10 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Gardening

You might not believe it, but you were born with a green thumb. It may have gone untended for a while, but it's there waiting for you to nudge it awake. Put away your theory of being a plant killer, that anything dies under your care. Forget those nagging thoughts of where your garden will live or when you'll find the time, it's there somewhere. It doesn't have to cost a fortune and you'll get more than you give. So, here are 10 tips for conquering your fear of gardening:

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Gardening Tips for Renters

Want to bring more green to your house or apartment? Using a few easy, inexpensive techniques, <a href="http://www.thehorticult.com/">The Horticult</a> shows how you can garden like you own the place -- without risking your security deposit. You don't have to own your home to create a garden that reflects your personal style. Grow your favorite plants and create an inspired landscape -- or patio, interior, or balcony -- using these fun, low-commitment methods. (Although you might want to check with your landlord about the larger projects!) And if you move, you can take it all with you. These 10 tips for renters will give your garden a new lease on life.

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Summer Checklist

Summer is a gardener¿s busiest season. If you¿re short on time or not sure what to do, follow this easy summer gardening checklist to keep your lawn and garden in great shape all season long.

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Drought-Tolerant Grasses

Drought! The word itself strikes fear into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Scarce water resources, especially in hard hit areas such as California and Texas, are making it almost impossible to maintain traditional style lawns. That's why many people are replacing their lawns with groundcovers and native plants. But for those who want a lush green lawn, here are some less-thirsty options.

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How to Improve Garden Soil

Many homeowners inherit bad garden soil ¿ but you don¿t have to live with it! Learn how to get the best garden soil possible through amendments, composting, and more.

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Top Shade Perennials

Shade plants are perfect for those tough spots in your yard. Learn about the best shade-loving perennials, including flowering shade perennials, partial shade perennials, and full-shade perennials.

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Landscape Ideas

Landscape ideas provide inspiration, and studies show that upgrading your landscape will add value to your home. Here are some great landscape ideas to improve your home's outward appeal.

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Nature-Lovers' Gardening

Flowers are beautiful, foliage is alluring, but there's something special about a garden filled with birds and butterflies. You'll find everything you need to know to transform your garden into a nature-lover's retreat. For starters, shelter is essential: We have shrub and tree recommendations that offer welcome respite for birds. Songbirds in the winter add a spark of life to an otherwise quiet garden. Food is also a must-have, especially in winter. Try a berry-laden tree or shrub (or even a homemade suet cake) to attract winged garden visitors and make it through the coldest months of the year. Butterflies and birds also love water; an easy birdbath project gives them both a place to drink or bathe. You'll be able to evaluate your garden's green factors and its friendliness to nature, especially to charming birds such as hummingbirds. If you plant the right plants, you'll almost guarantee butterflies will visit your yard; uncover their favorite, must-have blooms to include in your garden. If you have a butterfly in your yard but you're not sure what it is, turn to our field guide for some of the most common ones in your garden. If you're unsure what to plant in your landscape, take inspiration from a complete habitat that attracts a delightful array of winged diners.

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