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Leave Your Leaves Alone!

Stop! Wait before you rake those leaves this year. It is now officially fall here where I live and the leaves are starting to tumble down to the ground. However, I don’t do much raking, despite being an avid gardener. This year, do what I do – let your mower do the hard work for you [...]

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Make Your Own Mulch

Tired of buying overpriced bags of mulch, only to find that a few bags won’t cover the entire area you need? STOP. Just stop. Quit buying mulch and start making your own mulch at home. Homemade mulch is easy to make and is much healthier for your plants and garden than the store bought mess [...]

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Houseplant TLC: Feeding Your Houseplants & More

Houseplants are great because they don’t require tons of expert care, lots of fancy gardening equipment, or too much fuss. Houseplants help us decorate our homes, infuse our indoor air with healthy oxygen, and are just nice ways to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. Even still, your houseplants need some routine care and [...]

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Kill Ants in the Garden – Naturally & Frugally

Having a garden can also mean having pests to deal with, once in awhile. This summer we’ve been dealing with ants around the house and garden. Those tiny little guys can quickly become a problem as they march from outdoors into the house. Before you reach for some toxic ant spray, try these more natural [...]

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Cleaning Up Your Summer Garden – A Season Finale of Chores

For some reason, we don’t give our garden the same amount of TLC at the end of the summer when fall is approaching that we were so eager to give back in the early spring. I’m guessing it has something to do with gardening burnout and perhaps from being dog-tired from all the hard work [...]

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September Gardening Chores

Fall is coming! Depending on where you live, September can still feel like summer, or it can have a dramatic cool down. Either way, there is plenty of gardening chores to be done. 1.  Plant something for fall. Like colorful mums. A pot of fall mums on the porch with a few pumpkins makes any [...]

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Frugal Fall Gardening

The first warm days of spring are now long gone, and the “dog days” heat of summer is starting to wane a bit. By late summer and early autumn, many gardeners have “thrown in the trowel” and are ready to relax a bit. That’s a shame, really. Because fall can be a great time for garden [...]

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End of Summer Garden Clean Up

As the end of the summer growing season comes to a close, you may want to complete a few chores so you’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around again. That is, unless you are growing a fall garden! Harvest what’s left in the garden…to the very last drop. Don’t let it go to [...]

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Smart Gardeners Keep Records

Want to know a gardening secret that has the power to make you a gardening pro overnight? Get yourself a gardening notebook. The gardening notebook will do as much for the home gardener as a good shovel or a nice pair of gardening gloves. Your gardening notebook can be simple or it can be fancy, [...]

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Ways to Save Your Garden Bounty

Thanks to ProtoGrow, my garden is growing like crazy…which means it is also producing like crazy. (That all-natural fertilizer really does work!) This was the scene around my house yesterday: BEFORE…   AND AFTER…   Folks, I canned 20 quarts of what we call “spicy tomatoes.” They are a perfect base for your fall and winter [...]

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