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Plan Ahead for Fall-planted Bulbs

tulips and flowers

Spring seems like an odd time to think about planting tulips, crocuses, daffodils and the like, since these spring-blooming beauties can’t be put in the ground until the fall. But spring is truly the time to see where your garden …

The Right Time to Feed Garden Shrubs

Kopper King Hardy Hibiscus

The majority of shrubs will survive and even thrive in the garden without supplemental feeding, as long as you’ve chosen types with needs that match the general conditions of your growing location (soil type, water supply, light levels, etc.). That …

Keeping Tabs on Houseplants in Winter

jade plant

If a collection of houseplants is all that separates you from full-on gardening withdrawal this time of year, be sure to follow these two key tips for keeping them healthy and vibrant in the depth of winter:

It’s Time to Inventory Your Seed Packets

seed packets

January is a good time to take stock of any seeds you’ve saved. Here are tips for sorting through old seed packets and organizing them ahead of seed-starting season, so you know what you need (and don’t need!) to purchase:

Leaving Houseplants Home Alone

If you’re planning a trip away from home this winter, or you’re just concerned that you’ll neglect your houseplants while the holidays keep you busy and distracted, try this easy trick by which they can take care of themselves.