Category Archives: Garden Ideas

Lucky Bamboo – Perfect Office Plant

How would you like a nice green plant thriving in that dim & colorless office of yours or how about adding a touch of modern to your home decor? Here’s a popular option that even the most beginner of green thumbs can make flourish, and it’s believed to bring good luck too! Awhile ago I…
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How to Paint Terracotta Pots

How to Paint Terracotta Pots Terracotta pots and saucers offer the perfect blank canvas to create beautiful, unique works of art and add color and class to any outdoor space. Creating a colorful herb garden would be a great way to not only spruce up the space, but to provide fresh ingredients for the dishes…
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How to Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms

Getting these mushrooms started in your garden isn't difficult at all. You'll need a log, a shady spot and some patience. Foraging for mushrooms in the woods is never a good idea unless you know for sure which mushrooms are safe to eat. For those who like the taste of wild mushrooms, though, there’s a…
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Seed Sowing and Germination – Common Mistakes

A handy guide to problems with seed sowing, germination, general growing pains and how to avoid them next year! Why didn’t my seeds germinate? There are many reasons why seeds may fail to germinate, and not all of them are your fault! Most problems are related to the sowing conditions and once you know what…
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Beach Spider Lily – Growing Guide

This amazing bulb based plant "beach spider lily" enjoys environments that are downright aquatic and easy to maintain. These one of a kind flowers will look like spiders crawling across your flower's shelving unit all summer long, and provide your home with a sweet vanilla scent. The Beach Spider Lily demands a large growing pot, with…
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How to Use a Greenhouse

How to Use a Greenhouse Growing plants in a greenhouse can be a gardener's dream come true. However, you need to know how to maintain optimum conditions in your greenhouse if you want your plants to thrive. Beginner's Guide to Using a Greenhouse There are many advantages to having your own greenhouse. You can: Start…
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How to Care for the Scarlet Star – Guzmania Lingulata

Guzmania is a popular genus of bromeliad. Their colorful flower bracts can be found in shopping malls, conservatories and many other plantscapes as well as kitchen tables and office desks. While they are a popular in public indoor spaces they grow naturally from Florida to Brazil and are particularly common in Costa Rica and Columbia.…
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Outdoor Vs. Indoor Growing

Outdoor Vs. Indoor Growing Whether you have acres of gardening land, a small greenhouse or a single, sunny windowsill in a tiny apartment, you have the means to grow plants. Regardless of the size of your garden space, the physical and psychological rewards of gardening are numerous. Weeding, watering and raking provide exercise, while the…
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How To Grow Hyssop Plants

How To Grow Hyssop Plants Grown in containers or as a border plant, Hyssop is extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade Maturity: 75-85 days from seed Height: 12 to 24 inches Spacing: 12 to 24 inches apart, 2 to 4 feet between rows Home herb gardeners are growing…
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How to Grow Amaryllis ( Indoors and Outdoors )

Why do so many people enjoy growing Amaryllis indoors? For starters, they are an easy bulb to grow. Forcing Amaryllis to bloom indoors is a snap. Many garden stores carry them boxed, potted and ready to grow by just adding water. Second, they have big, bright, trumpet shaped blooms cheering up the indoor winter scene.…
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Pothos – The Easiest Houseplant to Grow

Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40 feet or more in tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but don't be surprised if yours just keeps growing. A perk of growing pothos is that they are high on the list…
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How to Grow Cryptanthus Inside

Cryptanthus bromeliads, more commonly known as Earth Stars due to their shape, are beautiful and incredibly varied plants that naturally grow in tropical areas. There are over 1,200 types of bromeliads within the Cryptanthus genus, with a great variety of foliage; their colors range from dark green to bright pink to red and can be…
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Building Deck From Wood or Plastic?

Wood is still the king of decking materials, but the widespread acceptance and availability of manufactured "plastic" lumber has continued to grow among DIYers and professional deck builders alike. Which material is best for your new deck or deck-remodeling project will depend on factors including decking color, available board sizes, maintenance requirements, and, of course,…
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Growing Amazon Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia Amazonica)

Growing Amazon Elephant's Ear (Alocasia Amazonica) Originating in tropical Southeast Asia, this popular elephant's ear (Alocasia amazonica, part of the Alocasia genus) is a striking and beautiful houseplant, with deep green leaves accentuated by whitish or light green leaf veins. It's a hybrid that has become a fairly popular ornamental house plant and is one…
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Growing Cat Grass Indoors

Growing cat grass indoors will keep your cats busy and entertain them. This way they don’t need to go outside for grazing, where the grass may be treated with pesticides and fertilizer! What is Cat Grass Cat grass is something cats love to gnaw on; it’s healthy too. Usually, grown from a mix of seeds…
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African Violets: Tips For Feeding, Propagating & More

The wide assortment of colors, flower forms, and foliage to be found in African violets has made them a popular houseplant to collect. Propagating them has become a fascinating and absorbing hobby that’s easy to manage. Today’s beautiful flowers must be seen to be appreciated. They are a far cry from the early ones with…
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