DIY Garden Projects

Succulent Container Gardening: Potted Xeriscaping

A colorful Aeonium is accented by cascading string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus). (Robin Plaskoff Horton)
Succulents—a broad group of arid plants that store water in their leaves or stems—are perfect for busy, forgetful, or novice gardeners because they are easy to grow and don’t require much water or maintenance. Some are hardy and others tender, and they come in a myriad of dazzling choices for tough, beautiful […]

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VLOG: Growing Annual Flowers From Seed

Ever wanted to learn how to grow your own annual garden flowers and bedding plants from seed? This easy how-to shows simple steps to successfully growing your own garden flowers. It’s easy and saves money. This how-to shows how to grow your own flower seeds from start to finish.
Growing Annual Flowers From Seed

Seeds shown come from: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Burpee

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Edible Landscaping

Pots of lettuce look great in spring or fall gardens.
As I visit gardens, it is a delight to see more and more gardeners incorporating edible plants into their landscape.  It has not been that many years ago that vegetables, fruits, berries and herbs would be grown in their own separate garden spots. In many cases, they would be away from the ornamental plantings around the […]

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The French Herb Garden


Some classic French herbs are common to American tables, and gardens, while others are less often used and grown. The key elements of the French herb garden let growers mix their own traditional herbal mixes, such as Bouquet Garni, Fines Herbes, and Herbes de Provence. These costly herbal blends are easy to make, and the herbs themselves are effortless and inexpensive to grow.
French cooking is […]

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VLOG: Organic Rose Growing in Nine Steps

Learn how to grow beautiful roses with these nine simple steps. It’s easy to grow amazing roses organically. Here are nine steps for growing roses the organic way without the need of non-organic pesticides and fungicides.
Organic Rose Growing in Nine Steps

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VLOG: Top Six Mosquito Repellent Plants

Check out our top six mosquito repellent plants in this Black Gold video! These patio plants are great for repelling mosquitoes. Each has a lemony fragrance that keeps mosquitoes at bay, and many are culinary herbs or beautiful garden flowers.
Top Six Mosquito Repellent Plants

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Smart Spring Container Design

A simple arrangement of golden daffodils and purple viola will light up a spring container.
There’s something magical about a pot of spring flowers on the front step, porch, patio, or balcony. The colors, the fragrance, and just the act of getting our hands in the soil nurtures us gardeners as we reconnect with nature and start the new growing season.
Spring Container Plants
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Pruning Shrub Roses in Spring

Spring pruning makes shrub roses tidier and prettier.
Exactly what does it mean when a rose is called a ‘shrub rose’?  In Taylor’s Dictionary for Gardeners a shrub is defined as “A woody plant that is shorter than a tree and usually has several stems that branch from the base”.  This definition would certainly fit many rose types, like floribunda (shrub rose crosses between polyantha and […]

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