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Forcing Forsythia Indoors – How to Force Forsythia Blooms

I love anything that gives me a jump start on spring.  Forcing forsythia indoors lets me have the showy yellow flowers of the well known harbinger of spring – forsythia bushes . They are great to enjoy indoors well before they give you their cheery spring greeting outside. Luckily, it is very easy to force …

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Growing Onions indoors – 6 Ways to Grow Onions in Containers

This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love to help with.Onions are easy to grow outdoors as well as inside the home.  They are one of those vegetables that we use often and the demand for this means that …

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Forcing Paperwhites – How to Force Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs

Spring is right around the corner and flowers on a breakfast table are always a lovely sight. Forcing paperwhites indoors will give you a delightful splash of spring color in just a few weeks. The project can be done in soil or in water and the kids will love to help. White narcissus is believed by …

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31 Creative and Whimsical Bicycle Planters for your Garden and Yard

Bicycle planters make great garden accents for both annuals and perennial plants. I love to find ideas about recycling or re-purposing household items in garden projects. Someone else’s trash can always be a garden treasure. Many bicycles have baskets or back carriers which are the ideal spot to tuck away some flowers and vines.  The …

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Colorful Patriotic Small Porch Decor Idea for the 4th of July

This patriotic small porch decor will greet your guests for the 4th of July in a cheery red white and blue way. It’s easy to put together, cost just $20 and is very cheerful and natural looking. Decorating a small front porch can be a challenge.  If you add too much to the look of …

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Wooden Succulent Arrangement – Upcycled Junk Gardening Planter for Succulents

This gorgeous succulent arrangement started out life as a wooden drawer meant for tools of some sort. The upcycled junk gardening planter got a new coat of paint, some TLC and a few succulent plants and now looks as though it had been intentionally designed for the job. If you love succulents as much as …

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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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Garden Arbors and Arches – Types of Gardening Trellises and Walk Through Arbors

Garden arbors and arches are set up as walk through areas in home gardens or public parks where one can welcome guests. There are many styles of arbors to choose from. Some are man made and others formed over time by nature. Trellises are often a part of arbors for the garden, giving some support …

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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 that  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 …

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

This tutorial shows everything you need to know about growing wheatgrass 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.  Kitty is not the only one who …

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Earth Day Activities – Crafts, Food and Fun for April 22

Ever since it was established in 1970, people around the world take part in Earth Day Activities as a way to celebrate National Earth Day on April 22. This day is now a worldwide event where more than 1 billion people take part in a day of action. Here are some things that you can …

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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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Oddities of Nature – Crooked Vegetables – Funny Fruits and Scary Shaped Trees

Plants, vegetables and trees can grow into the most amazing shapes. These oddities of nature show that twists, bends and outgrowths can turn an ordinary plant into something that looks totally different.  This inspiration for this post came from a morning breakfast jaunt. After breakfast Richard and I were driving around and we came upon …

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Uses for License Plates – Using Number Plates in DIY Projects

Have you ever thought about using number plates in DIY projects? There are dozens of uses for license plates if you just think outside the box a bit. The colors and designs lend them selves to loads of home decor projects, both inside and outside the home. My husband is a collector of old license …

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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

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. I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. …

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Trench Composting with Kitchen Scraps

What can you do if you don’t have the time or space for composting in the traditional way?  This is where trench composting is your friend. Most organic vegetable gardeners are aware of the benefits of having compost pile.  Adding kitchen scraps to a bin or mound of decaying plant matter gives the perfect mix …

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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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Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter.  I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.   If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what …

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Air Plant Holders – Containers to Display Your Tillandsia Collection

These air plant holders are cute. compact and perfect to display your tillandsia collection. Air plants are not only fun to grow, they are also fun to display.  So many household items can be fashioned into containers for these sweet little plants that don’t need soil to grow.   Succulents like tillandsia are drought smart plants …

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Poison Ivy and Poisonous Vines – Natural Preventative Measures

Since I don’t like to use chemicals in the garden, I have been trying to find natural treatments for poison Ivy prevention so that I don’t have to use poisons   We have a patch of poison ivy that seems to keep re-appearing in one of my garden beds every so often. You have all heard …

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