Category Archives: Gardening Tips

How to Save Your Own Seeds

How to Save Your Own Seeds I think there’s something very satisfying about producing your own seeds, of actually being able to grow something without having to pay for it at all (of course I am conveniently overlooking the money I spend on potting mix, organic fertilisers, mulch etc here but still…). How to save…
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What is Coir and How to Use It in the Garden

Coir, (pronounced COY-er) comes from coconuts. It's what makes up the fibrous husks of the inner shell of the coconut and is used for all sorts of products, including rugs, ropes, brushes and even upholstery stuffing. We're probably most familiar with it as those stiff, scratchy doormats and the fibrous liners used in hanging baskets.…
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How To – Pruning Red Raspberries

Left unpruned, red raspberries are their own worst weed. When canes get overcrowded, they compete for sunlight, causing the shaded leaves and buds on the lower half of the plant to die. Without those buds, you’ll have fewer fruiting branches and a much smaller crop. Crowded canes also compete for nutrients and water, which leads…
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September Planting: What to Plant in Your Region

While many of our gardens start winding down in September, southern areas of the United States are coming into prime gardening season. Even if you garden in the northern regions, there are still things you can plant this month to keep your vegetable garden producing well. Find out more about September planting, and begin a…
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Growing Golden Shrimp Plants Indoors

Golden shrimp plants are popular landscape items in tropical areas. The “shrimp” is grown primarily for its flower heads. The easy to grow plants produce a year-round profusion of overlapping masses of gold bracts flecked with small white flowers tipped with purple spots, each having two slender petals and long yellow stamens, amid bright green…
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How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines in a Pot

Tips How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines in a Pot If you order a bare root tree (a tree that is sold without soil around it’s roots) from a catalog or from a website, the grower will ship your tree at the right time to plant it in your area. If you want to purchase…
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7 Tips for Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you're like me, that morning cup of coffee is non-negotiable. Over time, that caffeine habit can generate a lot of coffee grounds. Don’t toss those grounds into the trash — using coffee grounds in the garden can help create the garden of your dreams. The benefits of coffee grounds Coffee grounds are a valuable soil amendment,…
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Everything You Need to Know About Saving Seeds

Save the seeds from some of your favorite garden vegetables to replant next year! Here’s our seed-saving guide for beginners. Generally, you will want to make sure seeds are clean and dry before storing them. Below is a rundown of gathering, treating, and storing the most commonly-saved garden vegetable seeds. REASONS FOR SAVING SEEDS Gardeners tend…
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The Bird of Paradise – African Beauty

The Bird of Paradise is delightfully easy to care for and enjoys warm, balmy days year round. The stunning flowers of this unique plant make it popular in gardens around the globe. The strelitzia reginae (scientific name) is one of the most spectacular flowering plants that can be grown indoors, when the correct conditions are provided.…
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Garden Almanac – August Gardening Tips and Tasks

August is a month of endings and beginnings in the kitchen garden. Yes, there is still a month of vacation time before school starts, but in nature change is about. Summer will begin to fade in many gardens during August giving way to autumn and cool weather. In other regions, as the summer garden comes…
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Fall Vegetable Garden: 15 Best Vegetables to Grow

Fall vegetable gardening will vary greatly across hardiness zones. Gardeners in zones 8 and up, who have waited patiently through the hazy heat of summer, can finally get all sorts of vegetable plants started, including tender tomatoes and eggplant. Gardeners in northern climates will have to content themselves growing vegetables that enjoy the cooler, shorter…
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DIY – Self Watering Tomato Buckets

“You can never have too many tomato plants, but what happens when you run out of room in the garden. Tomatoes are probably the most versatile plant you can grow; They are used in everything from Tomato Sauce to Ketchup,  Espagnole Sauce to Bloody Marys’ (Yum!). Growing tomato plants in 5 gallon buckets is nothing…
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Summer Vegetable Harvest Tips

Summer Vegetable Harvest Tips Pick summer vegetables when they are young and tender—bigger is not tastier. Check crops daily. Whenever possible eat summer vegetables the day you pick them. Here’s a quick guide for picking summer vegetables at the peak of flavor: Green beans. Pick green beans as soon as immature seeds begin to fill…
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Hanging Garden: Fruits and Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

Gardeners who are limited when it comes to space are always experimenting with ways to grow food vertically, and using hanging pots is often one of the very best options. Even if you aren’t worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging container can be a fun way to add more visual interest to…
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How to Make Best Natural Bug Spray

Every garden, big or small, requires the managing of insects and other pests. Good planning, healthy plants and good combination planting are the first lines of defense against undesired pests. When you are faced with an incoming pest problem, sometimes you just need to SPRAY! Here are the best sprays and methods we know of.…
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Ideas for Container Gardens

50 Ideas for Container Gardens Inspiration to Start Your Own Container Garden Project. Bored with the pots you use for container gardening? Refresh your landscape and boost your curb appeal with our fun ideas for container gardens. When I got my first apartment, with just a tiny concrete pad for a patio and not a…
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