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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Vertical Gardening

Short on garden space? Want to create a beautiful and budget-friendly outdoor feature? Love plants, but you’re seeking something low-maintenance? For these reasons and more, vertical gardening is for you. Join us for a round-up of three Read More

pallet garden shade flowers upcycling
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Stay Green with Upcycling

Bring your garden to life with three easy upcycling DIY projects that repurpose simple materials into flourishing green spaces and support the pollinators who rely on—and nurture--your garden. Shade Pallet Garden from Grow a Living Read More

straw bale gardening complete garden DIY Joel Karsten easy vegetable
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

How Do Straw Bale Gardens Work?

We’ve been enthusiastically talking about Straw Bale Gardening for a while now – Joel Karsten started a revolution for gardeners everywhere, and his ground-breaking methods (that don’t actually involve breaking literal ground!) have Read More

Square Foot Gardening High-Value Veggies. Photo: Paul Markert
Gardening
Gardening

10 Best Vegetables to Grow with Kids

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating habits for kids is to bring them into the garden, introducing them to the sensory experience, patience, play, and reward of nurturing a plant from seed to plate. Experiencing vegetables as a Read More

Deck & Patio Furnishings: Seating, Dining, Wind & Sun Screens, Storage, Entertaining & More
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Make a Rolling Planter Container Garden

Follow along step-by-step as author Michael R. Johnson explains how to build an elegant, rolling planter in Deck & Patio Furnishings. Fill it with veggies, container plants, or even your favorite cold beverage! A raised planter Read More

planting map
Gardening
Gardening

The Guide to Companion Planting

Some plants grow well together, others not so much. Companion planting is planting what works together in adjacent plots, and making sure plants that don’t grow well are far away from each other. It is important to keep this in mind when Read More

Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening Guide
Gardening
Gardening

How to Grow Perennials from Cuttings

There’s something so rewarding and encouraging about perennials. Their name says it all: they’ll be back year after year, which is exactly what we count on by the time autumn and winter have turned the landscape gray and barren and it’s Read More

The berm in the background forms the walls of the basin. A rain garden survives on water runoff from the berm and from rainwater captured in the basin. / Water-Smart Gardening
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

How to Make a Rain Garden

As Diana Maranhao explains in Water-Smart Gardening, we are (slowly but surely) becoming wiser about preserving and protecting our water resources. The underlying goal of creating a water-smart landscape is creating healthy environments in Read More

butterfly
Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

10 Tips for Butterfly Watching Beginners

Like bird watching, butterfly watching takes time and patience. Observing these winged insects can be fun on it's own, and soon you'll be able to identify the many different species. Here are beginner tips from Bird Watcher's Digest Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Harden Off Seedlings

When you start your own seeds, it typically involves beginning them indoors where the climate is controlled and the young seedlings are protected. Then, when they’re strong enough and the weather is right, you transplant them outside Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

An Ode to Annuals and Early Spring

Unless you’re one of the fortunate folks living in the balmy climes of some perpetually warm (and flowering) southern state, you’re probably like the rest of us at this time of year: rendered somewhat color-blind from winter’s gray skies Read More

planting a tree
Gardening
Gardening

8 Simple Steps for Planting Trees

March in Pennsylvania can be tricky for gardeners. March usually brings the start of warmer weather, but it can also bring more snow. This weather may cause a challenge for deciding if you can start planting, or what to start planting. The Read More