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Covering Drainage Holes in Pots – How to Keep Soil from Washing out of Pots

Covering drainage holes in pots is a necessary evil. Without something to cover the hole in the bottom of your planter, the soil will eventually wash out of the pot through the hole in the planter and the plant will settle. This also means that your furniture will take a beating. Planters without drainage holes …

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Starting Sweet Potato Slips – How to Grow Sweet Potatoes From the Store

If you have never tried to grow sweet potatoes before, you are in for a treat. Starting sweet potato slips is easy to do and lots of fun. Slips are the rooted sprouts that grow from an actual mature sweet potato. They are used to grow new sweet potato plants. Growing sweet potato slips is a …

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Baking Soda for Plants – 20 Clever Uses for Baking Soda in the Garden

Do you use baking soda for plants? Baking soda in the garden can be used in lots of different ways. Many of us think of baking soda in conjunction with various  indoor “green cleaning” techniques.  It has so many uses in the house, that it makes sense that it will work outdoors too. We all …

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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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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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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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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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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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Control Squash Bugs 10 ways – How to Kill Squash Bugs

Trying to control squash bugs can seem an insurmountable task when you find them in your vegetable garden. These bugs can do a huge amount of damage, particularly to young plants. These 10 easy tips will keep your garden pest-free. Take charge and find out how to kill squash bugs for good. Last summer I …

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Home Made Miracle Grow – Make your Own Homemade Plant Fertilizer

Make your own home made Miracle Grow as well as several other plant foods easily with epsom salt, baking soda and household ammonia. It’s time for another fun vegetable garden hack. This DIY Miracle Grow fertilizer is a more organic way to feed your plants. The homemade plant food recipe is easy to make and …

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Growing Spring Onions – Tips – Trimming – What is a Spring Onion?

Growing Spring Onions is a garden project that starts early in the year.  You’ll end up with small bulbous onions that have a much milder flavor than a normal yellow onion but can be used in the same way.  I use them all the time in my recipes, and fortunately for gardeners, they are very …

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Regrow Spring Onions in Water – Fun Gardening Hack

Growing onions is a pretty easy from a gardening standpoint, but did you know that you can also regrow spring onions in water? At times like these, when some food items are in short supply, knowing how to get more bang for your buck is a win in anyone’s book! This gardening hack is one …

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Planting Forsythia – When Where and How to Plant Forsythia Bushes

Planting forsythia is all about timing and spacing. The two best times are early spring and mid fall depending on your hardiness zone. One of the earliest plants to bloom in spring is forsythia, but when should it be planted?  Forsythia bushes delight us each spring with their burst of cheery yellow flowers. This deciduous …

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20 Seed Starting Tips – When to Sow – How to Transplant + Printable

These 20 seed starting tips will help you to get your garden going early this year. With seeds, it’s never too early to get gardening! The holidays have come and gone and most of us are hunkering down for the colder months of the year.  But wait – now is the perfect time to think …

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20 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year – Updated

There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the southern part of the USA, to very hardy perennials that keep coming back after a freezing winter outside. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a …

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Fast Growing Forsythia Bushes Bring Summer Color to the Garden

For unbeatable spring color, try growing forsythia bushes.  These easy care bushes require very little care. Nothing screams spring in your garden quite like Forsythia. With their vibrant yellow color, these perennials are one of the first bushes to flower in the spring. The shrub is very hardy, and relatively easy to grow. These tips …

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Cottage Garden Plants – Perennials Biennials & Bulbs for Cottage Gardens

English cottage gardens have a very romantic feel to them.  The look may seem haphazard but is actually planned. To choose cottage garden plants, think of tall flowering perennials, self seeding annuals and hardy biennials to give your garden just the right look. A cottage garden has a very distinct style that throws formality out …

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Plants That Close their Leaves at Night – Nyctinasty – Oxalis and Others

Plants that close their leaves at night are interesting to look at, but have you ever wondered why they do this? Have you ever walked out into your garden in the early morning, or early evening and seen that the leaves or flowers of some of your favorite plants are closed up?   Don’t worry – …

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Vertical Gardens – Living Walls – Green Wall Planters

Vertical gardens make more use of available space by growing vegetables, flowers and herbs up a wall instead of taking up lots of growing space on the ground. I speak to people all the time who admire my large yard and gardens but say “I don’t have the room to do this.”  While a large …

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Low Light Indoor Plants – Houseplants for Lower Light Conditions [Updated]

These 20 Low Light Indoor Plants are easy to care for and don’t mind growing in lower light situations. This makes them ideal for those with limited light, especially during the winter months. With the cold weather out in full force, thoughts of gardening are often far from the front burner.  Those are the times …

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