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How to Organize a Community Garden in 5 Steps

Not everyone has a yard large enough to grow veggies or award-winning flowers. Food deserts, where access to healthy, unprocessed foods is limited, are on the rise in inner cities and rural regions alike. So, how do you get a community garden started in your neighborhood? Here's everything you need to know.

A Summer Salute to Three Classic Garden Ornaments

Lawn and garden ornaments do more than add character to our landscaping. They say something to the world about us as individuals, and as part of our culture. In true Seed Needs fashion, we're going down the rabbit hole to learn more about the Triple Crown of classic garden ornaments.

Late Bloomers: Our Favorite Fall-Flowering Plants

Nobody wants their garden to burn out in the middle of summer. Long-blooming and fall-flowering plants help hide fading foliage, and subtly transition a garden from one color theme to another. It's all about the varieties you choose, and how you use them. Here are some of our favorites.

Drunken Slugs and Cozy Toads: Tips for Natural Garden Pest Control

Put down that chemical pesticide. You can create a non-toxic garden that supports its own defense system if you go all in and rely on biological warfare for natural garden pest control. Here's how to provide habitat and sustenance to beneficial critters, from single-celled fungi to furry flying mammals.

Mindful Mulching: Tips for Reducing Your Summer Garden Chores

What about all that in-between gardening time, when you're not picking flowers or getting all zen about pruning your roses? We're talking about weeding, watering, and pest control. Mulch reduces the amount of time you'll spend on summer garden chores. Here's how mulching helps us maintain our sanity.

Garden Soil Nutrients: Give Your Plants a Well-Balanced Diet

Just like people, plants need a variety of soil nutrients for healthy growth and disease resistance. You don't have to have a degree in earth sciences to learn what minerals and nutrients your soil needs. All you need is a decent soil testing kit, a nearby garden supplier, and some wine. Here’s the scoop.

Time to Grow Up! A Planning Guide to Living Walls and Vertical Gardens

You've heard the buzz-phrases: Living walls. Vertical gardens. Green walls. “Vertical gardens” may include anything from trellised vines to freestanding, multi-tiered plant supports, but sometimes the term is applied to the topic at hand: Living (or "green") walls. Here, we’ll cover vertical gardens from top to bottom.

How to Compost: Breaking Down the Basics

You don't have to be a biochemist to understand that compost loosens up compacted soil, helps retain moisture and releases nutrients that feed your plants. Hot tip: Fresh compost always beats store-bought stuff! So, here's an overview of how to compost, how it’s made and applied, and how it helps our gardens grow.

12 Easy Perennials That Need Little (or No) Maintenance

The thing is, you don't have time to spend maintaining your yard. These low-maintenance perennials are perfect for gardeners with better stuff to do. Here are 12 of our favorite easy perennials you can incorporate as the backbone of your landscape design. Plant these for a beautiful garden you can grow on autopilot.

9 Common Mistakes New (and Stubborn) Gardeners Make

No matter how set in your ways you are, and how much you've come up with your own vision for the perfect garden, place function on the same level as form—and do a little homework before you break ground. For your own sanity, avoid these all too common mistakes new gardeners make.

The Best Vegetables to Grow in Small Spaces

We can't all cash in our 401ks to bug out and buy a half dozen acres in the country, but most of us can grow a productive garden on an urban scale. We've selected the best vegetables to grow in small spaces. And for small-scale gardens, we've got a few quick tips for maximizing even the most minimal space.

Yarrow: An All-Around Plant for the Lay-Around Gardener

Yarrow is among our most forgiving, easy-to-grow, versatile ornamentals. These graceful plants will make it look like you slaved in the dirt for hours when in reality, they're the gardener's equivalent to microwave popcorn. Sit back, relax, and start growing yarrow from seed.
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