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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Easiest Garden Bed Plans

Is gardening an easy hobby? It can be, with the right garden bed plans that save fuss. We've assembled a collection of the best garden bed plans that save time, maximize color, and add beauty; whether you're a novice or experienced you'll find something to suit your landscape. Take beginning gardeners and full-sun spots. Those two are a great pair to nurture a collection of easy-care plants that add lots of color. If you love the blooms and vigorous growth of annuals, we have garden bed plans for either full sun or in raised beds. Corners -- particularly in a front yard -- are a great way to increase curb appeal; try a gathering of perennials or shrubs for beauty and structure. Or, use top plants to draw butterflies to your yard, or rely on natives for nearly foolproof blooms and their ability to draw butterflies and birds. Dealing with problem spots is another challenge for gardeners; garden bed plans for drought-tolerance, slopes, and clay soil are great ways to help you make every part of your yard beautiful and welcoming. Of course, what you can garden varies by region, too; luckily there are garden bed plans to minimize your yard's care while adding beauty in every spot in the country, including North and South.

No-Fuss Garden Plans

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

Beginner Garden for Full Sun

This easy-care, sun-loving design is a great introduction to perennial...

Tough-as-Nails Perennial Garden Plan

Keep the color coming all season long with this easy-care garden.

Foolproof Foundation Garden Plan

Dress up the front of your home with this interesting combination of plants.

Drought-Tolerant Garden Plan

This informal mixed garden bed features drought-tolerant trees, evergreen...

Easy Streetside Garden Plan

Turn your hell strip into a heavenly oasis of color and bloom with fuss-free...

Cozy Corner Garden Plan

Create a pocket of color in your yard with this garden plan filled with...

Easy-Care Romance Garden Plan

Enjoy these plants for their soft, lush colors and easy-growing nature.

Hot-Summer Garden Plan

Maintenance is a breeze with this heat-resistant, high-color garden plan.

No-Fuss Sun-Loving Garden Plan

This garden stays looking great, no matter how hot the weather gets.

Low-Water Garden Plan

Count on this easy-care garden to stay looking good through dry spells.

Tiny Corner Garden Plan

Banish front-yard blahs by installing this easy corner-fence garden of...

How to Plan a Garden

Design a beautiful garden or landscape with our garden-planning tips.

Corner of Perennials

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Butterfly Garden Plan

Create a lush island butterfly garden bed of flowers that will bring beautiful...

Corner of Shrubs

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Annual Garden for Full Sun

Enjoy a full season of continuous color for any sunny spot in your yard.

Clay Soil Garden

Even if you're stuck with heavy, clay soil, you can grow a lovely garden.

Easy Front Yard Garden Plan

Create Victorian-style charm around a white picket fence with this front-yard...

Small-Space, Drought-Resistant Garden Plan

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Colorful Mailbox Garden Plan

Beautify your mailbox with this garden of tough plants.

Year-Round Excitement Garden Plan

Use this plan to create a garden that looks great all year long.

Easy Slope Garden Plan

This mix of easy annuals and tough perennials will beautify any slope.

Prairie Garden

Native plants help make this garden nearly foolproof.

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