Gardening News and Ideas by threegardeners

Fighting Mildew NaturallyFighting Mildew Naturally
July 27, 2013

Milk is a great fungicide. You can spray phlox with it to stop powdery mildew.

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Natural Air FreshenerNatural Air Freshener
July 12, 2013

I always leave a few Milkweed plants under the windows in the garden. When I open the windows in the evening the scent coming into the house is intoxicating.

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Deterring Rabbits in Your GardenDeterring Rabbits in Your Garden
May 28, 2013

Spread blood meal to deter rabbits in the spring.

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Repel Deer NaturallyRepel Deer Naturally
October 25, 2012

Irish Spring soap sliced 1 inch thick and tied to a 2 foot stake will repel deer.

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Hanging Plants:  Recycling Baby Crib PanelsHanging Plants: Recycling Baby Crib Panels
September 29, 2012

Too many houseplants? This is a great way to utilize something old and make it totally useful again.

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Protect Your Developing SeedsProtect Your Developing Seeds
August 27, 2012

If you want to save some of your sunflower seeds before letting the birds get them, cover them with the mesh bags that onions come in.

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Make Your Own Moss PoleMake Your Own Moss Pole
July 20, 2012

A moss pole is the best way to grow plants like Philodendrons and Syngoniums. Moss poles are really pretty simple to make; let me show you.

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Propagation:  Water Rooting HouseplantsPropagation: Water Rooting Houseplants
July 8, 2012

This is the first in a series of short articles on propagation, the process of increasing your plants. There are several ways to propagate, but let's start with water rooting.

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Catnip DreamsCatnip Dreams
June 24, 2012

Most of us have used catnip in the obvious way, to keep our cats amused. Did you know that catnip has many other uses as well? Let's take a look.

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A Quick Egg Shell TipA Quick Egg Shell Tip
June 23, 2012

Every time you eat eggs, crush the shells and spread around sensitive plants; slugs and snails will not cross the egg shell barrier.

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Make Your Own Mosquito RepellentMake Your Own Mosquito Repellent
June 15, 2012

You don't need to use expensive, chemical-laden products to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Make your own using organic essential oils.

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Containers - Simply So EasyContainers - Simply So Easy
May 24, 2012

Growing flowers in a container is so easy. No rules need apply to have beautiful containers this summer.

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Keep the Blooms ComingKeep the Blooms Coming
May 2, 2012

Deadhead your spent blooms to promote a second flush of flowers.

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Scare Away the Birds and RodentsScare Away the Birds and Rodents
April 29, 2012

Hang empty aluminium pie plates around your vegetable garden to deter birds and rodents.

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Protect Strawberries from the BirdsProtect Strawberries from the Birds
April 2, 2012

Plant strawberries in hanging baskets to keep the birds from eating the berries before you can. Hang the baskets all over your yard for snacking. I had a row of strawberries and didn't get a single berry before the birds, dug 'em up and put them in hanging baskets and haven't lost a berry yet.

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Thwarting CutwormsThwarting Cutworms
March 16, 2012

Use empty toilet paper rolls around your young vegetables to protect them from cutworms.

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How To Turn an Aquarium into a TerrariumHow To Turn an Aquarium into a Terrarium
January 20, 2012

There seems to be a lot of mystery involving terrariums. Mention one and people run away in fear. I don't know why, it's really quite simple. Let me show you.

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Material for Bird NestsMaterial for Bird Nests
December 19, 2011

When you brush your cat or dog, put the fur outside for the birds to make nests with.

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Keep Animals out of Potted PlantsKeep Animals out of Potted Plants
November 25, 2011

Place decorative stones on the top of the soil of potted plants to prevent cats or other animals from digging in them.

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Coffee Can Bird FeederCoffee Can Bird Feeder
November 21, 2011

Cut out four sides of your plastic coffee cans to make great bird feeders! You can nail them to the top of a post, to a wall, or just about anywhere!!

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An Interesting Washup IdeaAn Interesting Washup Idea
November 18, 2011

Keep a rain barrel at each door to the house to dip your muddy feet in before coming back inside the house after gardening.

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All About Packaging Plants for ShippingAll About Packaging Plants for Shipping
November 9, 2011

There eventually comes a time when you want to share your plants with someone in another state, province, or country. This is a tutorial showing one of the best ways to package your plants, ensuring that they will make it to their destination in one piece.

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Beer Attracts SlugsBeer Attracts Slugs
October 27, 2011

A dish of beer in the garden will attract slugs.

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How To Re-Pot a HouseplantHow To Re-Pot a Houseplant
September 28, 2011

There always comes a time when you have to pot up a plant. Here's a tutorial on the easiest way that I have found to do it.

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Coffee Mug Becomes a Toad HouseCoffee Mug Becomes a Toad House
September 14, 2011

Break the handle on your favourite coffee mug? Set the handle-less mug in the garden to use as a toad house.

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How To Create Humidity for Your HouseplantsHow To Create Humidity for Your Houseplants
August 29, 2011

Humidity is sometimes very important; it can make the difference between a lovely houseplant and a spectacular houseplant. This article will demonstrate some of the ways to create humidity.

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All About GesneriadsAll About Gesneriads
August 3, 2011

The plants of this group are among the best houseplants for a constant stream of blooms and ease of growth. Do you grow Gesneriads? If so, please share your photos and experiences in the comments section after the article.

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Cottage Gardening - The Art of ChaosCottage Gardening - The Art of Chaos
July 20, 2011

There is no secret to having a beautiful Cottage Garden. The main "rule" is to simply let the plants decide what they want to do. Here are some visual hints meant to inspire you.

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Easy Houseplants for BeginnersEasy Houseplants for Beginners
July 15, 2011

Have you finally decided you need a houseplant or two or three? Here are a few I love because they're both beautiful and easy to grow.

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All About BegoniasAll About Begonias
May 2, 2010

Begonias come in many shapes, sizes, types, and leaf colors. They make good houseplants, but they require a bit more care than the average houseplant. I rate them as an 8 out of 10 on the scale of difficulty indoors in the winter but they're 2 out of 10 outdoors in the summer.

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Maintenance of HouseplantsMaintenance of Houseplants
March 26, 2010

Properly watering, fertilizing, and making sure your houseplants have enough light is just part of the equation to healthy plants. You also have to maintain them.

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