Gardening How To Articles

From beginner to master gardener there’s always something new and fun to discover about home gardening. Burpee’s articles and guides show you everything you need to know to grow a successful home garden.
New to Gardening?

There's a gardener in everyone just waiting to sprout. But how do you start?

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Marigold History
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Growing Impatiens as House Plants

With a little extra care, Impatiens listed by Burpee can be grown successfully as house plants throughout the year.

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Direct Sow Seeds
It's the miracle everyone wants: You plant a seed in the soil, add a little water and sunshine, and soon you're eating what you grew.
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Raised Beds

If you're planning to a vegetable garden, the best place to plant may not be in the ground. It may be above ground.

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Cut Flower Basics
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Best Direct-Sow Seeds

Some gardeners are a little intimidated by the thought of starting plants from seeds indoors under lights. But that doesn’t mean they can’t grow their own plants from seed.

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Flower Gardens

Ask a child to draw a garden, and he'll draw some flowers. Give a gardener no more space than a front stoop, and what will appear there is a flowerpot. For many, flowers are the definition of a garden.

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Seed Starting Basics

Growing from seed not only gives you a much larger selection of vegetables and flowers to choose from, it also lets you get a jump on the growing season by starting many plants indoors.

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All About Zinnias

Zinnias are undemanding annuals that simply need full sun, warmth, and well-drained soil rich in organic matter.

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All About Watermelons

Every gardener should plant a hill or two of watermelons as they are easy to grow and, oh so good on sultry summer afternoons.

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Tomato Tips

Follow our easy tips and tricks to grow tomato plants and you'll have plenty of perfect summer tomatoes!

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Thyme
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All About Swiss Chard

Chard is a close relative of beets. It is often grown as a summer substitute for spinach because of its tolerance for warm temperatures.

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All About Potatoes

Potatoes are thickened underground stems called tubers. For good tuber development, potatoes require deep, loose, well-drained soil that is free from stones.

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All About Melons

All melons are warm-season crops that prefer rich, warm soil in full sun.

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All About Leeks
Leeks prefer deep, rich soil in full sun. Start seeds 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost in spring.
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All About Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi prefers rich, well-drained soil in full sun. You can plant this cool-season crop for a spring for a spring or fall harvest in the North, or for a winter harvest in the South.
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All About Collards
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All About Tomatoes

Fruiting crops, including tomatoes, need full sun most of the day for good production of quality fruit.

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All About Sunflowers

Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun. They are remarkably tough and will grow in any kind of soil as long as it is not waterlogged.

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All About Squash
If you're looking for a vegetable that's easy to grow and produces huge yields, you can't beat summer squash.
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Growing Spinach Seeds

Spinach is a cool season crop, developing at its best when growth is quick and continuous. Provide full sun, cool nights and plentiful water supply.

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Earthworms

Earthworms improve soil conditions through aeration by burrowing in pursuit of food.

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