How-To Videos

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    How to Build Soil and Suppress Weeds With Sheet Mulching

    You may have heard of a technique in gardening called "sheet mulching" or "lasagna gardening." This technique has been touted as a great way to wipe out weeds and build…

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    Dividing Perennials Step-by-Step

    Dividing perennials is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get more plants. Many perennials can be divided, but how and when should you do it? Here are three…

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    How to Build a Bird Feeder Wreath

    In winter, food can be hard for birds to come by. Using materials from your yard, you can make a wreath that both feeds them and looks good while doing…

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    Tip: How to Photograph Your Garden

    Taking a photo in a garden is tricky, and more often than not, it doesn’t come out looking as good as you know your garden really is. Follow a few…

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    Meet Your Fine Gardening Regional Reporters—Part 3

    Our readers have been asking for more regionally focused gardening content for decades, but the logistics and pressures of keeping our national magazine as applicable to as many readers as…

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    How to Make a Nordic Tree for the Holidays

    In mid to late November I start to get really embarrassed by my container gardens. At that point even the hardiest annuals have been zapped by frost, and the mums…

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    Tips for Making the Best Compost

    The real superpower of compost is that it gives life to soil. Compost is made from material that is digested by organisms and microbes that occur naturally in native soil.…

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    Tip: How to Harvest Seeds

    It's best to let seeds ripen on plants until they are almost ready to disperse on their own. Any seed harvested too early will not be viable. Seeds usually change…

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    How to Make a Sustainable Hypertufa Container

    This video shows how to make a sustainable hypertufa container. These troughs are typically molded using a mixture of portland cement, perlite, and peat moss, but in this tutorial, I'll…

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    Tip: How to Water a Pot

    Regular, thorough watering could possibly be the most important factor in a container planting's success. A container that isn't watered enough will limp along in survival mode. Water your containers…