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After two decades in the gardening business, we've learned an enormous amount from our customers. In these articles, read profiles of some of these great home gardeners.

How a Garden Grew a Gardener
Though she didn't plan it that way, Norma Follstaedt's yard has turned into a collector's garden.

Small Garden With a Big Impact
Self-watering containers help keep a tiny city garden in constant bloom.

Organic Gardening Success
Smart advice from Mary Lou Pagella, an earth-friendly gardener.

Backyard Pond is a Neighborhood Asset
Although Delories King had been a vegetable and flower gardener her whole life, it wasn't until she created a pond that her gardening passion really began to flourish.

Deer, Woodchucks and Chickens: 0
Gardener: 10

How one gardener defeats deer and other pests.

How a Texas City Girl Discovered Her Green Thumb
Texas gardener Judy Fisher concentrates her energy on raised beds, growing only her favorite vegetables; tomatoes, bell peppers, okra, cucumbers, onions, and carrots.

English Style, American Innovation
Sandra Johnson has gardening in her blood. She grew up in England, with parents and grandparents who were all avid gardeners. Wherever she has lived in the United States, she has brought a little bit of England along with her.

From Blank Slate to Colorful Canvas:
The story of a 'Garden State' gardener

Ozarks Gardener Gives Back to Nature
Missouri gardener Gail Rowley has made her garden into a sanctuary -- not just for her family and friends, but also for the songbirds, game birds, deer and other wildlife.

Success in High, Dry Places
Determined gardener creates a cottage garden in the desert.

More Butterflies, Less Lawn!
How compost turned a bland yard into a paradise for pollinators.

'My Jurassic Garden'
Small garden is jam-packed with lush flowers, trees and vegetables. Winner of our My Garden Story Contest.

Rooftop Harvest
Self-watering containers ensure success for Brooklyn gardener.

Gardening in a Hot, Dry Climate
A Georgia gardener depends on Aqua Cones to keep her garden lush

The Search for the Perfect Tomato Support
Market gardener tests four concepts to find solution.

Success with Potatoes
Growing Potatoes in a Cool, Wet Climate

From Florida Sandlot to Tropical Dream
How an ambitious Florida gardener turned a patchy lawn into a magnificent jungle wetland. Winner of the 2003 My Garden Story Contest.

Water-Wise Techniques for Dry Climates
How to maintain a lush garden when rainfall is less than 12 inches a year. First-runner-up in the 2003 My Garden Story Contest.


Gardening with Wildlife
How to share the yard without giving up the garden


Barley--the Secret to Clear Water
The benefits and challenges of year-round gardening in Arizona


Success with Heirloom Tomatoes
It's easy to start hundreds of seedlings with the APS seedstarter

Growing Tomatoes in Containers
How one gardener uses the Tomato Success Kit to get big harvests from her deck


Aqua Cones Saved this Garden
Root-zone watering devices ensure that garden gets water--even though it's far beyond the reach of the nearest hose.


Garden Dream Comes True
The secret to designing a stylish garden. Winner of the 2001 My Garden Story Contest.


Front-Yard Transformation
Gardener turns modest Seattle yard into a traffic-stopping oasis. Winner in the My Garden Story Contest.

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