Best New Gardening Books for Summer Reading

Summer is the season for gardening, and it’s also the time for reading the best new gardening books. Read these books about vegetable gardening, growing flowers, creating butterfly habitats, decorating she sheds and designing with houseplants.

How to Get Rid of Ticks

In backyards, forests and fields across America, the population of disease-carrying ticks is increasing.  Homeowners and hikers alike are wondering how to get rid of ticks.

These 5 Great Garden Tools Make Yardwork Easier

Having well-designed, well-made and truly great garden tools makes any garden or yardwork job easier—and a whole lot more satisfying. From shovels to weeders and from pruners to watering accessories, garden tools help to keep plants healthy. And great garden tools keep the entire yard looking great.

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RDS Content Editor

Randy Schultz

Content Editor

Randy Schultz is the Content Editor of He is a Master Gardener and a long-time member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Write to him at


Jessica Ford


Jessica aka Frugal Garden Gal is an avid gardener and garden writer based in Colorado Springs, CO. She has over 10 years in the garden industry, and is a self-described horticulture nerd and plant addict. Jessica shares her eco- and budget-friendly gardening tips at   


Ellen Zachos


Ellen Zachos is the author of seven books including The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging, and she co-hosts the Plantrama podcast ( Ellen writes about wild foods at and has created an online course for beginning foragers.

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