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3 Easy Hardwood Cutting Methods 3 Easy Hardwood Cutting MethodsCreate more of your favorite trees and shrubs with these unique methods

Forcing Branches Forcing BranchesBring spring indoors early for winter color and fragrance

Build a Bamboo Trellis Build a Bamboo TrellisTen dollars and two hours later you’ll be wishing you had more vines

Make a better garden

More Compost, Less Work

More Compost, Less WorkHere's a space-saving setup that eliminates the need for turning

A Practical Program for Combatting DeerMixed tactics work best

10 Ways to Keep Your Garden HealthyLearn how to eliminate plant diseases by understanding and managing the conditions that cause them

Making the Most of MulchJohn C. Fech answers frequently asked questions on mulch types and time of application

Improving Clay SoilsDump on the organic matter, work it in over time, then leave well enough alone

VIDEO Controlling WeedsHere are some tips on turning your garden into a weed-free zone

The Four Things You Need to Know About Soil pHLee Reich explains what pH is, what it does, how to adjust it, and why to monitor it

How Is Your Soil Texture?Healthy soil starts with the right proportion of sand, silt, and clay

VIDEO How to Sharpen PrunersSimplify trimming and keep plants healthy by using sharp tools

Good Soil is a Sieve and a SpongeHow to help your soil hold water

Amendments that Can Give Your Soil a BoostA gardener's guide to wood ashes, greensand, rock phosphate, soybean meal, gypsum, sulfur, alfalfa meal, and epsom salts

Garden MicroclimatesFind spots in your garden for plants you thought you couldn’t grow

Fertilizing the old-fashioned way—with manureWho needs a flashy package of tiny granules when you can feed your plants with manure?