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Sensational Succulents For Zone 5 & 6

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Sensational Succulents For Zone 5 & 6

Ask most gardeners to define succulents, and they’ll likely respond with “cactus” … And while there’s some truth to that answer, the real story goes far beyond … Let’s explore the back story of these fabulous, hardy plants – and bust a few myths while we’re at it. There are indeed quite a few succulents […]

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Ask most gardeners to define succulents, and they’ll likely respond with “cactus” … And while there’s some truth to that answer, the real story goes far beyond … Let’s explore the back story of these fabulous, hardy plants – and bust a few myths while we’re at it. There are indeed quite a few succulents appropriate for Zone 5 and Zone 6 gardens, and their easy care will have you taking a second look at these unique and diverse beauties … Succulents Defined The gardener that equates the terms “succulents” and...

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Coffee Grounds As Fertilizer

Posted in Pest Control, Simplify Your Gardening Life, Vegetable Gardening

Coffee Grounds As Fertilizer

Did you know used or fresh coffee grounds sometimes make an excellent plant fertilizer? It’s true, but there are some caveats. Read on … COFFEE GROUNDS & YOUR PLANTS By their very nature, coffee grounds are acidic (high in acid). Fresh, unused coffee grounds are higher in acid than used grounds … And since most […]

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Did you know used or fresh coffee grounds sometimes make an excellent plant fertilizer? It’s true, but there are some caveats. Read on … COFFEE GROUNDS & YOUR PLANTS By their very nature, coffee grounds are acidic (high in acid). Fresh, unused coffee grounds are higher in acid than used grounds … And since most plants like soil conditions that are neutral pH (neither high in acid or low in acid), how do coffee grounds fit into your arsenal? Turns out, there are a few dozen plants that prefer a little more acidic soil … Most of these plants are fairly common in...

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Container Gardening Combinations

Posted in Container Gardening, Simplify Your Gardening Life

Container Gardening Combinations

Tips And Advice For Zone 5 & 6 Container Gardening: Answering The Question “What Plants Go Well Together In Containers?” Without a doubt, container gardening is one of the most popular aspects of gardening. Not only is container gardening ideal for those with limited space, but it’s perfect for adding color, texture, and shape to […]

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Tips And Advice For Zone 5 & 6 Container Gardening: Answering The Question “What Plants Go Well Together In Containers?” Without a doubt, container gardening is one of the most popular aspects of gardening. Not only is container gardening ideal for those with limited space, but it’s perfect for adding color, texture, and shape to traditional garden spaces … While it’s relatively easy to determine which plants do well in Zone 5 & 6, it’s a little trickier to mix and match plants in containers. After all, some plants just don’t coexist well...

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Organic Weed Control

Posted in Dog Friendly Gardening, Simplify Your Gardening Life

Organic Weed Control

ORGANIC WEED CONTROL FOR DOG FRIENDLY YARDS Weeds can easily overtake an outdoor space, turning any landscape from beautiful to horrific in a single growing season. Weed-infested flower beds and gardens are an eyesore, make you unpopular with your neighbors, and create optimum habitats for fleas and other pests. Do what’s right for the health […]

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ORGANIC WEED CONTROL FOR DOG FRIENDLY YARDS Weeds can easily overtake an outdoor space, turning any landscape from beautiful to horrific in a single growing season. Weed-infested flower beds and gardens are an eyesore, make you unpopular with your neighbors, and create optimum habitats for fleas and other pests. Do what’s right for the health of your pet and the environment, by practicing organic weed control. Puppies are particularly vulnerable to toxic outdoor chemicals. By far the most important step is early weed prevention. Start by catching problem spots early and remove weeds...

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Worm Composting

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Worm Composting

Worm Composting is an important element of a dog friendly garden. It’s easy, eco-friendly and very rewarding! Given the right environment and a little routine attention, a handful of worms will rapidly multiply and digest your kitchen scraps faster than any other composting method available … You can compost your food scraps with worms and […]

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Worm Composting is an important element of a dog friendly garden. It’s easy, eco-friendly and very rewarding! Given the right environment and a little routine attention, a handful of worms will rapidly multiply and digest your kitchen scraps faster than any other composting method available … You can compost your food scraps with worms and reduce the volume of your household garbage by as much as 25%. Your plants will be eternally grateful for this organic treat. It’s especially a neat, environmentally friendly thing to do as a family. Best of all, young boys think...

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Invasive Plants: Confine or Avoid!

Posted in Container Gardening, Perennials, Simplify Your Gardening Life, Zone Information

Invasive Plants: Confine or Avoid!

As a gardener, you don’t want invasive plants in your yard that drive you nuts and waste your precious time. Sure they may look great for a season or two…then they act like they are possessed and take over the garden and lawn … Sometimes you don’t plant these thugs – they just mysteriously drift […]

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Spearmint Creeping Charlie Lamb’s Ear English Ivy As a gardener, you don’t want invasive plants in your yard that drive you nuts and waste your precious time. Sure they may look great for a season or two…then they act like they are possessed and take over the garden and lawn … Sometimes you don’t plant these thugs – they just mysteriously drift over from a neighbors. Unfortunately, invasive plants are probably on the shelf at your favorite nursery too. Some do just fine confined to a pot (like mint), others are best avoided altogether for sanity’s...

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Late Summer Garden Refresh

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Late Summer Garden Refresh

When September arrives, it may still feel like summer. Forecasts might call for temps touching 90, but just because the calendar shows we’re after Labor Day and the kids are back in school … there are many beneficial things to do in the yard. One of my favorite things to do this time of year […]

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When September arrives, it may still feel like summer. Forecasts might call for temps touching 90, but just because the calendar shows we’re after Labor Day and the kids are back in school … there are many beneficial things to do in the yard. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is scouting out bargains at the garden centers and online. Often shrubs, trees, and sometimes perennials are marked down and can be purchased for a fraction of their spring prices. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a bargain! Avoid the plants that are too potbound and seek out their...

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