Heather Blackmore


Heather Blackmore is an award winning writer and photographer specializing in gardening, health, and family. Her work has appeared on Good Morning America as well as in several regional and national publications including Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Chicagoland Gardening, Farmers' Almanac, and Chicago Tribune. She also contributes weekly to her blog, Here She Grows, where she shares the highs and lows in her suburban Chicago garden. Heather and her husband are currently weathering the storm of two teenage daughters and one attention-hungry dog named Stella.
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JUNE 18, 2020 | THURSDAY
10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Garden

As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20.” And while it often implies an arduous experience from which you’ve learned a tough but valuable lesson, the expression is applicable to every sea...

JUNE 11, 2020 | THURSDAY
The Best Rototillers of 2023

Few gardeners are blessed with the loose, loamy soil plants love. For those who must break through heavy clay soil or fix poorly drained soil, using a tiller can be the first step on the ...

12 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor—to Your Backyard Wildlife

Put out the welcome mat for beautiful backyard critters with these tips for making your property a haven for birds, pollinating insects, and other wildlife.

MAY 28, 2020 | THURSDAY
9 Signs You Have a Pest Problem in the Garden

Decode the clues that sneaky garden gremlins leave behind and banish the little buggers with these pro tips.

MAY 26, 2020 | TUESDAY
12 Landscaping Mistakes that Pros Have Made and Learned From

Let the hard lessons learned by some of the country’s top professional landscapers help you grow your own personal paradise.

MAY 20, 2020 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Landscape Fabrics of 2023

Whether we like it or not, weeds are part of every landscape, competing with your trees, shrubs, and flowers for vital nutrients. Landscape fabric could be your golden ticket to a weed-fr...

MAY 19, 2020 | TUESDAY
The 15 Best Flowers for Rookie Gardeners

Try these colorful, tough-as-nails stalwarts to boost your garden confidence and green up those thumbs.

The Best Watering Cans of 2023

Whether your green thumb involves caring for houseplants or young seedlings that prefer not to be drowned by a blast from a garden hose, it’s important to deliver the right amount of wate...

MAY 2, 2020 | SATURDAY
The Best Hose Nozzles Tested in 2023

Using your thumb to direct the flow on an open-ended garden hose is hardly an effective way to water plants. A good hose nozzle provides superior control and helps prevent the wasteful ov...

APRIL 24, 2020 | FRIDAY
What’s the Difference? Biodegradable vs. Compostable

Labels are confusing. Consider, for example, organic, non-GMO, and cage free. They all have one thing in common—they appeal to the environmentally conscious consumer. We buy items package...