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A gardening blog for people who just want to grow things.

We love watching plants grow. They’re fascinating! Not everything works out, but there’s nothing like the thrill of finding that first strawberry. We’ll share as we learn. And we’ll grow one plant at a time.

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Recent articles

Here are the recent topics we’ve been focused on around here:

  • Gardening quotes

    Gardening quotes

    Here are some popular gardening quotes along with their sources: “Show me your garden, and I shall tell you who you are.” – Alfred Austin “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn Quotes from Gertrude Jekyll Gertrude Jekyll, a key figure in garden design, is known for her insightful and…

  • Gardening memes

    Gardening memes

    Dive into a field of funnies about overambitious planting projects, the mystery of disappearing tools, and the joys of finally getting that finicky flower to bloom. Gardening memes are for everyone who believes laughter is just as essential to gardening as sunlight and water. Screw it, I’m gardening This is one of my favorite gardening…

  • Organic mulch

    Organic mulch

    Organic mulch is a biodegradable material used to cover a garden’s soil surface. It’s biodegradable. These types of mulches are derived from natural sources, including composted leaves, bark chips, pine needles, composted yard trimmings, straw, and grass clippings. Organic mulch improves soil quality as it decomposes, helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weeds, and regulates soil…

  • How often to water peace lily plants

    How often to water peace lily plants

    Water your potted peace lily when the top inch of soil feels dry. Typically, this means watering indoor plants once or twice a week. However, adjust based on your room’s humidity and light. Peace lilies prefer consistently moist soil but not muddy, waterlogged conditions. Over-watering can be as harmful as under-watering. Watering schedule for an…

  • 20+ best seed companies to order from

    20+ best seed companies to order from

    Ordering seeds to plant in your garden is one of the most wonderful times of the gardening year. I’ve ordered and grown seeds from dozens of companies over the past decade, and am now convinced that taking the time to find a high-quality seed source is well worth the effort. We put so much time…

  • Planting peony roots

    Planting peony roots

    Planting peony roots usually occurs in the fall or early spring. Before planting, soak the roots in clean water for an hour or two before planting. Then place it in a wide shallow hole with the pink/white buds facing upwards towards the sky. Backfill with the sole that was dug out of the planting hole,…

  • Shampoo ginger lily plant

    Shampoo ginger lily plant

    Shampoo ginger lily (Zingiber zerumbet) is a tropical flowering plant in the ginger family that grows from underground rhizomes. This herbaceous perennial has pinecone-shaped red flowers and narrow green leaves. The plants grow well in wet climates and typically reach 3-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Sap from the flowers can be used for…

  • Mossify Mistr

    Mossify Mistr

    The Mossify Mistr is an electric plant mister spray bottle for houseplants. I’ve been using mine for almost two years now, and it has indeed stood the test of time. It’s a pretty neat gadget for plant lovers like myself. Mossify Mistr review The first thing that caught my eye was its stylish design. It…

  • How long it takes to change hydrangea flower color

    How long it takes to change hydrangea flower color

    It generally takes several months to several years to change the color of hydrangea flowers, depending upon the original composition of the soil and the amount and frequency of amendments added. In soil that’s already slightly acidic, adding a strong soil acidifier product in the spring and again in the summer may produce deep blue…

  • 10+ low maintenance shrubs for shade landscaping

    10+ low maintenance shrubs for shade landscaping

    Not many of us have the time required to keep a perfectly manicured yard (and nor do we want to). If your yard has a shady spot that could do with a bit of low-effort landscaping, here are some low-maintenance shrubs for shade to consider. These lovely plants are easy to take care of without…

  • 20+ shrubs for shade

    20+ shrubs for shade

    Choosing appropriate shrubs for shade gardens and low-light spots is key to creating a vibrant landscape. While most shrubs really do need quite a lot of fun to fill out nicely, there are a few dozen standout shade shrubs that are favorites for a reason. 1. Boxwood Boxwood (Buxus spp.) is a popular evergreen shrub…

  • Why this festive season, wreath-making is the new Christmas craft party

    Why this festive season, wreath-making is the new Christmas craft party

    As the festive season rolls around, we all start to feel the pull of cherished traditions and the excitement of creating new ones. This year, I wanted to add a twist to our holiday gatherings, something beyond the beloved cookie exchanges and ornament crafting. Why not host a wreath-making party? They are honestly so lovely.…

We love to grow plants

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One step at a time

We help you learn to grow plants one step at a time. Whether planting carrot seeds or rooting houseplant cuttings, there’s always something left to learn.

Rooted in knowledge

Gardening isn’t about having a “green thumb”. There’s lots of high-quality scientific research about how to grow things, and we bring it to you.

Freeform gardening

Wondering if something will work? Try it! We love doing experiments and learning what works in our own gardens rather than what we “should do.” The gloves are off! (Or keep them on – whatever)

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