Posts by Teresa O'Connor

Teresa O'Connor is an award-winning writer and national speaker on gardening, food and seasonal living. A trained master gardener in California and Idaho, Teresa’s articles have been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Gardening How-To, Coastal Home and other fine magazines. Learn more at her blog,

Build Healthier Soil With Lasagna Garden Layers

This wildflower garden was grown using lasagna garden layers.

Have you tried lasagna gardening? This no-dig method — also called sheet mulching, no-till gardening or sheet composting — is a great way to build new beds with valuable organic matter and recycle yard and kitchen waste, without a lot of digging or tilling.

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Grow A Beautiful Butterfly Garden!

Red plants attract butterflies such as this one

By growing plants that attract butterflies, you can pollinate your garden while also helping to save these beautiful winged insects for future generations. Learn how to start a butterfly garden here.

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6 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally

Grow lemon balm to repel mosquitoes in the garden

Nothing can ruin a warm, sunny day in the garden quite like mosquitoes buzzing around your head. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce these annoying pests from bothering you. Discover 6 plants that repel mosquitoes naturally here.

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5 Pretty Vines for Your Partial Shade Garden

A sweet potato vine in bloom grows in partial-shade

Are you looking for a pretty vine to grow in your partial shade garden? Several vines can grow well in those shadier spots, even when they typically prefer full sun. Read on to discover 5 of our favorites.

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What You Need to Know About Soil pH Levels

Blueberries like acidic pH soil levels

You’ll often hear that beautiful gardens need healthy soil. But what does it mean when experts talk about the soil pH value? Discover a few tips about your soil pH, and why it matters for healthy gardens.

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