Articles for category: Gardening

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6 Great Trees to Grow in Containers

Choosing to plant a tree in a container is an easy way to bring beauty to your garden or patio. Trees may attract butterflies, birds and other wildlife, provide shade, and maybe even food. When deciding what tree to plant in your container, there are several factors to consider. First and foremost is the height ...

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Faux Antique Flower Garden Stake Instructions

Create homemade faux antique flower garden stakes to use in outdoor flower, herb or vegetable gardens. These beautiful yard ornaments look great in rock gardens also. The process is so simple that you will want to make several for yourself and give them as gifts. Things You’ll Need: Newspaper 1 large grocery brown paper bag ...

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The Secret to Growing Huge Potatoes

Here in Alaska there are plenty of potato growers. There are fields and fields of potatoes which are sold in stores and on the side of the roads. Actually they are rather inexpensive. But what about the average Joe potato grower? Have you ever wanted to know HOW a professional gets their potatoes so large? ...

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More than Just a Weed – the Great Mullein

Quite a while ago, I was walking outside in an old field with a friend. During our walk, we encountered this large leafy plant covered in a strange velvet “fuzz”. My friend, who was a little amazed by this sight, stopped, stared, and said, “Wow, I never seen a plant like this before!” For him ...

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Indoor Gardening: Begonias

Of the three major categories of begonias, the rhizomatous and fibrous-rooted are grown most often as house plants, while tuberous begonias make ideal candidates or hanging baskets on porches and patios. The best-known member of the large begonia family is the fibrous-rooted ever blooming group called wax begonia, with its shiny or waxy leaves. Flowers ...

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Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Organic Gardening

Organic gardening can mean different things, depending on what type of gardener you are and what type of indoor garden you’re longing for. The word “organic” and its meaning, as interpreted by the gardener often dictate what type of indoor organic gardening one will have. It sounds a little confusing, so let me explain. According ...

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Planting a Biennial Flower Garden

While a biennial flower garden can be planted from flowers purchased in flats, it can be much more exciting to watch the development of a biennial’s life cycle. A biennial is any plant that takes two years to attain its full life cycle. During its first year as it grows from the seed, it develops ...

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Companion Plants for Bell Peppers: Dos and Don’ts

Companion planting is an effective way to both utilize your space to its up most potential and augment the health, yield, and even flavor of your bell peppers. The best companion plant for a bell pepper depends on what the individual growing them has in mind as a goal from companion planting. Best companion plants ...

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DIY Wire Basket Planters

They’re hard to miss: Huge balls of colorful flowers, two or three feet in diameter, suspended majestically from a city lamppost or the eves of your green-thumbed neighbor’s house. Impressive, indeed. These “Great Balls of Flowers” are almost certainly wire basket planters, a planting container that is just that: A wire basket. While the results ...

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Spanish Tarragon: The Best Way to Grow, Freeze and Dry It

Do you love the taste of French tarragon but have a hard time growing it in your area? If so, you may want to consider giving Spanish tarragon a try. In my experience, it generally thrives in USDA Zones 8 through 11. Although it won’t make your tongue tingle like French tarragon does, it will ...