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Year-Round Gardening Tasks

“The Backyard Gardener” by Kelly Orzel (Lyons Press, 2017) is a comprehensive gardening guide that offers useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This excerpt from chapter 6 shares what to do in each season and month to prepare and tend to your garden. Buy ...

Plants, Seeds, Trees

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Plant Cover Tutorial

Punched pieces are a lovely way to decorate plant pots, especially when displayed on tables or shelves. While making this cover for a plant pot, I decided to make a sleeve to slip over an existing pot rather than a container with a base. As a result, this project is so much easier to make and ...

Raw Edge Concrete Plant Stand

Plants make any home feel effortlessly natural, calming, and comfortable. Plus, I like how they fit perfectly with the mid-century modern designs of my home.I looked everywhere for a cute plant stand before deciding to make my own. I wanted to challenge myself and create some industrial decor. ...

Spring

Spring is here, finally. After what seemed like forever, Mother Nature has finally loosened her grip on winter. The snow is gone and the temperature is finally warmed up. At last, I can enjoy the outdoors. I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to shake loose from the cabin fever that I ...

Gardening: Invest in guaranteed growth in your own backyard

According to recently released survey results from the National Gardening Association (NGA), a $70 investment in home food gardening can yield, on average, a $600 return on the investment.“These numbers are based on a $2 per pound in-season market price of produce grown in a national average ...

On the Garden Path: Portland Japanese Garden

“A Japanese Garden is not only a place for the cultivation of trees and flowering shrubs, but one that provides secluded leisure, rest, repose, meditation, and sentimental pleasure. … The Garden speaks to all the senses, not just to the mind alone.” – Professor Takuma Tono, designer of ...

Garden Clippings: Watering Methods

I sometimes catch flak about the amount of resources that go into my lawn and garden. People think I use a lot of water or chemicals to keep things looking nice. But the fact is, a well-maintained and planned landscape is actually more self-sustainable than one that may not look as nice.There ...

Garden Clippings: Attracting Hummingbirds

This article originally appeared in CAPPER'S July 10, 2001.There are many things in the garden I anticipate seeing each year before the Kansas wind and heat rob them of their luster - the Juddi viburnum blooming, the appearance of the fall-planted bulbs, and the lush, new growth of the ...

Garden Clippings: Getting Rid of Poison Ivy

Take care when ridding the garden of poison ivyThis article previously ran in the July 6, 2004, issue of CAPPER'S.'Leaves of three, let it be' is a timeless piece of advice for all who venture outdoors, but this guidance is not an option for gardeners who have poison ivy invade their ...

Garden Clippings: February To-Do List

If you've ever thought about it, February is an odd month. It's almost as though it were a last-minute addition to the calendar to make up for some sort of sidereal miscalculation. It's the shortest month of the year with 28 days, and every four years, an extra day is thrown in.A couple of odd ...

Plants for the Midwest

Every state has varying climates, which makes it unrealistic to say that a particular plant will do well across the region. For instance, in Kansas, on any given spring day, there could be a blizzard in the west that has shut down the interstate, and at the same time, it could be sunny and 70 ...