How-To Videos

  • How-To

    Spring Cleanup in the Perennial Garden

    One of the first chores to undertake in the spring garden is cleanup. For perennials, this mainly consists of cutting back any spent stems and foliage from the previous year…

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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…

  • How-To

    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…

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    Episode 92: Favorite Plant Pairings

    Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. If this were Jeopardy, the correct answer would be “What are perfect pairings?” On this episode, we’re talking about two…

  • Design

    6 Big-Impact, Low-Care Ground Covers

    Ground covers may be the most underappreciated plants in the garden. They don’t have the flashiest blooms or the most interesting habits, but they’re invaluable in so many other ways.…

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    Tip: How to Pinch a Plant

    Pinching a plant almost feels mean. It has just put out all this nice new growth, and you’re taking it away. But the rewards are worth the sacrifice. Many plants…

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    Episode 91: Drought-Tolerant Plants

    It pretty much seems like drought is the norm these days. No matter where you live—East Coast, West Coast, or anywhere in between—periods of no rain are commonplace. Some gardeners…

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    Episode 90: Favorite Workhorses

    Right about now you might be asking yourself, “What exactly is a workhorse plant?” In our minds it is a plant that asks little from us but delivers a whole…

  • Design

    Tips for Planting Against a Wall

    No matter where we garden, many of us face the same challenging situation: a narrow space that cooks all day in the sun. Whether that spot is along a roadside…