LANGLEY, Wash. - Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.
Too many plants, too little time? A lot of unnecessary effort can be weeded out with some time- and energy-saving shortcuts, from plant selection to better tools.
Even a little effort - a potted plant, say, on an apartment balcony - can mean a lot when trying to help restore declining pollinator populations like bees, bats, and butterflies.
Flowers are the face of a garden, providing color and texture. But a few well-placed landscape accessories can give it character and a dash of personality.
Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawn mower and buzzing around the yard. There's cutting at the right height, irrigating with the correct amount of water and fertilizing at the appropriate time, among other things.
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.
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.
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.