Spring Garden Tips
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.

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mgm audio 052215 plant seedsSelect flowers and vegetables suited to the growing conditions. This includes sunlight, soil, temperature and the length of your growing season. Check the back of the seed packet for the best time to plant the seeds directly outdoors. Also look for the number of days from planting until harvest. Make sure the seeds you sow will have time to flower or fruit before the end of your growing season.

Radishes, lettuce, cucumbers, and beans are a few of the vegetables that are relatively quick maturing and easy to start from seed in the garden.

Annuals like ageratum, bachelors button, sweet pea and sweet alyssum can be started in the garden as soon as the soil is workable. Wait until the danger of frost has passed to plant cosmos, French marigolds, nicotiana and sunflowers.

A bit more information: Further maximize your plant budget by swapping plants and seeds with friends. Buy the large economy package of seeds and divide it amongst your gardening friends. As you dig and divide perennials swap divisions, so everyone ends up with something new for their garden. Best of all, the plant will be a great reminder of your friendship.

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Plant Broccoli, Kale and More Now for Fall Harvest

Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, kohlrabi and other cool season crops now, for a fall harvest.

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Planting a Garden...Double Up for a Bigger Harvest

Double your harvest without increasing your garden space. Try planting short season vegetables like lettuce, radishes and beets between long season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, okra, cabbage, and broccoli. When the short season veggies are ready to harvest, the longer season larger vegetables will need the space.

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Planting a Garden...Jump Start the Growing Season

Don’t let cold soil and late spring frost delay the start to your garden season.

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Planting and Training Cucumbers, Squash and Melons

The soil has finally warmed and it is time to get pumpkins, melons, squash and cucumbers in the ground.

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Planting Bulbs for Spring Beauty

Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are sure signs of spring. Get busy now planting a bit of beauty and color for next spring’s garden.

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Planting Garlic

Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, fight heart disease, boost your immune system, and add a bit of flavor to your meals by growing your own garlic.

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Planting Shrubs

Use shrubs in the landscape for extra color, a bit of privacy and year round beauty.

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Poor Garden Harvest

Blame it on the weather. This could be one cause for a poor garden harvest.

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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.

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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.

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Preserving and Sharing Your Harvest

Are you like me and always squeeze in that extra tomato plant, another row of beans or that one left over pepper plant? It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now you have more produce than you need.

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Preserving the Asparagus Harvest

Preserve the flavor and nutrition of asparagus to enjoy year round.

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Preventing Girdling Roots

Increase the health and longevity of your trees by reducing the risk of girdling roots.

These roots encircle the trunk and interfere with the flow of water, nutrients and food reserves between the roots and the leaves.

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Radishes: History, Nutritional Value and What Makes Them So Hot

As you bite into a crisp spicy radish you are enjoying a vegetable that has been grown around the world for thousands of years.

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Rake Away Snow Mold in the Lawn

As the snow recedes from the lawn break out the leaf rake and fluff up the grass.

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Recycle Fast Food Containers

Don’t throw away or recycle those fast food containers just yet. Reuse them when gardening indoors and out.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb. Give it a second life in your landscape.

Cut trees make great windbreaks in the landscape. Strategically place discarded Christmas trees on the windward side of rhododendron, boxwood and other broadleaf evergreens to reduce problems with winter burn.

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Relay Planting for Bigger Harvest

Plan for a season long harvest of corn, beans and other vegetables with relay planting!

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Removing Faded Flowers for Better Looking Plants

Removing faded flowers can promote repeat bloom and more compact, healthier growth.

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Renovate Lawns

Fall is a great time to renovate thin or poor quality lawns.

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Reseeding Annuals

Tight budgets or just a sense of wonder may have you looking for annuals that readily reseed in the garden.

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Reviving a Flower Garden

Don’t panic if your spring garden lacks the vim and vigor the past. You can improve the health and beauty of your garden without starting over.

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Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween tradition. But don’t let those pumpkin seeds go to waste; try roasting them into a healthy snack for you and your family to enjoy.

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Root Pruning for Transplanting Success

Increase your success when transplanting trees and shrubs with root pruning.

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Save Money and Still Have a Big Tomato Harvest

Whether you have a large or small planting budget, the more you save on each project means the more projects you can do.

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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.

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Saving and Storing Left Over Seeds

As you pack away the garden hose, tools and other supplies don’t forget about the left over seeds. Proper storage can extend their life - and that means you need to buy fewer seeds next season.

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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.

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Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Be a part of history and save money when planting next year’s garden. Collect and save the seeds from your favorite heirloom tomatoes this fall.

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Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Be a part of history and save money when planting next year’s garden. Collect and save the seeds from your favorite heirloom tomatoes this fall.

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Saving Leftover Seeds for Next Season

Take a break and prepare for next season by organizing your left over and partially filled seed packets.

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Scarlet Runner Bean: Colorful, Edible with Great Hummingbird Appeal

Add some color and hummingbird appeal to your garden and containers with scarlet runner bean.

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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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Seed Swap for Savings and Fun

The last Saturday of January is National Seed swap day. So gather your gardening friends, seeds and catalogs and throw a garden party.

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Selecting Artificial Lights for Indoor Gardens

Whether you are trying to start plants from seeds, get your African violets to bloom, or keeping your indoor plants alive, a bit of extra light can help.

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Selecting Grass Seed

We walk on it, play sports on it and expect it to look great all year long – our lawns.

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Selecting Quality Grass Seed

Whether seeding a new lawn, overseeding a thin lawn or just filling bare patches, improve your results, long term success and get the best value for your dollar by investing in quality lawn seed.

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Share the Gift of Gardening

As gardeners, we know how digging in the soil improves our mood, reduces stress and makes us smile. Share this joy by giving a gift of gardening this holiday season.

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Simple Combination Attracts Goldfinches

What do cosmos and lettuce have in common? You can start them both from seed directly in the garden for you and the goldfinches to enjoy.

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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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Skip the Bonemeal

Fall means bulb planting and for many gardeners it means breaking out the bone meal to get them well-rooted and growing. Consider skipping the bone meal. You’ll save money and have better long-term results in the garden.

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Space and Time Saving Garden Technique

Create a raised bed, compost and rotate your garden crops in one space using this convenient garden technique.

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Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips

Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.

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Spring Container Gardens

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your entryway with a spring container garden.

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St. Patrick's Day Marks Traditional Pea Planting Day

Many gardeners celebrate St. Patrick's Day by planting peas in the garden. And for those gardens covered in snow – you will definitely need a bit of Irish luck on this planting day.

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Starting Amaryllis from Seed

The flowers have faded and swollen pods have replaced the beautiful blooms on your amaryllis. If you are patient and like to experiment, you may want to let the pods mature, collect the seeds and start new plants.

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Starting Cannas, Dahlias and Other Non-hardy Bulbs Indoors

You can start your summer garden months before the traditional planting date. Start cannas, dahlias or other non-hardy bulbs indoors for bigger transplants and earlier bloom in the garden.

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Starting Heirloom Clematis from Seed

Starting new plants from existing plantings can be fun and a great way to pass heirloom plants along to family and friends. Keep in mind the offspring may look different from their parents.

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Starting Plants from Cuttings

Expand your indoor and outdoor garden by taking cuttings from your favorite plants.

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Starting Plants from Kitchen Discards - Seeds

Keep your green thumbs busy starting new plants from kitchen scraps.

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Starting Plants from Seeds

Extend the gardening fun and save money by starting your plants from seed.

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Starting Roses from Seed

Expand your garden and have a little fun by growing a few plants from the seeds of your favorite rose.

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Still Time to Plant Vegetables - Late Additions to the Garden

Don’t let the calendar stop you from gardening. There is still time to plant vegetables for you and your family to enjoy.

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Storing Bulbs for Late Planting

The time to buy bulbs, corms and rhizomes at the garden center is not always the most convenient or best time to plant them in the garden.

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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.

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Storing Squash for Winter

Continue enjoying homegrown flavor of squash throughout much of the winter.

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Stretch Out Before Digging In

Don’t let gardening become a painful experience. Warm up your muscles before you dig into gardening.

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Sustainable, Low Maintenance Keyhole Gardening

Increase garden productivity while decreasing water and fertilizer needs with keyhole gardening.

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Sweet and Tasty Homegrown Carrots

Grow the best crop of carrots yet with proper selection, timing and care.

Select carrot varieties known for their sweet flavor. Dantes, Little finger, Short 'n Sweet, Sweetness, and Tendersweet are just a few to consider.

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Sweet Peas; Fragrant Cool Weather Annuals

Add some color and fragrance to your cool weather garden with annual sweet peas.

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Take Cuttings Now to Overwinter Annuals

It’s never too early to start preparing for winter. Start taking cuttings from annuals and herbs you want to overwinter indoors. Your garden plants are healthier and will root faster now than they will later in the season.

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Taming Floppy, Leggy and Less-Than-Attractive Annuals

Break out the pruners and groom your unsightly annuals back to their original beauty.

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Think Twice Before Staking Newly Planted Trees

Break out the shovel and get busy planting. Fall is a great time to plant trees. The soil is warm and the air is cool, reducing transplant shock.

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Three Sisters Planting Tradition

Try a Native American tradition of planting corn, squash and beans - the three sisters’ method - together in your garden this year.

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Time Vegetable Plantings for Greater Success

It's all in the timing and that goes for planting vegetables.

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Tips for Proper Tree Planting

Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants.

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Tips for Seed Starting Success

Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.

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Transplanting Cacti, Pain-free

Move potbound cacti and succulents into a slightly larger container without injuring yourself.

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Transplanting Peonies

Looking to expand your peony collection, share a division with a friend or move an ill-placed plant? Fall is the best time to transplant peonies.

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Transplanting Seedlings

Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves.

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Transplanting Shrubs

Moving trees and shrubs can be tricky and heavy work. Make the move in spring before growth begins or in fall as the plants go dormant for greatest success.

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Trimming Overwintering Leggy Annuals

Some of your impatiens, geraniums and other annuals overwintering indoors may be looking a bit unkempt. Break out the pruners and get busy with a little grooming.

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Try Black-Eyed Peas and Cabbage This New Year

Start the New Year with a good luck meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage.

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Use Row Cover for Chemical-Free Insect Control

Prevent insect damage on your vegetables with the help of floating row covers. These spun fabrics let air, light and water through, but prevent many insects from reaching the plants.

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Vanilla Orchid Vine

You may be surprised to discover that one of the most popular flavors in the world, vanilla, comes from an orchid.

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Visit a Farmer's Market and Plan Your Garden

Farmers Markets are on the rise as more and more of us are looking for locally grown fresh produce. You may be surprised to find one or more popping up near your home.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.

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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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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables

Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.

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Winter Container Gardens and Outdoor Arrangements

Add a bit of greenery to your front steps, window box or patio with a winter container.

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Yard Long Beans

Amaze your family and friends with yard long beans. These have been a mainstay of East Asia for centuries but many gardeners across North America are now growing this tasty, easy-to-grow snap bean.

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You Can Plant Cucumbers Next to Pumpkins

The old adage "don't plant your cucumbers next to your pumpkins" is not true. You can plant pumpkins next to other squash, melons and cucumbers.

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