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Did you know the loofah you use in the shower grew from a plant you can grow in your back yard? Usually grown and dried
Cheery sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) brighten up any garden, and their seeds can be harvested for snacking by both
If you only plant one thing this year, make it milkweed (Asclepias spp.)! Milkweed is a perennial wildflower, not a
A houseplant that blooms year-round, the African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) may seem like a high-maintenance plant
Spring flowers always get a lot of attention because their bright colors announce the arrival of spring.
No spring garden is complete without at least a handful of tulips. These showy blooms provide a splash of color and are
 All plants need light to grow, but some houseplants can survive in areas with low levels of light, such as office
It doesn’t matter if you live in the rainy Pacific Northwest or the frigid north -- you can enjoy a bit of the desert
Mistletoe dates back to the ancient Greeks, and the idea of “kissing under the mistletoe” was recorded as early as 16th
Do you have areas of bare soil or rocky, steep spots in your garden landscape that you’d like to fill in with an
Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is an excellent winter houseplant because its colorful blooms peak in the late fall and
As the calendar flips through November and the weather gets colder, there are still quite a few ornamental items out in
If you’ve ever thought the days were never long enough to thoroughly enjoy your garden, think about planting a “moon
Mosquitoes can turn an otherwise pleasant evening outdoors and turn it into a miserable time with their uncomfortable
Houseplants are a great way to keep your green thumb happy during the dreary winter months. In addition to lending some
The delicate beauty of orchids makes this plant seem intimidating for many people. But with a little background
The showy purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a colorful addition to almost any garden and adds splashes of color
Air plants (Tillandsia) are a unique type of plant that can grow without soil. Air plants belong to the bromeliad
Peonies (Paeonia spp.) demand that you stop and admire them -- with their showy flowers and heady scents, how can you
A visit to your local nursery, farmer’s market, or greenhouse can often result in a trunkload of plants you never
Despite its name, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicfolia) is neither related to the Salvia family of plants, nor is it
With daisy-like blooms that thrive into the fall and a rainbow of colors from pink and white to red and purple, asters
No fall garden or front step is complete without at least one chrysanthemum. Commonly shortened to “mum,” these easy
Plant poppies (Papaver) in your garden borders, and you can enjoy a colorful early- to mid-summer show. Although red is
If you want bright and bold color in your garden from midsummer until the first frost, zinnias are the way to go. They
Add beauty to your yard by planting bright, nectar-rich blooms that will attract a variety of butterflies to your
Some gardeners swear by planting allium bulbs to keep deer, mice, and other plant-chewers away from their gardens.
Bee balm (Monarda didyma) is an herbaceous perennial that is also known in some regions as bergamot or Oswego tea. Bee
Vines are a versatile addition to any garden or landscape and allow you to take advantage of vertical space. They can
“Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best.” – William Shakespeare These beautiful, fragrant flowers have a long
Daylilies, so named because their lily-shaped flowers bloom for just one day, are popular perennials. Daylilies are not
The iris was named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and irises do indeed come in a rainbow of colors. From
Add pops of vertical color to your garden, patio, or your front door with a clematis vine! If you’ve only admired these
In the last 20 years, grasses have become increasingly popular in landscape designs and gardens. They are low
December is a great month for the gardener in all of us to shine. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, there
Bring the outdoors inside with a variety of houseplants. Most houseplants are easy to care for, add beauty and interest
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There’s no secret the recipe for a successful garden is good soil, regular watering, and plenty of sunshine. But what if you have a shaded yard or patio, or live on the north side of a high rise and
Are you an urban gardener who has limited space but wants to grow something green? If you have an outdoor spot for a container -- a fire escape, a small balcony, or even a front step -- consider
If you’ve ever spent time watching hummingbirds hover in the garden, you know their acrobatic moves are fun to observe. In addition to being entertaining, hummingbirds offer benefits to gardeners:
Green plants in the office can help promote a thriving, creative environment. A British study showed that creativity can increase by as much as 45% and productivity as much as 38% when live plants
Weeds are the bane of every gardener. They pop up in unexpected places, grow faster than anything else in the garden, and take water, nutrients, and growing space away from vegetables and flowers. If
You don't have to have a lot of garden space to plant your favorite fruits and vegetables -- including strawberries. All you need to grow strawberries is some good-quality potting soil, a container,
Whether it’s time to sow seeds outdoors or you just want to get a head start on spring gardening, preparing raised garden beds for planting is a spring chore you don’t want to skip. From raising the
When a plant goes from a healthy green to a sickly shade of yellow or sports a mottled pattern on its leaves, you know there’s something wrong with it. But what? In addition to pests and diseases,
The winter months don’t have to be brown and dreary just because it’s cold!  Sure, snow is pretty, but sometimes it’s nice to have some green and (if you’re lucky) a few blooms to keep your gardening
When you add houseplants to your home or office, you’re not just making your space look good -- you’re also cleaning the air you breathe. Houseplants work as natural air purifiers, removing toxins
Once Christmas is over, what do you do with your Christmas tree? Sure, trees are biodegradable, but that doesn't mean you should toss them out with the regular trash and have them take up space in a
Here’s how to make your own handmade holiday wreath with fresh-cut greens. Hang it on your front door for a festive look or give it away as a gift! Holiday Wreath Materials: Bundle of
There are many ways to decorate your house and yard with fresh-cut greens for the holidays. Sprigs from pines, spruces, cedars, or almost any evergreen add color and fragrance when used in seasonal
There’s no substitute for a live Christmas tree! The aroma of freshly-cut pine and needles, the glow of twinkle lights, and the tradition of bringing home and decorating the tree combine to create
Do you have favorite outdoor plants that you can’t bear to part with when summer fades away? There’s an easy solution -- move them indoors and enjoy them as houseplants over the winter. You can move
Raking up fall leaves is one of those yard chores that you either love or hate. For some, it's a meditative, relaxing task meant to be done on a beautiful autumn day. For others, it's a torture
Digging up your prized perennials might not seem like a good idea at first -- but it's one of the best things you can do. Digging up and dividing perennials prevents overcrowding and helps keep your
If you aren't planting fall or winter crops, consider planning a cover crop to recharge your garden soil. Cover crops aren't just for farmers with acres of land and big tractors -- they can be a fun
You don't have to hang up your gardening gloves just the first frost of fall is coming. Even though the daylight hours are becoming shorter, there's still plenty of vegetables you can grow and
If the thought of a dog and a garden in the same area gives you nightmares of dug-up plants and chewed-up shrubs, you just need a little help to make your garden safe and dog-friendly. You don’t have
Have the leaves on your roses faded? Are your tomatoes slowing down fruit production or the leaves on your pepper plants turning yellow? You could solve these problems with a quick trip to the
Do you know when your summer crops are ready to be picked? If you’re a beginning gardener, you might not be sure when it’s the best time to harvest vegetables and fruits. Some have obvious signs that
Tomato plants all over the country are in different stages of maturity. Some lucky gardeners -- especially those in the South -- have already had the pleasure of biting into homegrown tomatoes from
Are you prepared to deal with drought conditions if they strike this summer? Taking care of your landscape -- whether it consists of newly planted trees or a plot of vegetables -- during a long
Summer’s heat and humidity can do a number on roses. GoGardenGo has some tips to help you keep rose bushes healthy through the hottest days of summer so you can enjoy their beautiful blooms through
No yard to grow a garden? Consider heading up to the roof to create a garden oasis! Rooftop gardens are the height of urban sustainability, making use of wasted space and helping the environment in
GoGardenGo wants to make sure your garden doesn't go thirsty when the heat of summer settles in. Whether you're a beginning gardener or want a few tips on watering your garden, we've compiled some
Have you thought about starting a compost pile but haven’t because you aren’t sure how to start a compost pile or don’t think you have enough organic waste to make it worthwhile? You’d be surprised
Knowing your average date of last frost and hardening off transplants are two of the most important things you can do in the spring garden. Hardening off is the process of weaning a plant from the
Most gardeners welcome June with open arms -- it means warmer temperatures and gardens that are beginning to fill out with foliage, blossoms, and even some early-summer harvests. It’s also time to
You could buy expensive fertilizers and compost teas at the plant nursery or farmer’s market, but if you have a compost pile at home, you can make your own compost tea. It’s as easy as mixing up
In most parts of the country, spring has sprung. Lawns are being mowed, gardens cleaned up and weeded, spring-flowering trees are blossoming, and spring flowers are in one stage or another of
Want to start a small garden, but have limited time, energy, or ability to maintain a traditional garden? Lasagna gardening, with its no digging/no tilling approach may be the ideal garden solution
Urban gardening is a trend that shows no signs of disappearing, and GoGardenGo wants to help you get in on this movement. Creative use of space and soil means that almost anyone can garden,
What’s the most important date you need to know for spring gardening? Hint: It’s not Daylight Savings Time (clocks spring forward the second Sunday in March) or the official first day of spring
Are you one of those people who didn’t take care of your garden tools before stashing them in the garage when the weather turned cold? You’re not alone! Sometimes life gets in the way. GoGardenGo has
There is no hard and fast date on the calendar to tell you when it is safe to start uncovering your garden beds. While the old leaves and garden debris provide a safe haven for plants during freezing
In the spring, gardeners everywhere begin checking mailboxes for seed catalogs, watching the calendar as it slowly turns toward spring, and eagerly looking in their gardens as signs of new life
Are your houseplants looking faded or stunted this winter, no matter how much pampering you give them? A lack of light could be the culprit. Winter means a lower intensity and shorter hours of
The winter months of December, January, and February are often tough months for trees and shrubs in many areas of the United States. Temperature fluctuations, drying winds, exposure to salt used for
Does a new year (or maybe a move, Earth Day, or just a new season) have you itching to make a change? How about going green and trading in some of you old habits for greener resolutions? You
Winter can be a challenging time to keep houseplants alive. The warm, dry air found in many heated homes, combined with shorter daylight hours can wreak havoc on the health of some indoor plants
Christmastime -- that time of year when Christmas tree lots pop up all over cities and towns across America and hand-lettered signs adorn country roads, leading the way to sprawling Christmas tree
The beautiful plants in your pond do not have to be left to the elements when colder weather arrives. Plants like water hyacinth (Eichhornia), water lettuce (Pistia), water lilly (Nymphaea), lotus
Fall is often considered just a time to pack up the garden tools, pull up the dead plants, tuck away perennials, and mulch the garden beds. Besides the usual fall chores, now is a good time to look
How much money do you spend on seeds for your flower and vegetable gardens in the spring? What if there was a way you could save some money on some of your favorite plants? It might seem
Soil tests are an important step to take in gardening to ensure a plant’s success. Every plant has a different set of ideal conditions. The type of soil, pH of the soil, and soil nutrients can all
A summer drought can have lingering effects on the landscape. Trees that are stressed from surviving the drought may change colors 4-5 weeks earlier, while others may not offer up their usual
Your garden can keep blooming through the fall months if you have the right plants in place. GoGardenGirl likes to keep a selection of these fall-blooming plants in her garden so when fall rolls
Tender bulbs are bulbs that need to be pulled or dug up in the fall and stored indoors over the winter. Cold, frost, and ground freeze can damage or kill tender bulbs left in the ground. Most tender
The approach of fall means that trees are not only developing their fiery fall colors, but also ripening and shedding fruits, nuts, and pods. While they may make a mess on urban sidewalks and
Are you ready for the peak of fall harvest? Maybe you’ve been canning and making jams, freezing or drying vegetables for a few weeks already. As cool weather begins to creep up, it’s time to consider
It's never too early to start thinking about planting fall crops! Know the dates of the first frost in your area and plant crops so they will be mostly harvested before that date. Ideal
What can add a focal point to your garden, hours of entertainment, help eliminate pests from your garden, and more? The answer is as simple as a birdbath! Birdbaths provide a safe haven for
After pampering your yard to keep it looking lush and green all summer, it can be disappointing when lawn problems pop up in the fall. GoGardenGirl has tips on identifying and solving two common fall
It might seem like mowing and watering are the only tasks required to take care of the lawn in the summer. However, several fungal problems can develop despite your best intentions. GoGardenGo has
Ever rolled your eyes because a state park or campground tells you not to bring in firewood, but rather to buy it at the site? It’s not a ploy to make them money -- it’s to protect ash trees from the
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. (Summertime by George Gershwin) Well, if you’re a gardener, there are still some things that need to be done in the garden to keep it looking its best. Some
The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was accidentally introduced into New Jersey in the early 1900s. In its native Japan, it is not a major pest; however, in the United States it can wreak havoc
Clay soils can be frustrating for gardeners to deal with because it is a heavy, dense type of soil. When clay is wet, it is slimy and holds water. When clay is dry, it can resemble a brick. While
For such small, soft-bodied creatures, slugs and snails can do a large amount of damage in a garden overnight or during long periods of rainy weather. Snails and slugs are slime-covered pests that
Many gardeners swear by pinching back their tomato plants, while others have equally successful crops without pinching back the excess suckers. Suckers are excess stem growth that does not result in
“Summertime and the living is easy.” While this age-old adage may be true for most people, it doesn’t always apply to gardeners -- especially when it comes to rainfall. The ideal amount of rain is
“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”  ~Aldo Leopold What’s blooming in your
Black walnut trees (Juglans nigra L.) and Butternut trees (Juglans cinera L.) cause homeowners, gardeners, and their neighbors countless dollars, hours of strife, and frustration because of the
No matter how much TLC you put into it, no garden is ever perfect. From pests that sneak in and leave behind holes in your plants to the wrath of Mother Nature, something usually manages to wreak
Here at GoGardenGo, we want everyone to be able to garden. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gardener, and whether you have acres of space or just a postage stamp-sized balcony, there’s a way to
Once you’ve planted your spring-flowering bulbs, you may need to take steps to discourage wildlife like rabbits, moles, voles, and other pests. Mix small pieces of lava rock or crushed shells
Earth Day gets a lot of attention every year, with festivals, cleanup efforts, and community outreach. But did you know there is another Earth-conscious day in April that many people tend to forget?
Hard tap water often has fluoride and other inorganic materials in it that are harmful to plants over the long run. Instead of using municipal water, consider adding a rain barrel -- or several
This time of year, all most gardeners can do is tend to houseplants and look out the window or through seed catalogs, dreaming of warm spring days. The spring planting season seems so far away, but
If you have a collection of houseplants or just bring select plants indoors for the winter, you know providing adequate light in the wintertime can be a challenge. Along with over-watering, light --
Adding mulch to your garden is an important step. Unlike fertilizers, which are usually mixed into the soil or added as a liquid component, mulch is simply a top layer added to your garden bed. Mulch
Softwood cuttings are a quick and easy way to propagate nursery stock in the spring and expand your collection, or share your jewels with your friends. Softwood cuttings can be used to propagate a
While softwood cuttings must be taken from new spring growth, hardwood cuttings are taken during a tree or shrub’s dormant stage in the fall, winter, or early spring. Hardwood cuttings require
Sometimes even the best-maintained gardens can be affected by pests and diseases. Or maybe you just want to give your plants a little extra boost. GoGardenGo has compiled a list of some of the most
Some bulbs can be planted in pots or bowls and kept indoors to flower during the dark and dreary winter months. Look for bulbs at your local garden center that have been tricked into thinking that it
Spring Bulbs are popping up all over the place and spring has finally arrived! With a little care, your spring bulbs can provide years of healthy blooms, with larger clumps of flowers each year. You
Herbaceous perennials are a great addition to any garden. They add colorful blooms, interesting foliage, delicious fragrance, attract birds, bees, and butterflies, and add years of enjoyment to your
After a long winter, it’s exciting to see your lawn start to turn green and anticipate that first smell of fresh-cut grass. However, sometimes disappointments pop up in your turf in the form of lawn
In the dead of winter, it can be difficult to look out onto a barren yard and know that you still have a few weeks of patience ahead of you before spring arrives. This time of year, most trees and
Majestic mature trees are not grown: They are made with years of maintenance and care.   The Plan Before any pruning is done to the tree, a plan must be established. As a general rule, no
Getting the right amount of nutrients into your garden or potting mix is important to ensure plants grow optimally. There are two main ways to get nutrients to plants when there are deficiencies in
At GoGardenGo, we’re ready for spring to arrive! We know you are, too, and since spring isn’t too far away, we thought it was time to start thinking about starting seeds. Whether you’re a newbie or a
Ordering seeds and plants from companies that offer mail-order or online catalogs is a great way to get your garden started. And what better way to spend a cold and gray winter day than browsing
What's Wrong With My Plant?  Do any of the leaves have a sticky substance on them, particularly the new leaves? (See 1, 3, 4, or 7) Do the undersides of the leaves, are there any fluffy white
Fall is the ideal time of year to plant spring-flowering bulbs. Plant bulbs before the ground freezes so they can establish their roots. In the spring, you’ll be rewarded with a garden full of
Don't underestimate the value of your lawn. It may be used to complement highlighted plantings, separate and define features, and unify your garden in addition to serving as a play area for children,
In some parts of the world, people are just planting their annuals, while here in the northern United States, we are putting our gardens to bed for the winter. There are many things that can be done
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