Carol Collins

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    Design

    Tour a Sustainable Backyard Garden Retreat 

    A well-planned water feature will lend a restful, restorative atmosphere to almost any garden. Whether it is a simple birdbath or fountain, or a larger feature such as a pond…

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    Tour a Garden Where Annual and Tropical Plants Steal the Show

    Annual and tropical plants can add extraordinary colors and textures to any garden, especially from late summer through early autumn, when many perennials fizzle out. In Fine Gardening issue #177,…

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    Seed-Starting Gadgets

    Starting your own seeds is a great way to get a lot of plants for little money. But from sowing tiny seeds to prying seedlings out of flimsy plastic trays,…

  • Design

    Casting a Concrete Leaf Planter

    In issue #200, Lisa Roper demonstrated how hand-cast leaves can create artful niches for drought-loving plants like succulents (8 Ways to Create Crowd-Pleasing Containers). If you would like to create…

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    How-To

    4 Ways to Stake Tomatoes

    Nothing tastes quite as good as a homegrown tomato. But there’s nothing quite as frustrating as having the rambling, fast-growing plants taking over a corner of the garden, flopping on…

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    Build an Affordable Grow Light System

    Starting seeds indoors is a great way to fill beds affordably and get a jump-start on the growing season. Seed suppliers offer an almost limitless number of flower and vegetable…

  • Design

    Make an Easy Strawflower Ornament

    When the weather turns gray outside, add cheerful color to your winter décor with an easy-to-make floral ornament. Strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum, Zones 8–10) are unfussy annuals that grow anywhere with…

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    5 Vegetable Garden Tasks to Do in Fall for a Happier Spring

    As the growing season winds down, are you tempted to “throw in the trowel” and leave your vegetable garden cleanup until next spring? In the October 2020 issue of Fine…

  • Design

    Container Garden Design: Three’s Company

    It’s easy to get carried away with container design, adding plants until the pot overflows. But simple designs can be stunning too, so the FG editors asked five designers to…

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    Spring Into Summer: 6 Garden-Bed Designs to Try This Year

    Every garden should have something going on after spring flowers fade and before the summer show really gets going. But in some gardens, this in-between season is punctuated mainly by…