Exciting news…
As many of you have already heard, Phillip Watson has decided to pursue other opportunities and will no longer be our QVC host. We will certainly miss him, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
We are very excited to announce that much searching has led us to two fantastic new hosts! Katie Dubow and Kelly Norris are joining our team, and they are so excited to connect and engage with the Cottage Farms gardening community. Though they come from different backgrounds, they both have an extreme passion for all things gardening. Our new team can’t wait to hear about and see pictures of all of your gardening successes and even those less-than-perfect gardening outcomes. ... [See More]

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What Does Hardiness Zone Mean To Me?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designed a map of the United States that shows color-coded plant hardiness zones as a guide for where plants may survive across the country. It is divided into 10° F increments. Each zone is based on an average annual extreme minimum temperature observed over a 30-year period, not the lowest temperature an area has ever reached. The zones are labeled from 1 to 13, with zone 1 being the coldest.

The Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM) is an excellent guide for gardeners to discover which plants are likely to survive in their area. Plant breeders and professional growers use hardiness zones to communicate to gardeners where the plants they have bred and developed can be grown successfully.

Two new zones were added to the USDA PHZM in 2012. Zones 12 and 13 cover Hawaii and Puerto Rico, with average annual extreme temperatures above 50°F and 60°F respectively. This new information can be quite helpful ... [See More]

Garden Design

A properly designed garden combines plants that provide balance, solve problems, and accentuate features you want highlighted. Don't confuse a balanced garden with a formal garden; with a little planning, the garden can appear natural and spontaneous while still being very organized. To achieve a visually well-balanced garden, you should distribute plants evenly so one side or area does not appear to overpower the others, which will permit your gaze to flow from one side to the other. The use of a simple drawing will help you place your plants in locations that achieve balance. Another suggestion to preventing a busy mish-mash is to use a single type of plant, or plants that have the same color, repeatedly through the design layout.
Another trait of contemporary gardens is the use of varied types of plants in the design scheme. The motivation behind this creative element is to produce interest and surprise in your garden. Mixing bold plants with pleasing colors, large with small... [See More]

Family Gardening

Family gardening may seem a bit out of place in a collection of articles on limited gardening; however, it fits here quite well. Repeating what was said in the previous article, "if your garden takes more time to start and maintain than you have to allot it, the garden is destined to fail." This concept is very relevant to family gardening.
In this context, "family gardening" doesn't simply mean gardening with members of your family but focuses more on gardening with adults and children working together. Because you're working with children, giving your garden "limitations" can be the difference between a successful garden and a failed attempt to get the children interested in gardening.
Small raised flowerbeds and/or containers and pots are a good way to keep your gardens small and manageable. Depending on the age of the child, they can participate in everything from adding the soil (growing medium) to placing the plants into the soil. By not putting the plants directly into... [See More]