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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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Peaceful Plants: Yarrow
It often happens that we visit our friends or relatives at that precise moment when a particular flower or plant in their garden is at its springtime or summertime best. That is how I discovered the beauty of pink yarrow in late spring.
Choosing the Right Tree for Your Front Yard
A tree is an investment for years to come, so choosing the right tree for your front yard is not a decision you should make quickly. Take your time to understand the requirements of various trees so that you choose a tree that won't just survive, but will thrive in your front yard.
Choosing a Small Ornamental Tree
Sometimes trees are planted for shade, sometimes they are planted to serve as a windbreak, and other times yet they are planted for fruit or nut production. But when a small specimen tree is planted for its sheer and petite beauty within the landscape, it can add special interest to a landscape. Following are some suggestions for small specimen tree planting, whether it is for aesthetic or sentimental interest.
Garden Visitor: The House Wren
Its nondescript appearance belies the house wren's special talent -- each spring, this tiny brown bird delivers serenades worthy of an opera star.
Breathtaking Bridal Wreath Spirea
In full bloom a bridal wreath spirea looks like a fountain, pouring clusters of white flowers all the way down its arching canes in spring, often before the leaves appear. When cut, those canes can easily be shaped into bridal headdresses, explaining their name. Non-nuptial types of spirea, on the other hand, fashion their clusters at the ends of their stems, bloom in summer and fall, and come in colors other than white.
Celebrating National Arbor Day
National Arbor Day is April 25 and the day honors the role trees play in our world. John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, might be known for his tree planting and conservation focus in the 1700s, but Julius Sterling Morton should be considered as the Father of Trees and Arbor Day.
An Asparagus That Vines
Ever on the lookout for unique plants that will grow in my Zone 5a/b garden, I occasionally discover one that I feel other gardeners would like to know about, because of its ease of care and other positive attributes.
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!
Blueberries for new growers - learn along with me
Blueberries are ideal for the home grower. They do not need much space and can even be grown in containers. I just started my blueberry 'patch' last year, so start yours now and we can become blueberry farmers together.
Making Dandelion Jelly
Last week I published a book review about foraging and it inspired me to take it a step further. Spring has arrived in most of the Northern Hemisphere and since we're celebrating the coming growing season, I thought I'd kick it off with a unique foraged recipe.
Surprise Scallions for a Delicious Easter Meal
Cooking with my own vegetables from my vegetable garden is one of the wonderful things country life has brought to me. Spring is the most beautiful season for gardening, when everything around sprouts and turns green. Sometimes I happen to have sprouts I didn't know about in my garden, but that's one of the best surprises ever!
Celebrate National Garlic Day
Garlic has a long and interesting history than spans from the Ancient Egyptians to modern day gardeners. As a result, April 19 is National Garlic Day, a day to celebrate this culinary and medicinal plant.
I CAN Grow Strawberries in the Desert!
I have written articles highlighting the philosophy of growing plants suited to your zone. I really should follow my own advice. Or, should I?
All Around the Mulberry Bush (or Tree)
I grew up with simple children's songs which mention "the mulberry bush." "All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel" or "here we go 'round the mulberry bush" are probably the two most common. Imagine my surprise to find out that most mulberry bushes are in fact trees! Let's find out more about the intriguing mulberry tree, or <i>Morus</i> genus.
Fun with Forsythia
What is that willowy shrub that bursts forth with yellow blooms each spring? It's Forsythia. Fortunate to have a vigorous Forsythia in my yard, I have come to appreciate it for the striking landscape accent it provides.
Attend Your Town's Arbor Day This Year
I attended the Arbor Day celebration in Wake Forest, North Carolina this year. Luckily it was a bright, sunny and unusually warm day for March.
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.