Hot Gardening How-Tos

How To: Use a Hydroponic Seed Starter to produce seedlings

Learn how to make and use a hydroponic seed starter to produce seedlings with this video tutorial. This is a very easy setup to make. Start with a basic metal shelving unit. Hang florescent lights above each of the shelves on the shelving unit. Make sure the lights are balanced for day time. Put a plastic container on each shelf that is about the size of the shelf and tall enough for the rim to sit just below the florescent light tubes. You will need some pecks tubing and some plastic clamps....

How To: Use a three-bin composting system

Every day, the average American throws away about four pounds of trash. But a lot of your daily trash could actually be very useful in the garden, as composting. In this episode of Growing Wisdom, Dave Epstein shows you how to use a three-bin composting system.

How To: Care for cannas

Learn how to care for canna plants with Carol Klein's comprehensive video guide covering planting, overwintering, and dealing with viruses such as canna yellow mottle, and bean yellow mosaic.

How To: Prune multistem shrubs

In this video pruning tutorial, horticulturist Barbara Larson shows you how to prune multistem shrubs, like lilac, forsythia, shrub dogwoods, spirea vanhouttei and other spring blooming Spireas, Mockorange (Philadelphus), Viburnum, Physocarpus, and Deutzia. For more, or to get started pruning your own multistem shrubs, watch this video pruning tutorial. Prune multistem shrubs.

How To: Prune dead wood from Robinia trees

Robinia frisia limbs are prone to dying, that is why it is important to prune them properly. If you wait until the winter to prune the dead wood you wont be able to tell the difference between the dead wood and the dormant tree limb. In this how to video Martin Fish from Garden News explains how and when to prune dead wood from Robinia 'Frisia'.

How To: Make a light box for growing seedlings indoors

The big problem with sowing seeds indoors is that the light comes from one side and your seedlings will get 'drawn' (stretching towards the light). You can help to get healthy, sturdy seedlings and increase your chances of success if you make a simple box to reflect the light back to your plants. Use this with a propagator or just stand plants in pots in the box. You'll be amazed at how effective it is and it costs virtually nothing. All you need is a cardboard box, which is cut away on one s...

How To: Create Japanese Style Landscape

So you've decided to transform your drab backyard into a Japanese Zen garden. You've made the right choice. Yes, tire swings and crab grass can slowly kill the soul. That being said, a bit of planning lies ahead. This article offers a list of How To tips, culled from the Landscape Network and other professional Japanese style landscapers, for planning an effective Japanese style landscape in your home. Step 1: Research.

How To: Choose the Right Water Feature for Your Garden

Adding water features to your garden can help to create an enviroment that more closely resembles nature. The sound of a trickling fountain can make your garden feel more peaceful and relax. Paul Tamate, a leading landscape designer working with water features and Asian-inspired garden designs in San Francisco says, "design spectacular water features as the centerpiece of gardens that serve as retreats from modern life."

How To: Catch a Mole Without Killing It

I live in the woods and frequently get moles in my yard. I want to get rid of them, but I don't like killing them. This is a video on how to catch a mole without killing it. It is very humane, and I've caught at least 10 moles this way and can typically catch them in one or two days. I then transport them off to a distant woods where they they can live in peace and not bother anyone.

How To: Make Your Own Whitefly Sticky Trap

This is a cheap and easy way to make a sticky fly trap that can catch tons of whiteflies. Get a can of Tanglefoot’s Tangle-Trap Sticky Coating. I stored this in the greenhouse which may not have been a great idea, as you can see by the amount of rust there is on the can.

How To: Graft a bunch of cherry trees

Want some cherries? Better have some cherry trees. OH! Who cut down the cherry trees!? Guess it's time to get grafting and grow some new trees. This informative video shows how to graft cherry tree stalks onto existing cherry tree trunks. It looks primitive, but this is what you need to do to get some new trees growing! Cut and stick, cut and stick. Water, wait and grow!Watch this video and think of Anton Chekov when you do!

How To: Prune a rose tree (standard)

If you'd like to have a rose tree, or rose 'standard' as opposed to a rose bush, this video will show you what to do. You'll need some pruning shears and of course, a rose bush. This video is really helpful in instructing what to look for when you're trimming, and what branches to take and leave in order to avoid your rose treasure getting a disease. A rose tree by any other name would smell the same, but it would be called a rose standard. FYI.

How To: Build Your Own Strawberry Tower

This article details the step-by-step instructions on how you can make a strawberry tower that can be used for your hydroponics/aquaponics system. The water dripping through the system contains the nutrients, so soil is not used. The growing media is expanded shale, but you could also use expanded clay or gravel.

How To: Get Rid of Stink Bugs Without Using Pesticides

Halyomorpha halys, squash bug, shield bug ... What's in a name? A pest is a pest and the brown marmorated stink bug is a pest par excellence. Though some home gardeners are content to use insecticides, you'll find that it's generally easier to work with nature than against it. And let's face it: trading noxious bugs for noxious chemicals isn't much of a victory. Particularly if you're growing food.

How To: Create a light bulb terrarium

Want to make the perfect gift for your green thumb gardener? This crafty little light bulb terrarium is the thing to make. It's cost-effective, and perfect even for the non-gardener to make. Watch this video, and create the perfect little green oasis for your friends or family.

How To: Grow lavender provence in a container

We know that spring seems ions away, but if you're a gardener then it's time to begin thinking about what flowers you'll be planting to bloom during the spring. If you don't have much garden space but would love a very fragrant bloom, check out this video to learn how to grow lavendr provence in a container.