Heather Rhoades

Heather Rhoades is the founder of Gardening Know How, where she continues to write articles and answer questions relating to gardening.

Articles by Heather Rhoades


Green Arm of the Law: Common Garden Bylaws Green Arm of the Law: Common Garden Bylaws Green Arm of the Law: Common Garden Bylaws Green Arm of the Law: Common Garden Bylaws


If you live in a populated area and want to begin a garden, there are a number of things to consider before you start, including your local...

Plants & Potassium: Using Potassium in the Garden Plants & Potassium: Using Potassium in the Garden Plants & Potassium: Using Potassium in the Garden Plants & Potassium: Using Potassium in the Garden


Providing potassium to plants improves how well they grow and produce, but exactly why and how is not known. As a gardener, you do not need...

How to Grow Mustard Seeds How to Grow Mustard Seeds How to Grow Mustard Seeds How to Grow Mustard Seeds


Mustard seed plants are normally grown from seed, but can be grown from seedlings as well. Any mustard plant grown for greens can also be...

Making Herbs Bigger Through Pinching and Harvesting Making Herbs Bigger Through Pinching and Harvesting Making Herbs Bigger Through Pinching and Harvesting Making Herbs Bigger Through Pinching and Harvesting


Do you want bigger, bushier herb plants in your garden? Here’s how to pinch your plants for fuller growth

When And How to Transplant Seedlings into the Garden When And How to Transplant Seedlings into the Garden When And How to Transplant Seedlings into the Garden When And How to Transplant Seedlings into the Garden


Transplanting tender, young seedlings into your outdoor garden too early or too late can have dire consequences for those plants you so...

Growing a Kid’s Pizza Garden Growing a Kid’s Pizza Garden Growing a Kid’s Pizza Garden Growing a Kid’s Pizza Garden


Kid’s love pizza and an easy way to get them to love gardening is by growing a pizza garden—a garden in which herbs and some vegetables...

Hanging Vegetable Gardens:  What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down Hanging Vegetable Gardens:  What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down Hanging Vegetable Gardens:  What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down Hanging Vegetable Gardens:  What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down


Growing vegetables upside down can be a good solution for those who want to start a garden in a small area, but not all crops are ideal for...

Hanging Vegetable Gardens: What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down Hanging Vegetable Gardens: What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down Hanging Vegetable Gardens: What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down Hanging Vegetable Gardens: What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down


Growing vegetables upside down can be a good solution for those who want to start a garden in a small area, but not all crops are ideal for...

Considering Coffee Grounds Considering Coffee Grounds Considering Coffee Grounds Considering Coffee Grounds


Are using coffee grounds as fertilizer a good

How to Sprout Seed Potatoes How to Sprout Seed Potatoes How to Sprout Seed Potatoes How to Sprout Seed Potatoes


Sprouting potatoes before planting can also help you if you have trouble getting your potatoes to reach maturity in your area

How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors


Ever wanted to try cultivating your own edible fungi? Here's how

Soaking Seeds: A How-To Soaking Seeds: A How-To Soaking Seeds: A How-To Soaking Seeds: A How-To


Sometimes it seems to take forever for seeds to germinate. Want to speed up the process? Try soaking them first

Trimming Christmas Cactus Plants Trimming Christmas Cactus Plants Trimming Christmas Cactus Plants Trimming Christmas Cactus Plants


Because Christmas cactus plants are so easy to care for, it is not uncommon for a Christmas cactus to eventually grow to a monstrous size....

Winter Care for Hibiscus Winter Care for Hibiscus Winter Care for Hibiscus Winter Care for Hibiscus


While hibiscus plants will do fine outdoors in the summer in most areas, they need to be protected in the winter

How to Overwinter Your Pepper Plants How to Overwinter Your Pepper Plants How to Overwinter Your Pepper Plants How to Overwinter Your Pepper Plants


Many gardeners regard pepper plants as being annuals, but, with a little pepper winter care indoors, you can keep your pepper plants for...

Leaf Chlorosis & Iron: What Does Iron do for Plants? Leaf Chlorosis & Iron: What Does Iron do for Plants? Leaf Chlorosis & Iron: What Does Iron do for Plants? Leaf Chlorosis & Iron: What Does Iron do for Plants?


Correcting chlorosis in plants is relatively simple, provided you can pinpoint the problem. There are four different reasons you plants...

Growing Peace Lilies as Houseplants Growing Peace Lilies as Houseplants Growing Peace Lilies as Houseplants Growing Peace Lilies as Houseplants


When it comes to indoor plants, peace lily plants are some of the easiest to care for. But, while their care is easy, proper growing...

How to Grow Celery How to Grow Celery How to Grow Celery How to Grow Celery


Growing celery is generally considered to be the ultimate vegetable gardening challenge

How to Treat Spider Mites How to Treat Spider Mites How to Treat Spider Mites How to Treat Spider Mites


Like a lot of pests in the garden, treating spider mites takes a two-pronged approach. The first step involves identifying the intruder,...

Cheap n Easy Starts: How to Germinate Seeds at Home Cheap n Easy Starts: How to Germinate Seeds at Home Cheap n Easy Starts: How to Germinate Seeds at Home Cheap n Easy Starts: How to Germinate Seeds at Home


Buying plants is expensive, but if you learn how to germinate seeds, you’ll never have to worry about spending too much for plant starts...

Blushing Tomatoes: What Makes Tomatoes Turn Red Blushing Tomatoes: What Makes Tomatoes Turn Red Blushing Tomatoes: What Makes Tomatoes Turn Red Blushing Tomatoes: What Makes Tomatoes Turn Red


Nothing beats a bright red tomato, right? Well, what if that pesky fruit won’t change its green

Can You Recover a Dead Houseplant? Can You Recover a Dead Houseplant? Can You Recover a Dead Houseplant? Can You Recover a Dead Houseplant?


Plants do not have vital signs like a heartbeat or breathing in and out—which would make it easy to tell if it is truly dead or alive....

Q&A by Heather Rhoades


What is edema and what are some ways to deal with it in the garden? What is edema and what are some ways to deal with it in the garden? What is edema and what are some ways to deal with it in the garden? What is edema and what are some ways to deal with it in the garden?


Edema, or oedema, is a type of abnormal water retention in plants, often influenced by the plant’s environment. Favorable conditions...

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