How to Garden

Gardening doesn't have to be intimidating. If you're new to gardening or just need a refresher, you've come to the right place. We show you how to plant a garden, garden plans to get you started, and tips for virtually every gardening task. Browse our landscaping ideas, lawn-care tips, organic gardening how-tos, pruning guides, planting best practices, and more.


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How to Build a Raised Bed

See the easy steps to building a raised-bed garden.

Basic Planting Guide

Learn our best planting secrets for plants that thrive.

Perennial Plant Combos

Take the guesswork out of gardening with surefire perennial pairings.

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Landscaping 101
Lawn Care 101
  • Types of Fertilizer

    Overwhelmed in the fertilizer aisle? Learn the types of fertilizer and how to apply fertilizer that meets your land...

  • Fertilizer Basics

    Fertilizer is often called plant food -- but it's actually soil food!

  • Weed Killer 101

    Used strategically, weed killer products can help you control unwanted infestations. Try these steps to find the ri...

  • Topsoil 101

    Think one soil is the same as another? That's not the case. Knowing the answer to the question "what is topsoil" is...

  • Crabgrass 101

    Crabgrass can be more than just a pest; if not managed, it can quickly overtake lawns and flower and vegetable beds...

  • Weed Identification Guide

    Don't let weeds rob your garden of its beauty. Use our guide to help you identify and control these troublesome pes...

  • How to Weed Your Garden

    Get tips and tricks on how to get rid of weeds in your garden.

  • Lawn Mower Maintenance

    Keep your lawn mower in good shape with these easy tips.

  • How to Deal with Fall Leaves

    Make getting rid of fall leaves easy with these tips.

  • Fall Garden Checklist

    Get your yard ready for winter with these easy tasks.

  • Easy Lawn-Care Tips

    Keep your lawn looking lush and beautiful with these easy tips.

Easy Houseplants
Container Gardening 101
Organic Gardening Tips
  • How to Make Compost

    Learn how to make your own compost -- as well as get tips on the best type of compost bin so you can enjoy the bene...

  • How to Make a Composter

    Here are several ideas for composters that will turn garden and kitchen waste into a valuable soil conditioner.

  • Organic Gardening Benefits and Tips

    Organic gardening provides delicious chemical-free food while respecting the environment. Here are some important b...

  • 10 Tips for Sustainable Gardening

    Sustainable gardening uses resources in a smart and ecologically-minded way. The happy result of gardening this way...

  • Organic Gardening

    Get started gardening organically. Organic gardening is an easy, chemical-free solution for many garden challenges....

  • How Organic Matter Helps Your Soil

    Compost, well-rotted manure, and other forms of organic matter can improve just about any type of problem soil. Her...

Vegetable Garden Basics
  • DIY Tomato Cage

    There are two types of tomatoes: determinate and indeterminate. Determinate varieties are bred to grow in compact b...

  • How to Build a Raised Bed

    Raised beds make growing any plant easier. Use these easy instructions to build your own raised beds.

  • How to Plan a Vegetable Garden

    Here's all you need to know about what to plant in a garden filled with vegetables.

  • Vegetable Care Guide

    Use these tips to ensure that the vegetables in your garden grow well and stay healthy.

General Gardening Tips
  • Set Your Garden Goals

    Dreaming of spring? Make this the year you finally get the garden of your dreams. Here are 10 easy ways to get more...

  • Guide to Buying Seeds

    Suffering from cabin fever? There's no better cure than spending a winter afternoon browsing the latest crop of see...

  • Gardening Basics

    Grow your gardening knowledge with this primer on planning, planting, and maintaining your garden.

  • 10 Steps to Beginning a Garden

    Dig into your first garden adventure with these 10 basic tips.

  • Basic Planting Guide: What You Need to Know to Start Your First Garden

    Use this planting guide to get started with your first garden. If you've never planted a garden before, now is the...

  • Our Top 10 Garden Tips

    Good gardening tips are essential to any healthy harvest. If you're looking for the most efficient way to enjoy you...

  • What Are Perennials?

    Perennials are plants that come back year after year. These comeback beauties combine variety with versatility, han...

  • Garden Soil 101

    Just because you have a garden doesn't mean you have good garden soil. Luckily, bad garden soil can be improved. He...

  • Videos: Top Gardening Basics

    Start your garden right with our how-to videos that demonstrate some of the most basic gardening tasks.

  • How to Garden

    Get your hands dirty with our garden primer. What are you waiting for? Dig in!

  • Gardening How-To

    Container gardening is a perfect way to explore the joy of growing plants. Our simple gardening how-to series is al...

  • 13 Tips that Make Gardening Easier

    Use these tips to save time and energy so you can create a stunning yard and still have time to enjoy it.

Pruning 101
  • Hydrangea Pruning Basics

    Beloved by gardeners far and wide, hydrangeas nevertheless present some confusion when it comes time for hydrangea...

  • What to Prune When

    Take the mystery out of when to prune your plants by following our quick-and-easy guide.

  • Rose Pruning Basics

    You'll enhance enjoyment and pride in your rose garden when you prune properly.

  • Garden Pruning

    Mrs. Fix It shows us why it's important to prune your garden and the best tools to use.

  • How to Prune

    Pruning trees doesn¿t have to be a difficult task. Whether you¿re pruning fruit trees or hardwoods, we show you how...

  • Pruning Shrubs

    Pruning shrubs is a small task that can make a big difference in your garden. Learn how to prune shrubs the right w...

  • Pruning Checklist

    Pruning trees isn¿t tough, but it can be intimidating. If you're not sure how to prune a tree, follow these five ea...

Urban Gardening Basics
  • Rooftop Gardening Tips

    A planted roof reduces storm water runoff, filters pollutants, and cuts heating and air-conditioning costs. Take th...

  • Tips and Ideas for Creating an Indoor Garden

    Don't stop tending plants just because it's cold outside. An indoor garden is a versatile way to grow vegetables, h...

  • Urban Gardens

    Living in a space-challenged urban environment shouldn't stop you from enjoying fresh air. Check out these great id...

  • Vertical Gardens

    A growing trend that helps gardeners conquer small-space challenges, vertical gardens are actually a wonderful way...

  • Urban Gardening Secrets

    Anyone with a patch of sunshine and a pot can enjoy urban gardening. Here's how to get started.

  • Urban Garden Ideas

    Pack a lot of garden into a small space -- even your own chickens! -- with these ideas for urban gardening.

  • Vertical Garden Ideas

    Gardening is a pastime appreciated by many, but what if tight quarters keep you from a sprawling green garden? It's...

Garden Planning Tips
  • The Ultimate Garden Planning Guide

    Follow our tips now to ensure you will have the most beautiful growing season yet.

  • Beginner's Rose Garden

    Intersperse perennials to provide color when roses aren't blooming.

  • No-Fuss Garden Plans

    Enjoy a beautiful garden with less work thanks to these ultraeasy, no-fuss garden plans.

  • Small-Garden Plans and Ideas

    Add big color to your compact landscape with our collection of ideas for small garden plans.

  • Plant Encyclopedia

    Find the names and pictures of common flowers and plants, search our online guide, explore lists of plants by type,...

  • Gardening Prep

    It's never too late, or too early, to start exercising your green thumb. Here are some tips to prepare for the gard...

Planting 101
  • Planting Tips for New Gardeners

    Transfer plants to containers and planting beds as soon as the soil is warm enough. It's not ideal for plants to re...

  • The Easiest Seeds to Start

    We've put together our list of the easiest annuals to grow from seed.

  • Seed-Starting Essentials

    Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants. Here's what you need to know for succes...

  • Perennial Planting Guide

    Tips for planting, storing perennials prior to planting, selecting digging tools, and mulching.

  • How to Prep a Flowerbed

    Once you define the bed shape and mark the edges, it's time to clear existing vegetation.

  • 10 Essential Tips for Planting a Garden

    Whether you are planting your first garden or getting ready to expand your plot, these 10 tips are sure to come in...

  • Planting Tips for New Gardeners

    Transfer plants to containers and planting beds as soon as the soil is warm enough. It's not ideal for plants to re...

  • How to Plant Perennials

    Plant perennials and get them off to the best possible start using these great tips.

  • How to Plant Spring Bulbs

    Plant spring-blooming bulbs in fall. Here¿s how!

  • How to Plant a Tree

    A tree is one of the best landscaping investments you can make. Get tips for planting a tree to get it off to the b...

  • Planting Annuals

    5 tips for creating a beautiful garden. Better TV's Kim Singer shows you how to choose the right plants, when and h...

  • Bulb Planting Basics

    Get your questions answered on how to plant bulbs, along with some out-of-the-ordinary ideas about where to plant t...

  • Start Spring Seeds in Easy Pots

    Growing plants from seeds is easy if you start with the right container. Follow our suggestions for pots that will...

Plant Care Tips
  • How to Mulch

    Erosion buster, moisture conserver, plant enhancer: Mulch is all those things and more. And learning how to apply m...

  • Tips for Watering Plants

    Learn how to water plants, including tips for watering plants and ways to use water to help your plants grow faster...

  • Guide to Succulents

    Succulents are the perfect plant -- exotically shaped and so easy to care for! Here are important facts about succu...

  • Ornamental Grass 101

    Adaptable and beautiful, it's easy to see why ornamental grass has become a gardening favorite.

  • Guide to Growing Tropical Plants

    As you learn about quick-color plantings, you'll likely draw on tropicals again and again. These one-season wonders...

  • How to Grow Healthy Plants

    Here are 10 essential plant-rearing tips for parenting a successful flower garden.

  • Ultimate Rose-Care Guide

    Grow the most beautiful roses in your neighborhood with these tips.

  • Easy Division for Your Plants

    When it gets cramped in your flower bed, it's time to divide and conquer.

  • The Proper Way to Plant a Tree

    There's an old gardening axiom that says the key to growing a great plant is to put a 50-cent specimen in a $5 hole...

  • How to Care for and Choose Hydrangeas

    Hydrangeas come in a staggering array of shapes, sizes, and varieties. Knowing which of these flowering shrubs will...

Easy-to-Grow Plants
How to Buy Plants


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