Category Archives: Gardening Tips

10 Tips for Growing Citrus Trees in any Climate

Have you ever dreamed of growing your own citrus fruits? Or just having a gorgeous lemon tree in your kitchen to enjoy throughout the seasons? Even if you don't live in the ideal climate, you can still achieve success with growing citrus trees if you follow these handy guidelines. What you need to know about growing…
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DIY – Easy Cedar Wall Planter

This simple cedar wall planter is great for herbs or spring flowers. TOOLS Pocket Hole Jig Drill Miter Saw Tape Measure Pencil Safety Glasses Hearing Protection MATERIALS 3x 1 x 8 x 8′ Cedar Boards 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 1-1/4″ Brad Nails DIMENSIONS INSTRUCTIONS Cut List: Cut the boards as shown in the cut list using…
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15 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Love being outdoors but sick of those annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes? Put down the sprays and nets, here are fifteen different plants you can grow that’ll help keep the mosquitoes away. Bug zappers are also annoying, and leave you sitting among insect parts. Moreover, you may not be in the mood for smoky candles or incense. However, this…
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Get Rid of Ants with this Borax Recipe

Get rid of ants with this natural ant killer . This homemade ant bait can be prepared quickly and help you  get rid of ants around your home and garden for up to year. Get Rid Of Ants Springtime brings beautiful weather and the arrival of ant season. There are a large variety of ants that invade our homes…
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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Long before there was the social media phenomenon called "Twitter," there were avian wonders called hummingbirds, who chase each other through the air, happily "tweeting" at each other. If you would like to "follow" the antics of these charming little creatures, you don't need a computer, a smart phone or a Twitter account. You just…
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22 Pepper Growing Success Tips

1. Peppers prefer deep, aged-compost–rich soil. If your soil is heavy with clay, grow peppers in a raised bed, adding loam and sand. 2. Growing peppers in your native soil: add at least 2 inches of aged compost across the planting bed and sprinkle with 5-10-10 organic fertilizer, then turn the soil to at least…
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Growing Plants Vertically

Growing Plants Vertically Vertical Growing Using vertical space frees the ground space for other crops. Examples of vegetables that grow well vertically on a trellis or fence are peas, pole beans, and cucumbers. Melons and small-fruiting pumpkins or winter squash can be grown on A-frames or strong trellises to take up less space, but you…
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How To Test pH Level In Soil

Why to test pH Level in soil anyway? A test is done when you want to know whether your soil is acidic, neutral or alkaline. Why does it matter? Most plants need a fairly neutral soil so they can retrieve all the nutrients from it that they require, but some are more fussy and may…
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DIY- Raised Beds for Your Garden

We made three 8x3 raised beds from pressure-treated  wood. Pressure-Treated is cheap, easy to use but conflicting info about it's use for food gardens. From what I have gathered from my online research, pressure treated wood used to be treated with arsenic which is not to be used in food gardens. However, they are no longer…
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How to Grow a Vegetable Garden from Food Scraps

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden from Food Scraps If you are a frugal gardener, you’ll love this idea. How about growing your garden this year from food scraps? Some of the easiest and most inexpensive plants to grow are from things that might otherwise end up in the trash can, so instead, why not…
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Gardening and Lawn Tips: Weed Control Techniques

Importance of Weed Control The appeal of toxic herbicides is powerful when you're faced with a garden rapidly dominated by fast-growing weeds. A feeling of desperation, and a lack of knowledge about alternative techniques and tools, are at least two of the reasons some gardeners resort to chemical weed killers. There are two kinds of…
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How to Grow a Pineapple Top

How to Grow a Pineapple Top Rooting and growing pineapple tops is easy. Did you know that the leafy top of store-bought pineapples can be rooted and grown as an interesting houseplant? Pineapple is one of the world's most unique and exotic tropical fruits, yet it is possible to grow it in a temperate zone…
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How to Grow Tangerines in Pots

Tangerines are one of the most popular and delicious citric fruits all over the world, and their specific aroma and exquisite flavor are simply overwhelming. Despite its impressive taste, the tangerine can offer various health benefits. It boosts the immune system and has potent anti-inflammatory properties, supports the proper function of the lungs, and much…
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Chlorosis – Why are my Plants Turning Yellow?

Yellow leaves are a common symptom of sick plants, but a closer look can reveal clues that help gardeners get to the root of the problem. Gardening is supposed be a relaxing hobby, but even the greenest thumbs see red sometimes. It might be due to fruit-stealing squirrels or earth-moving moles, but one of the…
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Fast-Climbing Vines for Your Garden

These fast-climbing vines can hide unwelcome features, cover bare walls and fences, and lend an air of wildness to even the most staid landscape. Plant one in April, and it could reach heights of 10, 20, even 30 feet by summer's end. Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) Throughout this perennial's long bloom time, from mid-June through September,…
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Bitter Cucumbers – What to Do?

It's the rare gardener who hasn't experienced growing a bitter cucumber. Few things are as frustrating as tending your vegetables all season long, only to finally harvest them and find out they don't taste very good, when you get them to the table. Cucumbers are know for being prolific, sometimes to the extreme. But what…
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