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New To Gardening?

New To Gardening?

Are You New To Gardening?

If you are new to gardening and find yourself yearning to start a garden of your own, this is for you! It can be a little overwhelming and you may be unsure how to take the first steps.

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Picking the Right Gardening Tools

Picking the Right Gardening Tools The Right Tools For The Right Job

Picking The Right Gardening Tools

If you’re thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you will want to be picking the right gardening tools to help you achieve this.

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Free Gardening Tips/ Insects

Leafhoppers and Planthoppers

Leafhoppers and Planthoppers in the Garden

Leafhoppers and Planthoppers

There are over 12,500 varieties of leafhoppers and planthoppers, that feed on the sap from plants, grass, and trees but most are harmless to the plant.

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Dividing and Plant Care/ Flowers and Plants/ Free Gardening Tips

Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Neem oil is fantastic if you purchase the correct kind and use it properly. Most of the time when I hear someone complain that Neem oil didn’t work for them it is because they were misguided.  So, here is the low down on Neem Oil For Plants.

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Flowers and Plants/ Free Gardening Tips

How To Dry Herbs and Flowers

How To Dry Herbs and Flowers

How To Dry Herbs and Flowers

Step by step guide of the 5 methods of how to dry herbs and flowers. I have preserved flowers and herbs for many different projects over the years. There are several different ways to accomplish preserving flowers and herbs, but what it really boils down to is what kind of project you will do with the end dried herb or flower that matters.

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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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Just Humming Along

The just humming along wagon is an old wagon repurposed into a hummingbird flower feeder fiesta

Just Humming Along Wagon

The just humming along wagon is an old wagon repurposed into a hummingbird fiesta,

Create your own hummingbird oasis by painting a wagon a bright, vivid red coloring and add flowers that hummingbirds enjoy.

This feeding garden station on wheels is easy to pull into the garage in cases of frost and pull it back out when the frost clears.

Here are 10 flowers to plant.

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How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats on Houseplants

Small flies hanging around your plants. Ugh! Fungus Gnats.  Let me share with you how to get rid of fungus gnats on houseplants. For indoor & outdoor use.

How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnat on Houseplants

The weather turns colder and immediately you turn your attention to bringing in some of your outdoor plants.  A day or two goes by and you find a wealth of small flies hanging around your plants. Ugh! Fungus Gnats.  Let me share with you how to get rid of fungus gnats on houseplants.

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Flower Garden Plants and Pots/ Free Gardening Tips

Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers

Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers

Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers

Use these tips to use less soil in your planting containers. We all have those x-large outdoor pots that need to be filled with soil for holding beautiful flower arrangements, herbs and produce.  Over the years I have used several items to serve this purpose.  Some were excellent choices and some, poor choices.

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Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips/ Garden Pests/ Insects

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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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

Repurpose an old birdhouse as a flower pot planter with low growing annuals and greens

Old Birdhouse Planter

Repurpose an old birdhouse. An old birdhouse planted with low growing annuals like geraniums and other greens look terrific.

Looking for more inspiration for pots, planters and containers? See the planting container category for ideas.

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Old Bird Cage Garden Planter

Old Bird Cage Garden Planter Filled With Geraniums Flowers For Outdoor Yard Decor

Old Bird Cage Garden Planter

This old bird cage garden planter is amazing.  Plant your overwintered geraniums in early spring and by midsummer the entire bird cage is flowing with greens and flowers.

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Pink Garden Phlox

Pink Garden Phlox

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

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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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Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips/ Insects

How to Tell the Male and Female Monarch Apart

How to Tell the Male and Female Monarch Apart

How to Tell the Male and Female Monarch Apart


Ever wonder how to tell the male and female Monarch apart? Maybe, the thought never crossed your mind. Well, in order to capture the lifecycle of the Monarch you would need to know your male from your female.

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Homemade Birdseed Ornaments

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments Recipe For Birds Wedding Favors

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments

Follow the recipe for these homemade birdseed ornaments and the next day you have a sweet treat for your birds.  The ornaments would make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family as well as wedding favors for your guests.

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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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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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Dividing and Plant Care/ Free Gardening Tips/ Fruits Herbs and Veggies

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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Free Gardening Tips/ Garden Pests/ Lawn Yard Care

Common Lawn Pests and How To Control Them

Common Lawn Pests

Common Lawn Pests and How To Control Them

Common Lawn Pests and How to Control Them – Disease and grass insect pests can be prevented or cured by following a few basic steps. Be sure to set your low mower height to 1-1/2 inches, have a sharp blade, have the proper fertilizing, drainage and water. Even following each and everything above still can bring on unwanted insect attacks.  So what pest is your culprit?

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Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Free Gardening Tips

Making Your Yard Hummingbird Pleasant

Making Your Yard Hummingbird Pleasant

Making your yard hummingbird pleasant – How can you get hummingbirds to visit your yard year after year?

It’s not as difficult as one might imagine. If you provide your feathered friends with a reliable food source they will come back at visit you throughout the years.

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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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Flower Garden Plants and Pots/ Flowers and Plants/ Free Gardening Tips

Saving Flower Seed

Saving Flower Seed

I remember as a little girl my great-grandfather and also my grandmother saving flower seed from the plants they loved to grow.

They looked for characteristics in certain flowers, and then picked out the best plants of the batch to save the seeds from.

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Planting Containers

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

Herb Planter With a Variety of herbs planted

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

All my herbs planted in a small portable container. Make cute signs for your planters by painting extra large craft sticks and 1 paint stick in an assortment of bright colors.  Attach large craft sticks to paint stick with Waterproof Sticky Ass Glue .  Add a cute saying and spray design with Thompsons Water Seal Multi-Surface Waterproofer clear spray.

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Beautiful Bonsai

Beautiful Bonsai Plants

Beautiful Bonsai

Beautiful Bonsai trees, for the most part, are extremely easy to keep and care for. You can keep an indoor Bonsai miniature, by trimming and pruning new growth as it appears.

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