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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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Rose Gardening
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Landscaping Equipment
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Managing Elderly Lilacs
Everyone knows Lilacs, those lush shrubs with sprays of blossoms among heart-shaped leaves--a true heritage plant. With origins in Europe and Asia, Lilacs came to America with the first settlers in New England. In fact, Lilacs at the Governor Wentworth estate in New Hampshire are believed to have been planted around 1750. Hardy and forgiving, these deciduous ornamentals are often the only remaining hint that a field or city lot once supported a home or farm.
Poets and Plants: Wordsworth's "Daffodils"
Many poets include botanical imagery in their works. One of my favorite poets, William Wordsworth, a romantic poet who lived from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s), allowed botany and nature to play a large part in his work. One of his poem stars one of my favorite flowers the humble daffodil.
We (Still) Got the Beet
Awhile back here on Daves Garden, in an article titled We Got the Beet, I provided a brief overview of how to grow beets (Beta vulgaris), one of the most beautiful, healthful and easy vegetables there is. Beets have received some interesting publicity since then, so its time to share more details on this wonderful cool season crop.
Native Perennials from Seed: Echinacea
"Plant more native species!" Most gardening books, magazines and websites encourage gardeners to plant more native species in the landscape - and for good reasons.
Cornflower Blue
Ahhh, the cornflowers. I can never have enough of them. No matter how down and out we find ourselves, one look at these soothingly blue flowers will make us smile right out loud. Here is another story straight from my childhood, all about blue cornflowers. By the way, have you started your seeds yet?
Plan your most nutritious garden ever
Tilling, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, cleaning... home grown produce requires a certain amount of dedicated effort. Shouldn't you get the most nutrition possible from your labor? As you plan the vegetable garden, make choices that maximize nutrition for the time and money you spend on your garden.
The History of the Mason Jar
I think most of us have used them or at least know someone who has. Have you ever thought about how this versatile device revolutionized home food preservation?
Hot Seeds for Cool Climate Gardens
Pacific Northwest gardeners have the luxury of vegetable gardening year-round, but many of summer's most iconic vegetables don't get enough heat to thrive here. Which varieties can handle our chilly weather?
Grow Veggies Without a Veggie Garden
Contrary to popular opinion, vegetables do not need their very own garden. If you have gardens, you have room for veggies!!
Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies 03/22/15
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!
It's Time ...
We're in the home stretch for the coming of spring. Regardless of what the groundhog said and whether March comes in like a lamb or in like a lion, spring is definitely on the way. And so, it's time.
Join our 2015 Grow-Along Challenge: Squash Wars Update
Gardeners are always known for friendly competition. Whether it is the first (or biggest) tomato in the neighborhood, the prettiest roses or the lushest hostas, we all take pride in our accomplishments. Dave's Garden is no different. We enjoy the various Photo Contests and the Write Off every year and so we decided to add another fun feature to the mix with our Grow-Along Challenge.
The Standard Flower Show - Troughs
National Garden Clubs recognizes four types of combination plantings that can be entered into Standard Flower Shows: planter, terrarium, dish garden, and trough. The first three have been discussed on this website, but the trough is a recent addition and is the topic of this article.
Rocks to the Rescue
There are many ways to use rocks in the landscape either as construction material or simply decorative detail.
Gardening for Cats: Lessons I learned from my Four Frisky Felines
I have always loved to garden, however, I have not always loved cats. Our first cat came when a pregnant female abandoned her kitten in our crawl space. It was April, and it was the first year of our grass-less front garden. I was eager to get out there and plant, so I toted my 3 week old adoptee in a 5 gallon bucket and she began to teach me how cats garden!
Discovering Tai Pei
Welcome back, traveler friends, we have left Hong-Kong and now land in Tai-Pei, let us see what awaits us there!
Basil, the King of Herbs
BASIL (Ocimum basilicum) is derived from the Greek word 'basileus', which means King. Is basil the best herb (i.e., King) or was basil fit for Kings, since it is supposed to offer protection from the mythological half-lizard/half-dragon of death? I cannot tell you those answers; maybe you can tell me. What I can share with you is my love for the many varieties of basil, along with the nutrition profile and popular culinary uses for sweet basil.
How to Grow Sweet Potatoes
Have you dreamt of growing your own superfoods? You do not need anything special to grow one super, healthy tuber in particular.
Wood Sorrel: Lucky Shamrock
I spent half my life looking for shamrocks. Not four leafed clovers, mind you, but shamrocks. I was taught they were lucky, they would keep snakes away, and they were the plant of my Irish/Celt ancestors. Of course everything I ever did was blamed on ancestors, but I am sure if the truth be known, my genetic structure is linked to every tribe and clan that ever existed.
Bloodroot: A Welcome Sign of Spring
An April walk down a woodland path may reward you with a glimpse of the large white blossoms of Sanguinaria canadensis. Commonly called bloodroot for the reddish-orange liquid that oozes from its stem and root, this perennial wildflower is one of the earliest spring bloomers to emerge from the leaf litter of the forest floor.

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