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Starting Seeds Indoors with Jiffy Peat Pellets – How to Grow Seeds in Peat Pots

Get a head start on spring gardening by starting seeds indoors with Jiffy Peat Pellets. These handy peat pots have the perfect soil for seedlings and they can be transplanted right into the ground as soon as the weather is warm enough. This step by step tutorial features a Jiffy Peat Pellet Greenhouse with perennial, …

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Propagating Succulent Leaves and Cuttings – Tips for Propagating Succulents

Nothing is more attractive to a gardener than getting new plants without having to pay for them.  And since succulents are a very sought after plant, it stands to reason propagating succulent leaves and cuttings is a popular project for many gardeners. Best of all, it’s easy and free! Succulents make fantastic houseplants and can …

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Growing Wheatgrass Seeds Indoors – How to Grow Wheat Berries at Home

Wheatgrass is also known as winter wheat or wheat berries.  Sprouted seeds have many health benefits and can also be use in home decor projects and used as a stimulant for your cat’s digestive system. This tutorial shows everything you need to know about growing wheatgrass at home. Kitty is not the only one who …

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Care of Boston Fern – Growing Nephrolepis Exaltata

Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis is one of the most popular indoor plants, and can also be grown outdoors in some parts of the country.  Care of Boston Fern means providing extra humidity to keep the fronds fresh and fluffy and not giving the plant too much sunlight.  Luckily for gardeners who don’t seem to possess a green thumb, …

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Growing Cilantro – How to Grow, Harvest and Use Fresh Cilantro

Love it or hate it, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is still one of the most popular herbs for kitchen gardens . Growing Cilantro is quite easy as long as you take care to keep it away from the hottest heat. Cilantro is a staple of Mexican and Asian cooking. It makes a great garnish and is best served …

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Echeveria Neon Breakers – Grow this Amazing Succulent for Great Color

Echeveria Neon Breakers is a Renee O’Donnell hybrid of the succulent Pink Frills crossed with an unknown parent.  It is a drought tolerant succulent with green leaves that have pretty pink frilly edges and deep margins. Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure …

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Growing Microgreens – How to Grow Micro Greens at Home

Microgreens are the closest a gardener can get to instant gratification. Instead of three months, you can enjoy your harvest in just two weeks. These tips for growing microgreens will help you get started. Microgreens have lots of uses. Throw a microgreen mix into your smoothie to boost the nutritional value. Add some radish microgreens …

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Watering Can Planters and Garden Art – Recycle your Watering Cans

Watering cans are a staple of any gardener but, for me,  they are not just for watering plants.  I love turning them into watering can planters and using them as garden art. The size is perfect for potted indoor plants and the look of them transforms a plant into a work of art that looks great …

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Growing Chives – How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Fresh Chives

Chives are a perennial herb found throughout the world. They are a very versatile herb that can be grown in herb garden beds, in patio containers and flower pots.  This popular herb is a member of the lily family. Growing chives is very easy to do. These tips will show you how to plant, grow …

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Purple Passion Plant (Gynura Aurantiaca) – Growing Purple Velvet Plants

Looking for a pretty indoor plant to brighten up a window sill or table?  Try this purple passion plant – gynura aurantiaca. This distinctive plant has velvety leaves with slightly raised hairs on greenish purple stems. Gynura aurantiaca is native to Java and is fairly easy to grow if you have a brightly lit room. …

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Flowering Houseplants – 15 Blooming Indoor Plants

When the weather outside is too cold for gardening, flowering houseplants bring a touch of the garden into your home.  Blooming indoor plants add color and decor to any indoor setting and are cheerful year round. My first attempt at gardening started with houseplants. I remember coming home one day to the aroma of the …

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Zebra plant – Tips for Growing Aphelandra Squarrosa

Aphelandra squarrosa, also known as zebra plant can be a real challenge to grow. But the spectacular flowers and showy striped leaves make it worth the effort.  When I lived in Australia, a zebra plant was always one of the popular indoor plants that I wanted to grow.  I got one and managed to keep …

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Cryptanthus Bivittatus – Growing Earth Star Bromeliad

Cryptanthus Bivittatus is a member of the Bromeliaceae family of tropical plants. It has many common names such as starfish plant, earth star and Red Star Bromeliad. The bromeliad is a plant commonly grown in terrariums. This pretty bromeliad is native to Brazil and has a lovely star like shape made of stemless rosettes of leaves. …

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Kalanchoe Millotii- Ornamental Succulent from Madagascar

Kalanchoe millotii is a member of the crassulaceae family.  It is a n ornamental succulent plant that is native to Madagascar. Since it is not particularly cold hardy, it is grown as an indoor plant in most areas of the country. Succulents like kalanchoe are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and …

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Growing Sago Palms – How to Grow a Sago Palm Tree

If you like growing indoor plants that have an exotic look, why not try growing Sago Palms?. This plant makes a great choice for those new to houseplants since it prefers drying out before you water it again. A sago palm tree – Cycas revoluta – is easy to grow indoors as long as you …

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Herbs to Grow Indoors – 10 Best Herbs for Sunny Windowsills

Which herbs should choose for your indoor garden?  Here are my top 10 picks for herbs to grow indoors. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs to really add a boost to your home made recipes.  Many gardeners enjoy growing herbs outside during the summer months, but winter temperatures will kill them …

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Growing Herbs Indoors – How to Grow Herb Plants Inside

I love growing herbs in my garden but most of them die off in the winter months.  Since I use herbs for cooking all the time, my answer is growing herbs indoors during the winter. Some herbs are annuals and need to be planted each year, and others are perennials and will continue growing year after …

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Fall Entryway Makeover- Decorate your Front Door for Autumn

This Fall Entryway Makeover takes my front door and entry through from fall and right into Thanksgiving with natural elements and the rustic colors of autumn leaves, pumpkins and more. This post was sponsored by Lowe’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. …

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Cleaning Clay Pots – How to Clean Terracotta Pots and Planters

When the days get cooler and shorter, it is time to put the garden to bed for the winter.  Cleaning clay pots this time of the year keeps my garden still in mind and makes sure that they are ready to use when it comes to for early spring bloomers in a few months. Getting …

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Window Box Planters – How to Plant Window Boxes

I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. Seeing how many ways there are to dress up your home with window box planters was inspiring. They are a fabulous way to create curb appeal and are easy to take care of. Window …

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Pruning Rosemary – How and When to Prune Rosemary Plants

Growing herbs is a great way to add an edible element to your garden. Rosemary is normally quite easy to control if you keep it in a pot, but if you have it growing freely in the garden, it can easily get woody and shabby looking. This is when these tips for pruning rosemary are helpful. …

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Best Gardens – Creative Gardening Ideas

Here are some of my favorites gardening ideas from the best of the internet.  The ideas range from soup to nuts.  There is something for all gardening styles here.  My only requirement for a recipe to land on this page is that it must inspire me and have something to do with creative gardening. Searching …

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Best Topsy Turvy Planters – Creative Gardening Tipsy Pots

I was getting my hair done a few months ago and my hairdresser showed me her latest creation – a topsy turvy planter creation (also called Tipsy Pots.)  At that point I had not seen topsy turvy planters, they they are now appearing everywhere on social media.  They take the term creative gardening to a …

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How to Propagate Spider Plants from Babies

Love having new plants for free?  This project is for you.  It is super easy to propagate spider plants from the babies that the mother plant sends out on the ends of long arching stems.  Spider Plants – botanical name Chlorophytum – are one of the easiest of plants to propagate.  I first became familiar …

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