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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Summer Checklist

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Landscape Ideas

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Amaryllis

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Amaryllis is an easy bulb to grow. Its enormous cluster of trumpet-shape blooms may require staking to keep them upright, but blooms may last for up to 6 weeks. Keep the plant cool (60-65 degrees F) while in bloom but slightly warmer at other times when it is actively growing. It needs bright light and evenly moist soil, except when it is dormant. Force the bulb to go dormant in late summer or early fall by withholding water and placing it in a cool, dry location for a couple of months. Resume watering and move it to a warm spot to force new growth.

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'Benfica' amaryllis
'Benfica' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Benfica' has deep red blooms up to 8 inches in diameter.
'Chico' amaryllis
'Chico' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Chico' bears exotic, spidery blooms in red and green. It grows 2 feet tall.
'Ludwig Dazzler' amaryllis
'Ludwig Dazzler' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Ludwig Dazzler' has bold white blooms on 30-inch-tall plants.
'Novella' amaryllis
'Novella' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Novella' blooms in pure, delicate pink on plants 30 inches tall.
'Nymph' amaryllis
'Nymph' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Nymph' is a double white form with a blush of reddish pink.
'Picotee' amaryllis
'Picotee' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Picotee' grows to 3 feet tall and bears pure white blooms with a narrow red edge on each petal.
'Popov' amaryllis
'Popov' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Popov' flowers have a background color of red, though the petals are heavily streaked and speckled with white, creating an overall effect of apple-blossom pink.
'Santos' amaryllis
'Santos' amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Santos' is a small variety, reaching only 2 feet tall. Its striking flowers are red with central white stripes.
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