Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is a simple technique that can improve the health and productivity of your garden. Raised beds have better soil structure and drainage, allowing the soil to warm up earlier in the season, and giving you a head start on spring. Stubborn perennial weeds can be less of a problem in raised beds than in other gardens. You …

How to Sow Seeds Outdoors

Seeds that are very large or fast growing are commonly sown directly outdoors where they are to grow. Your seed packets give this information for each type. Watch the Weather for the Best Time to Sow Seeds The key to direct sowing is to pick the right weather. Working back from your average last frost date, using the seasonal benchmarks …

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Pansies

Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both spring and fall gardens! Here’s how to plant pansies as well as keep them growing and blooming. About Pansies Pansies have heart-shaped, overlapping petals and one of the widest ranges of bright, pretty colors and patterns. Good for containers, borders, and as ground cover, they are a go-to flower for reliable …