The Best Flowers for Wet Soil

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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Fall Veggies to Plant Now

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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Tips and Tricks to Keep Plants Blooming

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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Secrets to a Healthier Garden

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    • Start Out Right

      Start with healthy plants, ideally grown from seed by you or a trusted local grower. Improperly grown plants can spread plant and soil diseases.

    • Water Well

      Water plants with a diluted seaweed solution to ensure good contact with soil and to encourage roots to grow.

    • Play Hardball

      Harden off plants by leaving them outside, sheltered from hot sun or wind, for increasing periods of time for about a week before planting. Plant early in the day or on a cloudy day, and give plants adequate space.

    • Till Carefully

      Do not till or dig excessively because you will destroy soil structure and kill microorganisms. Dig or till when first preparing beds, then just add compost on top and let the critters work it for you.

    • Mix It Up

      Marigolds, alliums, rosemary, mints, radishes, and many other plants are supposed to repel certain insects, but they attract others, too. There's so much serendipity in the garden, it's hard to prove which plant does what. But have fun experimenting!

    • Protect Your Plants

      If flea beetles, cabbage moths, or other insects are a problem in your area, protect transplants with floating row covers immediately after planting. (If you wait, the insects will lay eggs and you will be incubating them under the covers.) Remove covers when plants flower so pollinators can do their job.

    • Weed 'Em Out

      Pull weeds, which can hog nutrients and water from your plants, and keep beds clear of dead or diseased matter.

    • Water Appropriately

      Water regularly -- maybe with a drip irrigation system -- but don't over-water. Stressed plants are more likely to be attacked by insects and less able than sturdy ones to withstand damage.

    • Bug Prevention

      Pick eggs of predators, including potato beetles and cabbage worms, from the undersides of leaves, but familiarize yourself with the shape and color of eggs. Lady beetle eggs -- ladybugs to most people -- look much like potato beetles, for example, but leave them alone to hatch and they'll eat the beetles eating your plants!

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      Compost It

      Work plenty of composted leaves and vegetable matter into the soil to improve its tilth and fertility. Good soil is alive with worms, beetles, springtails, fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and many other organisms that will help your plants grow.

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