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What to Plant in May

The extended weekend presents the perfect opportunity to spend time outside giving your garden a little TLC. Take advantage of warmer temperatures, long days, and moist soil to do the bulk of your summer plantings.

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The Fastest Way to Compost…Ever

Have you ever heard of cold composting? The basic idea is that you use your blender to speed up the break down process that turns food scraps into rich fuel for your garden. I came across a tutorial on the blog for my local garden store, and I think I might have to try it out when I plant some […]

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Save Money (and Water) This Summer

Think twice before installing an automatic sprinkler system (or turning on the one you already have), according to the EPA those systems can use up to 50 percent more water unnecessarily. To save money and water, try using a soaker hose instead. It will gently water your lawn or your flower beds and you can move it throughout the yard as […]

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A Quick Trick to Keep Flowers Fresh

It’s flower arranging 101 to trim the stems when you first go from the paper or plastic wrapping to your vase, but did you know that continuing to trim the stems, even just a little, can help your flowers stay fresher longer? To keep that bouquet looking its best, change the water every day and trim the stems (especially woody […]

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One Thing to Know Before You Mow

You might be able to skip the lawnmower tuneup and save a little money this year by following this one tip. If you still have gas left in the tank, empty it out (and dispose of it according to your city ordinances) and fill up the mower with fresh gas. This is frequently the cause of sputtering and problems during […]

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Open Your Toolbox for a Longer Lasting Bouquet

If you’re creating a bouquet using flowers with woody like hydrangeas or lilacs, break out your tool box to help the arrangement last longer. Before putting the flowers into your vase use the hammer to smash the ends of the stems. This allows them to soak up more water, meaning they won’t wilt as quickly. What are your best gardening […]

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Never Over- or Underwater Your Plants Again

Planning on starting a garden this spring or summer? This trick to tell whether or not your plants are thirsty will come in handy. If you have a tendency to over- or underwater check the soil to see if your garden needs a drink. If the soil is rock hard, then your plants definitely need to be watered, but if […]

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How to Keep Houseplants Watered While on Vacation

Taking a week off? Unless your home resembles a jungle, you don’t necessarily need to have someone come by to water your houseplants. Instead load up your bathtub, and let the plants water themselves while you’re away. Simply, line the tub (or your sink if you only have a few small plants) with a towel, close the drain, and fill […]

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Use a Rain Barrel Now to Save Water Later

When rain showers are few and far between, it becomes crucial to water your lawn or your container garden. Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for saving on your water bill. Unless, of course, you opt for a rain barrel. With this Ration Station kit from Aquabarrel you can divert a portion of the water that flows through your downspouts into […]

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