Not every outdoor space is well-suited to growing flowers ... but that doesn't mean all hope is lost. When in doubt about soil quality or space constraints, fabricate a raised garden bed. Gardening editors Todd Carr and Melissa Ozawa offer their expertise on making a raised bed where flora can flourish.
Winter garden preparation is crucial for the proliferation of plants as temperatures drop and vegetation becomes dormant. In order to foster a flourishing yard, gardeners must approach the seasonal segue as an opportunity to ready their plot for the coming colder months. Senior garden editor Todd Carr shares his tried-and-true tips for transitioning your garden into winter.
In cold regions, mulching at the end of the season -- after the plants are dormant and the ground freezes -- prevents heaving by reducing fluctuations in soil temperature. Mulch can also add beauty to the winter garden.
The world is made up of two types of people: those who can cultivate and care for houseplants and those who would have trouble keeping a plastic plant alive. But when it comes to plants, there is no "can't," there is only "eh, too lazy to bother." Now that we've shamed you, read on if you want to keep that floppy fern on your desk alive!
When you dream of lush garden makeovers, only to wake up facing a barren yard, you may need to call in some expert help. That's what new homeowner Andy Gray decided to do after he'd cleared the scraggly bushes outside his century-old fixer-upper in a quiet town north of New York City.
Nothing is more important to a garden than water, but the guesswork behind it -- figuring out the amount of water each plant needs and how long to keep the water trained on the greenery -- can make it seem like an endless chore. There are, however, a number of tools that make the job significantly easier.