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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 […]

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Whether in the east or west, north or south, gardeners everywhere are laying down their roots with ease and a bit of a flourish, too, thanks to a variety of indoor gardening ideas. From glass jars and wooden spools, to rolling carts and macramé hangers, these clever makers are successfully bringing the outside in by […]

flower arrangements

1. Start with a fluted vase. “That way, the arrangement will follow the lines of the vessel and feel more loose and natural,” says Erin. “A good rule of thumb is for the bouquet to be about three times as tall and two times as wide as the vase.” 2. Add stems. For the wild, organic […]

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pet proof your garden

Because your fur babies and your green babies aren’t always good for each other. ​​​ Few things are more frustrating to a gardener than walking outside to find that one’s pet has taken a chunk out of several (nearly ripe! perfectly plump!) tomatoes. On the flip side, the pangs of guilt would be unbearable if […]

A beautiful vase water feature in the garden with a fish pond

Want to add additional charm and tranquility to your garden? Incorporate a water feature. No matter what size or type of garden you have, there are a number of water features that will fit into any design or space, as well as any budget. A garden pond can add special qualities to nearly any landscape. […]

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These climbers 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, its […]

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mosquitoes

Just as you are about to enjoy some well-deserved downtime with friends on the patio, you hear that familiar buzz, and suddenly everyone is running for cover. Nobody can ruin an outdoor evening faster than a bunch of annoying mosquitoes! Use these natural ways to keep mosquitoes from bugging you. 1. Plant a Garden There […]

gardening fighting weeds

Keeping your landscape plantings, flower beds, and nursery crops free of weeds is a battle, but if you approach it with a strategic plan, you will prevail. In order to develop a plan, you first must understand how weeds work, and what kind of weeds you are dealing with. Basically weeds grow either from seed, […]

slugs and snails in your garden, get rid of them naturally

When they start to eat your spinach leaves or attack your pepper plants, snails and slugs become unwanted guests. Below are 9 natural ways to keep snails and slugs out of your garden. #1 – Diatomaceous Earth Diatoms are microscopic green algae with a glass-like (silica based) shell. Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains […]