The Smart Gardener

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Title Month
Winter Photography January, 2022
Cold Weather November, 2021 Cold Weather and Plants
Perennials and Shrubs for Tough Spots September, 2021
Digging for Black Gold August, 2021
Brighten the Winter with House Plants
Savor the Flavor
Feeling Grateful for Gardens
Trick or Treat
Rain Gardens
Gardening for Butterflies
Flowers for the Vegetable Garden
The Elements of Design
Your Garden as a Sanctuary
Create Your Own Garden Art
Ten Herbs to Start Growing
Vanilla: Sweet—and Savory
Growing Bulbs Indoors
The Garden in Winter
All About Mulch
Fall Lawn Care
Thinking Ahead to Spring: Early Risers
Late-Summer Color
Weather Woes
Companion Plants
Attracting Birds to Your Garden
Spring-Flowering Ornamental Trees
Woodland Wonders
Herbal Tea
Photographing the Garden in Winter
Bringing Houseplants Indoors
Shrubs with Great Fall Color
Fall Garden Chores
The Peak of the Prairie: Plants to Know and Grow
Extending the Harvest: Get Ready to Sow Cool-Season Crops
Grow a Living Fence
Warm-Season Veggies: Five Faves to Know and Grow
Perennials: Time to Divide and Multiply
Good Reads for Gardeners
Garden-centric Gift Ideas
Feeding the Birds: Seeds, Shrubs, Berries
Spooky Plants
Time to Plant Garlic
Color in the Garden
Insect Pests: Is something bugging your garden?
Roses: Visiting the Queen of Flowers
Growing Potatoes: This Spud’s for You!
Growing Potatoes: This Spud’s for You!
Wildlife in the Garden: Protecting your Plants
Spring Greens: Success with Cool-Season Edibles
The Moonlight Garden: A Composition in White
Sowing Seeds Indoors
Theme Gardens
Fresh Flowers and Foliage Set the Scene for Celebration
Flying Jewels: Gardening for Hummingbirds
Ornamental grasses for fall—and throughout the year
Peppers are Hot
Ten Weeds to Pull Now
I'm Afraid to Grow Vegetables
12 Plants for a More Fragrant Garden
Ready, Set, Seed Germination Test!
50 New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners
Handmade Wreaths by Ever-Creative Staff
Five Reasons to Raise a Hoophouse
Building Your Soil, Part 2
Drop by Drop: How Honey Happens
After 'Annabelle'
Tall, Dark & the Garden
Pruning Mature Roses?
Building Your Soil, Part 1
Marsala: The "It" Color of the Year
Plan Now for a Gorgeous Fall Garden
Use Them or Lose Them: The Plants in your Spice Cabinet
O, Tannenbaum: Cone-Shaped Conifers for Your Front Yard
Parsing Parsnips
Fall's deepest, darkest secret: purple foliage
Curating the Aging Garden
Picture-Perfect Waterlilies
Terrific Trios
Underused Shrubs
Plant a Pollinator Strip
In Praise of Mini-Daffodils
Sow Your Spaghetti Sauce Now
An Orchid FAQ: How to Repot
Orchids in Your Living Room?
Fresh All Winter: Grow Herbs Indoors
Plant Now, Applause Later
Striking Gold
The Secret to a Successful Garden Next Year? Document It This Year!
Zinnias: The Hardest-Working Flower in the Summer Garden
How to Water Wisely this Summer
Your Garden Can "Bee" Attractive to Pollinators
Top 5 Reasons to GYO (Grow Your Own) Fruit Trees
Daffodils: Plan Now, Plant Later
Rethink your first salad of the year
Which witch hazel should be in your yard?
Better Than Googling
Tracks in the Snow
Good Form: Holiday Crafts from the Garden
The Big Orange (and White and Blue)
Native Asters Shine in the Garden
Comeback Kids
The Language of Weeds
A Tomato of a Different Color
Getting Started with Starting Seeds
Smart Learning
Keep evergreens ever safe and happy
Bring your garden to the celebration!
The Color Red
Toad Lilies
Handling the Harvest
Phlox Cultivars
Early Spring Crops
Irresistible Houseplants
Holiday Plants...That Keep on Giving
Tempting Topiaries
Redbor Kale
Anemones, Fall-blooming
Terrific Tomatoes
Test Plant Info
Successful Seed Starting: When, Why, How
Vertical Gardening