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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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Mum's the Word
The word chrysanthemum comes to us from the Greek chrysanthos meaning "golden flower": chryso "gold" and anthos "flower." The word was coined by Swedish botanist, Karl Linnaeus, who introduced this flower to the western world. Chrysanthemums are the second most popular flower in the floral industry, next to the rose. They are the quintessential autumn flower and are one of the longest lasting cut flowers.
Announcing the 2014 Pixel County Fair Winners
Our 2014 Dave's Garden Pixel County Fair was a huge success and we're proud to announce the winners of this year's contest. As always, the entries were great and we hope you'll take the time to congratulate the winners and runners-up.
Fothergilla- Lesser-known native shrub with big fall color
With gorgeous fall color, Fothergilla (witch-alder) should be more well known to gardeners. This native shrub deserves the spotlight for its fall foliage show. Spring flowers, ease of care, and versatility round out a profile of an excellent candidate for many landscapes. (Did I mention the gorgeous fall color?)
Hunkering down for winter; what you can do to prepare
It's late September or even October. We hear that global climate change is affecting everyone. Winter is long and cold and dreary. How can you make sure you'll be one of those who keeps your cool through the cold weather to come? Follow these nine simple steps.
Calculating the Harvest
This year I decided to weigh my vegetable harvest. This is one step in my goal to become more self-sufficient with our food source and improve my vegetable gardening skills and soil building abilities. The idea came from The Path to Freedom, a website that documents an adult family of four and their path to self-sufficiency in Pasadena, California. They weigh their harvest which will help them better estimate the next year's budget they eat what they grow and sell the excess for income.
Beginning to Bird
This article tells of an activity I took up at the end of last year that continues today, even though I am still a beginner at birding. Birding has become a popular verb in our collective vocabulary, a pastime usually associated with retired folks. However, birding can be fun for all ages due to our natural curiosity with these fascinating creatures.
Hackberry - A tasty treat to many
A couple of years ago, I was searching for a large shade tree that would appeal to wildlife. The information available suggested Celtis occidentalis (also known as a hackberry or sugarberry). This tree forms a small fruit that birds enjoy so much that supposedly none hit the ground. Other attractive features include small, elm-like leaves and an attractive grayish warty bark. The literature I had rated this tree as quite tough, tolerating even urban street tree environments. I purchased a small specimen and planted it in my back yard. So far no fruit have formed so my tree has not fed any birds. However, many other creatures have been enjoying my tree.
The Importance of Deadheading
Deadheading is the removal of dead flowers, fruits, and seed heads. The practice is often done to preserve a cleaner appearance in plants but the results are more impressive.
Let's Trade Some Plants
One of the best ways to acquire new plant material or to get rid of excess plants is to conduct a plant exchange or swap. It can be a very simple event or you can get as elaborate as you desire. Here's a photo story of one such event, held in south eastern Michigan on a sunny fall morning.
Nasturtium - Beautiful and Edible
An old plant with an old name, reminding me of old times and especially of my grandmother. But something is new to me about nasturtium: I discovered that it is edible!
Adding Fall Color with Ornamental Kale
It s interesting how certain vegetables go in and out of style. Although it is has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, kale is currently in.
Identifying and Treating Fire Blight in Pear Trees
Fire blight is one of the deadliest diseases found in apple and pear trees. It strikes during many phases of the tree's growth and flowering. Outbreaks can occur anywhere but are especially prevalent in the northeastern United States, where periodic outbreaks affect both commercial and backyard orchards.
Bird Lovers, Wake Up and Smell the Shade Coffee!
When you purchase coffee, what factors influence your buying decision? Brand recognition? Flavor? Price? Saving migratory Songbird habitats? Learn how drinking coffee grown in the shade gives rise to a sunny outlook for native and migratory birds in Latin America.
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!
Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Welwitschia mirabilis
Some plants have unusual or strange flowers, while others have interesting leaf shapes or branching patterns. This plant, however, is bizarre and strange all around, practically exuding paradoxical characteristics. Read on to discover more about a plant that could win the title, "most likely to have originated on another planet . . ."
Easy Refrigerator Pickles from Extra Produce
Sometimes extra produce seems to materialize overnight and rather than going through the time consuming process of canning, it might be easier to make some tasty refrigerator pickles. This works really well for a quick relish tray, or simply an unusual sandwich garnish.
Creepy Crickets: What Gardeners Need to Know About Camel Crickets, Mole Crickets, Mormon Crickets and Jerusalem Crickets
Field crickets are well-known to most gardeners. But charming field crickets have some creepy cousins. Most of us will eventually encounter one of these odd insects. Here's what you'll need to know when destiny brings you face to face with a "creepy cricket."
Revisiting Le Jardin des Plantes de Nantes
Today we going to enjoy another garden, this time in Brittany. The city of Nantes lays some 340km west of Paris, on the shore of the large river Loire, some 50km from the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the main cities of Brittany where I happened to wander around this summer.
Vermicomposting: Worm Composting Indoors, Part One
Does a worm make you squirm? How about a few hundred of them living under your kitchen sink? That's just part of the fun of indoor composting with worms. Vermicomposting is an easy way to turn kitchen scraps into rich compost for your garden or containers. Using only vegetable matter, it's as organic as what you put into the bin and reduces the amount of garbage going to landfill sites. Your plants will thank you. And it's a great project for the kids!
Cryptanthus - Dividing and Growing
For a couple of years I grew a small Cryptanthus (earth star, crypt for short) under a glass cloche for its decorative appeal in my brightly lit Florida room. I lifted the cover if condensation formed inside the cloche, but generally the crypt was left under the glass cover for extended periods of time. Gradually the plant grew until it could no longer fit in its place. Several pups were vying for space, so I knew the time had come to divide it.