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Kitchen TimerKitchen Timer
October 9, 2015

Keep a kitchen timer outside in your garden to remind you to move the hose or go on an errand.

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Use a Hose To Spray Off Pests the Organic WayUse a Hose To Spray Off Pests the Organic Way
June 28, 2015

Use the hose to spray vines off in the early mornings. It helps get rid of pests without having to use chemicals.

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Handcrafted Wreaths from Your Own GardenHandcrafted Wreaths from Your Own Garden
December 20, 2013

Nothing says "Welcome" like a wreath. Grab some of your favorite greens, blooms, and garden supplies and make a quick garden wreath.

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Put a Wagon To WorkPut a Wagon To Work
August 9, 2013

Buy a wagon at a garage sale. They are great for moving plants and heavy garden art around the yard.

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Keep Baggies HandyKeep Baggies Handy
April 21, 2013

Keep a box of baggies in the car to hold cuttings from friends' gardens, should the need arise.

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Outside ClockOutside Clock
April 9, 2013

A large wall clock in the garden helps you keep track of the time you’re spending outdoors and reminds you to put on more sunscreen.

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Keep Your Car CleanKeep Your Car Clean
March 21, 2013

Keep a drop cloth and a box in your car for surprise finds at garage sales, bulk trash pileups, or plant nurseries. You never know when an unplanned surprise will come your way!

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Let Your Dreams Be Your GuideLet Your Dreams Be Your Guide
February 22, 2013

Start a dream list notebook that holds ideas, magazine photos, and ideas for your garden.

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Less Mess When Repotting HouseplantsLess Mess When Repotting Houseplants
November 16, 2012

When re-potting houseplants or containers inside your house, use a cheap plastic table cloth from the dollar store as a working surface. Easy clean up by shaking the mess into a garbage bin, or if ruined, you can toss them. I cut mine in thirds.

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Rooting Plants in Glass BottlesRooting Plants in Glass Bottles
November 12, 2012

Use glass wine or beer bottles for rooting plants before you transfer them outdoors. The small neck helps the plant from falling into the water.

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Inexpensive PlantsInexpensive Plants
November 2, 2012

ALWAYS go to the clearance racks at garden nurseries before shopping for full priced plants. Sometimes a little TLC is all a plant needs and at 75% off, you can’t go wrong.

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Avoid DehydrationAvoid Dehydration
May 23, 2012

ALWAYS keep a water bottle with you when you garden in the summer. Stay hydrated!

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And the Award for Best Garden Hose Goes to . . .And the Award for Best Garden Hose Goes to . . .
May 15, 2012

After spending too much money on a multitude of hoses that I disliked, I finally stumbled upon the answer to the perfect garden hose.

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Alcohol Kills Mealy BugsAlcohol Kills Mealy Bugs
April 17, 2012

If you find mealy bugs on the coleus or other plants, dab them with a q-tip dipped in alcohol. They die instantly. I keep a bottle of alcohol and q-tips near the coleus plants so I don’t need to run indoors for some.

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Soapy Water To Defeat AphidsSoapy Water To Defeat Aphids
April 4, 2012

3 teaspoons of dish soap added to a large squirt bottle helps get rid of pests, especially aphids. Spray both sides of your plants.

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Garden BluesGarden Blues
March 3, 2012

The color blue brings the wow factor to your garden. Using Krylon spray paint, add a little color to ordinary metal or plastic trellises, stakes and containers.

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Plant Marigolds To Deter InsectsPlant Marigolds To Deter Insects
February 1, 2012

Plant marigolds in your garden- they are wonderful companion plants and will help deter undesirable insects.

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Rooting Plants Artistically: Thinking Beyond the Jelly JarRooting Plants Artistically: Thinking Beyond the Jelly Jar
November 16, 2011

Why use old jars and glassware for your water rooting when there is a rainbow of colors and unique shapes just waiting to be found!

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Carry Your Cell Phone to GardenCarry Your Cell Phone to Garden
October 28, 2011

Always carry your cell phone in case of an emergency.

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Keep Your First Aid Kit StockedKeep Your First Aid Kit Stocked
October 18, 2011

Keep an emergency kit nearby, stocked with first aid cream, band aids etc.

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A Source for Cheap Gardening ContainersA Source for Cheap Gardening Containers
October 3, 2011

Scour garage sales for inexpensive garden pots, containers, and garden art. You get more for your buck!

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Note Taking for GardenersNote Taking for Gardeners
September 20, 2011

Keep a white board outside to make notes as you garden. It’s a great place to list needed supplies, reminders, and dream plants you hope to purchase.

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Keep Your Garden Supplies HandyKeep Your Garden Supplies Handy
September 6, 2011

Keep a scrap bucket outside, filled with scissors, twine, wire, and bag ties to use to tie plants to trellises when you see the need.

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Be Ready Always with a CameraBe Ready Always with a Camera
August 26, 2011

Always keep your camera in a waterproof baggie when gardening. There is always a surprise photo op!

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Keep Your Shoes HandyKeep Your Shoes Handy
August 21, 2011

Store an extra pair of flip-flops, crocs or slip-on shoes by the back door just in case you need them.

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Garden Art Creations: Polymer Clay in the GardenGarden Art Creations: Polymer Clay in the Garden
August 19, 2011

Polymer clay has been a popular craft for some time, but artisans are taking it out of the house and into the garden for a little added whimsy. Garden stakes, fairy doors, mobiles, and other fun objects are being created out of clay, bringing color and personalization to the outdoors. Meet three inspiring clay artists who have found creative ways to introduce polymer to their own gardens.

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Roll Up Garden Hoses in Figure EightsRoll Up Garden Hoses in Figure Eights
August 13, 2011

Roll your garden hoses up in figure eights for the fewest kinks.

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Garden Art Creations: QuikWall in the GardenGarden Art Creations: QuikWall in the Garden
August 5, 2011

Our garden art creation this week will both surprise and delight you. Beginners and pros alike will find this mini-tutorial easy to understand and fun to follow. Let's step into the Wisconsin garden of artist Chris Rentmeister, known at ATP as goldfinch4, and learn all about QuikWall.

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All About PurslaneAll About Purslane
March 28, 2010

Living in a dry heat with high temperatures between 105 and 110 during the summer, purslane laughs in your face and thrives here in Phoenix, Arizona. Add some incredible, edible ornamental purslane to your garden this summer! A salsa with purslane recipe is included in the article.

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