Category: Home Garden Tips

These home garden tips will help you grow a gorgeous backyard garden. We cover how to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs; special gardens like water gardens and butterfly gardens; and much more.
Landscaping Ideas for a Hill or Slope

Landscaping Ideas for a Hill or Slope

These landscaping ideas for a hill or slope offer homeowners with steep areas in their yard a few ideas for plantings that look beautiful and prevent erosion.

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The Big Bug Hunt

The Big Bug Hunt is here! Pests are an inevitable part of gardening. But what if you could predict when they were going to appear? You could set up defenses or be on alert for early infestations, ready to act promptly before they escalated. This is the vision of a major citizen science project that …

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Japanese beetle grub identification

Japanese Beetle Grubs: Identify and Control

What do Japanese beetle grubs look like? And how do you control them? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about the plague of gardeners everywhere: Japanese beetles. Japanese Beetle Grubs Japanese beetle grubs emerge now from their winter sojourn under the lawn. They are part of the insect’s lifecycle. …

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fall garden update

Pruning Crape Myrtle – the Basics

Pruning crape myrtle? I was under the impression that pruning crape myrtle was a “don’t.”  My local Cooperative Extension, however, sent out a little meme that said that January is a good month for pruning many bushes, including crape myrtle. I decided to investigate and came up with these pruning basics for the beautiful if …

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mistletoe

About the Mistletoe Plant

Have you ever seen a mistletoe plant in the wild? It’s a beautiful sight. I first saw mistletoe here in Virginia when neighbors pointed it out to me (and shot some down from the tree!). Today on the High Bridge Trail, I found a beautiful grove of mistletoe and researched the plant a bit more. …

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gardening book recommendations

Winter Gardening Reads – Gardening Book Recommendations

Gardening book recommendations to tide you over until spring! It’s winter. What’s a gardener to do? Enjoy a good gardening book! Here are a few on my bookshelf – gardening book recommendations.

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