Category Archives: Garden Ideas

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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Healthy Soil: The Key to a Healthy, Productive Garden

Healthy soil is the key to growing delicious and nutritious food. But what exactly is soil? And what makes it healthy? Soil is a blend of organic material, water, air, and minerals. The organic matter comes from plant roots, microorganisms, and decaying plants and animals. When the organic material decays it feeds the plants that…
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Which Caterpillars Eat My Garden Plants And Vegetables?

Caterpillars are a natural part of the ecosystem and can be quite beautiful before and after their metamorphosis, but that doesn't mean you have to be happy with letting them munch on all your garden plants and vegetables. This guide will help you identify six of the most common garden caterpillars you'll encounter and the…
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Designing an Outdoor Dining Area

Always start with a goal! Here at Garden Design for Living, we always start the design process by defining a specific goal. Outdoor dining means different things to different people, so before going out and shopping for your dining furniture, start by defining your goal. Ask yourself what do you want from your dining area.…
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How to Grow Turmeric (Curcuma)

Learn How to Grow Turmeric (Curcuma)   Days to germination: Started by root cuttings, not seeds Days to harvest: 250 days or more (8 to 10 months) Light requirements: Full sun, or slight shade Water requirements: Regular watering Soil: Well-drained soil Container: Necessary for most climates Introduction Turmeric is likely best known as a pungent…
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