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Organic Fertilizers 101

May 14th, 2012

It goes without saying that you need fertile soil in order to ensure that the plants in your vegetable garden successfully make it to harvest. According to the National Gardening Association, most soils benefit from the introduction of organic fertilizer. The main reason for using it is that it closely simulates the conditions necessary to meet the nutritional needs of a...

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How To Prune Flowers

May 3rd, 2012

There are plenty of reasons to prune your flowers. It can help you define the shape of your garden, prolong flowering and help ensure that future generations are even healthier. If you've got the basics of gardening down and are ready to get into the nitty gritty of maintenance, pruning is definitely a skill worth learning. It's relatively uncomplicated as well! If you've...

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Giving Your Seeds a Headstart Indoors

April 25th, 2012

Depending on where you live, the last frost of winter may not occur until late April or early May. This isn't a problem for people who inhabit warmer climates, but for those living up North, it can be a problem, as the growing season for many plants is shortened by about a full month. The solution? Give your seeds a head start by planting them indoors. This helps them develop...

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Caring For Your Gardening Tools

April 25th, 2012

Gardening tools must endure a great deal of wear and tear - after all, you're using them to dig up soil, prune leaves and rake foliage. This is why it's important that you diligently take care of your equipment. The more careful you are with maintaining them, the longer they'll last. Luckily, most gardening tools should be fairly easy to keep in good condition, as long as you...

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Why Mulch Your Garden?

April 23rd, 2012

Do you have problems with weeds or dry flower beds? A layer of mulch could be just what you need to solve them! According to the BBC, mulching is a fundamental gardening skill that you will want to learn as soon as possible. It provides nutrients for plants, helps lock in moisture, forms a barrier against weeds and can even help to insulate the roots of your plants from winter...

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How To Take Care of Houseplants

April 17th, 2012

Houseplants are a wonderful way to introduce some flora into your home. However, they may not be as easy to care for as you might think. There's more to it than simply watering them every day, and even doing that can be harmful to certain species. The method of care you use will be largely determined by what plants you own, though there are certainly a few practices you will...

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How To Repot a Cactus

April 16th, 2012

Although cacti are generally regarded as low-maintenance houseplants, they do require a certain amount of care. According to the BBC, it's time to repot a cactus when the roots start to show through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot - this generally works out to be every two or three years. It's best to repot during the spring, when cacti are actively growing....

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How To Select and Lay Down Turf

April 11th, 2012

Not everyone has time to build a lawn from scratch - it requires a fair amount of work to ensure everything goes off without a problem. However, you can lay down your own turf in no time at all - as long as you prepare your soil and are careful about allowing it to take root, you should be just fine. Here are a few tips for those looking for an easy way to get a pristine lawn....

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How To Move A Shrub

April 10th, 2012

After enough time, what began as a small, young shrub may be starting to overgrow its position. It's important to ensure that your plants have enough room to expand or you may end up stunting their growth. Although moving a shrub may seem like a difficult task, with the help of a friend or family member, you should be able to do it without too much trouble. And, once it's back...

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How To Make Your Garden Safe for Pets and Children

April 4th, 2012

Your garden may very well be your oasis for relaxation, but it can also be an avenue for injury for unsuspecting children and pets. According to the BBC, lawnmower accidents top the list. However, you might be surprised to learn that flower pots come in second. If you're concerned about making your garden as safe as can be, here are a few tips to help ensure that you can enjoy...

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