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  • Design

    The Advantages of Pecan Shell Mulch

    Most gardeners are familiar with the major benefits of mulch: conservation of water, cooler soil temperatures, and a reduction in weeds. The first two benefits are especially important in areas…

  • How-To

    Southern Plains: July Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Mitigate the heat. Make sure your garden beds are mulched with 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch; this conserves water and moderates soil temperature for your plants. Water, then…

  • How-To

    Mulches to Conserve Moisture

    When spring is as cold and wet as this one has been, it can be hard to imagine the soil will ever dry out. But here in the Northeast, we…

  • Article

    Should I Mulch in Fall to Protect Perennials for Winter?

    There is no doubt that mulching builds soil, reduces the need to water, and helps control weeds. But what does it do to protect plants from the cold? In many…

  • Article

    Making a Garden That Takes the Drought

    Ellie Gilbert of Plymouth, Massachusetts, sent in these photos earlier in the summer, when she said that they had been having terribly dry weather and the garden was struggling a bit.…

  • Article

    A Bright Idea for Spring Containers

    After the long gray of winter when most of us are desperate for color in the landscape, bulbs in containers can add a splash of brilliance anywhere it is needed.…

  • Article

    How to Create a Gravel Garden

    When you conjure up an image of a gravel garden, it probably isn’t very fun or colorful. Many people picture a sea of hot, dry gravel, some harsh, craggy rocks,…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Put the Life Back Into Your Soil

    For many decades, soil science focused on the physical and chemical properties of the earth beneath our feet. Researchers explored the importance of key plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium,…

  • Article

    Market Growers Tell All

    Market growers are horticultural heroes, delivering loads of fresh produce directly to local customers at farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) sites, and roadside stands all season long. These hardworking folks…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Beautiful, Bountiful Kale

    Kale’s popularity has taken off over the past decade, partly because it has been recognized by science as a “super food” but also because it is wonderfully delicious. It is…