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Oxalis Plant Care – How to Grow Shamrock Plants – Growing Ornamental Oxalis

Oxalis plant care is generally easy but some varieties of the plant can be considered a weed. Even so, it is a popular perennial plant that often shows up around St. Patrick’s Day. Oxalis has shamrock-shaped leaves and is also commonly referred to as love plant and wood sorrel. What is oxalis? Oxalis is a …

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Propeller Plant – How to Grow Crassula Falcata Succulent

Propeller plant is tender succulent that has impressively shaped leaves and a spectacular red flower that lasts for weeks. These growing tips for crassula falcata will make sure your plant performs to its best. Crassula is a genus of succulents that are often seen at garden centers in many different shapes. They are grown as …

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Getting a Cyclamen to Rebloom – Why Won’t My Cyclamen Plant Flower?

One of the prettiest holiday plants is a cyclamen – cyclamen persicum, also known as the florist cyclamen. Like some other holiday plants, getting a cyclamen to rebloom after the first year can a tricky task. For this reason, many gardeners simply discard the plant after it is done flowering and purchase a new one …

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Caring for a Cyclamen – Growing Cyclamen Persicum – Florist Cyclamen

Looking for a pretty houseplant to decorate for the holidays? Try growing cyclamen persicum. Caring for a cyclamen is easy if you plan to grow this houseplant as an annual and discard it after flowering. Taking care of florist cyclamen during the dormant period so that they will bloom again the following year is the …

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Thanksgiving Cactus Care – Tips for Growing Schlumbergera Truncata

The weather is getting colder outside, but this does not mean that gardening is over. Read on to get some tips for Thanksgiving cactus care and enjoy blossoms indoors even when there is snow on the ground! Thanksgiving cactus is not the only holiday cactus plant. There are several others. Each one blooms during the …

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Top 10 Ways to Protect The Environment – Save Our Environment at Home

These top 10 ways to protect the environment at home take very little time to do. It’s just a matter of making a commitment to doing something good for the planet and sticking to that plan. I call this “my environmental to do list.” Earth Day happens in April and lots of people talk about …

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Sunflower Pumpkin – Easy No Carve DIY Thanksgiving Table Decoration

This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of silk sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of a faux pumpkin. This is a great idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  Fall is my …

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25+ Log Planters – Eco Friendly Planters – How to Make a Log Planter

Save your money and help the environment at the same time with these DIY log planters. They are rustic and easy to make and look natural in any garden setting. You don’t have to spend a fortune on planters at the nursery store. Like so much else in gardening, start by looking in your own …

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Halloween Plants – 21 Spooky Plants to Set A Scary Mood

It’s time to get your spook on – with creepy flowers, Halloween plants and all sorts of growing things that are sure to make you feel a Halloween mood. Traditional Halloween decorating is done with just a few plants and colors. This time of the year is cold and plants in most areas of the …

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Knucklehead Pumpkins – Why do Pumpkins Have Warts?

Knucklehead pumpkins, as the name suggests, are covered with warts that are reminiscent of the knuckles on your hand. This type of pumpkin, along with heirloom pumpkins of various colors and shapes, are all the trend right now for decorating. Have you ever headed to to pumpkin patch to get your pumpkin to carve only …

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Candy Corn Plant – Cuphea Micropetala | Types of Candy Corn Plants

The common name of this pretty perennial says it all – candy corn plant has blooms that look quite similar to the popular candy that we love to eat in the fall! It wouldn’t be fall without a candy corn martini, or a candy dish or two loaded with candy corn. Good news for gardeners …

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Decorating with Natural Elements for Autumn – Fall Greenery Ideas

Fall greenery is perfect to use when decorating with natural elements.  It’s both bold in color and rustic in texture and gives a calming look to any home decor project. I love the feel and look of fall. There is nothing like cool days when the garden starts to die down for winter.  It may …

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DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters – Easy Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Are you looking for a natural and easy to care for fall arrangement?  Try making these DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters. They look great and can be put together in almost no time at all. If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It …

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Old Man Cactus – Growing Tips for Cephaocereus Senilis

Old Man cactus has so much character and personality! Even the botanical name – Cephalocereus senilis – hints at the senility of an Old Man! The spiky body of this cactus plant is covered with fine white hair which gives the impression of a frail senior citizen – thus the common name. I first discovered …

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Rotisserie Chicken Mini Terrarium – Recycled Mini Terrarium or Greenhouse

It’s time for one of my DIY garden ideas on a budget!  This Rotisserie Chicken Mini Terrarium is inexpensive to make and looks great as a table decoration. It is also a fun way to get a head start on spring gardening by using the recycled container to start seeds. Early spring or late winter …

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Make Your Own Seed Tape – Homemade Seed Tapes From Toilet Paper

Make your own seed tape with some seeds and a roll of toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed planting tape when you can make your own seed tape with this common household item? The tutorial shows you how easy it is to plant tiny seeds in a vegetable garden. Have you ever …

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Homemade Greenhouse Ideas – DIY Greenhouses, Cold Frames and Terrariums

These homemade greenhouse ideas make use of recycled household materials in a fun new way.  Extend your growing season with one of these creative ideas for DIY greenhouses, cold frames and terrariums. When I tour Botanical gardens around the USA, the ones that appeal to me most are those that have greenhouses as part of …

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Using Potato Water in the Garden to Nourish Plants with Potato Starch

Plants need nourishment to perform in the best way.  Flowers and vegetables love potato starch and using potato water in the garden is a good way to give it to them.  To add starch in a “green way”, save the water you boil your potatoes in.   Starchy water will spur the release of plant nutrients …

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Inspirational Flower Quotes – Motivational Sayings with Photos of Flowers

These inspirational flower quotes are both pretty and motivational. Share one today with friends. I love to start the day with an experience that gives me a moment of inspiration.  Often, that is simply walking through my garden, admiring the flowers. Why are Quotes so Popular? When things in life get tough, like they have been …

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DIY Garden Ideas on a Budget – 30+ Inexpensive Vegetable Garden Hacks

Are you bothered by the cost of maintaining a garden? These creative DIY garden ideas on a budget should help to keep your costs down. I’ve put together a list of 30+ vegetable garden hacks that will make your gardening life easier and cheaper. One of the big pleasures of summer for me is tending …

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Raised Bed Vegetable Garden – Concrete Blocks Planter for Small Spaces

Vegetable gardening in small spaces can be a challenge. My answer to this problem is to build a concrete block planter to use as a raised bed vegetable garden. Concrete blocks are inexpensive and making a raised bed with them is an easy project that can be accomplished in just a few hours. This year, …

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Propagating Hydrangeas – Hydrangea Cuttings, Tip Rooting, Layering, Division

Who doesn’t love the look of a lush, green hydrangea bush in their yard, just full of those gorgeous and huge blooms? Propagating hydrangeas to get new plants for free can be done in several ways – hydrangea cuttings, tip rooting, air layering and division of the mother plant. Growing hydrangeas from seed is also …

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Growing Swiss Chard – Cold Hardy Cut and Come Again Vegetable

Swiss chard is one of the easiest and most versatile of vegetables for home gardens. Its colorful stems and big, crinkly leaves are packed full of nutrients. Read on for tips on growing Swiss chard. What is Swiss Chard? Swiss Chard – beta vulgaris subsp. vulgarisis a leafy vegetable in the beet family, but it …

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Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

If you enjoy walking trails that immerse you in a tranquil lake scene, with 113-acres of lovely themed gardens, the Springfield Botanical Gardens are for you. My husband and I spend the summer touring and writing about botanical gardens around the country.  We recently spent some time in Missouri and discovered this little gem of …

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14 tips to Make Caring for Shasta Daisies a Breeze

The Shasta daisy has lovely summer blooms. Caring for Shasta daisies is easy. It is a fairly low maintenance perennial plant that naturalizes to give more and more blooms each year and is great for filling in garden beds and bare spots in your garden. These care tips will help you to get the most …

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