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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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.

MAY 12, 2020 | TUESDAY
The Best Landscape Fabric for Blocking Out Weeds

Whether we like it or not, weeds are part of every landscape, competing with our trees, shrubs, and flowers for vital nutrients. At times it can seem like weeds are the one true constant ...

The Most Dangerous Plants in America

They may be pretty and difficult to resist, but some plants carry a dark secret. They’re thugs disguised in attractive foliage or tempting flowers that suck you in before sabotaging your ...

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...

APRIL 21, 2020 | TUESDAY
Watch Out for These 9 Types of Lawn Weeds

Get to know some of the most common lawn invaders and how to deal with these lawn weeds before they gain a foothold in your landscape.

9 Mistakes You’re Making That Are Damaging Your Soil

Whether you have loose, nutrient-dense soil or something more like modeling clay, the way you treat it could be making it worse.

APRIL 14, 2020 | TUESDAY
The Best Weeding Tools for Your Garden

Herbicides are common in weed control, but they pose serious risks. These chemicals can leach from the soil and find their way into drinking water or into rivers and ponds where they pois...

APRIL 10, 2020 | FRIDAY
The Best Grow Lights for Your Indoor Plants

Unless you have a greenhouse or an unlimited number of south-facing windows, grow lights are your best bet for reliably providing the right light to your plants year-round. Though nothing...

The Best Watering Cans for Indoor and Outdoor Gardening

For your "green thumb" endeavors indoors and out—tasks as varied as houseplant watering, seed starting, and container garden maintenance—you’ll want a watering can that delivers...

APRIL 3, 2020 | FRIDAY
The Best Hose Reels for Keeping the Lawn and Garden Tidy

The bushes are pruned, the lawn is mowed, and the planting beds are weeded. Your yard and garden are looking great—except for that pile of twisted hose. To put it in its place, you need a...