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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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Desert Landscaping
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Landscaping Plant
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A Catalpa Tree in My Garden
There is a Catalpa Tree in the middle of my vegetable garden because I planted it in that spot from a little seed in 2011. While it is doubtful that many folks would choose to plant trees from seeds like I do, it is rewarding to nurture a tree along from seed to maturity.
Natural Ways to Treat Chigger Bites
Chiggers are tiny, yet powerful arachnids that thrive in wooded areas, berry patches, around lakes, and along hiking trails during the summertime. You probably wont realize when they jump off tall weeds and onto your skin until you finally notice tiny, red bumps on your body.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management what an intimidating term; that was my thought when I first heard it during my Master Gardener class some ten years ago. Since that time Ive come to discover that IPM is a very basic approach to controlling pests and diseases in the yard and garden.
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!
Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) - my garden inspiration
Trained artist, accomplished craftswoman, garden designer, turn-of-the-century garden author, avid gardener...this, and much more, was Gertrude Jekyll. Her garden writings are as valid today as they were 100 years ago.
What's That Bug? Cotinus nitida, the Green June Beetle
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.
Prickly Panaceas: The Herbs Behind the Hype
Many plants which become popular healers are thorny ones--perhaps on the theory that if what tastes bad has to be good for you, what feels bad has to be good for you too! All of the following prickly types have been highly touted for medicinal purposes in recent years. I don't know whether or not they really work, and would avoid self-medicating with them until we learn more about their long-term effects. But they are the sort of plants which snag your attention!
Backyard Mosquito Abatement and Repellents
Nothing ruins a summer backyard barbeque or patio party like an invasion of hungry mosquitoes. They arent there for the brauts and watermelon, rather the female mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Seeking blood meals for egg development, female mosquitoes follow the wafting scent of exhaled CO2 to its source: the grill master or the partygoers.
Wildflowers in Late Summer
Not all wildflowers bloom in spring. A walk along our little creek in mid August will reveal a host of beautiful late summer blooms.
Restore That Old Cast Iron Cookware, Using Ingredients You Probably Already Have!
With all the concern about chemicals leaching from non-stick cooking surfaces into our food, there has been a resurgence of interest in cooking in cast iron pans. Many people have remembered the old cast iron cookware stashed somewhere in their basement or attic, perhaps handed down from their parents or grandparents, and gazed in dismay at the results of neglect. Don't give up on that rusty, crusty pan! You can restore it, using ingredients that most gardeners and cooks keep on hand in the pantry!
Garden Visitor: The Red-Winged Blackbird
With his distinctive markings, the male red-winged blackbird is instantly recognizable. He calls attention to himself, not only by showing off his bright epaulets, but through his ostentatious behavior and constant song.
Easy Ways to Maintain Outdoor Wood Furniture
Outdoor wood furniture can bring a natural sense of beauty, style, and grace to any outdoor space. It blends seamlessly with surrounding landscapes and ages beautifully over time.
Sweet corn: pass the floss, please....
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
Repurposing Items for the Garden: Old Tires
There are many items in the yard that once had a purpose but then were discarded. What to do with them? How about "repurposing" them for a little rejuvenation of the landscape...just for the fun of it!
We Make a Garden
How many of us have an opportunity to make a garden from scratch to turn a blighted piece of earth into a paradise for pollinators? My garden club had such an opportunity, and it has been very rewarding.
Finding U-Pick Farms in Your Area: Just a Few Clicks Away
Summertime and the picking is easy (apologies to George Gershwin). Berries, cukes, beans, you name it, but where to go? You might get a recommendation from a friend or pass a farm on a country drive, but why not make it easier to search?
Did You Know? Fun Facts in the Garden
Fall is here and quickly on its way out in many parts of the country. Gardens are slipping gently into winter slumber. What's a gardening nut to do? Enjoy the brief respite with some fun facts.
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!
Two problems, one solution: Houseplants fill your outside containers for summer
Houseplants galore going on "summer vacation" outside. Empty pots stacked to the shed rafters. Let the twain meet, and use your tropicals and winter indoor plants to help fill those special containers in your garden or on your deck.
Fun Feature: Follow the Progress of the SimGar Container Gardening System
Every now and then I get a chance to test a product and share my findings with the community. This series of three articles will trial the SimGar system. It is a container planting system that uses traditional soil and simple hydroponics to create a gardening system that is self-contained and easy to use. This first installment will focus on assembling, filling and planting the unit.