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Overwhelming Projects?Overwhelming Projects?
August 5, 2016

I used to look at all of my land and feel totally overwhelmed by all of the projects I was envisioning.

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The Low-Down on Pulling ThistlesThe Low-Down on Pulling Thistles
August 3, 2016

Sometimes, you find yourself bare handed in the garden and just have to yank out a thistle. Don't get hurt!

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Bee-Friendly, Smart Way To Provide Water for Our PollinatorsBee-Friendly, Smart Way To Provide Water for Our Pollinators
July 29, 2016

Everyone knows that bees, wasps, and other small insects work hard to collect nectar and pollen, but did you know that, like the birds, they also need a source of water?

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Simple Recycle, Reuse IdeaSimple Recycle, Reuse Idea
July 27, 2016

It is seed-starting time for some of us, which presented me with a dilemma. I had my seeds and my beautiful seed- starting compressed bale medium, but no scoop!

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Kill Weeds with Hot WaterKill Weeds with Hot Water
July 25, 2016

No need for chemicals. Use boiling water to kill those weeds.

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Metal Basket Container PlantingMetal Basket Container Planting
July 22, 2016

There are many metal objects available to use for container planting, such as tubs, troughs, cans, buckets, cups, bowls, etc. While browsing through an antique mall, I found a metal basket that I thought was quite distinctive. The question I asked myself was, "What do I do with it?" My answer: "Plant succulents, of course!"

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How To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant TagsHow To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant Tags
July 20, 2016

Tired of trying to remember the name of that plant? Or -- trying to read your faded plant tag that is falling apart? Here's an inexpensive, interchangeable, and permanent plant tag that is easy to make with a few tools and materials.

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Chickens in the Vegetable GardenChickens in the Vegetable Garden
July 18, 2016

My three hens live in my vegetable garden. They are wonderful garden helpers: scratching up weeds, patrolling for bugs, and fertilizing. And I get wonderful rich organic eggs! Here is how I get my girls to co-exist with my vegetables.

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Make a Lavender Wand SachetMake a Lavender Wand Sachet
July 15, 2016

Bring your garden indoors with a wand sachet made from lavender from your garden.

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The July Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The July Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
July 13, 2016

We have a huge collection of great prizes in this month's contest. Grab your acorns, come in and take a look!

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Stop Snakes Invading Purple Martin HousesStop Snakes Invading Purple Martin Houses
July 11, 2016

My parents had stored berry/bird netting a couple of years ago and decided to get it out to cover strawberries. They found two big chicken snakes caught in it. My dad cut the dead snakes out of the netting and put the bird netting over the strawberries. Another snake was entangled. Hey! Bright idea!

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Love My Dog - Love My GardenLove My Dog - Love My Garden
July 9, 2016

Boomer, my one-year-old German Shepherd dog, is always looking for work when he's outside. Unfortunately, he often likes to dig through one of my planters during the winter. By spring I realized I'd have to have a barrier on them to be able to plant flowers.

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Recycling Deli ContainersRecycling Deli Containers
July 7, 2016

Leftover chicken is not the only item that is used from this quick dinner. The container from a store-bought rotisserie chicken may be used for seed germination.

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Followup to the Garden Tower 2 ReviewFollowup to the Garden Tower 2 Review
July 6, 2016

A couple months ago I posted a video review of the Garden Tower 2 (the combination vertical garden/vermicomposting system) and I was asked to post a followup once the plants have grown a bit. Here it is!

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Soil EnrichmentSoil Enrichment
July 5, 2016

I like to say, "The main thing I grow in my garden is soil." Read more to see why.

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Easy Way To Apply Miracle-GroEasy Way To Apply Miracle-Gro
July 3, 2016

Here's an easy way to save time by having pre-measured Miracle-Gro ready to use.

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How To Stop CutwormsHow To Stop Cutworms
June 30, 2016

I had cutworms killing my tomato plants. To stop it, I did this...

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Get Your Potted Plants off the Ground!Get Your Potted Plants off the Ground!
June 28, 2016

Build a simple "Planter Pallet" out of free, recycled, or reclaimed materials, to keep tree roots from invading your potted plants. The pallet also helps your containers drain better, because they aren't sitting flush on the surface! These are great for patio containers, and may be cut into various shapes to suit your fancy!

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Why You Should Learn About PPMWhy You Should Learn About PPM
June 26, 2016

Many folks like to start their plants indoors from seed.

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Making a Pedigree Chart for Your Daylily SeedlingsMaking a Pedigree Chart for Your Daylily Seedlings
June 24, 2016

How to make a beautiful pedigree chart to keep track of the parentage of your seedlings and crosses

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Protecting Bulbs from SquirrelsProtecting Bulbs from Squirrels
June 22, 2016

This is my accidental solution to a squirrel problem.

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Climbing Trellis Using 4 Cattle PanelsClimbing Trellis Using 4 Cattle Panels
June 20, 2016

This is a simple and easy-to-build climbing trellis, either permanent or seasonal, for all types of climbing or vining plants.

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National Garden Bureau Accepting Applications for Therapeutic Garden GrantsNational Garden Bureau Accepting Applications for Therapeutic Garden Grants
June 17, 2016

National Garden Bureau, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of horticulture and support the benefits of gardening, will grant $5,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

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The June 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The June 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
June 15, 2016

We have a huge collection of prizes put together for this month's raffle. Come check it out!

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Chemical-Free Japanese/Asian Beetle Control for RosesChemical-Free Japanese/Asian Beetle Control for Roses
June 14, 2016

This is the best method I have come across so far, coupled with milky spore.

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