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Use Croquet Wickets as Hose Guides in Your Garden

After being coiled up all winter, stretching a rubber hose across your lawn might take a Herculean effort. And once you do manage to get it unwound, and aimed at the flower beds, you’ll need a way to keep it there. Instead of buying a set (or four) of hose guides, dig around in the back of your garage for […]

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How to Start Composting at Home

Upgrade the soil in your garden and keep your food scraps taking up space in the landfill. Luckily, starting to compost at home on small scale is easier (and less smelly) than you might think.

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Keep reading to learn the basics.

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A New Use for a Toilet Paper Tube

You know how much we love new uses for old things here at Real Simple. And this one from You Grow Girl (found via Re-Nest) is right up our alley. Take a look:

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It’s an easy seed starter for your spring planting. Keep reading to see how to make it.

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The Gardening Community

Each Tuesday in May we will have a guest post from Jessie Atchison, brand manager for Burpee Home Gardens, about how to start your own vegetable garden.

Today’s home and neighborhood gardens are growing more than just vegetables; they’re also fostering a sense of community, as new and veteran gardeners share their experiences with others. And those gardens are nourishing our communities in a variety of other ways:

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Grow into Gardening, Plus a Giveaway

Each Tuesday in May we will have a guest post from Jessie Atchison, brand manager for Burpee Home Gardens,
about how to start your own vegetable garden. They are also giving away
eight complete garden starter kits. Click here for the original post and giveaway details.

So you want to grow your own vegetables this year? Great!
You’re not alone. According to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research
Report, nearly 7.7 million households were new to vegetable gardening in 2009. The key to a successful garden is to start out with one you can manage—and avoid biting off more than you can chew.

If you’re thinking about trying your hand at gardening this
year, here are a few things that can help make your experience a
rewarding one.

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Vegetable Gardening Basics, Plus a Giveaway

Each Tuesday in May we will have a guest post from Jessie Atchison, brand manager for Burpee Home Gardens, about how to start your own vegetable garden. They are also giving away eight complete garden starter kits. Check the bottom of this post for the details.  Once a mainstay of our grandparents' summer routines, home food gardening is now being […]

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D.I.Y. Seed Tape from Giver’s Log

It seems like plantable note cards, gift tags, and even ornaments have been ubiquitous the past couple of years. I think it's a great idea, and now I'm happy to know how to make something similar on my own. Giver's Log, a blog all about creative gift giving, has a tutorial on how to make "Seed Tape." It's the same […]

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