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Not sure how to plant, prune or divide your plants? We’ll let you know how and when to tackle these tasks. We also have helpful advice on starting seeds, how to identify (and get rid of) weeds and save water.


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How to Save Tender Summer Bulbs for Next Season

Do you grow summer flowering bulbs like canna, dahlias and glads? Find everything you need to know about how to save these tender summer bulbs, corms, and tubers to grow again next year.


Start Seeds

Learn how to start seeds here. We'll show you how to collect your own seeds, when is the best time to start seeds indoors, how to grow seeds indoors or outdoors and even how and when to transplant seedlings once you have them started. Learn which seeds you should start yourself, what seed-starting setup is best and what tips we use to improve seed-starting success.

How to Start Celosia from Seed

Wondering how to grow celosia from seed? These exotic blooms aren't as difficult as you might think. Follow these tips for celosia seed-starting success!

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Budget-friendly and convenience-oriented, our tips for starting seeds indoors will get your garden growing with ease!

Seed-starting tips

Want to make starting seeds easier? Garden Gate readers share their favorite seed-starting tips.

When to Start Seeds Indoors

Check this handy guide and you'll know when to start seeds indoors and find the best time for transplanting them outdoors.
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Plant

Learn how to plant anything, from trees to perennials, bulbs and even houseplants. We'll show you the best way to dig a hole, how to harden off tender plants, how to choose the best garden tools and even shopping tips and our favorite places for mail-order plants.

Bulb Planters Make Hard Work Easy

Planting bulbs doesn't have to be a back-breaking chore; check out our favorite bulb planters and planting techniques to make things easier!

Water & Feed

Ever wonder what fertilizer to use on your plants? We'll show you how to choose fertilizer, when to feed your plants, the best watering tools for your garden and more.

Compost Tea

Give your soil a healthy dose of beneficial microbes by adding brewed compost tea. We'll show you how to make it and use it in your garden here.

Watering Succulents

Watering succulents can be tricky — learn how to identify if you have been overwatering or underwatering.

How to Water Houseplants

Most houseplant problems are caused by watering. Use these tips to tell if you are overwatering or underwatering your indoor plants, then learn some tricks to water houseplants better.

Different Types of Garden Hoses

With all the different types of garden hoses available it's hard to know which one to get. Learn the pros and cons for each one and some tips for keeping this essential tool in great shape.

Prune

See exactly how and when to prune the plants in your garden to keep them healthy and looking their best. We'll show you how to deadhead perennials, how to prune trees and shrubs, our favorite pruning tools and more.

Pruning Spirea

Check out this no-fail advice for pruning spirea to get more flowers and keep its habit tidy throughout the season.

Must-Have Pruning Tools for Gardeners

Stock your garden shed with these must-have pruning tools and you’ll be ready to make the cut! What’s the difference between them? Let’s take a look.

Never Follow this Pruning Advice

Doing some pruning this spring? You may have heard at least one of these pieces of advice being touted as fact. Here’s what you should do instead.

Divide

Ready to share? Here's how to divide a plant. You'll see everything from succulents to perennials and even shrubs. Our guides to dividing plants show you the best tools and techniques to get more plants from your garden.

Dividing Siberian Iris

When your Siberian iris isn’t flowering as well as it used to it may be time to divide. Find out how to do this and get your new divisions off to a great start.

Dividing Plants in Summer

Need to divide a perennial in summer’s heat? No sweat. Find out which plants you can divide in summer and how to do it so they take off and look great.

3 Simple Ways to Divide Plants

Whether you’re looking for more of your favorite plant or just hoping to revive an overcrowded one, you’ll benefit from these easy tips for dividing plants.

How to Divide 45 Favorite Perennials

Not sure how or when to divide your perennials? You can find out the details for each specific plant with this handy guide to dividing 45 different perennials.

Deal With Pests

Fight insects. Pull weeds. Solve disease problems. Insects chewing holes in leaves? We'll help you figure out what they are (and show you how to stop them). Not sure whether a plant is a weed? We help you identify weeds in your garden. Plants struggling? We'll help you figure out why a plant is turning brown and help you fix the problem. And of course if deer are eating your garden, we'll show you which products and techniques will deter deer.

Identifying Weeds in the Garden

To pull or not to pull? Identifying weeds and perennials in spring can be tricky. We’ll show you photos of commonly confused plants and what to look for.

What to do about boxwood blight

Boxwood blight is a disease that can quickly ruin a gorgeous garden. If you’re growing boxwood, you need to read this and learn what to do about boxwood blight.

Poison ivy lookalikes

It can be hard to tell if the plant you’re looking at is poison ivy or a lookalike. Here’s our guide to identifying and getting rid of poison ivy safely.

Beneficial garden insects

Not all bugs are created equally. Here’s a look at some beneficial insects you actually want living in your garden. Learn to identify and attract them.

7 Common Garden Pests

Identifying the problem is the first step in finding a healthy way to reduce — or even eliminate — the damage caused by garden pests. Here are 7 common garden pests you may encounter.

Common Hosta Problems

Are you wondering what’s wrong with your hosta? We’ll help you deal with common problems and make sure your hostas always look great.

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