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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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Borax Ant Killers – Testing 5 Different Natural Ant Killers Against Terro

If ants are invading your home and you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, home made Borax Ant Killers may be the answer, but how effective are they? I decided to test five of them to find out! Using more organic ant killer remedies is something that many environmentally conscious homemakers have an interest in. …

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Attracting Monarch Butterflies – Start Seeing Monarchs Day – First Saturday

The first Saturday in May is marked National Start Seeing Monarchs Day. What an appropriate national day for this time of the year!  Would you like tips for attracting monarch butterflies to your yard this year?  I’ve been seeing them in my garden for a few weeks This day was chosen to raise people’s awareness …

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Natural Squirrel Repellent Ideas – Keep Squirrels out of The Yard!

Dealing with squirrels has been an ongoing problem for me in one way or another for several years.  Do you have a problem with squirrels?  If so, these natural squirrel repellent ideas may prove useful to you. If you read my blog often, you may remember reading about the squirrels in my vegetable garden a few …

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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Nature and Wildlife in LA

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has something special in store for both animal lovers and those interested in botanical gardens. This 135 acre zoo and botanical garden was founded in 1966 and is home to more than 1,400 birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles.  Comfortable shoes are a must, since there is a lot …

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Albuquerque Aquarium – Things to do in Albuquerque – ABQ BioPark

Looking for things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico?  A day out at the Albuquerque Aquarium is sure to delight. It is part of the ABQ BioPark system. The Albuquerque Aquarium  exhibits saltwater species from a variety of habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and South Pacific.  One of the nice aspects of the entry …

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Get Your Garden Ready for Spring – 25 Early Spring Garden Tips & Checklist

April 14 is National Gardening Day. That means it is time to start thinking about ways to get your garden ready with these spring garden tips. Whether you are interested in vegetable gardening or just love to grow flowers, these tips will be helpful April is a special month for gardeners. Not only does it …

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Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter?  These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  It is …

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Attracting Butterflies – Tips to Attract Butterflies to your Yard Like a Magnet

One of the biggest pleasures that my garden gives me is its ability for attracting butterflies to it.  With the right nectar plants, a garden can be swarming with these fluttering friends all season long. But it is not just the plants that attract butterflies. There are a few other things that you can do …

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Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve

Touring a botanical garden with children in tow can be a challenge. But this is not so with Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. This delightful garden center seems tailor made for kids and is the perfect way to introduce them to flowers and nature! My husband and I enjoy touring Botanical Gardens, especially …

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when planting. The right type of flowers and color are the key to attracting these beauties. There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, fluttering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to …

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Nectar plants for Swallowtail Butterflies

Nothing makes me smile more than going out into my garden and seeing Swallowtail butterflies fluttering around.  Did you know that planting certain plants will make sure that you have these pretty visitors to your yard? These swallowtail nectar plants are great at attracting butterflies to your garden. They just can’t resist them! Swallowtail butterflies are …

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50+ Tried and Tested Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar is a versatile and effective household product that is more useful than just for making salad dressing. There are dozens of vinegar uses in the home. From soaking your sponges to keeping your counters free of ants, this product is a must have. I recently had to deal with ants in my kitchen and tested some …

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Declining Bee Population – How Important are They?

With all the talk of GMOs, pesticides and large scale farming, one has to ask the question “How important are bees to our Food Supply and to nature in general?”  I, for one, and many of my gardening friends have noted the declining bee population.  And those that do visit our yards are the bumble bees, rather …

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Tips for Dealing with Invasive Pests

Critters in the garden range from beneficial to invasive.  Some actually are listed by the US Department of Agriculture as invasive pests that need to be controlled.  See my tips for dealing with these unwanted bugs. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal …

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Mosquito Repelling Plants – Keep Those Bugs Away!

With summer comes lots of outdoor living.  Sadly, that can mean lots of mosquitoes. I don’t like to use chemical products but, thankfully, Mother Nature has the perfect answer – Mosquito Repelling Plants! We can grow annuals, perennials and herbs that will keep the bugs away naturally. With all the hype about West Nile Virus, …

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The Importance of Bird Houses – Bird House Benefits

The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. The Importance of bird houses can’t be understated if you want to attract birds to your yard. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure the birds will keep visiting.  There are also many …

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The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a …

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