Top Ten Holiday House Plants

What makes a holiday house plant great? It should be bright, colorful, and embody the spirit of the season. Here are our top ten favorite holiday house plants. Some continue to look good through much of winter!
Top 10 Holiday House Plants

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Raised Bed Gardening: Pros and Cons

“Are raised beds easy to grow in and maintain? I live in North Carolina. During the winter can I put a tarp-type Greenhouse over them to help protect vegetables from the cold.” Question from Karen of Rougemont, North Carolina
Answer: Here are the pros and cons of this gardening method. Learn everything that you need to know about the benefits of raised bed gardening and how to create the best raised-bed garden for your needs.

Raised Bed Gardening: Pros and Cons

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What are Good, Easy House Plants for Beginners?

“What are good, low maintenance, indoor house plants for beginners?” Question from Chelsea of Alpena, Michigan

Answer: We created a video for you to see some of Black Gold Horticulturist Jessie Keith’s top nine easy house plants for beginners. Each is attractive, easy to grow, and tolerates a series of different light and growing conditions. We hope that it helps!

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Ask a Garden Expert Video: How Do I Stop Powdery Mildew?

“Lynda of West Warwick, Rhode Island writes, “Every year I get white mold on the leaves of various plants in my vegetable garden. I don’t use any fertilizer or pesticide, other than an organic compost in the soil. Is there something I could or should be doing?” Answer: The disease is powdery mildew, and it’s one of the most common fungal diseases of garden flowers and vegetables.

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DIY Succulent Fairy Garden

Create an easy fairy garden filled with tender succulents that will look great through summer and winter. We used a bowl-shaped planter filled with Black Gold Cactus Mix and lots of beautiful succulents from Mountain Crest Gardens. Product links are below.

Black Gold Cactus Mix
Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Mix
Bowl-shaped container
Fairy figurines
Decorative stones and mosses
Mountain Crest Gardens Succulent Plant List
Aloe ‘Blue Elf’
Crassula mesembryanthemoides
Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’
Haworthia retusa ‘Fouchei’
Mammillaria crinita ‘Duwei’
Mammillaria gracilis ‘Fragilis’
Sedeveria ‘Jet Beads’

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DIY Garden Project: The Best Plants for Cats

What are the best plants for cats? Plants that appeal to cats and help keep them content, such as catnip and cat grass, are two common cat plants, but there are several others to consider for the garden or home.  Many of the best kitty plants can be grown indoors or out. Each is great for cats and cat health, and many will make your cat happier in your yard or home. Please watch to discover our list of the […]

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Summer Flowering Shrubs That Don’t Stop Blooming

So many flowering shrubs bloom for just a short time, while others offer summer-long flowers. If you want a garden with nonstop color for pollinators, try one of these 12 shrubs for reliable all-season bloom.

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Garden Project: Planting the Best Milkweeds for Gardens and Monarch Butterflies

Most gardeners don’t realize how many beautiful milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) there are for the garden. Here are our favorites for feed monarchs beautifully.
“Monarch butterflies rely on milkweed (Asclepias spp.) flowers and foliage to complete their life cycle. Eggs are laid on milkweed foliage, a host plant for the emerging caterpillars. Chemicals in the milkweed foliage offer protection to the caterpillars, and mature monarch butterflies, […]

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DIY Garden Project: Fresh Homemade Pumpkin Pie and Recipe

Pumpkin pie tastes better with fresh mash made the old-fashioned way. The effort is small and the results worth it. The keys are choosing the right pumpkins and recipe. I like to grow my own pumpkins. Here are four with a rich, sweet flavor.

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DIY Garden Project: Birdseed Ornaments for Outdoor Decorating

Bring living beauty to your winter garden with these three do-it-yourself birdseed ornaments for outdoors. Each project is a great activity for kids. Some wild birds just eat seeds, while others rely more on berries, and some need fat, like suet, to survive winter. Our different ornaments have ingredients to satisfy almost all wild winter birds. These ornaments fulfill the diets of […]

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