Sustainable gardening - Page 2 of 3

  • Design

    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,…

  • illustration showing the food forest model in natural layers
    How-To

    Earth-Friendly Gardening

    The first time I visited an established permaculture homestead, I felt an immediate connection to the way of life embodied in that special place. This well-designed living environment was also…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    How to Grow Strawberries in Less Space

    How much space do you think it takes to grow strawberries? If you’re picturing tractor-tended farm rows or a big, weedy backyard patch, you might assume you don’t have room…

  • a mix of low-growing grasses and perennials with similar textures punctuated with plants with contrasting textures, colors and sizes creates a dynamic transition between the garden and the fields beyond
    Design

    Matrix Planting

    When designer Adam Woodruff was hired to create a landscape for a newly renovated home in Illinois, the existing site was mostly turf with a swimming pool surrounded by a…

  • Article

    What Is the Best Mulch? We Put Mulch Qualities to the Test

    Every gardener wants a gorgeous garden. Choosing the right plants for your site and using proper planting techniques are, of course, essential steps in establishing a successful landscape. Choosing the…

  • Design

    Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden

    Sustainable approaches decrease chores and increase enjoyment

  • Article

    How to Extend the Vegetable Growing Season

    If I had a dollar for every time someone has said, “It’s too cold to grow vegetables in winter,” I could buy myself a heated greenhouse. The truth is that…

  • Design

    Plants You Can Walk On

    Mulching the 3 acres of display and trial gardens at my perennial nursery was becoming expensive and time-consuming, so I decided to explore ground covers that would eventually eliminate the…

  • How-To

    10 Chores That Can’t Wait at the Start of Gardening Season

    Winter is waning, and you can’t wait to get outside. But before you get caught up in buying new plants and moving things around, take some time to do some…

  • Article

    3 Tough Perennials Put to the Test

    We all know that catalogs often embellish plant descriptions. Phrases like “tough as nails” and “extremely hardy” are so common that it seems odd not to see them associated with…