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The 5 Best Raised Garden Beds (2022 Review)

If you love gardening but hate spending time on your knees, a raised garden bed might be the solution. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best raised garden beds on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.

The 5 Best Grow Lights (2022 Review)

Grow lights are a useful option for gardeners who don’t have the space or climate to grow plants in natural sunlight. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best grow lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How Much Does Mulch Cost?

Are you planning on refreshing your flowerbeds with a new layer of mulch? Or have you added a new raised bed full of veggies that need some moisture retention? Read on to discover everything from figuring out the volume and how much you can expect to pay to calculating how much mulch you’ll need.

Expert Tips on Planting a Fall Garden

Cooler temperatures make gardening a more pleasant experience. So start now to enjoy healthy, delicious homegrown vegetables throughout autumn. These tips on timing, sowing, and growing will help.

Self watering planter

How to Build a Self-Watering Planter

Create a raised garden bed that you won’t have to babysit. With this simple DIY, you’ll use naturally rot-resistant cedar, fitted with some clever planter inserts, to make a low-maintenance container that automatically distributes water on its own.

4 Greenhouses Made From Recycled Windows

Check out these smart, budget-friendly tricks to create your own backyard greenhouse with salvaged materials.

S20 E36, Jenn Nawada explains how to test soil to Kevin O’Connor

Testing Soil at Home

Landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada shows host Kevin O’Connor how to use a home soil test kit to check the condition of his soil.

The 5 Best Potting Soils (2022 Review)

Finding the right potting soil is essential to ensuring that your plants are getting the nutrients they need to survive and thrive. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best potting soils on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home and garden stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.


How to Test Soil Using a Kit

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses the benefits of testing soil.

Is it OK to Reuse Potting Soil? Here’s What You Should Know

Potting soil can get expensive if you need to change it year after year, but is it possible to reuse it? This guide will show you how to prolong the life of this essential growing medium for container gardening.

13 Fragrant Plants to Include in Your Garden

Enhance the fragrance factor of your outdoor space with these irresistibly sweet-smelling flowers, herbs, and shrubs.

These Plants Will Keep Rabbits Out Of Your Garden

Harvesting your garden is the bountiful payoff for all of that hard work. But if the area you live in is home to many greenery-munching rabbits, you may want to rethink what you’ve planted. Here are some common plants and flowers that repel rabbits, almost guaranteeing you’ll have one less pest to deal with this year.

S20 E23, Jenn Nawada plants a window box

How to Build Window Flower Boxes

In this DIY Smarts project, This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada build and plant custom window boxes for a colorful touch of curb appeal.

How to Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden From Scratch

A handy, productive home vegetable patch is more popular than ever. Planned and built right, it can even enhance the look of your home. Here’s how one pro delivers on all counts—and you can, too.

S20 E31, Jenn Nawada discusses succulents

Everything to Know About Growing and Maintaining Succulents

This Old House landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada visits a local greenhouse to discuss everything you need to know about caring for succulents.

Should You Use Sulfur in the Garden?

Sulfur is a powerful nutrient that all plants need to grow and thrive. From determining if your garden lacks this critical element to how to augment it successfully, here’s everything you need to know about adding sulfur to your garden.


How to Install a Raised Vegetable Garden with Arbors

This Old House landscaping contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada help an elementary school build and plant a raised-bed vegetable garden.

Everything You Need to Know About Pruning and Dividing Plants

Here's our best pro advice to help you snip back and multiply your garden staples with confidence.

12 Flowers That Bloom All Summer

If you’re looking for the best flowers that offer vibrant color all summer long, check out these dozen no-fail, flowering plants.


How to Create a Secret Garden

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada cleans up an overgrown garden and redesigns it as a secret garden

S20 E29, Jenn Nawada among the hyndrangeas

Everything to Know About Hydrangeas

This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains why she loves hydrangeas so much and where to plant and care for them.


How to Choose and Plant Hydrangeas

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook discusses how to choose and plant hydrangeas

Guide to Creating a Living Plant Wall

Learn the basics of this burgeoning botanical trend and install a vertical garden for décor and more, indoors or out.


How to Transplant a Rhododendron

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to successfully move a large rhododendron shrub to a new location

Versatile Vines

These fast-growing plants could be your best landscape investment this summer.

S20 E26, Jenn Nawada discusses houseplants

Houseplants for Different Areas of the House

This Old House landscape expert Jenn Nawada takes us to a local greenhouse to discuss how to choose houseplants for any room.


How to Select Houseplants for Your Home

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook learns how to select houseplants for different situations from expert Carrie Kelly

10 Best Summer Blooming Bulbs

Get these in the ground now, and they'll achieve full size and peak color in just weeks, putting on a show right through the hotter months ahead

Ultimate Guide to Tree Pruning (2022)

Looking for the best methods and tips for tree pruning? Our guide outlines best pruning practices and how this maintenance affects the health of your trees.

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost? (2022 Guide)

Whether a tree is leaning, damaged, or just in the wrong place, a tree removal service can cut it down and often dispose of it for you. Essentially, tree removal jobs are priced based on the height of the tree, but we’ll go over some other factors that also impact tree removal costs.

Perennials That Bloom Every Year

With their ornamental beauty and adaptable natures, many perennial garden favorites are worth a second look for their resiliency in an era of weather extremes.

9 Best Perennial Shade Plants

There are plenty of beautiful plants that don’t need direct sunlight to thrive. The best perennial shade plants for your yard fit not only the climate but also the look and feel that you want for your yard or garden.