Category Archives: Gardening Tips

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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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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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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All You Need to Know About Straw Bale Gardening

Straw bale gardening is the answer to any organic gardener’s prayers. If your soil is so poor that amending, or enhancing, it with compost, fertilizers, or leaf mold makes you exhausted just thinking about it, then using straw bales for planting may be the perfect solution. What is straw bale gardening? Straw bales can be…
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For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow Hardy, easy to cultivate, resistant to disease, and quick to yield, berry bushes are perfect for just about any garden environment. Whether you have a large lot in which to plant fruit-bearing hedges, or a sunny balcony that would be perfect for hanging baskets, there’s…
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Guinness World Record: Watermelon Plant Yields 131 Fruit

Taking the world “superfruit” to a whole new level, a Chinese watermelon plant just broke a Guinness World Record by sprouting 131 enormous fruit. Each melon weighed an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, and the whole lot took only 90 days to mature after planting. Not only is the feat super-impressive, but 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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10 Most Common Gardening Myths Busted!

If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly. Sorting out the good from the bad is sometimes difficult, especially if you are a…
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Growing Tomatoes – Removing Bottom Leaves?

A local gardening group was touring a greenhouse operation that grew tomatoes. The tour guide told the visitors that they removed the lower leaves from the plants because “they robbed nutrients from the upper part of the plant that was producing fruit”. In short, removing lower leaves resulted in a better harvest. It is unclear…
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Gardening Tips – 7 Habits of Highly Productive Gardeners

The top performers in any field do things a little- or a lot- differently than you and I. That’s why they are at the very top of their game. This is as true of gardening as any other pursuit. Aside from the patience, persistence and consistency that any gardener must possess to bring a crop…
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How to Start Your Tomato Container Garden

Tomato container gardens are an alternative to a traditional tomato garden. Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, well in this case fruits, of people around the world. They can be used in so many ways, in a salad or to make a sauce for pasta and a myriad of other ways in your…
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Starting a Rock Garden

HOW TO START A ROCK GARDEN   Rock Gardens It is probably best to avoid the word rockery, for this is apt to encompass all that is unsatisfactory about most small garden efforts in this field. A pile of soil is made — no doubt left over from something else — then scattered at random with…
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Top 10 Homemade Organic Fertilizers

Go no further than your pantry, backyard or the beach for materials to make your own organic fertilizers: BANANA PEELS Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply throw one or two peels in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so they can compost naturally. Get bigger and…
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Container Gardening is Not so Limiting After All

If you’re lacking room for a full size garden, often times you can find the space for a smaller garden in a planter or a nice big pot–this is commonly called container gardening. If you think it sounds limiting because it’s small, try thinking of it in a different light: What could you plant in…
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