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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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How To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant TagsHow To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant Tags
By duane456 on 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
By Artistwantobe on 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
By cwhitt on July 15, 2016

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

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Stop Snakes Invading Purple Martin HousesStop Snakes Invading Purple Martin Houses
By kytnbabe on 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
By kytnbabe on 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
By PlantMania on 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
By dave on 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
By Anderwood on 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
By Freedombelle on 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
By Peterthinks on 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!
By Gymgirl on 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
By ArtD on June 26, 2016

Many folks like to start their plants indoors from seed.

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