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    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

    This map of climate zones will help you select plants for your garden that will survive a typical winter in your region. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed the map. The ones are based on the average lowest temperatures across the United States. Zone 1 is the coldest region and Zone 11 is […] More

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    How to Stake Flowering Plants

    Staking is a way to support tall and rangy plants. Stakes keep plants from bending and breaking and they also keep foliage from brushing the ground. Staking includes keeping individual plants off the ground with a single stake or with several. It’s best to put stakes into position as soon as the seed is sown […] More

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    Mulch in the Garden

    Mulch is any material laid on the surface of the soil. It can be organic, such as compost, shredded leaves, or lawn clipping, or inorganic or synthetic, such as coarse sand, gravel, or plastic. During the growing season, mulch can slow evaporation, inhibit and control weeds, and regulate soil temperature. In winter, mulch can protect […] More

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    How to Water Garden Plants

    There is an art to watering plants: when, where, and how are lessons learned over time. Watering plants requires more understanding of fundamental principles, more judgment, and more skill than any other gardening practice, yet it is perhaps more wrongly done than any other gardening task. First-time gardeners tend to water frequently and lightly. When […] More