protect your hydrangeas during winter

For the trees that must be cut down.

Rooting hydrangea cuttings: Hydrangeas respond well to several propagation techniques, including layering and dividing. But rooting softwood cuttings in summer will yield a bunch of new plants in about four weeks.

Stone PAVERS become stone PLANTERS. Cement planters can be so expensive. This is brilliant!

"Plants have best friends just like people do. Marigolds help tomatoes and roses grow better. Nasturtiums keep bugs away from squash and broccoli. Petunias protect beans from beetles and oregano chases them away from cucumbers. Geraniums keep Japanese beetles away from roses and corn. Chives make carrots sweeter, and basil makes tomatoes even tastier"

If you've ever admired a hydrangea bush blooming in all sorts of pastel shades, you'll be happy to know that the look is achieved by a simple science trick! You can actually change the color of your hydrangeas — making them pink, blue, or ethereal shades of periwinkle — by following these steps.

How to Plant Bulbs in a Container - planting in fall and leaving outside during winter will bring forth better blooms because of the exposure to winter cold!

Save your plants with soda pop bottles - Although we don't often talk about soda bottles helping the environment — usually they're doing the opposite — that's exactly what they're doing here. There are still some chilly nights around the country and small annuals can be at risk for frost. Worry no longer with this simple trick.

Very helpful info! How to propagate rosemary and lavender; also works for basil

A colander for your Tubtrug. What a great idea! Rinse vegetables right in the garden. (Tubtrug sold separately.)

How to Grow a Hydrangeas

Plant lemon seeds from your lemons! Lemon leaves smell so good. Awesome for kitchen, bathroom, or any place in the house..

Bury a banana peel 1” down at the base of a rosebush. The potassium will feed the plant and help it fight of diseases. Use banana peels, egg shells, coffee grounds and crushed Tums with calcium when planting tomatoes.

Alternative Gardning: How to protect your bulbs from squirrels

Recycle that old umbrella frame to protect your strawberry plants from hungry birds.

I always like to see plants commonly grown in one form, grown in a completely different way or style. One example, lantana and hibiscus grown as a tree or as they are called – “standard.” There is one plant variety I plan on playing around with this year and that is growing the common colorful …

BRILLIANT idea! Start SEEDS in eggshells then POP them right into the ground at PLANTING time.

Line your raised bed with chicken wire to keep out gophers and moles! BRILLIANT idea!

No more wilted blooms with Alum (it's in the spice isle) - Re-cut the stem and immediately stick the bottom 1/2″ of the stem in Alum (this helps the stem suck water) arrange as usual. It’s easy and works!

Plan for the coming warm months with these 6 Easy to Grow Mosquito Repellent Plants for Your Garden from the Quicken Loans Zing Blog.