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Keeping Track of Your Garden Beds and Plants Using a CameraKeeping Track of Your Garden Beds and Plants Using a Camera
By beckygardener on September 16, 2016

Many gardeners need a way to easily keep track of their garden beds as well as their plants (especially if they are hybridizing). With camera in hand, I came up with two ideas that have worked for me.

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Mini Greenhouse from Old Floppy Disk Storage CasesMini Greenhouse from Old Floppy Disk Storage Cases
By herrwood on September 10, 2016

You remember floppy disks (if not, ask your parents). Everyone had them and saved copies of backup disks in these boxes . Well, it's time to give them a new life as mini greenhouses.

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Protecting the Pollen!  (...and the Pods?)Protecting the Pollen! (...and the Pods?)
By Polymerous on September 8, 2016

Every morning during daylily season, it has been a race to get to the daylilies and get their pollen before the marauding carpenter bees swoop in and steal it. Here is how I finally foiled them.

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Simple, Inexpensive Vertical GardeningSimple, Inexpensive Vertical Gardening
By Englishgardener on September 6, 2016

Vertical gardening is the ideal solution wherever space is at a premium. Create a vertical herb garden right outside your kitchen door. Do you live in a condo with a small patio? No problem. Vertical gardening is the Ideal solution.

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Not All Morning Glories Are Thugs; Some Are Very Friendly!Not All Morning Glories Are Thugs; Some Are Very Friendly!
By luvsgrtdanes on September 4, 2016

Many gardeners hate morning glories, thinking they are invasive and can take over the garden, especially purpureas. They can be troublesome if not controlled, but it's easy to keep them from getting out of control.

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Make a Hobbit House -- It's Easy!Make a Hobbit House -- It's Easy!
By nativeplantlover on September 2, 2016

Create a Hobbit house for the kids, or for the big kid in you!

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Bugs and Garden Visitors ..Bugs and Garden Visitors ..
By PeggyC on September 1, 2016

Do you really want bugs/visitors in your garden?

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Gardening GoldGardening Gold
By crawgarden on August 31, 2016

Use corn gluten for pre-emergence control.

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The Winners of the 2016 Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!The Winners of the 2016 Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!
By dave on August 30, 2016

We reveal the winners! Come take a look.

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DIY Mini Flower Pot TrellisDIY Mini Flower Pot Trellis
By Suga on August 28, 2016

I made these mini trellises out of recycled lamp parts.

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Time to Vote for the Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!Time to Vote for the Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!
By dave on August 27, 2016

Voting has begun on the 2016 Caladiums 4 Less Photo Contest. There isn't a huge number of photos, but lots of great ones! Come choose your favorites and cast your votes for the ones you think should win.

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Canning TipsCanning Tips
By Mizshelli on August 26, 2016

Want to share your harvest, or just keep those awesome tomatoes longer? Here are some tips from a lifelong food preserver.

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Seed Swaps: A General FAQ for How To Get StartedSeed Swaps: A General FAQ for How To Get Started
By DogsNDaylilies on August 20, 2016

If you love to grow things from seed and you haven't already checked into the seed swaps here on NGA, you're missing out! Seed swapping is a great way to expand your collection of seeds and try new things, whether your interests are wide or focused. There's a little something for everyone and NOW is the time to get started! Grab your seeds and get ready for a little trading--I'll help you learn how!

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The 2016 Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!The 2016 Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!
By dave on August 19, 2016

Our friends at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less are sponsoring a Caladiums Photo Contest at Garden.org, and there are prizes to win! Do you have great photos of caladiums from this year? Then enter them in our contest and win prizes along with the admiration of your peers!

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Get Your Backyard Birds To Eat Those Tomato HornwormsGet Your Backyard Birds To Eat Those Tomato Hornworms
By Newyorkrita on August 16, 2016

I hardly ever can spot those nasty tomato hornworms. I let my feathered friends do it for me.

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Strawberry TowerStrawberry Tower
By Englishgardener on August 12, 2016

I had several terra cotta strawberry planters, but the amount of space I could give them was limited, so I came up with a solution.

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Easy Peasy Vegetable GardeningEasy Peasy Vegetable Gardening
By Shy_gardener on August 11, 2016

I only have a small yard. I’m older, and can’t do all that I used to do, but I sure do love homegrown, totally organic vegetables. Thought I’d share this because it works extremely well for me, and so many folks just don’t have time for a garden anymore.

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What To Do with Extra HerbsWhat To Do with Extra Herbs
By Kjnorris918 on August 9, 2016

Have extra herbs from the garden you don't know what to do with? Make all-natural homemade cleaners!

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Soda Bottle DIY Irrigation for Roses and Other PlantsSoda Bottle DIY Irrigation for Roses and Other Plants
By cwhitt on August 7, 2016

One of the most effective methods of watering roses is by deep watering. An easy and economical way to do this is by turning a soda bottle into a DIY irrigation drip system.

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Overwhelming Projects?Overwhelming Projects?
By plantmanager on 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
By critterologist on 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
By nativeplantlover on 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
By Toni on 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
By DigginDirt on 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
By webesemps on 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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