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Starting A Compost Pile

Starting a Compost Pile For The Garden Cold-Composting

Starting A Compost Pile

Today I am going to walk you through starting a compost pile or aka cold composting which is composting kitchen scraps and yard waste this year into rich, beautiful soil for next year.

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Flower Garden Plants and Pots/ Free Gardening Tips

Top 10 Purple Garden Plants

10 purple flowers for flower gardens

Top 10 Purple Garden Plants

Here are my top 10 purple garden plants to be sure to add to any purple flower garden.

The color purple contains a wide variety of floral garden choices.  From plum flower shades to striking mulberry tones, right down to the romantic and early spring  lilacs. 

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Birds/ Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips

Pileated Woodpecker

How to tell the male and female pileated woodpecker apart

Pileated Woodpecker

The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. The term pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus meaning “capped”  which refers to the red crest on the top of the birds head.

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How Long Does It Take Seeds To Germinate

Testing How Long Does it Take Seeds To Germinate

 

How Long Does It Take Seeds To Germinate ?

How long does it take seeds to germinate ? Having the exact knowledge of when a seed will germinate is important for a variety of reasons, the most important reasons are to save you time, energy and money. There is a way to know when this will occur fairly easily by creating a germination table and testing how long does it take seeds to germinate.

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Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Ants are attracted to sugar and sweetness and since hummingbird feeders are made up of sugar water, they, of course, are going to go straight for the mixture.  Here are 6 ways to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders.

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Prepping For a Garden

Prepping Garden Soil For Garden

Prepping For a Garden

The greatest determining factor for the garden and prepping for a garden placement is the sunOnce you have chosen the ideal location for your garden it is time to start planning. Not sure where the best placement is to read the article choosing a location for the garden to help you decide.

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Free Gardening Tips/ Fresh From the Garden Recipes

Mulberry Muffins

Mulberry Muffins

I foraged some mulberries this weekend. Yum!  Now, for the dilemma what should a person do with them all? First thing I wanted to try was a recipe for mulberry muffins because muffins freeze well. I mixed up a double batch of muffins using a recipe off Flickr.

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Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Whenever I can, I like to use organic fertilizers.  People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure.  That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling.  Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.

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Fresh From the Garden Recipes

Fruit Round Salad

Fruit Round Salad - A round thick cut of watermelon surrounded by strawberries, mulberries and raspberries.  This makes a wonderful dessert on a dinner table or breakfast for two to three people.

Fruit Round Salad

A round thick cut of watermelon surrounded by strawberries, mulberries and raspberries make up this fruit round salad.  This makes a wonderful dessert on a dinner table or breakfast for two to four people.

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Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden

Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden




Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden

If your garden is located near or next to a home, barn or additional structure that was built before 1978 test your soil for lead before planting your garden. Otherwise, you might be ingesting lead through your plants or tracking lead based soil into your home.
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Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips

Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike

Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike

Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike

Looking to keep the squirrels off your feeders?  Try changing your birdseed.  Birds like safflower seed squirrels dislike it. So, if you are looking for a great way to feed the birds and keep the squirrels at bay, look toward the seed.

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Free Gardening Tips/ Fresh From the Garden Recipes

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving.  Can’t beat that.  Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house.  Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Birds/ Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips

Red Tailed Hawk

Red tailed hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

You can find red tailed hawks in every eco-system there is.  This raptor will hunt down voles,mice, rabbits, birds, snakes and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields.  Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.

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Bird Recipes Crafts & Care/ Free Gardening Tips

Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Dried fruit pieces a recipe for bird feeders

Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Want to feed some picky eaters that normally don’t always come to the feeder? Make up this dried fruit medley bird food recipe.  Provide a separate tray of this speciality mix away from your main feeders to tempt some new guests.

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Free Gardening Tips/ Garden Pests/ Insects

Eggshells Agitate Ants

Eggshells Agitate Ants





Eggshells Agitate Ants

Here is a fun fact for you and a reason to save your eggshells.  For some reason, eggshells agitate ants enough to relocate them. The process is simple, really and cheap.  For the most part, it works wonderfully to push ant hills out of an area or discourage them from going into an area.

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Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips/ Insects

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats.
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Bird Recipes Crafts & Care/ Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

Tips to keep bird bath clean copper pennies algae products from pet store and copper pieces

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now.  Overtime, the summer weather turns hot and I get “busy.”  Too busy to stay on top of cleaning a bird bath.  If I am not out there to change the water every day it isn’t easy to keep birdbaths fresh and clean.

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Flower Garden Plants and Pots/ Free Gardening Tips

Achillea

Achillea - excellent for floral cuttings

Achillea

Achillea, or better known as yarrow is one of the flowers that I grow in my flower garden for cutting purposes. There are over 1000 varieties of this beauty.  The plants range from small border type plants, to giant, show stopping backdrops.
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Planting Containers

Old Birdhouse Planter

Old Birdhouse Planter

Old Birdhouse Planter

Want to share my images on your blog? Read here.

Repurpose an old birdhouse with low growing annuals and greens.  Believe me, they look terrific.

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Dividing and Plant Care/ Flower Garden Plants and Pots

Care For Houseplants When On Vacation

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation

How do you care for houseplants when on vacation ? There was a time when I would hire a house and pet sitter for our home. At the time, we had 2 dogs and our children came with us during our travels. Back then, it was easier and less of a headache to just have a house sitter/pet sitter water our plants for us when she was letting out the dogs.

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Flower Garden Plants and Pots/ Free Gardening Tips

Pink Garden Phlox

Pink Garden Phlox

Pink garden phlox is a tall perennial that is planted as the backbone in my flower garden. The Purplish-pink flowers provide crisp, clean color all summer long right into fall and a fragrance that welcomes any garden visitor. Striking blooms when planted en masse.

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Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online.  In that case, I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones.  After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below.  If they fail, the postmaster will get them back.
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Backyard Projects and Crafts/ Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips/ Insects

Attract Mason Bees by Building Homes

Attract Mason Bees by Building Homes

Attract Mason bees by building homes. A Mason bee pollinates early spring orchards, flowers and berry canes for about a 4 week period. They collect nectar and pollen to line their nests and thus, in doing so; are pollinating all our spring following plants.

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Digging up Canna Bulbs for Winter

Digging up Canna Bulbs for Winter

Digging Up Canna Bulbs for Winter

In the Midwest we find ourselves digging up canna bulbs to store for winter.

If we chose not to; we will lose our plant and have to purchase new bulbs the following spring. Some gardeners prefer to purchase yearly.

Others, including myself, will lift our bulbs and reuse them.
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Backyard Projects and Crafts/ Free Gardening Tips/ Lawn Yard Care

Decorating Your Yard for Halloween

Decorating Your Yard for Halloween

Decorating Your Yard for Halloween

Decorating your yard for Halloween ? We all have that neighbor.  You know.  The one neighbor that when they do something, they go all out.  This is the house in our neighborhood! It may spark some ideas for you, too.
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Free Gardening Tips

Overwintering Geraniums

What to do with geranium flowers over winter

Overwintering Geraniums

I try to keep myself busy with a multitude of home and garden project during the winter.  This year, I wanted to test a theory a friend passed along about overwintering geraniums.

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Backyard Projects and Crafts/ Lawn Yard Care

How to Make a Quikrete Walkway or Patio

How to Make a Quikrete Walkway or Patio




How to Make a Quikrete Walkway or Patio

Making a custom concrete walkway or Patio takes some time and effort but the end results look professional. The materials needed are minimal and allow for you to take your time and create a visual appealing outdoor space. You will need a Quikrete walk maker (choices below), QUIKRETE Concrete Mix, Quikrete Liquid Cement Color (optional), wheelbarrow and trowel.
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Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser

 

Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Dresser. Here is taking recycling to extremes one might think.  I think it is a creative way to recycle and make use of something that would just end up in the landfill.  For those of you without a lot of space or love vertical gardening this might just work for you.

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Free Gardening Tips/ Fresh From the Garden Recipes/ Fruits Herbs and Veggies/ Videos

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

My teenage daughter was the one who said we must try to make kale chips. I held off for many years. One weekend when we had a little extra time, I decided it was time to try. After making them I said that I should have gave in to making them sooner.

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How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant

How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant

How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant

I received a question via e-mail from a fellow gardener asking general questions about starting Rhubarb plants. I answered his questions back via e-mail and decided to share the information on the site too.
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Flower Garden Plants and Pots/ Free Gardening Tips/ Planting Containers

How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person

How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person

How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person

How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person. This is a creative way to spruce up your garden and use chipped or repurposed terra cotta pots. There is no “wrong” way to build a terra cotta clay pot garden person.

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Why Tomatoes Get Blossom Rot or Dark Spots on Bottom

Why Tomatoes Get Blossom Rot or Dark Spots on Bottom




Why Tomatoes Get Blossom Rot or Dark Spots on Bottom

You can’t wait to pick your first red ripe tomatoes of the season. As the tomato grows larger you notice a lesion forming on the bottom. It quickly turns from a water soaked patch to a dark colored  lesion. Some of your tomatoes have a small patch, some larger, what the heck is it? Why tomatoes get blossom rot or dark spots on bottom.
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Dividing and Plant Care/ Free Gardening Tips

Choose a Garden That Is Perfect For You

Garden seeds for flower garden

Choose a Garden That Is Perfect For You

If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to do is choose a garden that is perfect for you. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down to choose a garden that is perfect for you.

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Free Gardening Tips/ Fresh From the Garden Recipes

Strawberry Berry Bliss Topping

Strawberry Ice Cream Topping

Strawberry Berry Bliss Topping

I was hoping to find a winning combination to replace my chocolate topping addiction – looking for something I could make from whole ingredients and that would give my sweet tooth a kick but wouldn’t interfere with my waistline goals too much. This strawberry berry bliss topping is the perfect sweetness.
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