Gardening
Gardening

As you plan your 2021 garden, pick plants that support bees, butterflies and ladybugs

Many beneficial insect species are declining and need humans’ help. If you’re looking for a new challenge this year, consider revamping part of your yard to help them.

How to turn your Philly rowhouse backyard into a vegetable garden on the cheap

Even if you only have a cramped, cement backyard to work with, you can grow vegetables. Here's how to do it.

How to turn your Philly rowhouse backyard into a vegetable garden on the cheap

Even if you only have a cramped, cement backyard to work with, you can grow vegetables. Here's how to do it.

What to expect at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show, held outside for the first time.

The Flower Show will be different this year. Here's what it will look like.

What to expect at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show, held outside for the first time.

The Flower Show will be different this year. Here's what it will look like.

Fill your vegetable garden with heirloom seeds rich in Philly history

Our guide on where to find heirloom vegetable seeds for your garden and a how they connect to Philly’s history.

Fill your vegetable garden with heirloom seeds rich in Philly history

Our guide on where to find heirloom vegetable seeds for your garden and a how they connect to Philly’s history.
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Philadelphia’s florists have seen love on display throughout the pandemic. Valentine’s Day is no exception.

Not only are people ordering flowers more often, but florists say they have been deeply moved by displays of kindness, sympathy, affection, and humor.

If you want a robust spring garden, start shopping for seeds now

Times of economic and political turmoil have the predictable effect of turning people to the garden plot, principally to generate food but also to remain grounded in uncertain periods.

Planting bulbs offers us the glimmer of hope that we all need

Bulb-planting in the fall is always an act of hope. This year, it becomes a form of therapy. When the crocuses, daffodils and tulips next flower, we will be assured of at least one thing: It won't be 2020.

Houseplants are offering therapy amid pandemic stress, and demand is soaring in nurseries

People stuck at home have sought out indoor greenery to comfort and preoccupy themselves during the pandemic.

It’s lawn-fixing season. Here’s how to do it.

Over time, the lawn doesn't always look so great. It needs periodic overhauling, and now is the time of year to fix it.

The pandemic caused a seed shortage. Here’s how to save them.

You don't have to be a farmer to take control of next year's harvest — even if it's just in your window box.

In fast-developing corner of North Philly, vacant lots become priceless

As developers look to build, community activists and long-time residents are fighting to save vacant lots they've claimed for gardens. Taking ownership would be a way for families to build wealth.

Get the spades and the clippers: The weeds are trying to take over

In the heat and humidity of summer, the pace of weeds spreading is supersonic.

An Italian Market vacant lot sprouts headaches and conflict during a pandemic

An Italian Market couple want to turn an eyesore into a community garden. The owner has said no.

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your coronavirus victory garden

Thousands of pests and pathogens are known to target commercial crops, but a few usual suspects are routinely responsible for havoc in gardens across the United States.

June’s abrupt shift from temperate to tropical is challenging gardeners

The hydrangeas that came through the late spring frost unscathed are beginning to bloom. For many folks, hydrangeas are as timeless and carefree as summer itself. Big, blue or pink mopheads evoke notions of vacation at the beach, the whiff of sun lotion and the dulcet beat of crashing waves.

Fishtown couple have carved an award-winning garden out of a concrete slab

The project involved Jake Serfass breaking up and removing 4 1/2 tons of concrete. Ellis Mair chose plants from perennial swaps and her parents' yard in Kennett Square.

TreePhilly is working around coronavirus to get saplings to homeowners

Tree planting events across the city are moving to the fall because of the pandemic. But some residents still got some trees at socially distanced giveaways and from home delivery.

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