Category Archives: Gardening Tips

Dealing with Japanese Beetles

The Japanese bettle, or Popillia japonica, is a nasty invasive species that has infested most of the Eastern United States after being first detected in New Jersey in 1916. This beetle is often confused with a lady bug or lady beetle, the little red or pink and black dotted beetles living in your garden. I…
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7 Things First Time Gardeners Should Know

First time gardeners out there, here are seven things you should know before you jump in and get your hands too dirty. 1. PLANTS NEED WATER AND WATER’S NOT FREE That is, unless you have a well. If you’re fortunate to have your own well, then go ahead and skip on to #2. Otherwise, hear…
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How to Start Lawn From Seed

To start new lawns, many people wonder which is better: laying sod or sowing seeds. While laying sod is fast and produces high-quality new lawns, seeding lawns is cheaper and offers a wider variety of grass types. Check with your county extension to learn which grass types are best for your region, or just check…
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Make Your Own Organic Fertilizers for Your Garden

I don’t like the idea of adding chemicals to our environment, whenever it can be helped. And let’s be honest… If you are growing your own veggies, you are probably after some of the health benefits, right? Ok, and then there is the cost factor as well… why wouldn’t you make your own organic fertilizers…
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A Crash Course in Container Gardening

Container gardening is so similar and yet so different from growing in ground that it deserves its own spot in the sun. We're about to take you through a crash course on growing plants in pots and show you everything you could possibly need to know to get started. Pots The first step to successful…
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Growing Plants Vertically

Growing Plants Vertically Vertical Growing Using vertical space frees the ground space for other crops. Examples of vegetables that grow well vertically on a trellis or fence are peas, pole beans, and cucumbers. Melons and small-fruiting pumpkins or winter squash can be grown on A-frames or strong trellises to take up less space, but you…
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Spring Garden Design Projects

What Are Your Spring Gardening Plans? Okay, spring is right around the corner and it’s time when we all start thinking about the great things we’re going to do with our yards this year. This is a great time to think about the how’s and why’s of design before you start storming the local Home…
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Spring Garden Maintenance

Every season brings a different set of chores in the garden. Spring is an exciting time for gardeners as preparations are made for the bounty and beauty of the garden as it awakes from winter hibernation. It can also, however, be a bit overwhelming to know how to prioritize your gardening time at this time…
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How to Grow Leeks – Gardening Tips

Leeks are closely related to onions but have a sweeter, creamier, more delicate flavor. They are prized by cooks as a flavoring for dishes of all types. They can also be used to make a tasty soup, and are served cooked as a side dish. They take a long time to mature and are usually…
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Container Gardening is Not so Limiting After All

If you’re lacking room for a full size garden, often times you can find the space for a smaller garden in a planter or a nice big pot–this is commonly called container gardening. If you think it sounds limiting because it’s small, try thinking of it in a different light: What could you plant in…
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7 Creative Urban Gardening Hacks for Spring

Spring brings warmer temperatures and longer days, along with a plethora of blooms, buds, and leaves. Those with yards can really dive into gardening this time of year clearing away leaves and winter debris, and starting seedlings for summer. If you live in the city, however, you might find yourself spending time indoors, but you…
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How to Build a U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed

Tips How to Build a U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed Creating your own home garden is not always an easy task, but with this DIY U-Shaped garden, it will be easier than you may have thought. Not only is the soil quality better in a raised garden, it will drain better as well. If you have short…
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Growing Bonsai – Indoors or Outdoors?

A bonsai is a plant or a tree which is grown in a miniature form to resemble the fully-grown or more mature version of the exact same plant or tree. A bonsai is grown in a container, however, just growing the plant in a container does not automatically make it a bonsai. The plant or…
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Heirloom and Hybrid Tomatoes Explained

Heirloom and hybrid tomatoes - Do heirloom tomatoes (or other heirloom vegetables, for that matter) have benefits or advantages when compared to hybrid tomatoes. The answer is a bit more than “simple.” The natural selection of vegetables: Most of the crops we eat today, including tomatoes, have evolved from less desirable wild plants. Over generations…
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7 Tips for Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you're like me, that morning cup of coffee is non-negotiable. Over time, that caffeine habit can generate a lot of coffee grounds. Don’t toss those grounds into the trash — using coffee grounds in the garden can help create the garden of your dreams. The benefits of coffee grounds Coffee grounds are a valuable soil amendment,…
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10 Plants You Can Re-Grow From Vegetable Scraps

It's time to stop throwing fruit and vegetable scraps in the garbage. Use them instead to re-grow the plants for a second (and free) harvest! There are many plants that will re-grow their edible parts with just a little encouragement and the right environment. Read on to find out which plants you can re-grow plants…
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