Top 12 Poisonous Plants – Are They in Your Garden?

When you have pets or small children, what is planted in your garden is something you need to be aware of and proactive about. While no one can rid their garden of everything that is possibly a hazard, many people have no idea that some very common garden plants can be highly toxic to kids and pets if eaten. While young kids should never be left alone in a garden, you can't keep an eye on them … [Read more...]

7 Gorgeous Shade Loving Plants

A lot of gardeners hate the word "shade". It keeps them awake at night wondering how to get anything to bloom or grow. For so long we have been conditioned to believe that pretty things only grow in the bright sunshine. It just isn't true! Some of the most beautiful and enduring gardens in the world thrive in partial to deep shady conditions, and yours can too. The secret is easy... simply choose … [Read more...]

DIY Creative Garden Hacks

Anything that can make our lives easier in the garden is a good thing. Strike that. A great thing. And if it saves us a little money and time while we're at it, then sign us up. These DIY garden hacks are the best ideas we've found for making everyday things work for you in the garden! Clever and full of ingenuity, we just wish we had thought of them! But hey, we're bringing them to you, aren't … [Read more...]

Gardening Cheat Sheets

We love to think of gardening as a privilege, not a chore. (We hope you feel the same, that's why you're here, right? :)) But keeping up with all the info you need to have to make sure your garden runs smoothly and efficiently, stays neat and healthy, and is enjoyable and fun, can be daunting. There are so many great ideas, tips and hacks out there! So infographics like these gardening cheat … [Read more...]

Easy Steps To Square Foot Garden Success

Square foot gardening is most often used for growing veggies, herbs and greens in a small space. It's a simple concept that cuts down on gardening chores, saves money, water and seed, and grows healthier plants that are easily harvested when you want. Basically, square foot gardening is the theory that instead of planting in rows, you build a grid of one foot squares, fill with lightweight soil, … [Read more...]

How to Prune Roses

If you have roses in your garden, chances are, you need to learn how to prune them. Why prune? Here's the thing... most roses are a lot tougher than we give them credit for... In fact, it can be pretty hard to kill a rose! But just because they can survive through a lot of neglect, doesn't mean they will be healthy, or beautiful. Pruning helps the rose plant in three ways... It shapes the … [Read more...]

Bring in the Butterflies

One of the most popular theme gardens is a butterfly garden. Who can resist those delicate, magical creatures that float through the air, and can bring a smile to the face of the most grizzled old hermit? Let's face it, everyone loves the butterflies. It isn't hard to create a garden that is more friendly to butterflies visiting, and spending some time with you. Fall is a great time to put in … [Read more...]

How to Grow Dahlias

If your garden looks tired at the end of the season, but your neighbors' is full of color and texture, chances are they may be growing dahlias. Dahlias bloom from mid summer until frost, and come in small bedding sizes to large 3 foot plants with dinner plate size blooms. They are easy to grow with a few basic guidelines and tips, and will bloom when few other things in the garden will. Did I … [Read more...]

Make Your Garden Lush!

Want a lush garden? Join the club, who doesn't! You can have a lush feel to your garden space, if you follow a few guidelines, show a little bit of patience, and take care of your plants needs the right way. Here's how... (Our featured photo above, is from Next Generation Gardener, and is a shot of a garden on Vashon Island, Washington.) Soil comes first. If you want your plants to grow lush … [Read more...]

Seed Saving Tips and Ideas

When the end of the season nears, serious gardeners should think about saving seeds from their own plants, to prepare for next season's seed starting. Why save your own seed? Saving your own seed is a budget friendly way to replant next year, after all, you pay for the seed or plant once, and you can keep saving the seed year after year! Saving seed protects biodiversity. In other words, we … [Read more...]

Top 5 Gardening Apps You Need Today!

Gardening is supposed to be about the natural life, right? Well, yes. But that doesn't mean we can't let technology give us a hand. Would you have guessed that your smart phone or tablet could be a gardening companion? We have our top 5 picks for gardening apps that you need, today! Seriously, these could change the way you garden, help you create a garden plan you have been putting off, and help … [Read more...]

10 Summer Pests (and How to Squash Them!)

Well mid-summer is upon us, and if you've been out in the garden, you know this is peak time for pests to eat your rose buds, corn, lettuce and... well, and almost anything. Usually your favorites! Half the time we don't even know they are there until they have done some significant damage, so start paying attention now, and squash them in their tracks! Here are the most common garden pests, and … [Read more...]

Using Architectural Plants in the Garden

I'm a big fan of good garden design, and architectural plants can go a long way towards curing any design flaws your garden is suffering from. Why? Because one of the major mistakes most gardeners make is lack of focus in the garden. When your beds start to look flat, or too busy, or not connected...chances are you really need some good focal points. It's just like decorating a room. You need a … [Read more...]

TGG’s Fav Fragrant Flowers

Fragrant plants are really important in the garden, because they appeal to more than one of our senses. Studies show that the sense of smell can be one of the most important in our life memories. Can you smell a turkey roasting and not think of happy holidays gone by? Or sweet vanilla and perhaps you think of learning to bake cookies as a child? Garden fragrance can be just as powerful. I know … [Read more...]

More Garden Edging: 9 Creative Ideas!

For all of you who have loved our popular post  Garden Edging: 5 Ways to Edge Your Landscape with Recycled Materials then we have even more great ideas for you! Garden or landscape edging can define a garden area, give structure in winter months, and add your personality as well. Whether you choose to use one of these unique edging ideas, or something more traditional, almost every garden can … [Read more...]

Perfect Peonies

I think I hear over and over, that Peonies are one of the most favorited flowers around. What's not to love? Perfect colors, a romantic cupped shape, some are even fragrant! They are not that difficult to grow, but they do have some requirements that make them a little more high maintenance than, say, petunias. But they are worth it. Amazing in the garden, and as cut flowers, here's how to grow … [Read more...]

Using Texture in the Garden

Garden a little boring? Have no idea why? Chances are that it needs a design shake up. The basic principles of design should come into play when designing your garden,  and using texture in the garden is one of the quickest ways to add interest and give it that "designed" feel. What do I mean when I talk about texture in the garden, and how do you use it? There are three easy ways to utilize … [Read more...]

Shade Loving Plants That Bloom All Summer

When the garden catalogs come out and the nurseries start stocking plants, gardeners start thinking about how to get the most bloom for their buck. That can be a really tough job when you have a shaded garden that needs some color. You don't have to have an all foliage garden just because your garden is shaded, and you don't have to settle for just a few weeks of bloom. Here are our top picks for … [Read more...]

5 Top Garden Vines

Vines are really useful in the garden because they give it a dimension we don't realize we need until we have it...vertical elements in the garden. Not to mention that there are few things more idyllic than a garden vine draped over an old porch, arbor or gazebo! Not every vine is perfect for every place, however. Vines need to fit their purpose, and then they become a great garden solution. Here … [Read more...]

Best New Plants 2014

Most of us gardeners are thinking about what we want to plant this year, but the choices can be daunting! Whether you are a new gardener or are an expert, with all the new plant choices each year, how do you choose what to plant? I have three guidelines to choosing what to plant, and also our recommendations for the Best New Plants of 2014. 1. You can't have it all, so pick one or two new … [Read more...]

5 Roses – 5 Solutions!

We all love our roses, but who would have thought that they can be great problem solvers? Choosing the right type of rose for a troublesome situation can make the difference between success and failure. Here are our top 5 roses for the top garden problems! High Traffic (Thornless or almost thornless Roses) When planting roses in a high traffic area, one of your top concerns is safety. No one … [Read more...]

Organize Your Garden Shed

The early spring might be the best time of year to get out and organize your garden shed... The best part is that it gets you out in the garden, even though there is little to do in the way of planting and caring for your garden space. Oh, yea, it also saves you time, money and aggravation. But really, it gets you out in the garden, and when can that ever be a bad thing? Seriously, getting your … [Read more...]

Starting Garden Seeds Indoors

It can be easy and inexpensive to start garden seeds indoors for spring planting. Here at The Garden Glove, we use several methods. Method #1 - Purchase an inexpensive dome style seed starter from your local garden center or discount store. These usually sell for less than $10, and contain everything except the seeds to get you growing, including a humidity dome to keep in heat, and soil or … [Read more...]

Easy Care Houseplants

Houseplants are just another way to garden. Indoor gardening has been polar for centuries, and I think it's a basic human need to want to nurture nature, even within our homes. Plus, houseplants are great decorating accents, and help clean the air within a home. However, I think killing houseplants is an all time top factor behind the term "black thumb". There are houseplants, however, that are … [Read more...]

Best Plants to Start from Seed

Seed catalogs are out, (check our post on our seed catalog recommendations) and soon dedicated gardeners will be choosing what plants to grow this year from seed. We have some choices that make the experience a lot easier, with less frustration than you may have experienced if you have tried to grow plants from seed before. Choosing plants to grow from seed can be hit and miss, especially for the … [Read more...]

Small Garden Design – Tips and Tricks

Anyone who has a small garden realizes their small garden space can be both a blessing and a curse. Cursed because you just will not have all the room to plant every garden bloom and blossom you have ever admired. Blessed because, from a design perspective, a small space is easier to design, maintain and even harvest! But if you are looking at your small garden space and are confused as to where … [Read more...]

Great Garden Gift Guide

Welcome to TGG's great garden gift guide! It doesn't matter if you are looking for  special ideas for the gardener you love, or for your own list to pass out to your loved ones, this is your list this year! We are including out favoratie finds for all garden lovers, and maybe you can inspire a new gardener with on of these gifts as well... Before you ask... no, we do not get a portion of any … [Read more...]

How (and When) to Prune Trees

I wanted to touch base about pruning trees at this time of year, because as soon as the holidays are over, many of you do exactly that. And if you have run across any of the "guides" on pruning trees written by the extension programs of state universities, you may have had your head spin around. Here are all the simple guidelines on how, and when to prune your trees. When to Prune Trees For … [Read more...]

Winterize Your Garden Tools!

With cold weather approaching, it might be tempting to just push all the garden tools to the back of the shed and forget about them until nest season. However,  taking a little time and effort (this is pretty easy guys) now will not only make your tools last longer, it will also make them more enjoyable to use! Here's how to winterize your garden tools. Shovels, rakes and spades Make sure … [Read more...]

How To Harvest and Preserve Your Garden Herbs

For those of you who grew herbs in your garden this year, you may be wondering what to do with them! What do you do with that much sage, after all? Before you throw your hands up and figure that herb season is over with the first frost, read these tips on how to harvest herbs, and clever ways to preserve them so you have fresh from the garden flavor all year long. Feature photo above from 'Rustic … [Read more...]

The Top Trees for Small Gardens

Fall is the best time to plant trees in your garden, and many of us are having an increasingly hard time choosing trees for our smaller yards and homes. Some quick tips on choosing trees for your home, then our favorites choices for small trees! How to Choose Trees for the Small Garden Make sure the tree you choose is in scale with your home... If you have a small ranch, towering Lombardy … [Read more...]

Stepables: Perfect Plants for Paths and Walkways

Plants that can stand some foot traffic deserve a spot in every garden. They are hardworking, soften your hard scape, and add texture, scent and beauty to an otherwise utilitarian space...a walkway. Just because a plant can take light foot traffic doesn’t mean you should play football on it. These plants still need water and basic care, but are low maintenance plants. Make sure you pay … [Read more...]

How to Buy Plants on Clearance (And which ones!)

Fall is a great time of year to pick up a huge discount on plants at the local nursery and home improvement center on clearance. There are a couple of tips to choosing plants that will give you healthy growth into next year, and we have our favs that you should try this fall!   Tips: Call your nursery ahead of time, and find out when their clearance starts. First come, first served! … [Read more...]

Fall Container Wow in 3 Easy Steps

Fall is one of the best times to up your curb appeal and create a welcoming yard and garden for all your family and friends. Updating your planters and containers for fall is easy, can be done in an afternoon, and can last well into the holiday season. Fall creates a whole new gardening personality... one that is more laid back and sleepy, but also electrified with color and texture. It's almost … [Read more...]

Bulb Crazy: Plan A Spring Bulb Garden Now

We all do it every spring...we lust after those gorgeous bulb gardens, full of bright colors after a long gray winter... And every year we say, “Next spring I'm going to have a garden like that!” Well this is your year, because not only is TGG going to give you an easy to understand primer on which bulbs to choose, we are going to show you exactly how to choose, buy and design with them this fall … [Read more...]

Fall Garden Checklist: 10 Things…

Just because the weather is turning cooler is no reason to turn your back on the garden! In fact, giving your garden a little extra time now can help you have a great gardening season next year. It also happens to be an excellent time to get out and dig in the dirt, get a little exercise, and dream about the changes you are going to make in your garden design. Cooler weather and fewer outdoor … [Read more...]