Basics

 

Allergies and Pollen

Many gardeners are hit with allergies during the blooming season. But don’t blame showy garden plants for making you sneeze – it’s the wind-blown pollen of trees and grasses causing most of the suffering. Learn how pollen counts are determined, as well as some tips on alleviating allergy woes.

 

Back to Basics

It’s easy to get caught up in all the things we have to do in our gardens … plant, prune, water, weed. It’s enough to make your head spin – especially when something goes wrong. But by revisiting some basic gardening rules, we can keep our gardens lush and colorful – and our lives less stressful.

 

Between a Rock and a Hardiness Place

Hardiness zones, heat zones, Sunset zones and microclimates are used to determine how well plants fare in different parts of the country. Now what the heck does that mean?

 

California’s Two Seasons: Fall and Spring

California has two seasons for planting and growing. Knowing the difference makes for a much better gardener.

 

Celebrate Earth Day in Your Garden…365 Times a Year

Big or small, that patch of earth in your back yard is a part of the planet we live on. Celebrate Earth Day by being kind to it – from proper irrigation practices and plant selection to treating lawns and plants organically.

 

Decoding the Language of Gardening

Are you more comfortable with computer lingo than you are with gardening terms? Take a lighthearted look into the similarities, and be afraid no longer!

 

Females are the Berries! (A Look at Dioecious Plants)

Why does your neighbor’s holly produce beautiful berries, but yours doesn’t? While a majority of plants offer flowers with both male and female parts, other species are dioecious. Learn more about what this term means, as well as a short list of common dioecious plants found in the landscape.

 

Garden Time-Savers

Get more done in your garden in less time (and with less money overall)! Learn some easy tips sure to make your gardening experience more organized and relaxing – so you can spend more time actually enjoying the garden space you work so hard to maintain.

 

Gardening to Cut Your Grocery Bills

Why pay more at the supermarket for second-rate produce when you can grow your own first-class harvest? Growing fruits, veggies and herbs helps you eat better for less – with better control over your produce supply. Learn more about some of the easiest foods to plant, tend and harvest.

 

Gardening on a Budget

Just because you can’t afford to plant everything you want now doesn’t mean you can’t do anything in your garden. Prepare your beds and pick a few key plants to install now – leaving room for later.

 

Growing Greener

What’s the “green movement,” and what should home gardeners do to participate in it? Actually, pretty much the same thing they’ve always done…except maybe do it better. Learn some easy and practical ways to “go green” in your own yard – and help the environment in the process.

 

Moving Plants From State to State

States have various regulations to prevent the accidental introduction of plant pests from other states. If an interstate move is in your future, read on. This article provides the steps to ensure your plants can move with you.

 

P-L-A-N-T for Flower Power!

You’ve spent a lot of money on your garden plants – make sure you get the most out of your investment by caring for them properly! Whether you’ve got annuals or perennials, inground beauties or container plants, learn the five points to keeping flowers blooming their best!

 

Plant Life Cycles: Annuals, Perennials, Biennials and Beyond

Still not sure what the difference is between an annual and a perennial? Before you start picking pretty plants off your garden center’s shelves, understand these basic plant definitions and get an idea of how each plant type can work for you.

 

Planting With Allergies in Mind

As much as we try to fight allergy season, it can’t be completely avoided: Pollen can blow in from hundreds of miles away. But allergy-suffering gardeners can avoid making their sneezing, eye-watering problems worse by keeping away from some heavy pollen producers.

 

Pronouncing Plant Names

You know the species – now if only you could pronounce it! Here are a couple ways for you to learn how (without calling your high school Latin teacher).

 

Seed Starting Made Easy

Growing plants from seed is lots of fun and rewarding for all ages. (Best of all, it’s not that difficult!) Learn the tips to successful seed starting and begin turning your thumb that deep shade of green. (Now let’s get sowing!)

 

Shades of Sunshine

Full sun, part sun, shade…what exactly does it all mean? Let us help shed some light on what these basic terms imply so you can give your plants what they need for a more beautiful garden this season!

 

Some Particularly Poisonous Plants

Kids get into everything – including the garden. While we do our best to keep our children and grandchildren safe, accidents can happen. Help avoid potential danger by knowing what toxic plants are growing in your yard. Here’s a look at a few common poisonous species.

 

Tag – You’re It! (Now Run to the Database!)

Good plant tags inform, educate and encourage shoppers to try particular species in their gardens. If you’re new to gardening, understanding plant tag basics is a good way to get started. Need more information beyond a label? The Learn2Grow Plant Database for home gardeners is an amazing online resource!

 

The Plant Facts of Life

Like people (and octopi), plants have some amazing qualities and talents that often go overlooked. In fact, when you get right down to it, plants are pretty cool. Let's take the time to recognize some of these neat plant facts of life.

 

Unattainable Gardens

Feeling envious of the gardens you see at flower and garden shows? Don’t! Sure, they’re amazing to look at and help you find ideas, but re-creating these masterpieces in your own yard is next to impossible. Learn2Grow’s own Mark Miller tells you why.

 

What's in a Name?

Ever wonder how plants get those long, weird scientific names? Here's a brief explanation as to why and how plants are identified the way that they are.

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