If your college student has a tendency to water things with PBR, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has a couple plants for you. These hardy varieties can skip a watering and still survive – so they're a perfect fit for a young adult's dorm or apartment.
Five Plants That Ain't Worth The Trouble
Rose lovers, we hate to disappoint – but the work and attention that go into these perfectly pruned bushes just ain't worth the trouble. Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender wants to save your valuable time by sharing five plants that reap little reward.
5 Tips To Attract Snakes To Your Yard
Want some slithering friends to come to your yard? Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has some tips that are sure to bring snakes to your yard. And, if you're like the rest of us who aren't fans of surprise hissing friends, here are five things to avoid.
Why Bradford Pears Are the Worst Tree
For years, the Bradford Pear has been an iconic Southern tree (simply because they're everywhere). Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender is here to tell you that this stinky, oversized tree is not worth the hassle.
Fall Container Gardening
When the rest of your garden starts to wilt, swap out your porch decor for some beautiful fall container gardens filled with cool-weather annuals. These blooms will provide a pop of color to your home's entry, and will survive a freeze.
Mow, Don't Rake, Those Leaves!
In the habit of bagging up fall leaves? Don't. The Grumpy Gardener has another idea for your yard, and it'll lead to enriched soil for your spring plants. So, mow – don't rake!
This NASA-Inspired Garden Grows Food In Your Living Room
Finally, you can grow everything you need for an organic kale smoothie without leaving the house.
Tired of mowing your grass year after year? Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has come up with some creative solutions to get your front yard looking beautifully. From mulch to turf (yes, turf) to bugleweed, stay tuned for some lawn alternatives.
Grumpy's Best Reader Questions
Over the past decades, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has received lots of questions from his loyal garden readers. In honor of SL's 50th anniversary, Grumpy has pulled some of his favorite questions that people are still asking today.
The New York Times: 'I Had to Let My Garden Go'
From The New York Times: Joyce Kippin of Ipswich, Mass., has been a passionate gardener for years, but has lost many plants this year because she has not been able to water them.By: By AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER and JESS BIDGOOD. Watch the original video on Times Video: http://nyti.ms/2deaSJk
Five Great Flowers For Brown Thumbs
Summer gardening can be difficult, especially when the heat sabotages your plants' growth at every turn. If you're an amateur gardener (or a great gardener in need of recommendations!), Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender suggests these five easy plants.
Five Awful Weeds
Weeds are any plant that grow where you don't want them to grow – even if they're pretty. If you're living in the South, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has some great advice to take care of these five awful weeds that spread in your garden.
How To Deer-Proof Your Garden
Deer are lovely creatures in the woods, but what about when they're chewing up all of your hard work? Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender has gotten to the root of the issue, and is sharing five plants that deer love to eat and five plants they hate.
Fall Growing Checklist
Prepare your garden for the season by following this month-to-month fall growing guide. From when to plant to tips on how to keep your garden blooming and advice on preparing for the winter, this fall gardening guide will keep your neighbors envious.
Drs. Rx: What to Do with Your Used Coffee Grounds
Need an easy way to put your used coffee grounds to work? The Doctors reveal a simple tip.
Six Herbs You Can Easily Grow Indoors
Herbs that are virtually effortless.
How to Grow Green Onions in Water
Never pay for scallions again.
Let’s Make It Over: Garden Renovation
Is your garden in desperate need of a makeover? Check out this fabulous garden renovation before you get started. Shopping Editor, Tamara and the Housetohome team take you on a transformation journey that will see this garden go from drab to fab.
Five Awful Plants for the Front of Your House
These five awful plants will crowd your space, spread disease, and are generally unpleasant for the front of your home. For a yard that'll impress all your neighbors, Grumpy recommends staying away from these eyesores.
10 Essential Plants Every Southerner Should Grow
Gardens are the crown jewels of our Southern lifestyle. We've been growing our own food for decades, whether as crops on a farm or raised beds in the backyard. We've pulled together a list of the 10 essential plants every Southerner should grow.
Make Your Own Plantable Seed Paper
Four ingredients and one green thumb.
How to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer
Here are some tips for a bouquet that lasts.
Summer Growing Checklist
Get the most out of your garden this summer with this easy-to-follow growing guide on what blooms to plant and when to grow them. You'll find gardening advice for each month, as well as tips for taking advantage of your Southern greenspace.
DIY Organic Fertilizer That's Already in Your Home
Don't let it got to waste.
11 Facts Every Tulip Lover Should Know
The quintessential spring bloom is more complex than you think.
Five Gardening Tools You Already Have
Gardening made easy.
Deter Pests and Boost Your Garden with This Miracle Ingredient
The Savings Experiment spotlights an affordable secret ingredient that will make your garden flourish.
Kids Kitchen: Gardenwatch
It's spring so Sarah and the kids head outside to sew some seeds and you'll never believe how easy it is.
Pallet Garden Planter
No room for a garden? Try out this Pallet Garden Planter as a cost-effective alternative to a raised bed. We've customized with chalkboard paint and chalk markers, but you can try out this easy weekend garden project with whatever you've got on hand.
How To Pick The Best Tomato Plants
Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender is no stranger to the garden center and he wants to make sure that you're not, either. Follow these tips on choosing the best tomato plants for the job.