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Gardening in Small Spaces

If you’re itching to get your hands in the dirt, don’t let a lack of space keep you from gardening. There are lots of ways to cultivate a garden in very little space. If you have any green space at all consider turning a small corner of it into  garden.  Even a single square foot can be enough room to plant flowers or start a herb garden. ...

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Planting Trees and Shrubs
Planting Trees and Shrubs

If you're planting new trees and shrubs this spring, don't spoil them by enriching the soil with organic matter. A hole full of compost and soft organic matter is a comfortable area for the roots and they aren't likely to spread into the surrounding soil. If the roots don't anchor themselves firmly by spreading, the plant is likely to be toppled...

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Guidelines to Using Manure in the Garden
Guidelines to Using Manure in the Garden

Animal manure is not only a good fertilizer but it also helps to condition the soil. Here are some guidelines for using manure in the garden: Don't use dog or cat manure. These manures often carry diseases that can be spread to children. Never use fresh manure, since it contains soluble nitrogen compounds and ammonia that can burn plants...

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Mulching
Mulching

One of the finishing touches to any garden is mulch. It performs a wide range of functions in the garden besides simply dressing the bed or border. Mulch helps deter weeds, maintain moisture, lower soil temperatures and eliminate soil erosion. Despite the multitude of tasks it accomplishes most of us give it little or no thought and go with the cheapest...

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Planning for Daffodils
Planning for Daffodils

After winter we are all ready for the wonders of spring. One of the cheeriest sights are the bright yellow faces of the daffodils. However, late summer and early fall is the time we need to be planting and nurturing our jonquils to make sure they are bright and healthy later. Planting a bulb garden is a family project. You may either visit your...

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Yearly Beauty
Yearly Beauty

New Perennials for the garden (and some old favorites…) While each new year brings the return of many plants to the garden, none seem quite as miraculous as the perennials. Where seemingly nothing remains, they burst forth in spring, or quietly sneak up on June to provide bursts of colors that enliven the garden without the expense (or labor)...

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A Berry Nice Time of Year
A Berry Nice Time of Year

Fall is that time of year when we begin to gather the shucks and pumpkins from the fields, even if it’s only to decorate the lamppost at the end of the driveway. We are not the only ones bringing in the harvest; Mother Nature has done a good job of stocking the pantry for her little progeny, and we can make use of this bounty to decorate our yards...

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How Much Sun Does Your Garden Need
How Much Sun Does Your Garden Need

How much sun does your garden really need? Vegetables prefer a full day of sun, but if you live in a shady suburb you don't have to give up the idea of growing vegetables. Here are some minimum sunlight requirements: Fruiting vegetables - eight hours of sun. This includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and vine crops such as cucumbers, melons...

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