultivate this drought-tolerant, heat-loving, pollinator-friendly annual herb at home.

7 Reasons Why Asters Fail to Bloom (And What to Do About It)

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Asters are daisy-like flowers that fill the late-season landscape with masses of blue, pink, purple, and white. They are the perfect bridge between summer and fall. However, sometimes they do not bloom as expected. Read on and discover 7 reasons why asters may fail to bloom and how to prevent it from happening to you.

13 Different Types of Edible Beans for the Garden

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When growing beans at home, there are different types to try suited to almost every garden and palate. Some are perfect as cool-weather crops, while others hold up nicely to drought. Whether for fresh eating or dry storage, you have a wealth of options. Keep reading to learn about 13 different types of edible beans.

Picking Blackberries: How and When to Harvest

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Harvesting blackberries isn’t complicated, but it can be a prickly task! Make the most of your summer blackberry harvest by picking only the best berries on your plant. While it may be tempting to harvest as soon as they appear, there is a trick to plucking the best fruit at its peak. Read our top tips now.

How to Grow and Care for Canna Lilies

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Even though canna lilies prefer warm, humid climates, they can also be grown as annuals in zones where seasonal temperatures plummet. If you’re prepared to lift or cover the rhizomes, you can enjoy their beauty throughout the summer each year. Or, if you live in a tropical or subtropical region, enjoy them year-round!

Why Isn’t My Passionflower Producing Fruit?

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Passionflowers, also known as passion fruit, are usually simple to grow. They’re low-maintenance and fairly tough. But if your passionflowers aren’t producing fruit, something isn’t right with their growing conditions. Whether it’s sun exposure, fertilizer, or pollination issues, a little change can help a lot.

Growing New York Asters: How to Care for Michaelmas Daisies

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If you are looking for perennials for the summer-to-fall landscape, New York asters have plenty to contribute. In white, as well as bold shades of pink and purple, they are star attractions in mixed mass plantings that include black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and goldenrod. Read on to learn how to grow Michaelmas daisies.

Tips for Companion Planting in Your Herb Garden

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Herbs make powerful companion plants, and not just in your vegetable patch. With strong aromas and tastes, their pest-repelling, beneficial insect-attracting, and other benefits can extend to fellow herbs as well. Learn which ones do well planted near each other, and which don’t enjoy each other’s company.

Growing Plumeria: How to Care for Frangipani

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Plumeria is a flowering tree that produces clusters of lusciously fragranced blooms at the end of its structured branches. The large leaves create a canopy of lush foliage dotted with blossoms from spring through fall. If you’re considering adding frangipani to your garden or landscape, read more now.

How to Prune Shasta Daisies

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What are the pruning and maintenance requirements for perennial Shasta daisies? Starting with tools required for the job and then taking you through different methods of pruning, you will learn a variety of techniques that can be used to prolong the flowering season and maintain happy, healthy plants. Read more now.

How to Grow Cucamelons (Mexican Sour Gherkins)

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How do you grow cucamelons? These strange little fruits are a member of the same family as cucumbers and zucchini, and they are grown in almost the same way, with a few differences. They’re a fun addition to the garden that kids and adults alike will love to watch growing and enjoy eating! Learn how to grow your own.

How to Propagate Asters

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Perennial asters revive late-season gardens with masses of blue, pink, purple, and white daisy-like flowers. They offer a refreshing transition from the fading blooms of summer to the vibrant foliage of fall. You can increase the number of plants in your outdoor living space by propagating them yourself. Learn how now.

Tips for Growing Apple Mint

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Apple mint is a beautiful, low-maintenance herb that’s simple to cultivate, and it rewards your efforts with savory leaves for use in many delicious dishes. It attracts pollinators, grows very aggressively, and it even comes in a variegated cultivar! Learn how to grow your own apple mint at home in this guide. Read more.

How and When to Harvest Strawberries

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Strawberries are heavenly when you pick them off the plant at the peak of ripeness. More than many other fruits, they have a very narrow window and you need to act fast when they’re ready. Otherwise, you risk pulling them when they’re young and bitter, or old and mushy. Here’s how and when to harvest strawberries.

How to Plant and Grow Wild Garlic Chives in the Garden

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One of the easiest edible plants you can grow, wild garlic chives are also one of the most useful. They add a light garlic flavor to fresh and cooked recipes, are simple to preserve, and have edible blooms that attract pollinators. We share the best ways to grow this herb out in the garden, in a container, or indoors.

7 Common Reasons Why Passionflower Fails to Bloom

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Passionflowers are known for their incredible blossoms. It’s right there in the name! But when things go wrong, your vine might fail to put on that display. Plus, no flowers means no fruit – it’s a terrible chain reaction. To fix the problem, you have to determine the cause. That’s what this guide aims to help you do.

21 of the Best Flowers for Mass Planting

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Grouping flowers together in mass plantings based on color, texture, height, or bloom season is a great way to make a big impact. Create borders or fill in expansive areas to break up wide stretches of lawn for a lush, appealing look. Learn about 21 types of flowers that make excellent choices for planting en masse.

Primocane vs. Floricane: How to Distinguish Between Berry Canes

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Are you confused by the tags on cane berry plants at the nursery, like raspberries and blackberries? You’re not alone. “Primocane-bearing” and “floricane-fruiting” are handier terms for making purchase and management decisions when you know what they mean. All is explained, including why it matters, in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Bidens (Tickseed Sunflowers)

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Bidens are the perfect addition to a pollinator-friendly flower garden. Once established, they are drought-tolerant, making them an excellent choice for climate-conscious landscapes. Plant them in a container, bed, or hanging basket for cascading flowers in bright colors. Learn how to plant and grow Bidens in this guide.

How to Dry Fresh Garden Herbs

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Humans have been drying herbs for as long as we’ve been cultivating plants, and for good reason. It’s a classic choice for preserving all that flavorful goodness, retaining flavor while preventing rot so you can enjoy the harvest for months to come. Learn more about this simple process, with several options to choose.

How to Grow and Care for Hickory Trees

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Hickory trees are amazing plants – they grow delicious nuts, they’re visually stunning, and the strong, flexible wood of hickories is used to make many products we use daily. Ever wanted one in your backyard? Well, look no further! With this guide, cultivating hickory trees of your very own will be easy as (pecan) pie.

How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

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Watermelon is a sweet, refreshing summer snack that everyone seems to love, but these fruits don’t continue to ripen once they’re removed from the vine. You may be wondering how to tell if the melon you babied all season long is ready to pick. Learn how to decide if it’s time to harvest watermelon in this guide.

How to Plant and Grow Genovese Basil

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A highly fragrant herb with a full, zesty flavor, the leaves of ‘Genovese’ basil are widely used fresh and in sauces, pasta, pizza, and more. These fast-growing plants are easily cultivated and highly rewarding, producing more leaves the more they’re harvested. Read more now to learn how to grow ‘Genovese’ basil.

Should I Deadhead My Nasturtium Plants?

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Nasturtiums are generally low-maintenance, which is one of the things that makes them so nice to have around in the garden. For the most part, you don’t need to worry about pruning or deadheading. But there can come a time when you’ll need to deal with spent flowers, and we’re going to explain when and how. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Pinto Beans

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Growing your own pinto beans is a low-stress, nutritious means of becoming more self-sufficient as a gardener! Whether you aim to live off the grid, or you just want access to some on-the-house ingredients for making bean burritos, the pinto bean is the legume that’ll get you there. Learn how to grow them in this guide.

9 of the Best Types of Spirea Shrubs for Your Garden

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Spirea are flowering woody shrubs in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering multi-season interest for gardens and landscapes. The pretty pink, red, or white flowers appear in summer or fall, and many have color-changing foliage with fantastic fall hues. Read about 9 different types of spirea shrubs for your garden.

39 Common Weeds That You Can Eat or Use for Medicine

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Weeds can be wonderful. Don’t believe me? One bite of chickweed salad and you’ll probably be begging the notorious weed to visit your garden. Even the dreaded kudzu or garlic mustard can be welcome visitors once you know what to do with them. Learn about 39 common weeds that are both edible and have medicinal uses now.

How to Fertilize Zucchini Plants

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Delicious and incredibly versatile, zucchini is an easy-to-grow favorite among foodies and gardeners. This guide will walk you through the steps required to give your plants the nutrients they need to flourish! Read on to get the scoop on how and when to feed your zucchini for healthier plants and increased yield.

How to Grow and Care for Alpine Pinks

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Alpine pinks are compact plants with evergreen foliage and colorful, fragrant flowers that bloom late spring and rebloom in summer. The delicate-looking plants are tough, cold hardy, and heat resistant, making them a favorite in garden beds, containers, and rockeries. Learn how to grow Dianthus alpinus in this guide.

What Is Bolting? Learn What It Means When Vegetables and Herbs Bolt

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If you’re a beginning gardener, maybe you’ve heard that certain plants can bolt. But what does that mean, and how can it affect your harvest of certain types of vegetables and herbs? We’re here to help! Read more to learn all about bolting on Gardener’s Path, and how to prevent flowers and seeds from forming too soon.

Tips for Growing African Marigolds

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The African marigold (Tagetes erecta) is a vigorous annual that produces massive four-inch flower heads. Blooms in shades of orange, red, gold, and lemon will tower over your garden in the best way, and these plants can work triple-duty as ornamentals, edibles, and organic pest control within your garden. Read more.

11 of the Best Fertilizers for Growing Vegetables

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There are so many types of vegetable fertilizer available on the market – and it can be a bit daunting to determine which might fit your needs. Each crop has its own requirements and some products might work better, depending on what you’ve planted. Discover the best types to boost production and keep plants healthy.

Tips for Growing Peas in Containers

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Potted peas, please! These plants were practically made for container growing. Their vertical growth habit, shallow roots, and low space requirements make them easy to plant and care for. It’s easy to get started, and with little effort, you’ll be harvesting fresh peapods throughout the growing season.

When and How to Fertilize Blackberries

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If you’re growing blackberries, knowing how and when to fertilize is one of the most important parts of raising these fantastic brambles. If you can nail the process of fertilizing you can pretty much guarantee a massive harvest. Learn how and when to fertilize your blackberry bushes in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Passionflower Species and Hybrids to Grow at Home

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With nearly 600 known species of passionflowers, there is a lot of variety out there, from plants with massive red blossoms to those with petite purple ones. You can find vines that produce long, banana-shaped fruits and others with the familiar egg shape. From the rare to the common, we share some of the best options.

7 Reasons Why Daffodil Foliage Turns Yellow

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Yellowing leaves are often a cause for concern, but in daffodils, they could be caused by something as simple as normal aging. Are your bulbs diseased? Read on to determine what the culprit may be, how to spot early warning signs of disease, and find steps to prevent premature yellowing of daffodil foliage.

How to Plant and Grow Jewelweed in the Garden

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If your yard or garden has a soggy spot where the shade from trees or structures prevents many types of plants from growing, then consider planting jewelweed. This wildflower is the perfect addition for borders and mass plantings, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that can also pollinate your crops.

Tips for Growing Perfect Yellow Pear Tomatoes

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A vining heirloom tomato that grows tall and produces loads of tiny fruits, ‘Yellow Pear’ is a vintage favorite for the home garden. Our guide shares top tips for growing a bumper crop of these uniquely-shaped, mild-tasting yellow tomatoes. They’re ideal for eating straight from the vine, roasting, or sun-drying.

How to Plant and Grow Anaheim Peppers

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Anaheim peppers can do it all. They’re not too hot, but they’re not super mild either, so they’re perfect for families that include both heat lovers and those who are spice adverse. They can be stuffed, roasted, dried, and eaten raw or cooked. Read more now to learn how to grow this fantastic New Mexican cultivar.

All About Brambles: The Many Marvelous Plants in the Rubus Genus

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Brambles can be a marvelous addition to your yard or a hideous curse, depending on what you’re dealing with. Whether you’re thinking about planting something in the Rubus genus in your garden or you’re trying to manage some unwelcome canes, it helps to understand these plants. Learn all you need to know in our guide.

Tips for Growing San Marzano Tomatoes

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Grow a taste of Italy in your home garden with ‘San Marzano’ heirloom plum tomatoes. With thick, flavorful flesh, minimal seeds, and thin skins, they’re ideal for sauce, canning, or freezing, but you can enjoy them fresh, too. Read our guide to learn more about their volcanic history and gain some top growing tips.

How to Prune Clematis Vines for Copious Flowers

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Clematis are beautiful, showy vines with pretty flowers in bold colors. Easy to cultivate, they flower in spring, summer, or fall, depending on the type – and each type has specific pruning requirements for the most floriferous displays. Learn how to prune clematis for strong, healthy vines with copious flowers. Read more.

How to Grow Hackberry Trees

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Versatile, leafy, and easygoin, hackberry trees can thrive in locations where most other trees can’t. Working well in cities or in your backyard, they grow rapidly to provide shade, produce colorful berries, attract birds, and display iconic bark. These large trees are easy to maintain, giving much and asking little.

Are Marigold Flowers Edible?

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Are marigolds part of your culinary repertoire? They should be! These flowers make a nice addition to a variety of savory dishes, and desserts too. Use them in tomato or cucumber salad, egg or chicken dishes, or a sandwich. Amp up homemade biscotti or a trifle. Learn how to make the most of edible marigolds now.

How to Grow and Care for Hollyhocks

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Growing hollyhocks is rewarding for people and pollinators. They offer a beautiful spectrum of picturesque petals, making them a must-have for any floral garden! And you only need to plant them once to see them return for years to come, via self-sowing or seed saving. Learn how to grow and care for your own hollyhocks.

Calla Lily Hardiness: Will Zantedeschia Come Back In Spring?

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Calla lilies feature distinctive flowers that add striking elegance to garden beds, containers, and water gardens. Some varieties can overwinter in areas with mild climates, but many can’t survive cold temperatures and must be lifted. To learn which varieties come back in spring, read about calla lily hardiness here.

How to Grow Lamb’s Ears

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Lamb’s ears is a perennial ground cover that’s easy to grow in well-draining soil and in full or partial sun. It features thick, silvery leaves and beautiful purple flowers, making it a good choice for landscaping. And its fuzzy foliage make it a popular addition to children’s and sensory gardens as well. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Supersweet 100 Tomatoes

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Want to pick hundreds of cherry tomatoes from a single homegrown plant? Grow ‘Supersweet 100’ to harvest a bounty from midsummer to first frost. The hybrid plants are disease-resistant, and yield sweet fruits for fresh eating, cooking, and preserving. Our tips will help you grow a bumper crop of ‘Supersweet 100.’

How to Grow and Care for Boston Ferns Indoors

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With its arching fronds and gorgeous foliage, the Boston fern is a great choice for your home. This guide covers everything you need to grow Boston ferns indoors. Whether in a hanging planter or as a centerpiece for your coffee table, the Boston fern will make a delightful addition to your living space. Read more.

How to Grow Marigolds in Containers

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If you’re looking for a big display that doesn’t take much work to fill up your porch or patio, marigolds fit the bill. These sturdy flowers are extremely forgiving but you don’t have to sacrifice color or big blossoms. Gardener’s Path shows you how to succeed with growing marvelous marigolds in containers. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Firewitch Dianthus

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A perennial evergreen, ‘Firewitch’ features dainty fringed flowers with an enticing perfume and a long growing season beginning in late spring. The easy-care plants are cold and heat resistant, and the pretty pink flowers rebloom after deadheading. Learn how to grow and care for ‘Firewitch’ dianthus in this guide.

How to Grow Cosmos in Containers

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Cosmos are an excellent choice for container growing for many reasons. You can have a pollinator-friendly display of blooms that needs little maintenance, grows quickly, and may return year after year from tubers or seeds. Prepare that pot and start reading to learn all about growing cosmos in containers.

How to Plant and Grow Serrano Peppers

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Serranos are extremely popular in Mexico and it’s easy to see why. They’re moderately spicy without setting your mouth on fire, and the juicy flesh makes them ideal for salsas and other sauces. The plants aren’t challenging to grow – you’ll be harvesting a serrano bounty in just a few months with our tips. Read more.

Are Aster Flowers Edible?

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While other flowers are winding down at summer’s end, asters are just warming up, in vibrant shades of blue, pink, purple, and white. And as you harvest your remaining vegetable crops, you may begin to wonder whether asters can contribute food to the family table. Learn whether or not asters are edible in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Cheddar Pinks

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Charming and dainty but renowned for their toughness, Cheddar pinks feature an abundance of brightly colored, fringed flowers in late spring. Blooms have a spicy-sweet fragrance and sit atop handsome cushions of needlelike, steel blue foliage. Learn how to plant and grow Dianthus gratianopolitanus in this guide.

How to Grow Basket of Gold

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Do you have a sunny spot in your garden that you’d like to fill with sunshine? Choose basket of gold, a drought tolerant plant that blooms bright yellow flowers in springtime – they’re sure to make your garden pop with color. We’ll explain how to sow, grow, and keep your plant thriving in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Asparagus Thin? Tips for Growing Thick Spears

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Wondering why your asparagus plants consistently produce weak, thin spears? A number of factors such as lack of water, nutrient deficiency, and overharvesting can result in skinny spears. Fortunately these problems aren’t too hard to fix. Read on to learn about the causes and solutions for thin asparagus.

How to Plant and Grow Signet Marigolds

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Signet marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia) perform triple-duty in your garden as showy ornamentals, tasty edibles, and organic pest control. You can add color to your garden and use the lemony-citrus flavored flowers as a tasty garnish to your meals. Learn how to plant and grow signet marigolds in this guide. Read more now.

19 of the Best Pansy Varieties to Grow at Home

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Pansies are a favorite for many flower gardeners, available in a wide selection of colors, trailing or mounding growth habits, and small, medium, and large flower sizes. But what type should you choose for your garden? Learn more about 19 of the best pansy series and cultivars and discover your favorites. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Sweet Williams

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With bright colors and a lovely, sweetly spicy scent of cloves, sweet williams are a welcome addition to beds and borders, flowering in late spring and reblooming lightly through summer. And they make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers as well. Learn how to plant and grow Dianthus barbatus in this guide. Read more now.

How to Train Clematis to Grow Vertically Up Poles or Trees

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Clematis vines are loved for their spectacular floral displays and give the most impressive show when trained to grow up pergolas, poles, or trees. But they can’t grow upright without a supportive trellis, and it needs to be the right size for the leaf stems to grasp onto. Learn how to train clematis to grow vertically.

How to Grow and Care for Impatiens

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Impatiens are ready for their comeback. The once incredibly popular shade-lover has fallen out of favor over the past decade since downy mildew began wiping it out across the UK and US. But growers have found new techniques to help prevent this disease, and resistant cultivars are popping up on the market. Read more.

Why Is My Asparagus Ferning Out?

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Ferning out is a natural, healthy part of growing asparagus spears that happens each year. But sometimes your asparagus spears will fern out earlier than you would like, disrupting your harvest. That’s why it helps to understand when and how to deal with the problem, and when to just let your plants do their thing.

How to Grow and Care for Poppies

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Poppies are incredible stand-outs with an astounding range of sizes, colors, and growing preferences. From the vibrant, petite California to the stately, dramatic breadseed poppy, you have many options for making your garden shine. In fact, the hardest part about growing poppies might just be picking the right one.

How to Use Straw Mulch in the Vegetable Garden

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Straw is a byproduct of growing grain crops that happens to be a highly beneficial material for mulching vegetable gardens. It is light and easy to work with, fairly inexpensive, and can drastically reduce time spent weeding and watering. Learn more about using straw as mulch for vegetables in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Astilbe in Containers

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Astilbe is a genus of hardy, easy-to-grow perennials that thrive in shade. With colorful, frilly flower plumes and attractive fernlike foliage, they can be planted in containers to brighten up a dreary back porch or gloomy balcony. Continue reading to learn all about growing astilbe plants in pots.

Gardening Myths Explored: Planting by the Moon Phase

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Wondering if planting by the phase of the moon a valid practice or a busted gardening myth? The answer isn’t black or white. While the moon definitely influences plant life on Earth, waiting to plant when the moon is full might not have any real benefit. This guide explores the science of gardening by moon phase.

17 of the Best Marigold Companions

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Marigolds make superb companion plants – and can be paired in different ways depending on your garden needs and landscaping style. But you’ll want to make sure to choose plant partners that have similar growing requirements. Keep reading to discover a selection of 17 excellent marigold companions that fit the bill.

What Are the Different Types of Petunia Plants?

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Colorful and long-blooming petunias come in many types, with different growing habits and flowers of various sizes. Our guide explains 5 common categories of petunias, including one with oversize blooms, ground cover options, and self-cleaning varieties that don’t require any deadheading. Discover your favorites now.

How to Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden

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A healthy diet is just as important for our vegetable crops as it is for our own bodies. When nutrients are lacking, our crops may fail to bloom, drop buds and fruit, and display visual distress signals. Learn how to enrich your garden beds using a variety of fertilizers, including some DIY options in this guide. Read more.

How to Harvest Collard Greens

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Collards are delicious, nutritious greens you can grow in the home garden, but they taste best when you pick them at the right size and before the plants bolt. This guide explains how to time the collard harvest for maximum flavor and optimal texture, with tips for picking baby leaves and full-size greens.

How to Grow Prickly Pear Cactus

Whether you live in an arid region or a temperate climate, there is a prickly pear species suitable for your landscaping needs. Many Opuntias also come with the added bonus of edible pads and fruits. It’s super easy to get started and caretaking is a breeze. Learn how to grow prickly pear cactus in this guide. Read more.

How to Deadhead Daisies

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Daisies of various types offer masses of cheerful blossoms that open randomly instead of all at once on the laziest, haziest summer days. With an easy gardening technique called deadheading, you can keep your flower patch looking its best at all times. Read on to learn how easy it is to deadhead throughout the season.