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Gardening Hacks – 20 Clever Ideas to Make Light of Your Garden Chores

These clever gardening hacks will make light work of garden chores and many recycle common household items into useful garden products. A win-win any day! I love to write about clever ideas that gardeners can do to make their garden chores easy. Sure, it is easy to throw money at a project, but with a …

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Creative Planters – Why Didn’t I think of That?

It seems that almost everything that is found around the house can be turned into creative planters. No matter how large or small, a plant seems to be able to find its way into anything with an opening large enough to put in some soil.  Typewriters, bicycles, cowboy boots, paint cans, child’s wagons and even …

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48 Uses for Plastic Grocery Bags – Creative Ways to Recycle Shopping Bags

Don’t throw those shopping bags out. There are dozens of uses for plastic grocery bags! Plastic or paper is a question often heard at the check out of the grocery store. Even though paper is better for the environment, I usually choose plastic, because I know that I will be reusing them. Plastic grocery bags …

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Using Tea Bags – Recycling Tips for Home and Garden use.

Here is my list of 15 ingenious ways for using tea bags in the home and garden.  There are so many different ways to reuse a teabag (other than obviously making another cup of tea). Tea bags are not just for tea! You may not be English and have a cup of tea at various …

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Planting Tip for Big Pots – Use Packing Peanuts

Packing Peanuts = Light pots and Less soil I love the look of large planters. They bring nature onto patios and decks.  Many stores carry very large designs that are just gorgeous. But large planters can be cumbersome and heavy to move around because of their size.  They also use a lot of soil which …

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Weird things you Did not Know you Could compost.

I am a huge fan of composting for vegetable gardening.  The end product is wonderful for your soil and also makes use of things that are otherwise discarded which end up on the refuse piles and leave a big carbon footprint. The home is full of unusual compost items that you may not have ever thought …

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Newspaper Mulch – Control Weeds and Help Your Soil

Newspaper is a great product to use to control the weeds in your garden.  It is beneficial in both flower and vegetable gardening. The newspaper adds a barrier that keeps weeds from growing. It retains moisture in the soil and adds organic material as it breaks down. The worms just love it!  Making newspaper mulch …

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Creative Hummingbird Feeders

These creative hummingbird feeders will attract the delicate birds to your garden with their colorful red designs. I am always fascinated when I see hummingbirds flitting around my garden.  They are so delicate and seem to defy all rules of aeronautics as they hover over flowers gathering nectar.   Hummingbird Feeders for any garden setting You …

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Backyard Retreat Ideas – Some of My Favorites

These backyard retreat ideas are perfect for a lazy day.  From a simple stone chair to a lavishly planted shady nook, these are all my idea of a great backyard retreat. We spend a lot of time in our backyards. They are a place for relaxation and getting a recharge from the day. Why not …

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Nasturtiums as Companion Plants Help your Veggies

I’ve always loved garden nasturtiums in my flower beds. But there are many other ways that these fairly common plants can be a great addition to your vegetable garden. Companion planting is a method of planting plants together so that they benefit each other in some ways.  Some enrich the soil and others attract attract …

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Hydrangea Wreath – DIY Fall Door Decoration

This pretty hydrangea wreath uses the beautiful big blooms of a mop head hydrangea bush for a door decoration. My hydrangea bush flowered late this year and gave some lovely color to an otherwise fairly bare garden bed.  Did you know that you can make a holiday hydrangea wreath from hydrangea flowers that are done …

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