Hydroponic Gardening At Home


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I Love Hydroponic Gardening   Let me start by saying that I am no gardener. In fact I can kill a rock and that's not easy to do! Hydroponic gardening at home is really taking off around the country, but if you aren't looking for it, chances are you don't know it's out there. Not only are there several methods available, there is a system that will meet anyone's needs. One day we saw a show about Disney's garden towers that really got our attention so we did some research and a … [Read more...]

Fresh Basil – How to Preserve It


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Preserving Fresh Basil This year I tried hydroponic gardening with fresh basil, among other herbs. I had a little success and a little learning failure. Hydroponic gardening turned out to be a better option for us than traditional gardening. See full article here. My basil went crazy so I experimented with different ways to preserve it because I just couldn't cook with it fast enough. I discovered basil freezes pretty well. I have two plants. I froze one plant for later recipes while still … [Read more...]

Planning Your Spring Garden, It’s That Time Of Year


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Now is Time to Start Planning Your Spring Garden Do you have spring fever to start gardening like I do? It’s that time of year to start thinking about planning your spring garden. There are lots of great crops that thrive on this cool weather. Where you live will determine just how chilly it is. For most of the U.S., it’s still brisk outside. Whether you have a big garden for planting, raised beds like me, or pots on your porch, know that you too can grow just about anything with minimal … [Read more...]

Old Crocs in Your Garden for Plants


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Gardening with Your Old Crocs What a beautiful day which only means one thing - time to get in the garden and turn my old Crocs into adorable planters. I had plenty of flowers overflowing in pots needing to be thinned out and today was the perfect day. While cleaning under the work bench, I came across four Crocs that make adorable planters you can hang from a chair, a fence or even just sit them flat in your garden. I always hang a couple from two metal chairs that have loops to hook … [Read more...]

Organic Pest Control in Your Garden


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Organic Pest Control Are you thinking about organic pest control? If you can’t wait to get outside on a sunny day, or even an ugly day, consider that you have a true passion for gardening. If it’s your goal to find ways to protect your plants from weather conditions, so you can enjoy them the following spring, it's safe to say you love gardening. The desire for free organic vegetables alone makes you a gardener, but being organic is not as easy as we wish it to be. Do you prefer to mow … [Read more...]

Easter Eggs For Gardening


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Easter Eggs in Gardening March 31st is Easter and it seems like Valentines Day was just yesterday. If you plan to do the Easter eggs for the gardening project tabletop decoration I do every year that is illustrated above, you need to be ahead of the game as Easter is in March this year, not April. You need time for your seeds to germinate. I have a lot of odds and ends when it comes to decorating so I’m constantly switching things up a bit. With this project, however, I’m partial to it for … [Read more...]

Happy Valentines Day – Did You Remember


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Happy Valentines Day Happy Valentines Day! Did you forget or remember to order flowers? The stores are swamped with people and everything has been picked over.  What do you do? I’ve been writing everyday this week about different ideas of Valentines arrangements you can make on a tight budget. DIY Valentine Floral Arrangements posted Monday DYI Valentines Floral Arrangements Part 2 posted Tuesday DIY Valentine Floral Arrangements PT 3 posted Wednesday My husband use to send me … [Read more...]

DIY Valentine Floral Arrangements PT 3


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DIY Valentine Floral Arrangements Continued from: DIY Valentines Floral Arrangements part 1 and part 2. On Monday I started a three day continuous post where I focused on three potting arrangements per day. Single plants with small pots simple and cheap enough to do in a day. These are great for anyone, mom, dad, grandparents, sister, and friend or even for you. Tuesday’s pots had multiple flowers in three unique mid-size potting containers you probably would not have considered before as … [Read more...]

Valentines Floral Arrangements Part 2


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DIY Valentines Floral Arrangements   Continued: DIY Valentines Floral Arrangements. In my first blog post on making your own Valentines flower arrangement, it focused on a single plant with a small container. In the following photos I want to move onto something a little more unique when it comes to pots. We've already concluded I got most of my plants with money maker coupons, or in some cases, I used rewards as I have a drug store already putting garden supplies out. All three of the … [Read more...]

Valentine Floral Arrangements DIY


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Valentine Floral Arrangements Valentine's Day is not only the one day everyone sets aside to celebrate love for each other, but kids love to share cards and candy with their BFF’s and secret admires not to mention wanting to make mom a flower pot. I will be running a series of DIY Valentine Floral Arrangements to help inspire you to make your own and save while doing it. With that said, Valentines is the second largest commercialized holiday and if you’re following the coupon-wizards … [Read more...]

Start Planning Your Garden Now


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How to Start Planning Your Garden How do you start planning your garden or do you? I have a confession to make. I'm addicted to garden centers and home improvement stores. I see flowers and it feeds my addiction to impulse buy. I had to learn to start thinking and planning my garden before it was time for planting. My secret weapon not to impulse buy is my husband. I can see spring around the corner, can you? My bulbs are starting to pop up from the dirt, the smell of flowers in the air? … [Read more...]

Propagating Plants From Stem Cuttings


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Propagating Plants Free, Free, Free! After receiving my greenhouse, I learned so much about propagating plants and which ones were a success and those that were not, from fuchsias, begonias, hydrangeas and just about any type of branch from trees and shrubs. The word propagate scares people as they think it’s harder than it actuality is, but it’s easier than pulling out your wallet and a lot more satisfaction as you can do this with your children and watch everything grow as they grow. … [Read more...]

Fall Bulb Planting in Today’s Garden Spot


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Fall Bulb Planting Now that fall is here, I think a lot about planting and garden maintenance. Wait a minute, when don’t I think about that? What is one of the classic gardening activities in the fall after clearing out the leaves? Fall bulb planting. There’s no better season for planting bulbs to provide years of enjoyment for very little time and money. Here are a few bulb planting tips to ensure the best results for next season. What to plant Among the most popular of the … [Read more...]

Autumn Outdoor Chores on the Garden Spot


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How do we keep up with Autumn outdoor chores during the busiest time of year?  Your kids are back in school with sports or other activities that has your time stretched thin by the time you get home, have dinner and do homework. I’ve been asked in the past why should I rake my leaves if they just keep falling? Small piles are easier to deal with. Use as  mulch for your garden beds. Reduces risk of grass disease. Reduces risk of insects and critters making your yard their … [Read more...]

Rakes and Leaf Blowers


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The picturesque colors of Autumn leaves turn into a chore once they fall from their trees.  From time to time we have to consider if we need to replace our old rakes and leaf blowers, so are you still using wood handles and splintering your hands?  Whether your new to gardening and looking to buy new rakes and leaf blowers or replace your existing rakes and leaf blowers, how do you know which is best for you with the new equipment to choose from? A leaf blower is the best way to handle large … [Read more...]

Garden Spot – Healthy Lawns


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Healthy Lawns in Today's Garden Spot Did you know the perfect healthy lawn can also help the environment? Healthy lawns do indeed provide feeding ground for birds that find it a rich source of insects, worms, and other food. Thick grass prevents weed seeds from finding dirt to root, prevents soil erosion, filters contaminants and absorbs many types of airborne pollutants. Grass is also highly efficient at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, a process that helps clean the air. If we care … [Read more...]

Fall and Winter Vegetables & How to Plan


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How to Plan Your Fall and Winter Vegetables I keep hearing folks say vegetable growing season is almost over all the while I’ve been setting up more raised planter beds anticipating the fall and winter vegetables. I'm addicted to sugar snap peas, home grown lettuce and spinach. I realize everyone cannot grow fall and winter vegetables without having a greenhouse or a cold frame that offers a comfortable environment for less hardy plants through the winter months in cold regions. Relying … [Read more...]

Designing Next Years Garden


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Designing Next Years Garden Now is the time to start planning and designing next years garden, not while you’re standing in the nursery contemplating every new plant that tempts you. Whether it be your whole yard or a pot you have been holding onto not knowing what to do with, I may be able to help. So lets spend some time looking at your garden now, viewing it objectively while your successes and failures make themselves known. When you're thinking of plants, think first of heights so you … [Read more...]

Compost Tea in Today’s Garden Spot


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Garden Spot - Compost Tea Did you know you can make compost tea to apply to your existing lawn and plants that is better than fertilizer? Why? Spraying compost tea to the foliage of your lawn and plants not only helps suppress foliage disease, it also increases the available nutrients to the plant. The use of tea enhances microbes in the soil and microbes improve your soil structure by enhancing the decomposition of organic matter. Making your own compost fertilizer gives you peace of mind … [Read more...]

Blossom-End Rot in Today’s Garden Spot


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Blossom-End Rot Have you ever gotten around a group of people that grow tomatoes, pepper, eggplants among other vegetables and ask the question “Does anyone know what causes the bottom of  vegetables to have blossom-end rot?" If you know the answer to this question, listening to the remedies is fun. Blossom-end rot is not a disease that can be spread by garden pests, or something that is transmitted through infected plants. It also isn’t a result of a poorly pollinated flower. The answer … [Read more...]

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