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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 11 2018 , 04:02 pm
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Category: Pond , Landscape
Pondering when to reopen your pond this spring?Reopening a garden pond involves checking off a lot of items and ensuring specific habitation levels are met, but once you do it, its beauty is well worth the work.Winter can leave anything left outdoors damaged or filled with debris. It is normal to open your pond when the water temperature averages 50° or higher. Here is a brief guide to help pond-owners complete this annual task!Basic MaintenanceJust like your lawn or vegetable garden, getting your pond ready for the new season involves performing basic maintenance such as cleaning and prepping.Start by removing any leaves or sticks from the pond cover to prevent accumulated debris from falling into the pond. Using a pond vacuum or a scooper, clear any remaining debris inside the pond. Check to see how much sludge has built up over winter and determine whether you will need to replace all the water, or...
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By: Admin    April 09 2018 , 04:27 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
Plants are more than just pretty to look at.Since humans began roaming the earth thousands of years ago, plants have been vital to our well-being. Before the dawn of agriculture, humans foraged for wild plants to find food. In time, they discovered that some plants were able to cure them of certain illnesses. Today we have the luxury of nearly limitless grocery stores, over-the-counter drugs, and hospitals. Modern medicine and accessibility to food have enhanced life greatly, but have you ever wondered what wild plants could aid your survival if put to the ultimate test?Edible PlantsA lot of plants that you regularly see may be edible without you realizing it. Clovers grow virtually everywhere in North America and they are actually a member of the pea family. You can certainly eat them raw, but boiling them or making a tea out of them is a better-tasting option.If you found a cattail plant outside as a...
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