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  • 20 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

    1. Stack them high:  Make a pumpkin topiary.   2. Quick fix: Decorate a pumpkin in two minutes or less with a black stocking.   3. Drill down: Get out the handy power tools and drill patterns in the side of the pumpkin.   4. Try a little Bling: Create glitter covered pumpkins.   5. Painted Pumpkins: Paint a message like 'boo' on [...] Read Full Article
  • Gardening in Containers

    Gardening in Containers Whether one has a yard or not everyone can garden. Even the humblest, recycled container can hold a garden. And given that California’s water supply is so limited right now gardening in pots may be the coolest thing a gardener can do.  Small-scale gardening of any sort—in containers or [...] Read Full Article
  • Low-Chill Fruits for Small Gardens

    Small-Space Techniques With a bit of know-how, California gardeners can have luscious fruit fresh from the garden early summer though fall. Success in growing fruit in small gardens is all in the pruning.  There’s no need for trees to grow any higher that one can reach.  There are other ways of optimizing [...] Read Full Article
  • Colorful, Waterwise Flowers for Late Summer

    Is your garden looking a bit dull? High temperatures have taken a toll on just everyone’s garden. But no one needs to finish out the summer with drab outdoor surroundings. There’s a wonderful group of plants that provide late summer color (and into fall) that are not only beautiful but [...] Read Full Article
  • Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

    Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden  Bees, butterflies and other insects go about their quiet work with little appreciation. But without them, our gardens would be a lot less colorful and bear fewer fruits and vegetables.  Nectar and Pollen In order to increase the presence of pollinators in our backyards and realize their benefits [...] Read Full Article
  • Coneflowers are Butterfly Magnets

    Easy-care coneflowers have undergone a remarkable transformation. No longer shy Midwestern beauties, they’ve burst into entirely new color ranges and gotten gussied up in new flower forms. Native to America’s heartland, coneflowers (Echinacea) are tough and hardy. Large daisy-like flowers have distinctive, raised centers of brownish-orange to black. Sturdy, straight stems [...] Read Full Article
  • Daylilies Deliver

    Get that mental picture of the ubiquitous, narrow-petaled golden daylily right out of your mind.  Today’s daylilies are so much more than that.   New Colors To begin with, prepare to be bowled over with ravishing color. Cranberry red, dark purple, vivid pink, blackish-red, butterscotch, burnt orange, ivory cream, and startling combinations of [...] Read Full Article
  • Terrarium Toppers

    When it's hot outside move indoors for some gardening fun. Plant a mini garden in glass. Get creative planting your terrarium to show off your personal style. Not only is it fun to choose plants for your terrarium, it's also fun to choose decorative elements to use a top dressing for [...] Read Full Article
  • Kalettes™

    Kalettes™ are an exciting new vegetable that crosses flavors from Brussels sprouts and kale. The result of this Kale-Brussels Sprout mashup is a vegetable with delicious, sweet and nutty flavor. It's easy to prepare and looks great in dishes. Brussels sprouts and kale are both part of the Brassica family [...] Read Full Article
  • Berry Delicious

    Just imagine walking outside and picking fruit from your garden to enjoy with your cereal in the morning. You can do it and it's fun and easy. Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Boysenberries can all be grown in California gardens. Blackberries - are the most heat-tolerant of these berries and they grow [...] Read Full Article
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  • Annuals & Perennials

    Read tips and advice for growing annuals and perennials in your garden.

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  • Edible Gardening

    Click to read more about different types of edible gardens and how to start your own!

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  • Trees & Shrubs

    Learn more about the best trees and shrubs for your yard and the best practices for caring for specific trees and shrubs.

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  • Garden Care

    Read tips and advice for general garden care.

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  • Indoor Gardening

    Ideas for best enjoying an indoor garden.

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  • Holidays

    Ideas for holiday decor and gifts!

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  • Container Gardening

    Learn about container gardening with articles on making your own container garden, caring for container gardens and more!

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  • Shade Gardening

    Learn the best tips for shade gardening!

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  • Birds & Butterflies

    Ideas for attracting birds & butterflies to your garden.

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  • Garden Design

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  • Outdoor Living

    Tips and ideas for enjoying some outdoor living.

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