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How I Keep Squirrels from Digging Up My Seedlings and SeedsHow I Keep Squirrels from Digging Up My Seedlings and Seeds
March 20, 2016

There is nothing more disheartening than checking on your seedlings and pots only to discover that the squirrels have been digging in them. This is my solution to keeping squirrels out of my seedlings and pots in the spring.

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Mowing TipMowing Tip
July 26, 2015

This little tip will help your lawn be healthier and more attractive.

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Learn the LatinLearn the Latin
October 26, 2014

Learning Latin names is not as difficult as you might think. A little at a time, we can learn the Latin names of our plants and avoid quite a bit of confusion.

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Not Your Average Gardening ToolsNot Your Average Gardening Tools
August 11, 2014

I have a tendency to look at pretty much every sort of tool as a possible garden tool. Over the years I've tried out just about everything, but I have whittled it down to about 9 tools I use consistently.

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A Mobile Way To Grow VinesA Mobile Way To Grow Vines
June 23, 2014

Years ago, before my discovery of masonry ladders, I used to grow epic numbers of morning glories and other vines every year in containers. I wanted something that was mobile, had something to climb, and was easy to swap plants in and out of. I came up with "Pots in Pots."

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Easy Way To Store Plastic PotsEasy Way To Store Plastic Pots
May 1, 2014

I have tons and tons of plastic pots of all sizes and was running out of room on shelves to store them. I hit on the idea of using rebar and it works perfectly.

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Awesome Labeling Software for GardeningAwesome Labeling Software for Gardening
November 6, 2013

As a collector of the rare, the unusual, and the hard to find and a hybridizer, I’m always on the lookout for the best way to label and catalog my inventory of seeds and plants as well as the data I collect. Over the years I’ve auditioned various methods, but I finally have evolved a system that is easy to maintain and extremely flexible.

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No-Stress Plant RepottingNo-Stress Plant Repotting
November 2, 2013

Many years ago I totally changed the way I repotted plants that don’t like their roots disturbed and I have never lost a plant since. Since then I have repotted all of my plants this way. When I start seeing roots coming out the bottom, I know it’s time to repot.

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Getting the Bugs out of SeedsGetting the Bugs out of Seeds
September 22, 2013

When I harvest my seeds, before they are catalogued and logged in, I always sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth in a small container and add the seeds, then shake to distribute the DE among the seeds. This will take care of any bugs that were harvested along with the seeds, as well as any that may hatch out later.

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How To Make Embossed Plant TagsHow To Make Embossed Plant Tags
August 13, 2013

Among the most frustrating things about gardening are the mystery plants remaining when their tags fade away from sun and rain. The fix is embossable tags, but the cost of buying them is prohibitive if you use a lot, as I do...

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Easy Way To Deep Water a Large BedEasy Way To Deep Water a Large Bed
May 17, 2013

As I morph into a Cranky Little Old Lady, working in the garden takes just a little bit longer each year, I'm always trying to figure out ways to save time and make it easier on me. One of the things that took a lot of time was deep watering large beds.

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Weeding With the Bread KnifeWeeding With the Bread Knife
May 14, 2013

I’m the first to admit I’m a lazy gardener to some degree. One of the worst chores for me, especially as I have positional vertigo, was weeding large beds. Again, enter the most versatile of garden tools, the Bread Knife!

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Get Rid of the Ants in Your ContainersGet Rid of the Ants in Your Containers
May 9, 2013

A large part of my garden is in containers, so I am constantly battling ants that would like to take up residence. Here is how I get rid of them. When I find a pot crawling with ants, I sprinkle a little granular insecticide on the ground and a little on the surface of the soil in the pots, then water. Ants will vacate the premises in about 48 hours. I've also started sprinkling a little granular insecticide when I set out pots on the ground in the spring before the ants even have a chance to build a new home. It usually keeps the pots ant free for 2 months or so. This also works well for plants I keep in the greenhouse with saucers under them.

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How To Make an Ant Moat for Your Hummingbird FeederHow To Make an Ant Moat for Your Hummingbird Feeder
May 2, 2013

Love my hummingbird feeders but hate the ants -- after trying numerous ‘fixes’ to keep ants out of the feeders, I came up with my own fix that actually works using a can cap, wire, and cork.

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Using a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New BedsUsing a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New Beds
February 26, 2013

I tend to make a lot of small bordered beds. I don’t like to use a shovel for edging because they aren’t very precise. Enter the most versatile of garden tools: the bread knife!

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Masonry Ladders for Climbing PlantsMasonry Ladders for Climbing Plants
January 25, 2013

I think my all time favorite plants are vines and climbers. My biggest problem has been giving them something to climb on. For years I was using those flimsy arches you get at a Dollar Store which would snap if you looked at them wrong; so last winter I was determined to find something sturdier.

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