Category: Landscaping

Raised Beds

For easy, quick access, consider planting a small raised or ground level vegetable garden of lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers and herbs, just outside the kitchen door. A raised bed is easier to work; it doesn’t require bending so low to plant, weed and harvest the vegetables. Integrate extra minerals in the soil by cultivating lava … […]

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Recycle Leaves

The extreme and unusual weather patterns we have had this year have caused the leaves to remain on our trees longer than I can ever remember. Many people bag their leaves in plastic bags and leave them curbside for city pickup service. This is time consuming and costly in more ways than one. Bags are … […]

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Swivel Hangers

Have you ever looked at your hanging basket or potted plant and noticed the beautiful blooms and new growth on one side but not the other? It’s easy to forget to rotate the basket or pot in order to provide even exposure to the sun. My hanging baskets tend to be large and sometimes quite … […]

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Using Tomato Cages In Winter

Last spring I needed new tomato cages so I bought a 5′ x 50′ roll of light weight fencing material, cut it into 5 foot sections, and made 10 tomato cages. Then this winter as we started to have freezing nights, I needed something to cover low tender vegetation. It was then that I realized … […]

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Keep Blooms Coming

Cutting off spent flower heads can be a beneficial use of a gardener’s time. Not only can it improve the appearance of your garden, it can help the plant to flower longer. When the flowers are dead, the plant continues to spend energy to produce seed rather than using that energy for more flowers or … […]

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Dirt Prep

GETTING READY TO PLANT! If you’re like me, you’re chomping at the bit to get elbow deep in some dirt! Okay, actually, not just dirt, but some good rich soil! Soil is so much more than dirt! It needs to be rich in nutrients to enable your plants to thrive, and also the right consistency … […]

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Hanging Planter

Need a project for those fall and winter afternoons? Try making a hanging planter from PVC pipe. You can choose from the various sizes and lengths of pipe, depending on what you may want to plant in it. An eight-foot section of six-inch PVC can provide enough material for two hanging planters or one six-foot … […]

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Instant Impact

I’m sure you have read many gardening magazines where you have read, “have a focal point in your garden”. Often this means a trellis, arbor, fountain, tree, bridge, statuary, building, architectural elements, etc., but it could be as simple as adding a big-flowering or large-leafed plant. Possibilities might include grasses, hostas, elephant’s ears, hydrangeas, roses … […]

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Inexpensive Trellis

I needed several trellises for the plants in my flower and vegetable garden. Since they are very costly in the stores and rather simple to make, I decided to make my own. I had plenty of old lumber and molding left over from building our house, so my husband and I made our own, and … […]

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Pot Tips

HOW TO AGE POTS Aged weathered mossy clay pots so prized by gardeners cannot be bought off the shelves of the local garden center. One can, however, achieve this look rather easily. Choose new unglazed clay pots with a trim or pattern for the richest looking effect. Dig some real dirt, not sterile potting soil, … […]

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