General Gardening Guides

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If you want your plants to truly stand out, you’ll need a good grasp of a multitude of different gardening topics. This includes things that will be important for your plants’ wellbeing such as soil health, composting, and mulching. You’ll also want to consider other aspects of horticulture such as design ideas.

Whatever it may be, we hope you’ll find it below!

Mounds of red, gold, and brown mulch Mulch Colors: What to Consider Different gardens and different settings call for different types of colored-mulch. Make sure to choose one that fits your property perfectly. Come learn how to select the right one!
butterflies are pollinators that will help your garden flourish 16 Beneficial Garden Insects to Consider While some bugs are truly pests and can destroy your plant, many insects are also deeply beneficial to a garden. Learn about our favorite 16 insects to consider.
Learn how to deter pests by taking advantage of the natural properties of different plants 21 Companion Plants for Pest Control Pest control in gardens can be difficult. Instead of jumping to pesticides that may damage your plants or be harmful to beneficial insects, consider taking advantage of companion plants.
This guide will review the advantages and disadvantages of different mulch Different Types of Mulch: The Advantages of Each There are multiple different types of mulch on the market. It is important to review the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can find the optimal type to use for your garden.
There are many varieties that can be used including organic ones How to Mulch: A Gardening Guide When done correctly, mulching can be very useful to prevent weeds and maintain moisture and warmth around your gardens. Come learn how you should be doing it with our practical step-by-step guide.
Starting a butterfly garden is not difficult with the correct plants How to Start a Butterfly Garden Starting a butterfly garden can be daunting, but our guide here on the Green Pinky will help you get started. Creating a space for butterflies requires understanding their life cycle and the plants they are attracted to. Come learn more about how to be successful in your endeavors!
creating a calming shade garden is not difficult with a proper guide. Shade Garden Basics and 3 Design Ideas Don't let the areas of your yard that are in the shadows of your house or a tree's canopy go to waste. Learn how to create a shade garden that will impress your neighbors.
Rock mulch can add a wonderful aesthetic to a garden Rock vs Mulch — Which One is Better? Have you ever entertained the though about using rocks as mulch? In this article we discuss the pros and cons of rocks vs traditional mulch. You will be able to explore the topic and see if it is the right fit for your garden.
Compost bin that is a DIY project 11 DIY Compost Bin Ideas Composting is not only good for the environment, it's also great for your plants. The topic of composting can seem daunting, but it's really not that difficult. Take a look at our compost bin ideas to help get you started!
Indoor herb garden with herbs receiving sun on windowsill Herb Gardens: Why You Need One and How to Start One Herb gardens are a great introduction to gardening, and a convenient way to have a supply of fresh herbs on hand. Some of the best plants to start with are basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, mint, dill, oregano, and cilantro. They are all relatively easy to grow as long as they receive plenty of sunlight and are harvested regularly.
Compost bin with materials needed to compost How to Start Composting at Home This is our guide for how you can start composting at home. We touch all the basic topics of how to compost as well as go through what can and should not be composted. You will learn everything you need to know to set yourself up for success.
A single seedling is growing out of the dirt with the sun's light seen shining in the background. 5 Steps to Create Your Own Living Soil Soil is fundamental to all plants, and yet we so often ignore it. Soil actually can be thought of as a living being filled with insects and microorganisms. In this article we will tell you how to create a healthy soil with our living soil recipe.
Leaves of a plant are in front of a window. Blurred out in a background snow can be seen outside How To Keep Indoor Plants Warm In Winter Keeping your plants warm and safe during the winter months is important. You don't want your months of hard work throughout the spring and summer months go to waste because your plant becomes dormant in the winter. Learn how to keep them warm.
A person holding a watering can over a garden How to Start A Garden Creating a garden can be a daunting task if you are a beginner. But it doesn't have to be stressful...quite the opposite, it can be fun to plan out a garden! Learn how to enjoy the process and create a successful garden!
A woman is brushing kitchen scraps off of a cutting board into a bucket How to Compost If you think composting is a daunting task then come and learn more. We review the basics and will get you started so you can super charge your soil and prevent waste.

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About the author: Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at TheGreenPinky. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.