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By: Admin    May 08 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Gardening , DIY
Gardening season is here! The sun is shining and it is time to break out your gardening gloves. Potting soil is the first essential item you will need to get started. Did you know you can make it right from home? Making your own potting soil is fun and cost-effective. Not only is it cheaper than buying pre-made, but you can customize your potting soil to make sure your plants have the specific nutrients they need to grow. Potting Soil Ingredients With just a few ingredients found at many home improvement or gardening stores, you can make customized potting soil for your garden. You can use ground soil as a base for your homemade potting soil, but horticulturists found in the mid-1990s that peat moss was a much more ideal soil base for encouraging plant growth. Peat moss is excellent at water retention and aeration. You can replace peat moss or add multiple base ingredients such...
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By: Admin    April 26 2018 , 02:20 pm
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Category: Gardening , Plant Care
Looking for easy greenery? Gardening and planting are one of the most stress-relieving activities one can enjoy. However, not everyone is born with a natural green thumb. When starting your outdoor garden or indoor garden for the first time, there are a few plants that are easier to care for than others, putting you on the right track to gardening success. Hardy Plant OptionsOne of the factors that play into whether a plant will be hard to kill in your region is its hardiness. Put very basically, a plant’s hardiness is its ability to withstand hot and cold temperatures. A coneflower is a wonderful option for beginners. It has a hardiness of three all the way through nine, which means it can tolerate hot summers as well as a little frost. They are relatively drought-resistant as well! Besides being easy to care for they bring some benefits along with them. They come in a variety of colors su...
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By: Admin    April 24 2018 , 11:57 am
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Category: Home , Gardening
Gardening Indoors A yard or garden is not necessary to indulge your green thumb! Many plants can thrive indoors with the right care. Setting the Stage With a few purchases at a home goods store, you can set up a chic garden indoors. There are numerous ways to set up an eye-catching indoor garden that will not require lots of space. Utilize your walls for hanging arrangements or add shelving to create dramatic texture to your garden.Many stores sell fixtures that can arrange plants nicely. This baker’s rack from Hayneedle can be used to arrange plants in an attractive way. There are cheaper options too, such as this garden stand from Walmart.You can also display plants in terrariums, vases, bowls, or terra cotta pots to fit the style of your garden.Lighting NeedsBring the sun indoors to your garden!Most plants need about 14 to 16 hours of sunlight a day in order to thrive. Even lig...
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By: Admin    April 23 2018 , 11:59 am
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Category: Gardening , Animals
Guard Your Garden!One of the biggest headaches any gardener will face when they start to see success is furry little thieves. Although adorable, creatures like deer, squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, and moles will eat and destroy your hard work. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to try and prevent this.The first step is to identify what animal the invader is. A fence is a good option for keeping critters out, but if your animal problem is deer, they can jump right over the fence. If your garden has squirrel invaders, they can simply climb over fences. Look for tracks and patterns specific to the animals in your region that match the ones in your garden. Once you have figured out what creatures are causing mayhem, you can plan your next move!Fighting with FencingPutting up a fence will keep out critters such as rabbits and other small mammals. Making the fence taller could at least make it ...
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By: Admin    March 26 2018 , 10:19 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Spring is for planting and rewards those who wait!With some planning and know-how you can avoid disappointment from early spring cold snaps.With spring newly arrived, we as gardeners and horticulturists cannot wait to get our hands dirty! However, to achieve success and to avoid disappointment we must be patient and keep a few key things in mind before meeting shovel to soil.WeatherWe must remember to listen to the weather, and more importantly temperature, above all else.Temperature is a key deciding factor in plant success and growth. In fact, it is wise to look out for a constant minimum nighttime air temperature of 50 degrees F for at least one week before planting tender warm-season bedding plants, vegetables, and seedlings. Planting before that temperature consistency results in stressed plants, making them needlessly prone to disease and insects. Your plants will not grow, or they may be da...
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