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      Gardening is about finding the right combination of sunlight, fertile soil and water that makes your plants thrive and it's about fulfilling your passion — so select plants you love. It’s not about the color of your thumb, whether you sing to your plants, or how in tune you are with Mother Nature and it isn’t as hard as you may believe. However, when you’re a beginner it can be nice to have how to advice for growing the best tomato or an overview of how to plant a rose. Use the resources here as a starting point and in no time you’ll have a beautiful garden.

      GARDENING 101

      First-time gardeners are often intimidated by the process—after all there's a lot involved. From amending soil to pruning shrubs, you'll find answers and advice for essentail gardening tasks.

      Garden Fertilizer 101

      Compare types of fertilizers and learn when and how to feed your plants for a healthier garden

      Composting 101 - How to Compost

      Get the dirt on composting: the benefits, what to include (and what not to), and finding the right balance

      Irrigation 101 - Watering Your Garden

      Discover which irrigation system is best for watering your garden.

      How to Prune Shrubs & Perennials

      Make your plants healthier and more productive by mastering these four basic techniques.

      Garden Soil 101

      Flourishing gardens begin at the roots. Here are the ground rules for preparing your soil.

      How to Create a Container Planting

      Containers are as complicated as they are chic - and worth every minute of your effort.


      Learn how to deal with common pests that can wreak havoc on your garden and much more.

      How to Get Rid of Gophers

      Humane and natural gopher control methods that will keep them from destroying your garden.

      Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

      Eliminate aphids from your plants and garden naturally and safely.

      How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

      Learn ways to deal with Japanese beetle infestations naturally.

      How to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Garden

      Humane ways to keep squirrels from wreaking havoc in your garden

      How to Get Rid of Common Garden Weeds

      10 ways to control weeds naturally and keep them out of your lawn and garden.

      12 Mosquito Repellent Plants

      Grow these 12 plants in your garden for not only their colorful and fragrant display, but also their ability to keep those uninvited mosquitoes out.

      Getting Rid of Grub Worms Naturally

      I have grub worms all over my garden and I hate to use pesticides. Are there any natural methods to get rid of them?

      The Best Deer-Resistant Plants for Your Garden

      If you have a garden full of plants that deer love to binge on, replace them with these attractive, easy-care alternatives.


      Many beginning gardeners find the process of growing their own food rewarding, and not as difficult as they anticipated. Whether you’re looking to start with just a few tomatoes or you’re planning to create a full-fledged kitchen garden, doing your homework on how to plant, care for and harvest your crops will be valuable.

      How to Grow Epic Tomatoes at Home

      Tomato expert Craig LeHoullier shares his secrets to growing and harvesting the superstars of the summer garden.

      Growing Microgreens

      Expert tips about where and how to grow microgreens in your own garden.

      Creating a Raised Bed Garden

      Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows us how to build a raised bed garden and explains why it's easy to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs in these convenient elevated beds.

      How to Preserve Herbs

      Gathering and preserving herbs at the end of the season is vital to keeping supplies available after the garden has gone quiet for the winter.

      How to Plan an Heirloom Vegetable Garden

      An organic kitchen garden in Healdsburg, California, nourishes body, soul and the local community.

      How to Preserve Your Harvest

      As we head into these last few weeks of summer, lots of garden vegetables are ripe for picking. But what if you have too many vegetables? Kevin Lee Jacobs shows us his no-canning tips for how to preserve beans, herbs, leafy greens, onions, and garlic for up to a year by using the freezer and some pantyhose!

      How to Grow Potatoes

      Of all the root vegetables I grow, it is the potatoes that give me the biggest thrill at harvest time. I love to stick my hands in the soil and retrieve the buried bounty, with a yield of eight to ten potatoes for every one that I plant.


      Starting a flower garden doesn’t have to be daunting. Learn how to plant roses, care for camellias and much more. Soon you’ll have lovely flowers everywhere.

      Starting a Flower Garden

      Learn how to start a flower garden with advice from top pros on soil testing, color choices, and planting flowers for cutting.

      Planting & Storing Flower Bulbs

      Learn how to properly buy, plant, grow and care for bulbs.

      Growing Camellias

      The experts weigh in on properly caring for camellias.

      Learn How to Plant Roses from David Austin Roses

      In two videos, David JC Austin from David Austin Roses teaches how to plant a bare root climbing roses and potted shrub roses.

      How to Grow Picture-Perfect Petunias

      Ever wondered how to grow petunias that will be the envy of your neighborhood or garden club? Here are 10 tips from Wave Petunias to help you grow perfect petunias.

      How to Grow Dahlias

      Artist Frances Palmer, famous for her vases and pottery, is also a passionate dahlia gardener. May is a great time to plant dahlia tubers and Palmer gives step-by-step instructions, along with photos of her beautiful dahlia garden in bloom and her beautiful vases.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: Growing and Arranging Sweet Peas

      In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, Katherine Anderson shows how to plant and harvest sweet peas (including how to create a lattice wall) and how to arrange these delicate flowers into sassy summer centerpieces.

      Grow Your Own Rhododendrons

      How to grow rhododendrons in your garden. And remember, a rhododendron needs three things above all else: drainage, drainage, and drainage.

      Rose-Scented Geraniums

      Our slide show is all about how to grow rose-scented geraniums in the winter and in the summer, indoors and out; how to propagate cuttings into new plants; and how to use the fragrant leaves in cocktail and dessert recipes. Plus: How to perfume your bath with the leaves!


      When winter arrives, your gardening doesn’t have to stop. Try your hand at growing a few plants indoors and you’ll find that it isn’t too hard. Learn how to keep your houseplants happy with proper care and placement.

      Houseplants 101

      Get the basics on houseplants: How to water, where to buy, and what to put them in

      DIY Moss Terrarium

      The ladies of Brooklyn's Twig Terrariums give detailed how-to instructions for making your own moss terrarium.

      How to Design a Window Garden

      If you enjoy the company of houseplants, consider cultivating a window garden, which is ideal for showing off plants in the winter. Creating a window garden is easy-you need only to extend the existing sill, and then mount, on the window frame, glass shelves, brackets (if you want them), and lengths of wire (for training vines). In my window garden, I paint horticultural portraits to emphasize the seasons. In this slide show, I'll show you the many different window gardens I've created in my house.

      How to Force Branches

      It's easy to fool Mother Nature in these early days of spring-we teach you how to trick the branches of flowering trees and shrubs into blooming early in just four easy steps.

      Forcing Indoor Bulbs

      Now is the time to get forced bulbs ready-we show you how! Plus: How a gin cocktail keeps paperwhites short and manageable.


      Floral arranging doesn’t have to be left to the florists. With a few tips you can create stunning arrangements with plants and flowers you’ve grown yourself.

      Flower Arranging 101

      Creating striking arrangements doesn't take a genius-or a florist. Our step-by-step guide about how to DIY flower centerpieces at home.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: Decorating With Herbs

      How to make arrangements using herbs and spring flowers that are perfect for the Passover or Easter table.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: Peonies and Garden Roses

      In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, she takes us to the peony farms of Washington State, highlighting these majestic blooms and pairs the flowers with garden roses for arrangements and bouquets that are the delight of every summer bride.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: Muscari for Mother's Day

      Ideas from Marigold and Mint about how to make a modern arrangement for mom with cheerful muscari and poppies. Plus: Tips for growing and harvesting muscari for arrangements.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: DIY Valentine's Day Posies and Arrangements

      How to make posies and small bouquets for Valentine's Day.

      Notes From a Flower Farm: Sunflowers, Zinnias, and Dahlias

      Now that Labor Day is behind us and the kids are heading back to school, Katherine Anderson of Marigold and Mint creates a few late summer flower arrangements with three favorite flowers of the season: sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: The Flowers of Paris

      Katherine Anderson, our flower columnist, goes to Paris, and comes back with lots of design inspiration. Here, she shows some photos from her trip and shows us how to make a beautifully layered flower arrangement, inspired by her Parisian sojourn.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: Decorating With Succulents

      Inspired by a family trip to Palm Springs, our floral columnist creates fresh arrangements using succulents. Mixed with seasonal flowers and displayed in old silver containers, this is a whole new take on a trendy group of plants.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: A Passion for Purple Flowers

      Our latest Notes from a Flower Farm column, by Marigold and Mint, is a beautiful series of bouquets, all made with purple flowers. Whether arranged in groupings of single specimens or layered in a hand-tied bouquet in a range of tonal hues, these purple flowers are showcased in all of their glory in these gorgeous arrangements. Plus: Tips and tricks for keeping violet flowers at their best.

      Notes from a Flower Farm: DIY Yellow Flower Arrangements

      Our step-by-step slide show explains how to make three different types of yellow flower arrangements, including a spiral hand-tied bouquet and a traditional arrangement in a vase, by using roses, tulips, and other seasonal flowers.

      Brooklyn Style: D.I.Y. Floral Design

      Florist-to-the-hipsters Kathleen Hyppolite of Kat Flower displays her gorgeous arrangements at the Brooklyn Flea, a flea market in Brooklyn, NY. In our slideshow, she shares some great tips about how to condition flowers before arranging and how to load your containers with textures and pops of color.

      D.I.Y. Wreath Centerpiece

      Our own Anna Stockwell, editorial assistant at GardenDesign.com, shows how to make a tabletop wreath.

      Notes From a Flower Farm: Summer Shells

      Notes from a Flower Farm goes on vacation and gets inspired by the seashore's shells for her latest flower arrangements.


      Looking for a fun project? Get how to info for using flowers, branches and other items from your garden to create clothing, décor and more.

      12 Easy DIY Garden Projects

      If you love gardening you probably like to get your hands dirty! That’s why we’ve put together this roundup of simple DIY garden projects to try. From a garden under glass to an easy-to-make water garden, we hope you find something you love.

      DIY Sun Printing on Fabric

      Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art. We teach you how to make a cyanotype with step-by-step instructions.

      How to Press and Preserve Seaweed

      Artist Karen Robertson, known for her nature-inspired designs, shows how to transform seaweed into artwork that will remind you of the ocean's beauty for years to come.

      DIY Tree Lamp

      Anna Laurent gives step-by-step instructions for how to turn found wood into a magnificent floor lamp that's easy, inexpensive, and super stylish.

      DIY Silhouettes, Air Plants & Wooden Plaques

      A silhouette of springtime tulips to enjoy in winter, an airplant perch, and a glass tube vase-a little vintage, a little rustic, these three wooden plaque projects would be at home in a Victorian sun room or a woodland lodge.


      When it comes to gardening your options are unlimited. Learn about special techniques for sowing seeds, get ideas for container gardening and much more.

      How to Mulch and Avoid Mistakes

      Mulch: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. We discuss it all.

      Seed Sowing in the Snow

      Our how-to for using milk and water jugs to create your own planters to sow seeds in the snow. Yes, you can start sowing seeds now, even if you're snowed in, and be rewarded with hardy vegetables and flowers in the summer.

      Stretch the Season with Container Plantings

      Fresh combinations for container plantings from Seattle landscape designers Glenn Withey and Charles Price.

      How To Revive a Struggling Garden

      In a series of guest posts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University will lend its landscape architecture knowledge to Garden Design. Its first post is a handy one-tips on how to help revive a struggling garden.

      The Craft of Interplanting with Jacqueline van der Kloet

      Photos of Jacqueline van der Kloet's gardens around the world, showing her artful mix of fall bulbs in bloom in public gardens in New York and Holland and at her home.

      Moss Guide

      Our basic guide to growing moss, with photos of our four favorite varieties.

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