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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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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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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Bugs, Diseases & Weeds

Nothing can rob a garden of its beauty quicker than a space infested by insects, diseases, or weeds. But it is possible to keep your garden healthy, lush, and free of pests. With weeds, the best bet is to get rid of them before they have a chance to get established. To do that, you'll have to learn how to identify these pesky plants. Start with our guide to the most common weeds. The same is true with pests: To keep your garden free of them, learn to identify the most common bugs. If you do have a pest problem, you can control it without turning to harsh chemicals; we have ideas for you. Bats can actually be a gardener's friends, but how can you attract them safely to your yard? Use these tips to invite more of these helpful creatures to your yard. Many diseases and pests prey on specific plants, such as roses. There are two options: Plant disease-resistant versions or stop dreadful diseases such as black spot. Aphids and Japanese beetles are common to many gardens, but there are ways to minimize damage and keep plants safe.

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