What thrills you in your garden -- like random assortments of lilies mixed with giant purple Allium -- might be very different from what pleases your neighbor, whose garden consists of neat rows of yellow and white. That's okay. Your vision is what makes your garden and novel unique.
Between the warmer weather and the nighttime cookouts, spring is a constant struggle between wanting to spend time outside and wanting to protect yourself from pesky bugs.
So why do we garden? Because it connects us to that very world and reminds us on some level that we are a part of it. Because it feeds our soul as well as our stomach. Because, pure and simple, it makes us happy.
Now that your gardening work is paying off and all that patio furniture is cleaned up and back in place, your outdoor areas are just about done. What are you still missing? Well, here are nine gorgeous garden details and plants that you might want to think about adding.
Colony Collapse Disorder, the term used to describe the precipitous decline in the bee population that has occurred in recent years, threatens the foundations of modern agriculture. Here are a few things you can do for the bees.
You don't need a ton of space to give your green thumb some exercise! Get growing with these small-space (read: apartment-friendly!) herb garden solutions.
No matter how hard you try, you just can't keep your plants alive. (Damn you, orchid from hell.) Technology to the rescue! Edyn's smart garden syst...
If you think there isn't room in your life for a garden, think again! Where there's a wall, there's a way! The editors over at our little-sister site, The Snug, have gathered the best indoor and outdoor living wall ideas on the Web. Here are a few favorites.
When we moved, the rock went with us. I would see it in the new garden and take comfort that at least something was the same.
With such bounty, keeping the soil healthy is key. How does the Blancaneaux team do it? Compost, compost, compost! During a private garden tour, I learned about the resort's super soil practices, large-scale compost strategy, and gardening techniques.
This Earth Day while celebrating our big accomplishments, we also need to think about something small: the honeybee. Though less than an inch long, the tiny honeybee has major implications for our food supply.
There's no way to tell what will unfold when you start to do something, even the smallest thing. Actions grow and expand, sort of like the way our peas started out small, crawled past their trellises and are now getting tangled up into each other.
Governor Brown's call for mandatory water cutbacks for all Californians has a lot of us wondering what more we can do to save water, especially outdoors. And how can we get our gardens through the worst drought in our history? Here's a strategy.
Ideas are like rose bushes: They need to be consistently pruned and trimmed down. And just like a rose bush, pruning away ideas -- even if they have potential -- allows the remaining ideas to fully blossom.
There's no contest: Homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked, taste best. Given that, including them in a summer vegetable garden is a no-brainer. The next question is, which one to grow? There are tomatoes for every region.
The sun is shining, birds are singing and it's time for your garden to come back from the winter weather. Your garden needs some help getting back in shape, though, so it's time to get the supplies from the home improvement store, pull out the tools from the shed and get to work.