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The best seeds to sow outside in fall are those that bloom early in the year. Here are some tips for success.

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Using a straw bale as a plant container is relatively easy and can be a great option if you have poor soil or limited space and the raised height can eliminate the heavy work of digging and turning the soil to plant.

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Bees and bugs are responsible for pollinating three-quarters of the world’s plants, but habitat loss has reduced populations to problem levels. Learn how you can welcome pollinating insects by planting native trees, shrubs and perennials that provide food sources and shelter to these important insects.

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Edible landscaping – mixing edibles with the landscape’s flowers and shrubs – is hot. Here are some tips for bringing edibles with ornamental value into your landscape.

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Some easy-to-grow crops are nutrition powerhouses and by growing your own fruits and veggies, you can select varieties to maximize nutrition. Here are five growing tips, plus a list of high-nutrient crops to grow yourself.

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Just as with inside style, a home’s landscape can and should reflect the tastes and lifestyles of the inhabitants. Here are 10 theme-garden possibilities.

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Take your yard to a new level by landscaping with plants in containers on decks, patios and in opportune spots throughout the yard. It’s easier than tending plants in the ground and works in small space garden areas.

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New hybrid geraniums feature better heat tolerance and performance for healthier-looking geraniums with more blooms, attractive forms and new colors by crossing ivy-leafed geraniums with American favorite zonal types

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After a summer of heat, punishing storms, bugs, weeds, assorted diseases, and vacation-related neglect, a few judicious maintenance moves can revive your garden for fall.

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The camellia has long been a staple of Southeastern landscapes with its glossy, evergreen foliage and rose-like flowers. Thanks to recent breeding and warmer winters, winter-hardy varieties are now are good options for some colder American gardens. Here are some tips for growing these "hardy camellias" in the North.

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The return of warm weather means it’s time again for gardeners to whip the yard back into shape for another season. How to get it all done? Take a cue from medics: “Triage” your to-do list to get your spring off to a manageable start in the landscape.

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Fairy gardens have become one of gardening’s hottest trends lately. Fairy gardens are miniature gardens constructed of diminutive plants and tiny accessories designed to lure fairies. They can be outside gardens with in-ground plants, or they can be mini container gardens intended mainly for indoors – at least part of the time.

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The queen of fall flowers – the chrysanthemum or “mum” – often ends up as a late-season throw-away, But garden mums are perennials in most of the U.S. With a little know-how, garden mums will come back reliably for many years.

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If space is a premium in your yard – or if you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to fancy-up your deck or patio, think about planting containers as a way to add color and vitality exactly where you need it.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are coming back as a summer obsession, and even if you’ve never gardened before, you can dig right in. Make the right choices, keep your garden well-fed and watered, and you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labors in no time.

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You can take advantage of warm days to start your spring lawn and garden clean-up process, but don’t rush things and cause damage. Give some thought to what you can and can’t do according to weather and ground conditions.

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Roses traditionally have required a lot of work to keep them disease and insect free, that is all changed with breeding breakthroughs in landcape roses.

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