Category Archives: Garden Ideas

Bitter Cucumbers – What to Do?

It's the rare gardener who hasn't experienced growing a bitter cucumber. Few things are as frustrating as tending your vegetables all season long, only to finally harvest them and find out they don't taste very good, when you get them to the table. Cucumbers are know for being prolific, sometimes to the extreme. But what…
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DIY – How to Build an Outdoor Shower

Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer DIY project that you’ll find yourself using even more than you imagined. Of course, the easiest installation is one involving a garden hose, shower head, and tree branch, but you can make a free-standing one just…
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Starting a Rock Garden

HOW TO START A ROCK GARDEN   Rock Gardens It is probably best to avoid the word rockery, for this is apt to encompass all that is unsatisfactory about most small garden efforts in this field. A pile of soil is made — no doubt left over from something else — then scattered at random with…
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Rhubarb – Growing Guide

Rhubarb, easy-to-grow perennial is great for pies and jams, especially when coupled with strawberries. It comes to life when temperatures rise into the 40s F, making it one of the earliest spring crops. GROWING RHUBARB Yields best in full sun. Well-drained, deep, fertile soil, high in organic matter, pH 5.5 to 6.5. Yields best with plentiful,…
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Container Gardening – 8 Easy to Grow Veggies

Some veggies are more suitable than others for container gardening Any vegetable that grows in the ground can be grown in a container. But some crops, such as corn and pumpkins, may not be worth the effort. You don't have to stick with so-called patio (dwarf) varieties. Most standard-size vegetables are suitable for container culture.…
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Snake Plant – Perfect Houseplant

Kingdom: Plantae Clad: Angiosperms Clad: Monocots Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae Subfamily: Nolinoideae Genus: Sansevieria Species: S. Trifasciata Binomial name Sansevieria trifasciata Sansevieria Trifasciata has other names like, mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant or Saint George’s sword (in Brazil). These represent a variety of blossoming plants, which belong to the family of Asparagaceae, endemic to tropical regions…
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How to Make an Easy DIY Birdhouse

Want to see how a small shopping list can yield big results? Make this DIY birdhouse from a single pine board! Tools Miter saw (or handsaw with miter box) Painter's tape Wood glue Power sander and various grits of sandpaper Drill with bits Clamp Materials 1-in x 6-in x 6-ft pine board, #1157 1/2-in poplar…
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Small Urban Garden Design Ideas

You need small urban garden inspiration... Create the perfect small urban garden. Is your yard or garden small on space? Urban gardens have their own challenges: often their smaller size, lack of sunlight, and extensive amount of hard surfaces. If your space isn't conducive to growing lots of plants and flowers, go for the simplicity of monochromatic…
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How to Grow Ornamental Grass

They're not the kind of grasses that you broadcast spread across your front or back yard. Hopefully, you will never run across them with the lawn mower either. Rather, Ornamental Grasses are decorative. They look great in the flower garden. They are used to add depth and texture to highlight rock gardens. They are mixed…
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Transplanting Tips for a Successful Garden

Once days lengthen and temperatures warm, it’s time to move seedlings out into the garden. Ideal transplant times vary from plant to plant, depending on the growing temperatures each prefers. In many cases, transplant times (often provided on seed packets) are given in terms of days before or after the last spring frost date for…
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Color and Flavor – Heirloom Tomatoes Varieties

The popularity of heirloom tomatoes is based around two characteristics – their stunning array of colors and the unique flavor profiles of each variety.  The sheer number of heirloom tomatoes varieties with unique flavors can be overwhelming however. Fortunately there are a few generalizations that can be made with regards to the relationship between flavor and color.…
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How to Get Rid of Ants Invasion Naturally

How to Get Rid of Ants Invasion Naturally There’s nothing like walking into your kitchen first thing in the morning, bleary eyed and ready for your morning cup of coffee only to find that your home has been invaded. Marching one-by-one in a seemingly endless stream, these tiny insects are one of life’s biggest pests…
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Designing an Outdoor Dining Area

Always start with a goal! Here at Garden Design for Living, we always start the design process by defining a specific goal. Outdoor dining means different things to different people, so before going out and shopping for your dining furniture, start by defining your goal. Ask yourself what do you want from your dining area.…
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15 Stone Landscaping Ideas

Add non-plant elements to your yard with these ideas for landscaping with rocks and stones. Add stylish touches to your outdoor space with these stone landscaping ideas: ideas for paths, patios, backyard waterfalls, decorative rock seating, japanese gardens and more.
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How To Multiply & Extend Your Poinsettia

Poinsettia, these colorful plant, so fitting in holiday home decorations, sometimes become a problem after Christmas when blooming ends and many times they are thrown out. If you love filling your home with Poinsettia during the holiday season, here’s how you can get another blooming season from them. It’s not a particularly long-lived houseplant but…
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Growing Spinach

Tips For Growing Spinach Tasty, nutritious spinach is one of the first crops planted in spring. It's higher in iron, calcium and vitamins than most cultivated greens, and it's one of the best vegetable sources of vitamins A, B and C. About Spinach Spinach must have at least 6 weeks of cool weather from seeding to…
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