Posts by Ramon Gonzalez

Ramon, better known in gardening circles as MrBrownThumb, is a garden blogging pioneer and author of the popular MrBrownThumb garden blog. He’s a garden speaker, workshop facilitator, community builder, garden educator, and seed saver. He’s written for print publications like the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening Magazine, and websites such as TreeHugger and Mother Nature Network.

Gardener’s To-Do List for April


April showers bring May flowers — but only when the right preparations are made in advance. Set your summer garden up for success by completing these April garden chores now.

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DIY Succulent Wreath: Simple Step-by-Step Tutorial

Succulent Closeup

Are you as smitten with succulents as we are? If you're looking for a creative way to display these trendy plants, follow along with this simple tutorial, where we show you how to use succulent cuttings to make a beautiful living wreath in less than an hour.

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What You Need to Know About Growing Flowers From Seeds

Giant Sunflower

Don't care much for tomatoes and zucchini? Does basil and corn leave you uninspired? Maybe you're a flower gardener at heart. Follow these tips on how to grow flowers from seeds and enjoy a colorful blooming garden this growing season.

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What Is Urban Farming?

Chicken on an Urban Farm

Seems like everyone is talking about urban farming these days. Wondering what distinguishes an urban farm from a city garden? We cover that here.

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Companion Plants: Myth or Reality?

Cabbage plants

Do you believe in companion planting? Some gardeners swear by it, while others claim it's an old wives' tale. Join us as we dig up the facts here!

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