Tomato Hornworm & What To Do About Them


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What To Do About Tomato Hornworm The tomato hornworm is not actually a worm, but a bright-green caterpillar with white and black markings. Hornworms are the larva of a huge moth called five-spotted hawk moth and lay eggs on the undersides of tomato leaves late spring. Adult stages of tomato hornworms are heavy-bodied and can destroy a plant within hours.  If left to hatch within 6 to 8 days the larva mature in three to four weeks.  They burrow into the soil to pupate and can remain there … [Read more...]

Seed Tape, How to Make Your Own


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How to Make Your Own Seed Tape Do you know how to make your own seed tape? It's really easy! School is out and kids are home complaining their bored, and keeping your kids busy through the summer can be a challenge especially doing things that are free. You can make seed tape for fall/winter vegetables, as well as prepare next spring/summer flowers and vegetables. Make your tape ahead of time for all your plant needs, rolling the tape back onto the toilet paper roll and store in zip lock … [Read more...]

Grow Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps


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Grow Vegetables from Scraps To grow vegetables from kitchen scraps, utilize what our ancestors did. They didn’t have the convenience of a local grocery store around the corner not to mention they recognized the savings by re-growing edibles from kitchen scraps. Currently we live in an era of instant gratification. Go to the grocery store or local farmers market and buy whatever we need. However there has been a shift. People are looking for ways to cut costs on vegetables that are easy … [Read more...]

Black Thumb? Probably Not


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Do You Have a Black Thumb? Do you think you have a black thumb? Regardless of the size of your yard, choosing the location in your yard to plant is just as important as which plants you choose to put there. Most of us have a combination yard, meaning we fall into a couple of the examples below if not all of them. Choosing a plant that requires 8+ hours of shade will usually struggle or die in a sunny location. Full sun Full shade Morning sun Afternoon sun Dry soil Moist … [Read more...]

Vertical Gardens are Great for Limited Space


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Making Vertical Gardens With our ever shrinking yards, the current trend this summer happens to be vertical gardens and gardening in small spaces. Check with your local garden club or local small nursery to find out what is in season in your area. There are several ways to do a vertical garden, but when you talk to a professional at a good garden center, there could be confusion about vertical gardens, vertical farms and living walls. "A vertical farm refers to vertical plantings that are … [Read more...]

Basic Plant Requirements for Gardening


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Basic Plant Requirements Do you know your basic plant requirements? Everyone I know interested in gardening calls me while they’re at the garden center to ask one question while holding a plant: Will it thrive in my garden or will I kill it? They feel they have a black thumb, but that’s not the case at all. Mother Nature has its own conditions you must meet; we cannot make a plant be submissive unless, of course, we have an awesome greenhouse. When I go to a garden center I normally know … [Read more...]

Mom’s Personal Garden Retreat


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Mom's Personal Garden The perfect gift for Mom on Mother's day is giving her her own personal garden retreat. A private sitting area under a tree where she can drink tea and read or have a glass of wine and watch the sunset. I did mine over a weekend out front under the big oak tree. I like socializing with the neighbours and one has a dog named Oli who loves playing ball in my yard (he thinks it's a park). You may choose a quiet spot in the backyard. In case the area you choose, has an … [Read more...]

Gardening with Children


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Gardening with Children Children are like sponges, gathering and storing everything they see and things you do. Gardening with children is perfect because they're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time while observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening with kids is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of … [Read more...]

Earth Day – Celebrate All Year Long


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Earth Day Celebrations How do you celebrate Earth Day? On April 22nd there will be a rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. where more than tens of thousands environmentally-conscious people from all walks of life and all parts of the country joined by civic leaders and celebrities get together voicing appreciation of our planet.  For those who cannot attend the rally it is anticipated there will be up to a billion people through out the globe from of all nationalities demanding its … [Read more...]

Portable Gardening In Small Spaces


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Portable Gardening Have you ever done something on a temporary basis and discovered it solved an old age solution when it comes to gardening? My small space portable gardening is the perfect example of just that. I have always struggled with the weather's radical changes between winter, spring, and summer temperatures before its time. I either have early summer heat during the spring so vegetables get wilted, or vegetables get frozen from unexpected cold fronts moving through in spring … [Read more...]

Community Gardens, Seed & Plant Trading


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Community Gardens Community gardens may be for you. We talk a lot about gardening and how to prepare your soil, but what about those of you who don't have a yard, or you live in an apartment and feel left out from the joys of gardening. There's been a trend called "Community Gardening" for quite some time now. It allows those of you the need resources, a plot of land to work and grow your own garden. Some community gardens charge for a plot of land and the flexibility to grow small to … [Read more...]

Crops For Children – 10 Best Ones to Grow


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Best Growing Crops for Children It is gratifying to watch kids interest and self-esteem grow as the gardening efforts yielded good results. Although there are many crops suitable for the young gardeners, here are our "top 10" crops for children, which are relatively easy to grow, have short growing seasons and are fun to harvest. Crops for Children - SUNFLOWERS A must for a child's garden. Plant just one or two, since they take a lot of room.  In 8 weeks, the buds will flower revealing … [Read more...]

Easter Lilies, How to Plant Them Outside


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How to Plant Easter Lilies Outside Just because Easter has come and gone, and your lilies have begun to drop their flowers, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy them for years to come! While I am in Florida, I am going to give you instructions for how to plant your Easter Lilies outside so that you may preserve them. First, it's important to note that you should not cut any of the foliage from the lilies. You may remove any of the dying blooms that have not yet dropped, but do not remove any … [Read more...]

Soil Amendments Make All the Difference


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Soil Amendments Over the last couple of weeks, I have started to share some of my pictures and comments with regard to landscaping. I am far from a green thumb, but I do consider myself to be somewhat savvy in the yard. I used to own a landscape maintenance and installation company so I do have a leg up on the average bear, but it has taken me a long time and a lot of experimentation to get to where I am. If you are a beginner or a novice landscaper, let me give you a piece of advice: … [Read more...]

Butterfly Haven – Build One Without Breaking the Bank


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Build Your Own Butterfly Haven If you read my post last night about getting the most from your landscape projects, then you read the first installment of this part about a butterfly haven. In about 2.5 hours, I was able to solve 3-4 major landscaping issues with 0 extra dollars out of my pocket. What started the whole process was my inherent need to "rescue" plants. I found a great deal on some butterfly bushes at Lowe's. Most people would walk by these things, but I didn't. I immediately … [Read more...]

Patio Paradise – Planting One for Pennies on the Dollar


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Planting a Patio Paradise We love our patio and wanted to make it into an outdoor paradise. We want it to be somewhere that we can really enjoy in the summer months to catch some rays, yet we also want it to be somewhere we can relax and watch nature grow around us. We are blessed to have a patio that allows us to do all these things. Ever since I got in touch with professionals like these best pressure washers in clarksville to give our patio a truly good clean, our space really has … [Read more...]

Landscaping Projects – Getting the Most From Them


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My Landscaping Projects Are you in the process of looking into your local landscaping companies Richmond? Or have you been doing landscaping projects by yourself? I am one of those people that will see the absolutely perfect plant in Lowe's and decide that I need to rip out half of my yard to accommodate it. Tonight was no different. Actually, it was a perfect storm of landscaping for me. I found a great deal on some pretty Butterfly Bush at Lowe's. Wiz Kid Lisa Hebert and her husband Tim … [Read more...]

Planters DIY Project From Plastic Bottles


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Plastic Bottle Planters When we think about recycling, it usually involves setting items at the curb to be hauled off. Why not repurpose what you have on hand and turn it into something beautiful that you can enjoy everyday or give as a gift? Reusing what we consider to be trash is not only Earth friendly, but very cost effective for us as well. Materials Needed for the Planters: Glue gun & glue stick 1 Bag Cinnamon sticks from Michael’s cut in half. Don’t be perfect!!! … [Read more...]

DIY Rain Barrel for Under $30


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DIY Rain Barrel A Rain Barrel is a "tank" that collects and holds rainwater runoff from rooftops or rain gutters. They are installed to use collected water for later use, and help to cut down on water main bills. Using water in this way, a means of recycling, is much wiser and affordable than hooking your hose up to the water you pay for. We waste thousands of gallons of FREE water from the sky each year. Rain barrels are also important for our environment because they help reduce water … [Read more...]

Planting Patio Pots for Pennies on the Dollar


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Planting Patio Pots I love our patio pots! It's no secret that we live in Florida and have the benefit of awesome weather most of the year. Because of this, we spend the majority of our time on our patio. We have done things to make the experience more pleasurable. One example is our flower pots. We have invested in nice cast-concrete pots that have been stained to give them a unique look.  I change the pots by season.  For example, at Christmas time, we had Norfolk Pines and Poinsettias. … [Read more...]

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