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,

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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Why You Should Be Growing Native Plants in Your Garden

Beautyberry is a native plant in the SE United States

With their good looks, easy-care maintenance and eco-friendly attributes, native plants really belong in every garden. Enjoy native gardening tips + some helpful resources to find the perfect plants for your space here.

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