Are Pesticides Bad for Your Garden?

Traditional pesticides can be harmful. Exposure to toxic chemicals during application is common. Pets or kids who play in the yard risk unsafe chemical contact. And what’s more, beneficial garden insects often die along with the bad ones. If traditional pesticides are bad for your garden, what options do homeowners have to prevent pests? Here are a few alternative methods […]

Harvesting Produce and other July Gardening Tips

Growing butterfly milkweed, harvesting garden produce often, and keeping container plantings watered are some of the gardening activities for this month. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is not a weed at all (a plant out of place that you don’t want in your garden). Better common names are butterfly or orange milkweed, as it is in the milkweed family, has orange […]

How to Select Plants for Outside Your Home

Your home is one of the biggest investments you are ever likely to make, so you naturally want it to look nice. There are various ways in which you can achieve this goal, but you do need to ensure you focus on both the interior and exterior of the property. Whether you are looking to sell your home or whether […]

July Gardening To do list

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during July. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Reap herbs for maximum flavor by harvesting them as the first flower buds appear Lanky annuals need your help! Pinch them back now to encourage bushy growth […]

Watering, Weeding, July Gardening Tips

With the arrival of July and hotter weather, many gardeners leave the garden to fend for itself. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the harvest. Although your planting may be done, to ensure good yields you need to spend time in the garden to water, weed, and check for insect pests. Some crops will benefit from a modest side dressing of nitrogen […]

Drip Irrigation vs. Soaker Hose – What’s the Difference

Gardening is a healthy, enjoyable and both mentally and physically rewarding activity. But while planting your own vegetables and flowers provides a much-needed break from the robotic work and life schedules, it is important to make sure that you do it right. One of the most important decisions you will have to make at some point is whether to use […]

9 Easy Solutions to Garden Pests

Most vegetable gardeners know that they are vastly outnumbered by insects when working in their gardens. While most of these creatures are harmless and can even benefit your garden, others are all-too-ready to deliver their own brand of destruction to your garden. The good news is there’s a wide selection of non-toxic and low-cost solutions available to contain harmful pests […]

June Gardening To do list

June Gardening tasks you should perform this month if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Each gardening zone has different requirements as the season gets warmer.  If you don’t know your gardening zone, you can look it up via zip code on the Gardening Zone Page. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, add six months to find your gardening tasks. […]

Iris Flowers in June

Because spring was late in many places this year, it is likely that most Iris bloom will be crowded into June, except in the South. This will be the case for all types of Iris except the dwarfs and early intermediate bearded Irises whose blossoms will have passed. Early this month, Iris fanciers may enjoy the gorgeous blossoms of new […]

Peony Tips for June

Sping was a long time coming this year. As a result, it now looks as though few Peonies will be in bloom north of the Potomac and Ohio Rivers before June. Attention is called to the May Peony Tips, many of which are also applicable to June. Cultivate often enough to keep weeds down and the soil loose. Water in […]