Garden Writers

Sanseveria Reconsidered

Pots of Sanseveria planted into pots with annual color bring zest to shade gardens.
Extreme South African drought consumed everything except curious green, sword-like plants rising from barren ground beneath giraffe-pruned trees.  They survived because they are succulents.  While browsers struggled to find food, they did not touch the swords, which contained unpalatable toxins.
This is Sanseveria trifasciata, the old fashioned mother-in-law’s-tongue or sword plant. Its resilience […]

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Tips for Growing Monster Beefsteak Tomatoes

These tips will yield giant beefsteak tomatoes!
Big, beautiful beefsteak tomatoes are what every avid tomato grower wants. Large yields of monster tomatoes are not difficult to achieve if you follow a few basic tips. Good growing practices will give you enough fruits to enjoy all summer and share with your friends.
Choose Good Varieties    
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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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Hummingbird Flowers for Hot, Dry Gardens

A female ruby-throated hummingbird feeds on littleleaf sage.
All red flowers draw hummingbirds, and tubular red-flowers make hummers go crazy.  The birds recognize familiar species that have co-evolved with them for eons for pollination, with flowers held in such a way that hummers can hover and feed freely during extended nectar flows.  Many hummingbird-pollinated species originate in hot dry parts of the American Southwest and […]

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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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