Gardening has taken me to new places and given me new experiences that I never imagined. I began gardening to relieve stress and bring a bit of nature into a harshly artificial environment in the city. Little did I know that first bag of daffodils would be the beginning of a... >>more
Outdoor Container Garden Giveaway Winners
Thanks to everyone who submitted stories about their gardening challenges and solutions. There were many inspiring ones, and I will revisit some of my favorites throughout the year. We would also like to... >>more
Spring-Flowering Trees for Urban Gardens
Old Man Winter is finally releasing his gray, icy grip, and hardy plants like snowdrops and daffodils are signaling the changing of the seasons. Over the next few weeks Mother Nature will put on a flirty display with ornamental trees of all colors and fashions. Dozens of trees will bring flowers in reds, purples, yellows... >>more
Improving Soggy Soil
Spring is a time of abundant natural moisture. The thawing ground is soaked from winter rains and snow, and rivers flood into bottomlands. Frequent showers add even more water to the mix. Gardeners are familiar with spring wetness. Low areas of the garden can be mushy or even flooded. This creates saturated soils that may be unworkable until... >>more
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April Gardening Tips
Plant hardy annuals like snapdragons and larkspur in front of and between your spring bulbs. The colorful annual flowers will help hide the fading foliage of tulips and daffodils.
The longer days and cool soil of spring are ideal for root growth. Plant perennials and shrubs early in the season to give them the best chance of settling in before the summer heat.
Plan a day trip to see the wildflowers bursting from every forest and field. Throughout America spring is a time of profuse bloom: bluebells in Virginia, trilliums in New York, trout lilies in Illinois, bluebonnets in Texas, and poppies in California, to name a few. Pack a lunch and spend the day at a state or national park reveling in natureÍs celebration of spring.