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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Propagating Herbs from Cuttings

Make quick work of propagating cuttings with our easy steps.

Step 1

1. Snip Cuttings. Propagate cuttings from new growth in spring or early fall. Cut 3- to 4-inch stems using a sharp pruner, a knife, or shears. Make the cut at an angle just below a node (where a leaf emerges from the stem). Pinch off the bottom leaves and any flowers or buds.

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Step 2

2. Plant in Pots. Dip cut ends in a rooting hormone powder to help them grow. Stand cuttings 1 inch deep in a loose sterile soil or soilless mix in the cells of seedling flats or in individual pots.

Step 3

3. Keep Moist. Cover the plantings with a sheet of plastic or a dome to help keep the soil moist; prop open the cover to let air circulate among the cuttings. Place the cuttings in bright light but out of direct sunlight. In four to six weeks, transfer them to 6-inch pots or transplant them in the garden. Note: You can also root cuttings in a glass of water set on a sunny windowsill. Periodically add fresh water and replace it if it looks cloudy. Plant well-rooted cuttings in soil.

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