Category Archives: Gardening Tips

7 Tips for Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you're like me, that morning cup of coffee is non-negotiable. Over time, that caffeine habit can generate a lot of coffee grounds. Don’t toss those grounds into the trash — using coffee grounds in the garden can help create the garden of your dreams. The benefits of coffee grounds Coffee grounds are a valuable soil amendment,…
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Everything You Need to Know About Saving Seeds

Save the seeds from some of your favorite garden vegetables to replant next year! Here’s our seed-saving guide for beginners. Generally, you will want to make sure seeds are clean and dry before storing them. Below is a rundown of gathering, treating, and storing the most commonly-saved garden vegetable seeds. REASONS FOR SAVING SEEDS Gardeners tend…
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The Bird of Paradise – African Beauty

The Bird of Paradise is delightfully easy to care for and enjoys warm, balmy days year round. The stunning flowers of this unique plant make it popular in gardens around the globe. The strelitzia reginae (scientific name) is one of the most spectacular flowering plants that can be grown indoors, when the correct conditions are provided.…
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Garden Almanac – August Gardening Tips and Tasks

August is a month of endings and beginnings in the kitchen garden. Yes, there is still a month of vacation time before school starts, but in nature change is about. Summer will begin to fade in many gardens during August giving way to autumn and cool weather. In other regions, as the summer garden comes…
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Fall Vegetable Garden: 15 Best Vegetables to Grow

Fall vegetable gardening will vary greatly across hardiness zones. Gardeners in zones 8 and up, who have waited patiently through the hazy heat of summer, can finally get all sorts of vegetable plants started, including tender tomatoes and eggplant. Gardeners in northern climates will have to content themselves growing vegetables that enjoy the cooler, shorter…
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DIY – Self Watering Tomato Buckets

“You can never have too many tomato plants, but what happens when you run out of room in the garden. Tomatoes are probably the most versatile plant you can grow; They are used in everything from Tomato Sauce to Ketchup,  Espagnole Sauce to Bloody Marys’ (Yum!). Growing tomato plants in 5 gallon buckets is nothing…
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Summer Vegetable Harvest Tips

Summer Vegetable Harvest Tips Pick summer vegetables when they are young and tender—bigger is not tastier. Check crops daily. Whenever possible eat summer vegetables the day you pick them. Here’s a quick guide for picking summer vegetables at the peak of flavor: Green beans. Pick green beans as soon as immature seeds begin to fill…
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Hanging Garden: Fruits and Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

Gardeners who are limited when it comes to space are always experimenting with ways to grow food vertically, and using hanging pots is often one of the very best options. Even if you aren’t worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging container can be a fun way to add more visual interest to…
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How to Make Best Natural Bug Spray

Every garden, big or small, requires the managing of insects and other pests. Good planning, healthy plants and good combination planting are the first lines of defense against undesired pests. When you are faced with an incoming pest problem, sometimes you just need to SPRAY! Here are the best sprays and methods we know of.…
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Ideas for Container Gardens

50 Ideas for Container Gardens Inspiration to Start Your Own Container Garden Project. Bored with the pots you use for container gardening? Refresh your landscape and boost your curb appeal with our fun ideas for container gardens. When I got my first apartment, with just a tiny concrete pad for a patio and not a…
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Watering – When and How to Water Your Plants

Watering plants correctly is one of the easiest things to learn in gardening but many people find it confusing. The reason for this is that they want to use regular schedules. Regular schedules, like once a week, do not work. If you want to learn how to water your garden or house plants correctly you…
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Gardening Tips for Summer

Summer is a time of beauty and abundance in the garden. It’s also a busy time for the gardener, full of chores that are necessary to care for and maintain the health of your plants. Listed below are some of the core tasks of the season to help you prioritize your workload. Indoor garden Early…
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Top 5 Gardening Mistakes

Read on to see if you’re making one of these common gardening mistakes. Get your garden back on track by avoiding these common blunders. We’ve all been there – a bright and lively plant reduced to a pile of wilted leaves overnight. Don’t give up. Having Too Many Plants I’ll be the first to say…
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Natural Seedling Pots: Seedlings In Citrus Peels

If you find yourself with a plethora of citrus rinds, say from making marmalade or from the case of grapefruit you got from Aunt Flo down in Texas, you may be wondering if there are any beneficial or ingenious ways to use citrus rinds. The amazing aromatic power of citrus aside, did you know you…
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August Planting: What to Plant in Your Region in August

August is a fabulous month in the vegetable garden for many of us. The summer crops are overwhelming us with their productivity (hopefully!) and the crops we sowed last month are coming along beautifully. But August need not be a time only to harvest the midseason crops. You can still plant in August. For many…
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Keyhole Gardens: How to Make Keyhole Raised Bed

A Keyhole Garden is a raised bed, lasagna garden, composting, and recycling system all rolled into one. The design creates a garden that uses recycled materials, less water and maintenance, and can be made handicap-accessible! Whose Crazy Idea Was This? The keyhole gardens are the brainchild of humanitarian charities and missionaries for use in impoverished…
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