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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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Natural, Non-Toxic Solution for Black Spot on RosesNatural, Non-Toxic Solution for Black Spot on Roses
June 12, 2016

Here is a natural, non-toxic fix for black spot on roses that you can easily make yourself, and it costs only pennies.

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Daily Garden RecordsDaily Garden Records
June 10, 2016

How many of you do a daily garden "walk-around" to see what's just come into bloom and what absolutely must be done (or should have been done yesterday), and how do you keep track of all of this?

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Recycle and DIY Garden ScoopRecycle and DIY Garden Scoop
June 8, 2016

Have you ever been working with soil mixes, peat moss, or fertilizer and had to stop and retrieve or look for your scoop?

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Properly Isolate Heirloom Tomatoes for Seed SavingProperly Isolate Heirloom Tomatoes for Seed Saving
June 3, 2016

There are many strategies for isolating heirloom varieties if you plan to save seeds for the future. Some people use distance alone. Others use bagging or other barriers to isolate a branch or whole plant to gather seeds. I use a different method. I clone the plant from a cutting, isolate the clone indoors in a sunny window, and grow the clone to produce seeds to save for future years.

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A Warning about Hoses with Aluminum FittingsA Warning about Hoses with Aluminum Fittings
June 1, 2016

Aluminum hose fittings can fuse to your brass hose bibs! Read this important information to protect your faucets and avoid costly damage.

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The Need for Garden SentimentalityThe Need for Garden Sentimentality
May 30, 2016

Grandma’s roses, great grandma’s irises, historical perennials, heirloom bulbs, vintage gardening, and plants of historical importance – these are all terms that call out to the sentimental gardener.

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Seed Nurture and OriginSeed Nurture and Origin
May 28, 2016

How a seed crop was grown and its origin will affect how the seed grows in your garden. Let's explore some thoughts on organic seed, and why you should consider purchasing seed within your own region.

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Hummingbird ConcentrateHummingbird Concentrate
May 26, 2016

Here is a fast and easy way to be prepared ahead of time for your favorite sweet charming guests without all of the fuss. Whether it's spring or fall, you want to be ready for them with an ample supply of food at a second's notice! Here's how you can be ready.

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The Monarchs Grace Us with Their PresenceThe Monarchs Grace Us with Their Presence
May 24, 2016

Raising Monarchs indoors helps to protect them from predators and assists them in their struggle for survival, increasing their numbers during this difficult time of diminishing habitat.

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