Category Archives: Garden Ideas

Lemon Balm – How to Grow

Lemon balm is a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. Common names: Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm, Common Balm, Sweet Mary, Balm, Honey Plant, Melissa, Cure-all, Dropsy Plant, Bee Balm, Garden Balm. Latin name: Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. Sow lemon balm in spring about the average date…
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DIY – Building Paths with the Walkmaker

Tools Excavation and site preparation tools QUIKRETE Walkmaker form wheelbarrow or mixing box, shovel level margin trowel or finishing trowel Materials Concrete mix or crack-resistant concrete mix liquid cement color plastic sheeting polymer-modified jointing sand A well-made walkway or garden path not only stands up to years of hard use, it enhances the natural landscape…
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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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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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Spinach Growing Tips: How to Care and Grow Spinach in Containers

Spinach Growing Tips: How to Care and Grow Spinach in Containers Spinach, the nutritious leafy vegetable that most kids love to hate, is a popular food grown in small-space gardens such as balcony container gardens. This cool-weather crop grows well in plant containers and can provide great taste and healthy nutrients just 40 to 45…
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How To Test pH Level In Soil

Why to test pH Level in soil anyway? A test is done when you want to know whether your soil is acidic, neutral or alkaline. Why does it matter? Most plants need a fairly neutral soil so they can retrieve all the nutrients from it that they require, but some are more fussy and may…
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Peony Planting

Peony Planting Peonies are renowned for their large, colorful, bowl-shaped, flowers and dark green foliage. Once established, these beauties are some of the longest-lived and most reliable garden plants. About Peony Peony varieties with huge, double flowers will be the focal point of the garden when they bloom in early summer. Single-flowered types are more…
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Tips For Growing Cauliflower

Tips For Growing Cauliflower Many people are afraid to try growing cauliflower because they think it's finicky, or that it's a crop only experienced gardeners can have success with. While it is trickier to grow than some of the other cole crops, if you follow our suggestions you'll be harvesting tender, mild-tasting heads of this…
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What To Do With Your First Bonsai

What To Do With Your First Bonsai - Tips It is not uncommon for one’s first steps in bonsai to meet with less than ideal results. The usual scenario is as follows: You receive a bonsai as a gift for Christmas or for your birthday. You love it and want it to care for it…
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Gardening Guide – How to Grow Tomatillos

Days to germination: 4 to 8 days Days to harvest: 90 to 100 days Light requirements: Full sun Water requirements: Water frequently Soil: Well-drained soil Container: Very suitable Introduction The tomatillo is closely related to the more traditional garden tomato, but it is a different vegetable even though many people consider them to just be…
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Topdressing – Level Out Your Lawn

Areas of a lawn can become uneven over time, due to "settling" and other factors. In the least extreme cases, you will want to solve the problem by "topdressing," which allows you to level out your lawn. Is this problem new to you? If you have never experienced it, you may need a brief introduction…
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Stunning Rock Garden Design Ideas

Why cultivate a rock garden? They’re low-maintenance. They’re in season all year round. They add variety to the landscape. Need another reason? Rock gardens can bring a natural, rugged beauty to any yard, including those with steep hillsides or other difficult growing conditions. Organic and natural materials should be anyone’s first choice when decorating the…
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DIY- Raised Beds for Your Garden

We made three 8x3 raised beds from pressure-treated  wood. Pressure-Treated is cheap, easy to use but conflicting info about it's use for food gardens. From what I have gathered from my online research, pressure treated wood used to be treated with arsenic which is not to be used in food gardens. However, they are no longer…
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Peppers Growing Tips

Peppers grow well in raised beds, containers, and in-ground gardens The brilliant hues and full-bodied flavors of peppers have assured them a central role in many of the world's cuisines. About Peppers The glistening greens of the leaves and the rainbow of colors of the ripening peppers - red, yellow, orange, green, brown or purple -…
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How to Grow a Vegetable Garden from Food Scraps

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden from Food Scraps If you are a frugal gardener, you’ll love this idea. How about growing your garden this year from food scraps? Some of the easiest and most inexpensive plants to grow are from things that might otherwise end up in the trash can, so instead, why not…
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DIY Garden Tower – Container Garden and Composter

How to make your own garden tower The Garden Tower allows you to grow up to 50 food-producing plants in 4 square feet. Here’s an innovative, space-saving, DIY gardening solution. A self-sustaining planter that’s perfect for a small yard, patio or urban rooftop. The tower is a variation on the vertical gardening concept. Kitchen scraps…
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