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Over the last few years home gardening has become an increasingly popular past-time and hobby. In fact, studies show that home gardening is at an all time high in America right now. In the United States 8 out of 10 households take part in some type of home gardening activity. Obviously from the number of people that are doing it, home gardening is one of the most popular recreational activities in nation.

Most people that try their hand at home gardening plant flowers; at least they start out planting flowers anyway. Roses will probably be the first thought into any gardeners mind, but roses will take extra time and work, and should probably be left to those who have gardened before. When planting flowers many choices are available, such as bulbs, perennials, and annuals.

Edible plants are another big thing in home gardening. Perhaps the best thing about edibles is the reward of eating them. The list of edible plants that gardeners can grow at home is endless. Some of the most common edible plants in the vegetable arena are, potatoes, peas, corn, carrots, squash, and cucumber. Many gardeners opt for fruits, such as, watermelons, tomatoes, peaches, plums, apples, pears, and apricots. Small fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries usually require less work and less space, making them much more feasible for home gardening. Herbs, most often used as spices in cooking, are growing in popularity every day; some of the most grown include basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, and cilantro. One of the most important things to watch for when planting edibles is insects and disease, after all, you don�t want to miss out on the feast you will get to enjoy from healthy plants.

Many people don�t realize it, but landscaping is a form of home gardening. Landscaping covers many different areas and forms of gardening. You can even classify mowing your lawn as landscaping! Keeping in the line of grasses, landscaping nearly always involves decorative grasses, and the great thing about them is they don�t take much work for upkeep. Types of grass include monkey grass, pampas, buffalo grass, flame grass, and ornamental millet. Landscaping is not just limited to plant life, but also includes anything done to a yard for decoration, such as adding rocks or stones, putting a small pond, statutes, or a waterfall.

There isn�t much difference between home gardening and gardening anywhere else. Plants still need to be planted in a good location. The plants still need water and they still need the same nutrients. Home gardening shouldn�t cause anyone to get nervous. If you do decide to try homing gardening and finding out that you don�t have a green thumb, don�t get discouraged. Get some information, read up on gardening, and try it again the next planting season.

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Gardening Equipment
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Rose Gardening
Rose Gardening Roses have gotten a bad wrap over the years for being difficult to grow and maintain. If you are thinking of rose gardening dont let this rumor stop you. While rose Read more...
Rose Gardening
Rose Gardening Roses have gotten a bad wrap over the years for being difficult to grow and maintain. If you are thinking of rose gardening dont let this rumor stop you. While rose Read more...
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Homemade Pond
In the 1890s, the Argo family acquired a tract of good farmland in southern Delaware. The land was passed down to the children and then to the grandchildren who in turn granted the deed to the present generation. It is on the Argo family's land that Robert K. Muncy, great-grandson of the original landowner, built a homestead, "Iona". On Bob's homestead is a delightful homemade pond.
Living Walls out of Pallets
Where ground space is limited or just for a different approach, these walls of greenery come in various sizes from small wall hangings to massive walls that resemble privacy hedges for the rich and famous.
Poison Oak Appreciation
One of my earliest memories comes from when I was around three years old. The house where we lived had Boston ivy planted around it. I asked my dad what that was. He said that it was ivy. I thought to myself, "Ivy = poison ivy = don't touch!" Though my plant indentification skills were not good at that age, my respect for poison ivy was developing. People tend to be fascinated by the enemy, and there are many interesting features about poison oak and poison ivy.
Franklinia: The Curious Case of the Missing Camellia
The Franklin tree (Franklinia altamaha) is at the center of one of historys most baffling horticultural mysteries. (Cue spooky music.) Not actually a camellia but resembling one, it was discovered growing along the banks of Georgias Altamaha River in 1765 by two of the New Worlds earliest plant explorers--John and William Bartram.
Invasive Japanese Honeysuckle: In Hindsight, Not Such a Good Idea!
It is a familiar story: a non-native species is introduced to an area with the best of intentions, to meet a specific need or fulfill a craving for something new and different. Before long, it is thriving beyond all expectation, and the native species in the area begins to suffer.
Fall Vegetable Beds From Your Compost Heap
Autumn vegetable beds help extend the bountiful season and lower your grocery bill. If you have a spent summer bed, use your compost heap to give it a boost of nitrogen and carbon plus all the essential nutrients necessary for plum veggies. You will need to know the date of your first average frost to determine exactly when to plant.
Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Create Your Own Vertical Garden
Its time to think up when it comes to your garden. Vertical gardening can offer you the ability to grow more plants in less space and in places you hadnt considered. Many flowers, fruits and vegetables will grow and thrive on fences, on trellises, on walls and other vertical objects. The results can offer many benefits in terms of added beauty for your garden and added savings for your wallet.
Gardening With Architectural Plants
Sometimes a border needs a big bold statement, something to draw the eye. This is where architectural plants come in!
What's That Bug? Junonia coenia, the Common Buckeye
Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives.
Hummingbird Magnet: Coronado Hyssop
Have you ever grown Coronado Hyssop? The eye-catching, pale-orange color of this deer-resistant perennial agastache makes it an excellent choice for butterfly, cottage and hummingbird gardens.
Favorite In-Season Vegetables
These are many in-season vegetables you can enjoy during the summer into fall growing season. It is natural and better nutritionally for you to eat fresh in-season vegetables. We have become accustomed to having all vegetables year round in our supermarkets. If you shop at your local farmers market it will be easy to find the vegetables that are local and in-season.
Japanese Maples for Small Gardens
Have you always been fascinated with Japanese maples but thought you did not have the room, or that they were too difficult to grow? There are many varieties available to suit just about every garden size and style. See how you can add these graceful beauties to your landscape.
Compost tea, love it or leave it? You decide
Does compost tea sound like the best thing since sliced bread to you? Or do you think it's an overhyped fad of organic gardening movement? Either way, you have plenty of company. But if you aren't sure where you stand, keep reading.
Plants: Magic and Mystery
Thousands of years ago magical and mystical powers were ascribed to certain plants. It is no wonder, since today we still turn to plants for food, shelter, clothing, weapons, and even healing. The magic and mystical beliefs came from the plant's display of vital energy during its growth and seasonal rebirth. We might understand such events today, but there will always be an element of mystery in the first bloom of spring.
Recycle those Geraniums
Geraniums are one of the most popular "annual" flowers in the U.S. They make an excellent container plant as well as planted in garden beds. I'm going to show you how to recycle your plants so that you can get many years of beautiful blooms.
Border Stonecrops from the Genus Hylotelephium
You probably never heard of Hylotelephium but you certainly are familiar with them! They are the border stonecrops, a group recently split from Sedum. 'Autumn Joy' is perhaps the most well-known but this group is enjoying a surge in the release of new cultivars suitable for nearly any sunny situation. Foliage, flowers, all-season attraction, drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, butterfly attractant...these plants have it all!
A Bucket of Apricot Jam
What can be more delicious than apricot jam? Maybe cherry or strawberry jam, many of you may say. But for me apricots are the best in any form, whether they are raw, in a cake or jam.
Time for the Daves Garden Fifth Annual Pixel County Fair
Autumn is a time of harvest and gardeners the world over show off their produce, livestock and hand-made items in county fairs, harvest festivals, agricultural shows, fetes and exhibitions. We enjoy gathering together to celebrate the years bounty. Join us for the fifth annual Dave's Garden Pixel County Fair a Celebration of Harvest Traditions with a Virtual Twist
Pollinators in Peril
Evidence indicates that honeybees and other pollinators are in trouble. Over 75% of the world's crops require pollination, which is an essential ecological function without which the human race and most of the animals and plants that populate the earth could not survive.