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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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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall
Why do trees turn colors in the fall? Why do the colors look brighter some years than in others? Learn why some trees change colors and lose their leaves.
The Corpse Plant
Special for Halloween, a ghostly parasitic plant
Snowdrops: Signs of the New Blooming Season
For many gardeners, the first blooming snowdrops mark the beginning of the new flowering season. If you don't grow these charming bulbs, then this article will hopefully entice you to try them.
Savings Without Insanity: Organizing Successful Group Buys
Buying in bulk saves bucks, and buying wholesale saves even more. How can small-scale gardeners enjoy large-scale savings? Organize a group buy!
Pine O' Mine
A tiny pine tree took root next to my mother-in-law's shed and established itself in a tight place where it would not thrive. When she pointed it out to me, the cute little stick with green needles was about 15 inches tall. That was in 1999.
Everything's Coming up Mums
Mum's the word - Chrysanthemums that is. Don't despair that summer is coming to an end. Get even by adding these fall flowering beauties to your landscape.
The Story of the Jack O'Lantern
You see them each year, you carve them, and maybe you even grow pumpkins just for this special purpose but do you know the history of this common and culturally significant icon? Read on to find out the history behind the cherished fall icon.
Daisies in Winter
The idea of daisies that grow on trees during winter sounds like something a wistful gardener would dream up after smoking the wrong plant! Those daisy trees do exist, however, though they flourish only in areas with what we northerners would consider wimpy winters--namely USDA zones 9 through 11.
Loran Whitelock, the Cycad King
Most readers may have no idea who Loran Whitelock was, and unless they were involved in collecting, selling and/or growing rare tropical plants. That would not be anything to feel bad about. But Loran was truly a botanical legend (a living one until this year) and was much admired by thousands of "oddball plant" collectors throughout the world.
Why Fall is the Best Time of Year
It is always such a relief when the fall weather begins and for many reasons it has become my favorite time of the year.
Bulb Lovers Unite: A Year of Bloom
A famous wise-person named Anonymous once said, "Anyone who has a bulb, has spring." No truer words ever spoken! The beauty of these plants is their ability to produce spectacular displays with not much work on our part. In many parts of the world, it is not too late to position these amazing plants in the garden. Forthwith--a year of bulbs, corms, and rhizomes.
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!
Lost Heritage: The Southern Seed Legacy heirloom crops of the South rediscovered!
Sometimes a grassroots movement is all it takes to create a lasting legacy.
Cotton: A Globally Important Plant
One of the most important plants in human history isn't an edible, however it has influenced civilization for thousands of years. Cotton has played an important role in many cultures and is still an economic asset even today.
Eat your greens! Dandelions are a dandy way to get super nutrition in a variety of tasty ways..
These aren't your local yard variety of dandelion, although many a spring morning as a child in rural Indiana were spent gathering dandelion greens for supper. Of course, my parents with 9 kids had no thought of a weed free lawn so chemicals weren't even a thought.....it was just head on out and gather greens for supper!
Growing Geraniums Indoors
Don't let frost kill your favorite geraniums. Instead, use these simple tips to keep geraniums indoors during the winter, and get a head start on your spring garden.
The Catalpa Tree
You either hate the catalpa or you love it, there is very little room for any other sentiment. No matter which side of the fence you lean toward, you might change your mind after reading this article.
Ten Texas Native and Wild Plants
Texas is an interesting state filled with beautiful plants. Ten of these plants are listed here but there are thousands more in the hills and valleys of Texas just waiting to be rediscovered.
Days and Nites up Trees
Readers accustomed to my writings already know I spend a lot of time up in trees but this one article will take you up with me even to sleep all night at twelve to fifteen meters above ground level...
The Best Trees and Shrubs to Plant for Fall Color
Adding fall color to your own property isn't hard to do, and if you choose the right trees and shrubs for your growing zone, you'll be able to enjoy an abundance of spectacular colors that will rival even the most renowned places in the country for fall foliage, and the best part is the minimal maintenance required to grow these things.