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Turn a wet, poorly drained spot in your yard into a colorful landscape feature with these perennial flowers and ornamental grasses.

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Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in spring and fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.

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Improve Poor Drainage

Follow these tips to transform a poorly drained area into an easy-care garden.

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Deadheading is a popular practice ┬┐ but do you know all the ways to keep flowers on your plants longer? Follow these easy tips for keeping your favorite shrubs and flowers blooming longer.

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Top Plant Picks for Late-Summer Color

Keep the color coming on strong through the end of the growing season with these easy-care, reliable annuals and perennials.

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Plan for a Gorgeous Fall Landscape

See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.

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Best Plants for Rock Gardens

Transforming an unsightly slope or mound in your backyard into a colorful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. These amazing, low-maintenance ground huggers don't mind poor soil but do need good drainage to survive. Here's a list of our top plants for rock gardens.

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How to Get Started in Seed-Saving

Get quick tips for gathering and preserving seeds for the next season. As seen in Country Gardens® magazine.

Tap into and preserve our agricultural heritage by gathering and saving seeds from our heirloom plants. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Begin slowly and simply.
Test the waters with beans or another easy-to-grow crop.

Branch out from there.
Wait until your group has acquired some skills before tackling challenging crops such as wheat and other grains.

Find a focus.
Select themes that your group can hone in on. You might go with regional varieties, seeds with historic roots, short-season vegetables, heat-tolerant vegetables, or herbs, for example.

Grow open-pollinated varieties.
Hybrids generally do not grow true, while open-pollinated plants show the same characteristics as their parents.

If you're gathering seeds, you can also plan for plants to add in autumn; use our helpful guide.

Learn isolation distances.
Certain plants, such as tomatoes, cross-pollinate if they are grown too closely together. To be sure that these seeds grow true, keep them away from close kind or grow plants that flower at different times.

Spread the wealth.
If you want to save many different types of tomatoes but have scant space, send some out to good homes. Be sure to ask for a promise of produce when harvest comes around.

Save some seed.
When a variety is under your protection, be sure to keep some seeds in storage as insurance against crop failure.

Pass it along.
Another layer of crop insurance is to list your seeds with a group such as the Seed Savers Exchange. All you need are 100 seeds of one variety to get started.


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