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How to Make Leaf Mold

February 15th, 2012

Leaf mold may sound like something you want out of your garden, but it can actually be quite beneficial for your plants. Essentially, it's nothing more than partially decomposed leaves that have fallen from trees. Since you probably have more than enough leaves to deal with every autumn, why not put them to work? Think of leaf mold as a pile of free compost that literally...

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How to Attract Bees to Your Garden

February 6th, 2012

You may be asking yourself why on Earth you would want to do anything that attracts bees to your garden? After all, they sting and keep you away, right? Well, the simple fact of the matter is, bumblebees are relatively docile creatures that can be beneficial for your garden, especially if you have planted a lot of flowers. According to The Daily Green, many vegetables and...

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How to Take Care of a Garden Pond

February 3rd, 2012

We're not all blessed with a beautiful body of water in our backyard, but for those of us who happen to have a garden pond - whether naturally or through our own hard work - can't simply expect it to maintain itself. You need to actively ensure that the water is clean and at adequate levels, not to mention maintaining all of the wildlife that may spring up in the area! If you...

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How to Deal With Weeds

January 31st, 2012

Weeds can be a huge problem to have to contend with in your garden. Try as you might, sometimes they can be incredibly persistent, and before you know it, you're dealing with a veritable infestation. The BBC notes that you can never be completely free of weeds - they're a natural part of most ecosystems. However, there are steps you can take to reduce their impact on your...

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How to Prepare a Plot of Land for a Flower Bed

January 18th, 2012

When you look out your window into your yard, what do you see? Is it teeming with beautiful, colorful plant life? Or is it a crop of unsightly weeds? If you're tired the view, it might be time to roll up your sleeves and plant a flower bed. Even if you don't have that much experience with gardening, doing so isn't terribly difficult - it just requires a bit of a time...

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Delightful Tropical Plants You Can Grow Indoors

December 21st, 2011

Did you know that there are a number of tropical plants that can find a happy home indoors? Not only can they add a nice visual flair to your home, but according to the Smithsonian Gardens, indoor plants can do a lot to improve your quality of life. They naturally circulate air through themselves, which helps keep it clean. If you'd like to bring a bit of tropical flavor into...

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Three Essential Blooms to Have in Your Garden

December 13th, 2011

Have you got the insatiable itch to get out into the yard and do some gardening? Even though the cold weather is here, it's never too soon to start planning next year's garden. In fact, with a bit of foresight, you can be ready to go from the first nice day, guaranteeing that your garden is the most beautiful on the block. If you've never had a flower garden, you may be...

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How to Patch a Lawn

December 5th, 2011

Everyone enjoys a luscious lawn that is thick, soft and green. It's comfortable, appealing and can make your home look welcoming and well-maintained. The key to a fabulous lawn is plenty of care and upkeep, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, some parts of your lawn go bare. Whether you have a dog who goes to the bathroom in the same spot all the time or have simply...

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How to Make Your Own Fertilizer

December 1st, 2011

If you've recently begun gardening, you may be looking for a way to give your soil an extra nutritional boost. Doing so can yield brighter and healthier crops, and if you're growing vegetables, they'll taste much better. You can certainly buy fertilizer at the store, but you may want to consider composting at home. Not only will this save you money, but you'll be helping the...

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Tips for Training a Vine to Climb an Arbor or Pergola

November 28th, 2011

Oftentimes, flowering vines look best when they're trained to climb up structures like an arbor, pergola or trellis. The flowers will reach up to eye-level where they can be smelled and appreciated more. A sense of height in your garden is also good to have because it adds interest and a sense of permanence. Here's how to train your vines to climb, according to The Home Depot...

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