Organic and synthetic fertilizers are the most common way to add nutrients to the soil, but animal manure is good too, if you can find and transport it. Unless applied properly, however, it can kill edible crops and cause serious gastrointestinal disorders.
The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start than gardening. But where to begin? A helpful first step is to develop a plan. Decide what you want to grow.
Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too.
Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.
Large, goblet-shaped blooms make a colorful springtime splash grouped in beds and pots. But those hybrids are softies compared to their wild ancestors - species tulips growing in unforgiving sites from Algeria to China.
In simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next.
Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden. Few drinks are as refreshing as fresh or frozen fruits and syrups mixed with milk and yogurt.
You don't need a garden to succeed as a home brewer, but growing your own ingredients is a flavorful step up. Much of the creativity involved in crafting a custom-made beer starts with the plants you select.
Making a yard and a community more beautiful begins at the curb. But that narrow space between sidewalk and street - sometimes called a boulevard, median, hellstrip, parkway, verge or tree belt - is a gardening challenge.
Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too.