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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Winners
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All-America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
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2016 All-America Selections Flower Winners
The start of a new year is also the time when many gardeners start planning for the upcoming growing season. The All-America Selections winners are a good place to start.
Add a Bit of Pizzazz to Your Summer Landscape
The summer weather and your busy schedule have left your landscape looking a bit weary. There’s still time to add sparkle and enjoy your landscape this summer.
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Budget-wise and Eco-friendly Seed Starting
Don’t let a tight budget stop you from starting seeds indoors. Get creative and involve the whole family in the process.
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Celebrate National Carrot Day
Break out your favorite vegetable dip and grab a handful or two of carrots and celebrate National Carrot Day on February 3rd. And add these tasty and nutritional vegetables to your garden plan this season.
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Check Stored Seeds for Viability
Don’t discard those left over seeds from last season. When properly stored, many seeds can last for years, saving you money when you plan and plant this year’s garden.
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Chilling Seeds (Stratification) for Better Germination
Fall is a great time to start seeds that need a cold treatment, known as stratification, to break dormancy, sprout and grow.
Damping Off Disease
Don’t let past problems starting plants from seeds prevent you from partaking in this fun and budget-wise garden activity. A clean start and proper care can be the difference between success and failure.
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Deadheading Flowers for Maximum Beauty
Keep your flowers blooming longer and your garden tidier with a bit of deadheading.
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Dealing with Small Seeds
Carrots, lettuce, begonia and other small seeds can be difficult to plant at the proper spacing. Reduce wasting seeds and time spent thinning seedlings.
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Dig, Divide and Mulitply Perennials
Overcrowded, poor flowering and floppy perennials can be invigorated with a shovel and a bit of your time and energy.
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Expand Your Plant Collection with Cane Cuttings
Improve your plants' appearance and expand your houseplant collection by starting new plants from cane cuttings.
Fold Your Own Origami Paper Pots
Recycle your old newspapers into biodegradable pots for starting seeds this year. It is a money-saving activity the whole family will enjoy.
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Gardening on a Budget
We are all looking for ways to make our dollars go further. And that includes landscaping and gardening projects.
Give 'em a Pinch - Pruning Flowers
Replace your plant stakes with pruners to keep some of your floppy flowers full of blooms and standing tall.
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Grow a Few Christmas Gifts
Help small children handle the anticipation and adults deal with the stress of the holidays while creating a few homegrown gifts.
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Make homegrown onions part of your diet. Their flavor is guaranteed to add zest to your meals and their health benefits include lowering the risk of many cancers.
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Growing Onions from Seed
Give them a chill and stop the tears. Cooling your onions and cutting into the root end last reduces the tear inducing impact of the onions sulfuric compounds. And consider improving the flavor and fun by growing your own onions from seed.
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Heat Loving Annuals for the Garden and Containers
Give summer gardens and container plantings a boost by incorporating a few heat-loving annuals.
Heat Stall: Caring for Non-blooming Annuals
As the temperatures rise many annuals slow down or stop flowering. Don’t let heat stall stop you from enjoying your summer garden.
Jewelweed Pain Relief for Stinging Nettle and Poison Ivy
Take the sting out of stinging nettle and itch out of poison ivy with the help of Jewelweed.
Landscape for Fall Color
Mums are the traditional fall flower – but don’t stop there. You can find plenty of plants to add to your landscape’s fall display.
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Making and Using a Cold Frame
Get a jump on the growing season by using a cold frame. Build your own and be kind to the environment and your budget by using reclaimed wood and old window sashes or storm doors.
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Masking Declining Bulb Foliage
Tired of looking at the fading foliage of early season bloomers? Mask the ugliness of these declining leaves and increase the beauty of your landscape this season.
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New Heat and Drought Loving Annual Varieties
Zinnias, sunflowers and moss roses are the go to annuals for hot dry weather. Liven up the summer garden with a few new heat tolerant varieties.
October Birth Flower - Calendula
An edible beauty serves as the birth flower for those born in October. The yellow and orange blooms of calendulas were considered sacred by some and magical by other cultures of the past. And many used them for dyes, insect repellents and medicinal remedies.
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Ordering New and Inventorying Saved Seeds
As you thumb through catalogues or peruse online seed sources your wish list may be growing. Check your seed inventory before placing your final order.
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Gardeners love to save plants from year to year. The frost sensitive mandevilla is at the top of many gardeners list of plants to save.
Whether you are sharing a piece of a favorite plant, a bit of family history, or a shared memory, pass-along plants have long been a part of the gardening tradition.
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Plan a Bit of Fragrance in Your Garden
Ahhh the sweet smell of lilacs generate fond memories for many of us. Be sure to grow a few new memories in your garden this year.
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Planning a Flower Garden
Put old garden catalogues to work as you plan your flower gardens this year.
Plant Breeding for the Fun of It
This season try your hand at a little amateur plant breeding.
Prepare Ahead for Garden Center Shopping on Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is filled with parades, memorials, picnics, gardening and a trip or two to the garden center. All the new and beautiful plants, stacks of pots and bags of growing supplies can be overwhelming for both the experienced and new gardener.
Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season
Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter.
Propagating Snake Plants (Sansevieria)
Expand your indoor plant collection and have fun by starting snake plants from just a three-inch section of a leaf.
Save Money by Starting Plants from Seed Directly in the Garden
Maximize your plant budget and enjoyment by starting plants from seeds right in the garden.
Saving a Few Annuals for the Indoor Winter Garden
Part of the fun of gardening is trying new plants and pushing the growing limits. This fall try moving a few of your favorite annuals indoors to brighten your indoor garden.
Saving Flower Seeds
Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite flower for next year's garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try.
Sealed Lid Seed Sprouting
Increase seed starting success and fun with the sealed lid method my friend and horticulturist Bob Polomski learned from his father.
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Simple Strategies for Planting Small Seeds
Do you have trouble properly spacing the small seeds of carrots, radishes or lettuce? It's easy to end up with half the package in one short row. This is a waste of seed and time spent thinning.
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Simple Tips for Planting Annuals
Memorial Day is the traditional start of gardening for many. Get your plants off to a healthy start with proper planting.
Include annuals on your Memorial Day planting list. They can add a little color and even fragrance to any garden in any season.
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Start New Perennials from Root Cuttings
Expand your perennial plant collection or share a family heirloom with friends and family. Root cuttings of butterfly weed, bleeding heart and oriental poppies to start new plants to share.
Start New Plants from Cuttings
Starting new plants from cuttings of existing plants is a great way to pass along family heirlooms and increase your indoor or outdoor plant collection.
Starting Clematis from Seed
Looking for a way to expand your clematis, or should I say as some prefer KLEM-a-tis collection? Try starting new plants from seeds this summer.
Starting New Begonia Plants from a Leaf
Expand your houseplant collection with leaf cuttings of Rex, angel wing and other large leafed begonias.
Starting Roses from Seed
Expand your garden and have a little fun by growing a few plants from the seeds of your favorite rose.
Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings
It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.
Stop the Itch of Poison Ivy with Jewelweed
Stop the itch of poison ivy and sting of stinging nettle with a little help from nature.
Storing Spring Flowering Bulbs Over Winter
Don't panic if the bulb planting season has passed and you still have some or all your bulbs in need of planting.
Taming Floppy, Leggy and Less-Than-Attractive Annuals
Break out the pruners and groom your unsightly annuals back to their original beauty.
Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves.
Vote for Your Favorite Flower (American Garden Awards)
Be a part of the American Garden Awards and vote for your favorite annual flower now through the end of August.
What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)
Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s garden.
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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials
Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.