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Identifying Hosta Diseases and Pests

hosta pair

Hostas are remarkably resilient plants that have become a mainstay of the shade garden. When the basic needs of the plant are met: protection from direct sun (most varieties), ample watering, regular fertilization and division of mature stands, hostas are, …

Plants to Attract Monarchs

Monarch on flower

Many gardeners are focused on attracting monarchs to the garden. Some years the gardens succeed in attracting the butterflies, and other years they do not. A reader shares her experience in attracting the, at times, elusive monarch. Read about her …

Tomato Planting Tricks for Cool Weather

tomato seedlings

If you’re experiencing a slow spring or temperatures have warmed but aren’t quite to be trusted to remain that way, try this trick before planting heat-loving starter plants like tomatoes and peppers out in the garden.

Seedlings: To Pinch or Not To Pinch

tomato seedling

Growing plants from seed, whether with an early start indoors or directly in the garden, can be the simplest way to acquire uncommon flower and vegetable varieties not typically offered as transplants from a garden center. What’s not always so …

When To Move Tender Plants Back Outside

If you store any potted perennials or shrubs that aren’t hardy in your region in a cold but sheltered place for the winter, you may wonder when exactly it is safe to move them back outdoors in spring.

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 …