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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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Making A Garden.
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Home Landscaping
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Planting Seeds
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home gardening news:

Ah, Spring!
Those long-awaited harbingers of the spring garden are beginning to make their appearance here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow-Gardens: snowdrops nodding their greetings as I pass by, early species crocuses lifting their tiny yellow chalices in a toast to the warmer weather to come, and winter aconites dancing about in their bright green mini tutus and yellow tresses.
Purple Coneflowers? or Red, Yellow, -- or Tangerine?
Purple coneflower is the 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year chosen by the National Garden Bureau. Native to the central and eastern United States, this lovely wildflower not only beautifies prairies and gardens across the country; it keeps them alive with butterflies, birds, and beneficial insects.
Salvia apiana: White Sage
White sage (Saliva apiana) is attractive to bees and hummingbirds. In fact, apiana means pertaining to bees.
Choosing the Right Tree for Arbor Day and Beyond
In North America there are over 700 tree species, which makes selecting the right variety to plant a long thoughtful process. Some tips and a list of the most popular and easy to grow species may help you decide on this lifelong companion.
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!
Growing Sprouts From Seeds
A simple way to have fresh, nutritious food for your family is by growing sprouts from seeds right in your kitchen. And no sunny windowsill is even needed.
Mittleider Gardening System - Proven Sustainable in Family Food Production
We often fear that which we do not understand. Growing healthy highly productive and sustainable gardens is an attainable goal, and as you learn the truth about the Mittleider system of growing you will discover it makes perfect sense. Learn from someone who KNOWS the system from long years of education and world-wide experience. And enjoy the gardening success you've always dreamed about.
Dave's Garden Book Review: The Joy of Foraging
Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.
The Language of Tomatoes
I have been growing tomatoes for almost 50 years. About five years ago, I received an invitation from a friend to see his tomato garden and it changed my outlook about growing the most popular plant found in home gardeners. I was very impressed by the vigor, size, and production of his heirloom variety called 'Daniels' which is said to be from West Virginia. This was one of the best-tasting tomatoes that I had ever eaten. He also generously shared some seeds with me and my choice of tomatoes to grow was changed forever.
Vertical Gardening - Teaching Your Plants Whos Boss
Support your friends, support your community, support your plants! Gardening structures give a lift to hesitant climbers, blowsy flowers and vertically challenged vegetables.
Weather for Gardeners - Warm and Cold, Humid and Dry
Weather conditions are extremely important to us as gardeners. If you are like me, you keep an eye on the weather for signs of heat, cold, rain, snow, or other possibilities that will impact your plants. In this group of articles I'm going to help you understand some of the "what" and "why" of weather phenomena. This is knowledge that you can use to get better gardening results. . .
Parma Violet or African Violet?
I've often heard the name of Parma Violet when referring to an African violet, but I have never questioned myself about this confusion, up until now.
Cream peas: these easy, delicious "Southern peas" are making their way north
Moving to a whole new gardening zone can open up great new possibilities. I haven't moved, but my sister has. When she started gardening in Florida, she discovered cream peas. She found them easy to grow, but better than that, she discovered that the "simple" cream peas were surprisingly savory. She was so happy with her cream peas that she shared them with me both in the garden and in the kitchen. Now I'll share them with you.
Water Conservation Tips for Your Garden
As fears of another summer of drought conditions in many areas develop, you may be wondering how you can save water and still have a thriving garden. There are a number of steps you can take to conserve this precious commodity and to save money while keeping your garden growing and healthy.
Euphorbias for landscaping - the cold-hardy columnar, tree species
This is an article designed to introduce the reader to some of the available bigger succulent, columnar Euphorbia shrub or tree species used for landscaping and pot culture.
The secret identity of those mild-mannered foods: SUPERFOODS*!
Look, out in the kitchen! It's a berry, it's a seed, it's a Superfood! These ordinarily mild-mannered and familiar foods come to you in their secret identity as Superfoods. Disguised as simple sweet potatoes or normal almonds from a great metropolitan supermarket, these Superfoods fight a never-ending battle for health, nutrition, and the American way, Possibly if you eat enough of them, you, too, can be faster than a speeding rabbit, more powerful than a Roto-Tiller and able to leap tall saplings with a single bound!
Stellar Starflower
Although often considered southern belles, spring starflowers (Ipheion or Tristagma spp.) can shine as far north as zone 5. Since that is my own zone, I planted a few bulbs at the front of a flower bed last fall, covering them with an upside-down daisy tray (a flat with a webbed bottom) to prevent our chickens from scratching them up again.
Wake Up to Spring Annual Color in Your Landscape
Go beyond perennials with annual flowers. These easy to grow plants add the extra punch the early season garden needs for uplifting appeal.
Seven ways to sneak bulbs into your landscape without your lawn's mower even noticing!
My husband loves his lawn. Oh, he's not as bad as the guy next door, who has a tractor mower for his quarter acre lot, but there is a bit of competition on our street for whose lawn looks the most like a golf course. (We lose.) And my dearly beloved husband won't let me plant crocuses in the lawn! That ripening period when the flowers are gone and the foliage is tall and gangly and he is not allowed to mow is just too long for him. So I've been exploring ways to hide the fact that I am still planting more and more bulbs in our yard.
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!