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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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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.
Cogongrass in the Southeastern United States: Looks can be deceiving
The grass is not always greener on the other side. Cogongrass is a good example of how non-native plants can take over the landscape, disrupt our fragile ecosystem and take years to eradicate. This is one more reason why we should plant native alternatives instead.
Superstitions In the Garden
I love my plants and I wouldn't want them to die suddenly, for some mysterious reason. Yet, this happens all the time, even to the best of gardeners. Some might say it was someone's evil eye, but I say it was just a black thumb gardener.
Growing Scotch Bonnet Peppers
You dont have to live in Jamaica to grow Scotch Bonnet hot peppers. They grow easily in US backyard and community gardens too. Scotch Bonnets make a delicious and nutritious addition to spice up healthy meals.
Using Squash and Gourds to Create Natural Decorations
If you want to add a little fall flair to your home decor, there is no need to spend a ton of money on pre made decorations. Autumn provides us with many natural options to add texture and interest to your home. Look to nature's bounty for your next decorating project.
Growing great hardshell gourds
Bottle, kettle, apple, swan; the descriptive names of hardshell gourds tell you this is a fun crop. And, unlike colorful thin shelled gourds which brighten fall displays and soon wither away, hardshell gourds will dry to a permanent and very craftable wooden form. I'd like to give you the basics on growing the best hardshell gourds for crafting fun.
Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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!
Seven Year Itch
My gardening friend, Susan, said it only took her seven years to get rid of her lawn altogether, filling it instead with scrumptious daylilies, irises, and morning glories. On a garden tour last year, one of the hosts said it only took her seven years to amass the luxurious garden that once was a mere yard. I want a garden with no lawn. I itch for one. Im willing to work at it for seven years. But only seven.
What's That Bug? Harmonia axyridis, the Asian Ladybeetle
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.
Rain chains, decorative alternative to downspouts
Rain chains are hundreds of years old, and one of the newest trends in jazzing up the home landscape. Pretty and practical combined, they can be purchased or crafted at home from a variety of materials. See if a rain chain might fit your home landscape needs.
Which Pumpkin Varieties are Best for Cooking
Are you sure you know what variety of pumpkin makes the best pie?
Monkshood - A Deadly Beauty!
One of the first perennials grown as a garden ornamental were the monkshood. Hundreds of years later they still remain popular. Today there are more than just the standard blue species. Now you can get white, pale blue, various shades of pink and even yellow. However, gardeners beware! This plant has a deadly side....it is among the most toxic plants out there! Read more about this fascinating genus of plants.
Prunes or Dried Plums: By Any Name, A Healthy Treat
In an attempt to shrug off the negative connotations of the name prune, this dried fruit has undergone something of a public relations makeover during the last decade or so. Now marketed as dried plums, the product is touted as a nutrient- and fiber-rich addition to a healthful diet.
The Eastern Glass Lizard
Not long ago my garden club board of directors met at my house. As soon as the meeting was over, the group exited the house and entered the garden as we always do when the business of the day is finished. We find that peoples' gardens are as unique and varied as the people are.
Tips for Overwintering Tender Plants
The autumnal equinox does not signal the end of summer in the gardening world. Nope, not even the last of harvest of your tomatoes and peppers signifies the end of a great growing season. What is the mysterious tale-tell sign that marks the end of fall? The answer sits on your front porch.
Native Asters in South Western New York (and the rest of the northeast)
September roadsides in western New York are a riot of purples, blues and whites of the native Asters. Their bright blooms are one of the joys in the changing season.
Some of the Nation's Best Pumpkin Patches
It's October, and that cooler nip in the air can only mean one thing for many of us this time of year - pumpkins!
Trumpeting the Virtues of Allamanda
As I briefly mentioned in a previous article, one of my blooming-est plants is a yellow bush allamanda, probably A. neriifolia. It flowers for most of the year, except during the times after I have just whacked it back. Such pruning is necessary when the plant stays under a fluorescent grow light for at least seven months of the year.
Getting the Most out of Your Squash and Gourds
Most of us have eaten some form of squash. From roasted acorn squash to butternut squash soup, the culinary applications for these fruits are boundless. You can also use dried gourds as birdhouses, cups, musical instruments and more.