Category Archives: Garden Ideas

Gardening Tips for Summer

Summer is a time of beauty and abundance in the garden. It’s also a busy time for the gardener, full of chores that are necessary to care for and maintain the health of your plants. Listed below are some of the core tasks of the season to help you prioritize your workload. Indoor garden Early…
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7 Most Expensive Flowers in the World

It was the rare ghost orchid that held the fascination of flora fanatic John Laroche, whose story of plant poaching and subsequent arrest were the topic of Susan Orlean’s famous book, "The Orchid Thief." While Laroche may be one of the better known contemporary plant collectors, the practice dates back to at least the 15th…
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Backyard Landscape Design Ideas

You’ve spent all the time necessary to make the inside of your home a splendid place to be, and now it’s time to turn your attention to your backyard. While life inside your home is all well and good, your outdoor living spaces are the places where you’ll form some of the strongest memories you…
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Top 5 Gardening Mistakes

Read on to see if you’re making one of these common gardening mistakes. Get your garden back on track by avoiding these common blunders. We’ve all been there – a bright and lively plant reduced to a pile of wilted leaves overnight. Don’t give up. Having Too Many Plants I’ll be the first to say…
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DIY – Adirondack Chair and Table

It's a good thing that so many plastic patio chairs are designed to stack, and the aluminum ones fold up flat. That means we can get them put away and stored out of sight as quickly as possible. But, if you think outdoor furniture should enhance your yard and garden, consider a chair that evolved…
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Natural Seedling Pots: Seedlings In Citrus Peels

If you find yourself with a plethora of citrus rinds, say from making marmalade or from the case of grapefruit you got from Aunt Flo down in Texas, you may be wondering if there are any beneficial or ingenious ways to use citrus rinds. The amazing aromatic power of citrus aside, did you know you…
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August Planting: What to Plant in Your Region in August

August is a fabulous month in the vegetable garden for many of us. The summer crops are overwhelming us with their productivity (hopefully!) and the crops we sowed last month are coming along beautifully. But August need not be a time only to harvest the midseason crops. You can still plant in August. For many…
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Zinnia – How to Plant, Grow and Care

Scientific Classification Kingdom:     Plantae (unranked):     Angiosperms (unranked):     Eudicots (unranked):     Asterids Order:        Asterales Family:        Asteraceae Subfamily:        Asteroideae Tribe:        Heliantheae Genus:        Zinnia L Type species : Zinnia peruviana L Zinnia is a genus of 20 varieties of perennial and annual plants belonging to the Asteraceae group. They are inhabitants of arid lowlands…
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DIY – Modern Concrete Fire Pit

So, let's build our own DIY concrete fire pit, yes? This version is cast of affordable, weather-resistant concrete that creates a sleek, modern look. It's portable but sturdy, and uses gel fuel, making it possible to have a quick 30-minute post grill session fire. It take a bit of care and proper prep, but this…
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Growing Elephant Garlic

Most epicureans use garlic on an almost daily basis to enhance the flavor of our culinary creations. Another plant that can be used to impart a similar, though lighter, flavor of garlic is the elephant garlic. How do you grow elephant garlic and what are some of elephant garlic uses? Read on to learn more.…
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5 Herbs that Thrive Inside

5 Herbs that Thrive Inside Even if you don’t have outdoor gardening space, there are plenty of herbs that you can grow indoors successfully on a sunny windowsill. If you do grow herbs in your garden, fall is a great time to think about starting an indoor windowsill herb garden to grow herbs indoors so…
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Keyhole Gardens: How to Make Keyhole Raised Bed

A Keyhole Garden is a raised bed, lasagna garden, composting, and recycling system all rolled into one. The design creates a garden that uses recycled materials, less water and maintenance, and can be made handicap-accessible! Whose Crazy Idea Was This? The keyhole gardens are the brainchild of humanitarian charities and missionaries for use in impoverished…
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Growing Agave Plants In Pots

Can agave grow in pots? You bet! With so many varieties of agave available, container grown agave plants are an excellent choice for the gardener with limited space, less than perfect soil conditions, and a lack of abundant sunlight. Since most agaves thrive year round in warmer climates, container plants are also a wonderful choice…
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How to Identify and Fix Plant Nutrient Deficiency?

Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Sometimes an unhealthy plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency or even too much of any one nutrient. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as discoloration or distortion of the leaves and stems. The following chart outlines some possible problems. Unfortunately many problems have similar symptoms…
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Casablanca Lilies – Growing Guide

Scientific Classification Kingdom:     Plantae Division:     Magnoliophyta Class:     Liliopsida Order:        Liliales Family:        Liliaceae Genus:        Lilium The Casablanca Lily is an associate of the Lilium family under the classification of an Oriental lily, among the Black Beauty, Yellow Ribbons and Stargazer cultivars. This brilliant white Casablanca cultivar is a much loved flower. Many people…
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Summer Garden: What to Plant in Your Region in July

Despite what many people think, July is definitely not too late to start planting vegetables in the garden. If circumstances have prevented you from planting in the spring--perhaps you've just purchased a new house or have been traveling over the spring and early summer--it is probably too late for some of the early season vegetables,…
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