Amber Guetebier


Amber Guetebier is a freelance writer, editor, and gardener with a penchant for unusual plants and ethnobotany, which she writes about at Rotten Botany. She has written hundreds of articles for such sites as Red Tricycle; (HomeAdvisor); Cubby (Apartment Therapy); Motherly; ParentMap; and The Bold Italic. As a California transplant in a Minnesota world, she has learned the hard way how to keep her houseplants alive when the temperatures drop below zero and just how important mulching really is. Keep up with her at

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How to Grow Asparagus

If walking through the farmers’ market gives you garden envy, then you know the joy and satisfaction of growing your own veggies. And while you may have mastered growing sweet peas or tom...

JULY 26, 2022 | TUESDAY
Late Bloomers: 25 Summer Flowers to Keep Color in Your Garden

The glory of midsummer flowers is celebrated in poetry and song, but there are plenty of late-summer flowers that can give your garden a much-needed pop of color amidst that sea of green....

JULY 21, 2022 | THURSDAY
How to Grow Zinnias

When it comes to pops of color in the garden bed, few flowers rival a hardy zinnia. Zinnias grow in a variety of colors and heights and love living in containers, making them the go-to su...

JULY 19, 2022 | TUESDAY
The Best Online Gardening Classes of 2022

Gardening can be one of the most satisfying hobbies. From growing vegetables for the dinner table to cultivating a cutting garden, gardening never gets boring. And there’s always more to ...

JULY 14, 2022 | THURSDAY
How to Grow Geraniums

If the sight of a bright red geranium in a pot on the porch gives you a nostalgic feeling, you’re not alone. This hardy annual flowering plant native to South Africa has been cultivated i...

JUNE 30, 2022 | THURSDAY
I Used Sunday Lawn Care for 2 Months—Now My Lawn Is Unrecognizable

Making sure the grass is always greener isn’t always easy. From figuring out the best lawn fertilizer for your needs to knowing when to apply it, achieving a healthy lawn is the result of...

MAY 30, 2022 | MONDAY
How to Grow Peas

Chances are the phrase “eat your peas” sounds familiar. But if the only thing that comes to mind are the mushy, canned variety, prepare to be converted. Fresh peas right off the vine tast...

MAY 25, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Composting Services of 2022

Recycling aluminum and plastics is standard practice for many households, but food scrap bins on the kitchen counter or backyard composting piles are becoming more and more popular. Not o...

MAY 24, 2022 | TUESDAY
Monochromatic Gardens: The Best Flowers To Plant, Whatever Your Favorite Hue

When it comes to gardening, sometimes mixing and matching a rainbow of colors in a single bed can create a busy, unfocused look. With monochromatic gardening, you can choose plants with s...

MAY 2, 2022 | MONDAY
The Best Bee Removal Services of 2022

Seeing bees in the garden is glorious; it means your plants will be pollinated to produce flowers and fruit. However, if you see a large number of bees and have concerns about the safety ...