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standing water in yard

Do you have one or more areas in your yard that hold water after a rainfall? This is a common problem, and sometimes difficult to solve. Over the years I’ve talked with dozens of people trying to battle this problem, and on several occasions I have been hired to solve the problem. So what can […]


It’s true, all vegetables have health benefits. However some are over-achievers in the nutrient department and many of those are ridiculously easy to grow. Since vegetables start losing nutrients as soon as they are picked, having a garden in your backyard or on your deck is a great step toward improving the quality of food […]

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night time garden

Illuminate your summer garden with an enchanting space for relaxing or entertaining after the sun goes down. You can easily transform a garden space into a nocturnal paradise perfect for evenings in the garden. Appeal to the Senses Create a sensory experience by making use of three types of plants—night-flowering, night-fragrant and night-reflective. Night-flowering plants […]

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Add beauty and texture to your garden with leafy and flowering perennials, annuals, and grasses. Variegated Variety You don’t need big showy flowers to create a garden bed that vibrates with color. Use leafy perennials to plant a quilt of subtle color and eye-catching texture. In this photo, Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’ and hardy impatiens […]

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An article on SFGate shows you how to easily build a PVC strawberry planter to plant some juicy strawberries! Read the instructions on their website. 


A rock cascade adds value to your pool surround by giving it visual animation and the sound of cascading water. One of the simplest ways of adding interest to your garden is by constructing a rock cascade as part of your pool. Most DIY enthusiasts will manage this project fairly easily because you will be […]

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backyard pond

The benefits of small backyard ponds There are many benefits of small backyard ponds for both people and the environment. Freshwater habitats of all kinds are currently experiencing a great decline through direct destruction, pollution and alteration. From the stand point of conservation and permaculture, building a pond is immensely useful and beneficial. Benefiting Wildlife […]

vertical planter

Sometimes (read: all the time) one flower box just isn’t enough. That’s why we were smitten when we spotted this stacked planter project, designed by Ben Uyeda, the expert behind the blog Homemade Modern. The finished design resembles artfully arranged crates, but has a tidier look than layering vintage wooden bins (though we like the sound […]

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xeriscape xeriscaping

Check out this guide to creating a low-water garden. More and more people are looking to save water in their gardens. It’s no wonder: In an era of increased environmental awareness, we constantly hear about water-wise practices and how we can reduce our footprint on the Earth. Xeriscaping is a landscaping alternative that you can employ […]

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Gardening is good for you, according to a new study which found it can improve self-esteem, calm anger and ease depression. Researchers from Westminster and Essex universities questioned 270 gardeners and non-gardeners with the former describing their feelings before and after working in an allotment, The Daily Telegraph reported. The academics said the results, published […]