How to Start a Garden: Gardening for Beginners

how to start a garden gardening for beginners

A home garden not only produces fresh vegetables and flowers but also provides relaxation and a sense of accomplishment. Starting one may seem daunting for beginners, but it is very achievable if you follow some key steps. This comprehensive guide covers everything from essential planning and laying out to ongoing garden care for a successful

Types of Citronella Plants: A Garden to Keep Mosquitoes Away

types of citronella plants a garden to keep mosquitoes away

Want to enjoy mosquito-free garden parties this summer? Planting citronella is a savvy trick to naturally repel those pesky bugs. The aromatic oils in citronella plants create an outdoor space that insects can’t stand! In this article, we’ll explore popular types of citronella plants like citronella grass, Java citronella, and Ceylon citronella. Find out which

How to Keep Deer Out of the Garden

protecting your garden from deer tips and strategies

Deer can wreak havoc on gardens by feeding on many types of flowers, plants, and vegetables. Their appetite, combined with a lack of natural predators near many suburban homes, creates ample opportunities for them to raid gardens. This leads to disappointment and frustration for gardeners who have invested time, money, and care into their garden

How to Keep Ants Out of Your Garden

how to keep ants out of your garden

They may seem small and harmless, but ants can quickly turn your thriving garden into a relentless battleground. These tiny troopers will ruthlessly hollow out your ripe tomatoes, carry off precious seeds, and nurture sap-sucking aphids that coat your plants in sticky, sweet waste. Left uncontrolled, an army of ants will stress and damage your

Different Types of Mulches: Guide and Mulch Calculator

different types of mulches guide and mulch calculator

As a landscape designer, I understand the importance of mulch in maintaining a healthy garden. Mulch is a layer of material that is spread over the soil to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. However, there are many different types of mulch, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages and a different

How To Protect Plants From Frost: Tips and Tricks

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When the cold starts, it is crucial to know how to protect plants from frost. Protecting plants from frost is essential to ensure their survival. Frost occurs when the temperature drops below freezing, causing ice crystals to form on the plant’s surface. These ice crystals can damage the plant’s cells, leading to wilting, browning, and

New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map Updated 2023

new usda plant hardiness zones updated 2023

The USDA released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM) in 2023, the first update since 2012. The map helps gardeners and growers determine which plants are most likely to thrive in a location. It was developed jointly by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group. Let’s see what