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A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

Butterfly Eggs

Identifying Insect Eggs?Identifying insect eggs, whether in your home or garden, can help you decide whether they are harmful or beneficial. This is a page about identifying insect eggs.

 

Perennials

Cutting Back Perennials in the FallThis is a page about cutting back perennials in the fall. Deciding whether to cut or not to cut back your perennials in the fall can be perplexing. There are pros and cons to either option.

 

Crepe Myrtle branch with blossoms

Starting a Crape Myrtle from a CuttingCrape myrtles can successfully be started from both hard and soft wood cuttings. This is a page about starting a crape myrtle from a cutting.

 

Spooning coffee ground into a plants soil.

Plants That Like Coffee GroundsMany plants thrive in soil rich in nitrogen. As they decompose, coffee grounds release nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and other minerals. This is a page about plants that like coffee grounds.

 

Dogwood tree in spring.

Leaves Turning Brown on Dogwood Tree?This is a page about leaves turning brown on a Dogwood tree. While the leaves may brown before they fall in Autumn, brown leaves on a Dogwood tree in other seasons is often a sign of poor health.

 

Bee on Hummingbird Feeder

Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird FeederBees and hummingbirds are often found in the same places in your garden. However, if you are putting out food for the hummingbirds it can attract an unwanted amount of bees. This is a page about keeping bees out of your hummingbird feeder.

 

A hummingbird and a hornet going for the same hummingbird feeder.

Using Mint to Keep Bees/Wasps from a Hummingbird FeederMany people recommend mint extract or essential oil to deter pests. This is a page about using mint to keep bees or wasps from a hummingbird feeder.

 

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Kudzu Be Gone! Homemade Weed Killer?Does anyone have a homemade weedkiller that works on kudzu, the vine that ate the south?

 

Sketch of a weeping cherry tree.  One half of the tree has leaves, the other half does not

Something is Eating the Leaves on a Weeping...This is a page about something is eating the leaves on a weeping cherry. Identifying what type of insect that is eating the leaves on your ornamental tree is the first step toward treatment.

 

Christmas Cactus on Table

Give Coffee to a Christmas CactusThis is a page about giving coffee to a Christmas cactus. Coffee is a trusted secret that many people use to keep their Christmas cactus healthy and blooming each year. Just make sure its plain black coffee.

 

Bittersweet

Growing BittersweetThis is a page about growing bittersweet. Bittersweet is an easy to grow vine known for its beautiful fall color.

 

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Co-joined Rudbeckia Flower

Photos of Flowers Exhibiting FasciationThis is a page about photos of flowers exhibiting fasciation. These unusual double flowers are rare and probably will grow normally the next year.

 

Red Briers

Getting Rid of BriersThis is a page about getting rid of briers. Tackling those thorny areas of the yard can be a real challenge. Wild roses and berries grow fast in the spring and summer.

 

Hedge Apples

What Are Hedge Apples Good For?This is a page about what hedge apples are good for. The hedge apple or Osage orange may look like an orange but it is actually a member of the mulberry family. While many people claim that they are a good natural pest repellent, it is only in concentrated amounts that it is effective. It is generally not eaten by people or wildlife.

 

A community garden.

Ideas To Revitalize a Garden ClubThe enthusiasm among members of a gardening club can wax and wane over time. This page may help you in coming up with new activities and programs to rejuvenate the group and attract new members. This page contains ideas to revitalize a garden club.

 

Gloved hand using a spray bottle to spray a week growing in a driveway crack

Using Bleach as a Weed Killer?Some homeowners prefer to use household products to get rid of weeds, rather than buy a commercial weed killer. This is a page about using bleach as a weed killer.

 

Crepe Myrtle Not Blooming

Crepe Myrtle Not BloomingThis page is about crepe myrtle not blooming. Crepe myrtle likes full sun, but in drought conditions or even when it's rainy, the flowering may be delayed.

 

Webworms on a Pecan Trees

Getting Rid of Webworms on Pecan Trees?Web worms are the larval stage of a small white moth. They typically appear on pecan and other trees in late summer and early fall. Sprays, both organic and chemical, can be used. Breaking the web and allowing birds to feast has worked for one reader. This is a page about getting rid of web worms on pecan trees.

 

Hydrangea Not Blooming

Hydrangea Not BloomingThis page is about hydrangea not blooming. Determining why your plant is not blooming can be a mystery.

 

Lucky Bamboo in glass vase

Growing Plants in WaterSome plants will thrive in water instead of soil and you have the added enjoyment of seeing the roots develop as your plant grows. This is a page about growing plants in water.

 

Photo of a large weeping willow tree.

Starting a Weeping Willow Tree from a CuttingThis is a page about starting a weeping willow tree from a cutting. Many trees and shrubs are easy to start from a cutting.

 

Rock Background with Weeds

Getting Rid of Weeds in RocksWhether it's for a walkway or simply decorative, a rock area can easily become overrun with weeds. Eliminating those weeds can be a real chore. This is a page about getting rid of weeds in rocks.

 

Bundles of lavender hanging upside down to dry against a wooden background

Uses for Dried LavenderThis is a page about uses for dried lavender. Lavender's lovely scent makes it a sought after perennial flower that, in its dry state, can be used in many ways.

 

Tips of Avocado Tree Branches Turning Black - blackened branches

Tips of Avocado Tree Branches Turning Black?Avacado trees can be easy to grow but they can sometimes have problems. This page has advice about the tips of an avocado tree branches turning black.

 

Avocado with dying leaves.

Avocado Trees Losing Leaves?There are a number of reasons your avocado tree may lose its leaves, from pests to lack of nutrients. This is a page about avocado trees losing leaves.

 

Pile of green acorns in grass

Removing Acorns from a LawnThis is a page about removing acorns from a lawn. Oak trees will inevitably drop acorns on your lawn beneath their branches. You have two choices regarding the acorns, one is to allow them to feed wildlife and compost in place or remove them.

 

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Tree trimmer up in a tree, cutting it down.

Saving Money on Tree RemovalThis is a page to saving money on tree removal. Removing trees yourself is not always an option. However, it can be very expensive to have someone come do it for you.

 

Small Bell Peppers

Why Are My Bell Peppers So Small?There are a number of reasons your peppers may not grow to their full size. Trial and error may help you discover the steps to take to improve your harvest. This is a page about, "Why are my bell peppers so small?".

 

Orange Maple Leaves

Maple Tree Losing Its Leaves Early?Maple leaves turning color is a sign of the arrival of autumn. However, if your maple's leaves are turning early, it may be a sign of distress. This is a page about maple tree losing its leaves early.

 

Gardener spraying plants

Homemade Weed Killer RecipesHaving weeds in your garden and lawn really detracts from the look of your yard. Avoid using harmful chemicals by making you own weed killer. This is a page about homemade weed killer recipes.

 

Bamboo

Selling BambooThis is a page about selling bamboo. Bamboo is an evergreen tropical or temperate grass that grows easily and spreads quickly making it a good choice to grow as a money making enterprise. There are many products made from bamboo.

 

Weeds Between Bricks

Preventing and Killing Weeds Between BricksSeeds will land and germinate in your brick driveway, walkway or patio. This page is about preventing and killing weeds between bricks.

 

Grass Growing in Pavement Cracks

Solutions for Grass Growing in Pavement...This is a page about solutions for grass growing in pavement cracks. Grass growing in the cracks of your drive or walkway can mar the appearance of your home and landscaping.

 

Potted Rose Bush

Potted Rose Bush Losing It's LeavesPotted roses require the same type of care as their cousins out in the garden. A common cause of leaf drop is improper watering. This is a page about potted rose bush losing it's leaves.

 

Blue and pinkish purple morning glory blooms.

Getting Rid of Morning GloryThis is a page about getting rid of morning glory. The morning glory is an annual, self seeding vine. Many gardeners love their beautiful trumpet shaped blooms. However, they can also become an invasive weed for the gardener on the other side of the fence.

 

A section of grass lawn showing the roots to the tips.

How to Overseed Your LawnA thick healthy lawn not only looks good but also helps keep down weeds. When your lawn begins to develop bald spots it is time to oversee. This is a page about how to overseed your lawn.

 

Photo of blackberries on the vine.

Getting Rid of Blackberry BushesThis is a page about getting rid of blackberry bushes. Blackberry bushes can grow very quickly in spring and summer and are very invasive. Even though the berries are edible and tasty, the bushes are very difficult to get rid of.

 

Eucalyptus Branches

Starting Eucalyptus from a Cutting?This page is about starting eucalyptus from a cutting. Although usually started from seed, rooting can be a challenge with this kind of woody plant.

 

Salt and Vinegar Weed Killer Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Weed Killer RecipeYou can mix up a homemade weed killer solution using salt and vinegar. This page contains a salt and vinegar weed killer recipe.

 

Growing Morning Glory from Cuttings

Growing Morning Glory from CuttingsThis page is about growing morning glory from cuttings. This hardy plant can give you a burst of color as a cut flower or in containers.

 

Crepe Myrtle Tree with flowers and leaves

Leaves Falling Off a Crepe Myrtle Tree EarlyThis is a page about leaves falling off a crepe myrtle tree early. Early leaf drop can indicate a number of concerns regarding your tree return to good health. Determining the cause is the first step in helping your tree.

 

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Rooting a Cactus Pad

Rooting a Cactus PadThis is a page about rooting a cactus pad. Many types of cactus propagate in nature by their ability to have a pad or segment grow into a new plant. You can do this too, at home, and increase your cactus garden plantings.

 

Crafty Pea Trellis - finished trellis

DIY Crafty Pea TrellisThis trellis features reusable components and jute or cotton twine. You can recycle the twine with the spent vines at the end of the season. You may have some of the necessary supplies to build the framework in your garden shed or garage. Let us share this pea trellis plan with you.

 

Transplanting a Butterfly Bush

Transplanting a Butterfly BushThis page is about transplanting a butterfly bush. The best time and location should be considered when moving a butterfly bush.

 

Vaseline bottle

Use Vaseline to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Editor's Note: This method of keeping ants out of your hummingbird feeder is no longer recommended as it can cause damage to the birds. You can find more useful ways to keep ants out of your feeders here:

Keeping Ants Out of Your Hummingbird Feeder

 

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Lilacs Love Eggshells?When do you put the eggshells on the lilac bushes? Should i mix it in the soil around the base?

 

A pathway covered in sawdust.

Using Sawdust in Your GardenAdding sawdust to your garden can produce some benefits. This page is about using sawdust in your garden.

 

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Sunflower Plants Growing Multiple Flowers Instead or One? The sunflowers grow tall and then the tops of the plant branch off and make several small flowers rather than one big one.

 

Making a Compost Bin

Making a Compost BinThis is a page about making a compost bin. You can easily and inexpensively make your own backyard compost bin, it need not be an expensive commercial model.

 

Christmas Cactus

Dividing and Repotting a Christmas Cactus?This is a page about dividing and repotting a Christmas cactus. If your Christmas cactus has outgrown its pot, one solution is to divide it and repot the plants. This is also a great way to make an inexpensive gift for someone special.

 

Burning bush leaves.

Burning Bush Losing Its LeavesLeaves on a Burning Bush will turn red before the drop in the Autumn, sometimes earlier than other trees and shrubs. If your burning bush losing its leaves prematurely, it may be a sign of stress on the plant and require assistance.

 

dog peeing on grass

Fixing Grass Damaged By Dog Pee?This is a page about fixing grass damaged by dog pee. Excessive dog urine can cause brown spots on your lawn.

 

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Corn Is Tasseling But Has No Ears?My corn plants are very healthy, over 6 ft now in tassel, but no ears. Also, my beets are not developing.

 

Garden Bed Rockery

Building a Rock GardenThis is a page about building a rock garden. A rock garden or rockery is a beautiful landscaping option, with your plants tucked in between the stones for a natural look.

 

Riding Mower

Riding Mower Dies When Put in Gear?This page is about riding mower dies when put in gear. It can be difficult to determine why your lawn mower motor is not running right.

 

Close up of red hibiscus.

Protecting My Hibiscus Plant From Little Green WormsThe caterpillar or larval stage of several insects enjoy munching on hibiscus plant leaves. This is a page about protecting my hibiscus plant from little green worms.

 

Hummingbird at a feeder.

Hummingbird Feeder Nectar RecipeMaking your own hummingbird feeder nectar is quite simple. This page is about hummingbird feeder recipe.

 

Big tomato plants with blossoms but no fruit growing.

Big Tomato Plants, But No Tomatoes?If your tomato plants are growing quite large, but not bearing fruit there are a number of things you can check for to potentially still produce a harvest. This is a page about big tomato plants, but no tomatoes.

 

Burning bush, fall foliage.

Growing a Burning BushThis is a page about growing a burning bush. Easy to grow and prized for its fall foliage, the burning bush makes a nice addition to your garden.

 

A large willow tree.

Solutions for a Willow Tree Planted Too Close to a...This page is about solutions for a willow tree planted too close to a home. These trees can create problems when planted too close to a structure or plumbing.

 

Privet branch against a white background

Rooting Privet Hedge BranchesThis is a page about rooting privet hedge branches. Many hedges and shrubs can successfully be started by rooting clippings.

 

greenish brown taller planter, tapered at base

Hypertufa Craft ProjectsThis is a page about hypertufa craft projects. This simple mixture of Portland cement with substances like perlite and peat moss makes porous artificial stone pots, planters, or garden art in any shape or size you can imagine.

 

Ants herding aphids on a tree branch.

Keeping Ants Off Trees and ShrubsThis page is about keeping ants off trees and shrubs. These insects are responsible for farming aphids on many garden plants and trees.

 

A woman watering a houseplant.

Identifying a HouseplantMany of us have picked up a houseplant at the store that was not labeled or have been given one as a gift. However, knowing what type of plant you have will help you ensure that you are giving it the best care. This is a page about identifying a houseplant.

 

A beautifully landscaped garden.

Landscape Fabric Alternatives?There are lots of substances that can block weeds in lieu of landscape fabric. This page has advice for landscape fabric alternatives.

 

Pruning a Rhododendron

Pruning a Rhododendron?This is a page about pruning a rhododendron. Like many flowering shrubs, care must be taken when pruning a rhododendron so as not to remove next season's buds.

 

pine trees

Plants and Flowers That Will Grow Under Pine TreesWhen looking for plants to grow under pine trees there are several considerations to keep in mind. This is a page about plants and flowers that will grow under pine trees.

 

Plastic Flower Pots

Painting Plastic Flower PotsThis is a page about painting plastic flower pots. You can brighten up your potted plants and give new life to faded plastic pots by painting them.

 

White Substance On Grapevines?Can anyone tell me what this white substance is on our grape vine? It's a thick liquid that's running down and collecting on the stems of the grapes.

 

Close up of a poinsettia plant.

When Do you Bring a Poinsettia Inside for the Winter?Poinsettia plants can suffer cold damage once temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a page about, "When do you bring a poinsettia inside for the winter?".

 

Rectangular Cactus Terrarium

Converting an Aquarium into a TerrariumThis page is about converting an aquarium into a terrarium. When your fish tank is worn out or you do not need it anymore, recycle it into a controlled environment for plants or reptiles.

 

Treating the Soil After Tomato Blight

Treating Soil After Tomato BlightThis is a page about treating the soil after tomato blight. Prevent the blight from coming back next season by treating your soil.

 

Patch of Stinging Nettles

Killing Stinging NettlesStinging nettles can be a nuisance to have in the garden. Killing them off may be the best answer if you can't keep their growth at bay. This is a page about killing stinging nettles.

 

Beautiful flowering Wisteria

Starting a Wisteria from a CuttingWisteria can actually be propagated from both soft and hard wood cuttings, depending on the time of year one works better than the other. This is a page about starting a wisteria from a cutting.

 

A riding lawnmower, from the view of the seat.

Husqvarna Riding Mower Won't StartThis is a page about Husqvarna riding mower won't start. Determining whether it is a problem with fuel, spark or air when your mower won't start, can be a challenge.

 

Rock floor garden, plants in concrete planters

Planting a Garden on Top of Concrete?Rather than go to the expense of removing an old concrete slab, it is possible to plant a raised bed or container garden on top. This is a page about planting a garden on top of concrete.

 

A potted citrus plant with lots of fruit.

Using Coffee Grounds for Citrus Trees?Citrus trees grow well when fed with used coffee grounds. Care should be taken as it is possible to make the soil too acidic and that might cause issues. Citrus grows best at a soil pH of 6.5.

 

Rhododendron with pink flowers.

Starting a Rhododendron from a Cutting?This page is about starting a rhododendron from a cutting. These beautiful flowering shrubs are a great addition to your landscape.

 

Hydrangea Flowers Have No Color?My hydrangea has no color. The flowers are the same as leaves. Why? I have lovely blue flowers all spring then blah!

 

Pink Christmas Cactus

Getting a Christmas Cactus to BloomYou have a beautiful green Christmas cactus, but sadly, no blooms. This is a page about getting a Christmas cactus to bloom.

 

Red and green bell peppers.

When Are Bell Peppers Ready to Pick?When you are new to gardening it can be confusing knowing just when to harvest your produce. This is a page about, "When are bell peppers ready to pick?".

 

Wild Violets growing soil

Getting Rid of Wild VioletsThis is a page about getting rid of wild violets. People either love or hate wild violets in their yard and gardens.

 

Ligularia "Tractor Seat Plant"

Growing a "Tractor Seat Plant" (Ligularia)?This Australian native is also known as the tractor seat plant, Ligularia is grown for its attractive foliage. This page contains information about growing a "tractor seat plant" (Ligularia).

 

sunken garden beds

Sunken Beds for Arid ClimatesThis is a page about sunken beds for arid climates. Below grade garden beds are designed to capture maximum rainfall and retain moisture to keep roots cooler. Below grade walls also cast a small amount of shade in hot, dry conditions.

 

Two orange fertilizer sprayers.

Homemade Liquid Fertilizer RecipesThis page contains homemade liquid fertilizer recipes. Sometimes even good garden soil can use a boost.

 

Row of cut Poplar Trees

Selling Poplar Trees for Lumber?This is a page about selling poplar trees for lumber. If you have poplar trees on your property that you are looking to sell, here is some helpful information about how to do that.

 

What Is Eating My Pepper Plant Leaves?

Something Is Eating My Pepper PlantsMany insects and other critters enjoy the vegetables in our garden as much as we do. This is a page about something is eating my pepper plants.

 

Lilac cuttings in a lime green pot next to a matching watering can

Rooting a Cutting From a Lilac BushThis is a page about rooting a cutting from a lilac bush. Propagation from cuttings is a common way of cloning your plants and shrubs, making for more plantings for your garden.

 

Rock Ground Cover

Killing Grass in Rock Ground CoverLandscaping done with rocks can be quite attractive especially for xeriscape gardens. However, having grass come up in your gravel is not attractive. This is a page about killing grass in rock ground cover.

 

Lawnmower mowing long grass.

Choosing the Best Lawnmower Height SettingThis is a page about choosing the best lawnmower height setting. Most lawnmowers have height adjustments to use when mowing your lawn. Manicured lawns tend to be cut shorter although the height of your grass can affect its health.

 

Hand spraying weed killer onto a largenweed that is in a perfect grass lawn

Weed Killer that Won't Kill GrassOnly certain formulations of weed killers will work to kill weeds but not your lawn. This is a page about weed killer that won't kill grass.

 

Rose of Sharon plant in bloom

Getting Rid of a Rose of Sharon?Removing certain plants and shrubs from your garden can require specific followup measures to deal with suckers and seedlings. This is a page about getting rid of a Rose of Sharon.

 

Photo of a large weeping willow tree.

Growing a Weeping Willow TreeThis is a page about growing a weeping willow tree. If you have the space to accommodate one, a weeping willow makes a beautiful addition to your property.

 

Weeds Between Pavers

Removing Weeds Between PaversIf weeds are growing between your pavers, they are not only unattractive but can be difficult to eradicate. This is a page about removing weeds between pavers.

 

Deadheading a Hydrangea

Deadheading a HydrangeaThis is a page about deadheading a hydrangea. Deadheading, unlike pruning, involves just removing the faded, withered blooms on your hydrangea plant.

 

A purple hydrangea flower in bloom.

Hydrangeas Leaves Turning BrownHydrangeas are relatively easy to grow as long as you provide sufficient water and keep them out of the hot sun. This is a page about hydrangeas leaves turning brown.

 

Moss and weeds growing between pavers.

Keeping Weeds From Growing Between Pavers?Weeds can easily take hold in the cracks between paving stones. This is a page about keeping weeds from growing between pavers.

 

Wild Onion plant in bloom

Getting Rid Of Wild OnionsUnless you are willing to eat them out of existence in your yard and garden, getting rid of wild onions can seem hopeless. This is a page about getting rid of wild onions.

 

Photo of a beautiful garden on a sloped hill.

Gardening on SlopesThis page is about gardening on slopes. Planting on an incline requires some planning to make sure your plants will thrive.

 

Ant on a leaf.

Getting Rid of Ants in Outdoor Potted PlantsThis is a page about getting rid of ants in outdoor potted plants. Trying to safely get rid of ants in your outdoor potted plants can be frustrating.

 

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Ecological Ways to Drive Moles Out of the Garden

Ecological Ways to Drive Moles Out of the GardenAlthough moles don't eat plants, they can damage the roots of plants and lead to their decay by digging numerous canals in the ground. There are many natural ways you can drive moles out of your garden. These are some of them.

 

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% Off - slightly damaged bags of mulch

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% OffAt Home Depot - I know for wood if there is a defect and it'll be marked with the specific color for discount, but I didn't know that on open bagged items you get 50% off.

 

Crafty Pea Trellis - finished trellis

Crafty Pea TrellisI'm a fan of sugar snap and snow peas. I've seen all sorts of trellises for vining plants like these. Most are some variation of cedar lattice or pipes and wires. I wanted something I could compost with the leaf matter at the end of the season. With a very few durable pieces I could disassemble and reuse. I came up with this design based on what I had in my garage and scrap wood pile.

 

How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

How to Hand Pollinate PassionfruitPassion fruit is very easy to grow. If you have a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who has passion fruit save yourself $30, ask for some passionfruit cuttings. Hydrate the cuttings in water and plant in soil (preferable against the fence, wall, patio) so there is room for the passionfruit plant to crawl on, or an area where you could put a trellis up.

 

New Plantings and Garden Flowers - pink flowering mountain laurel

New Plantings and Garden FlowersLast year my grandson and I cut down several forsythia shrubs along the northern edge of the side yard. The stumps still need to dealt with. This year I have focused on planting two lilac bushes further into the yard to ultimately help reestablish a green border between my yard and my neighbor's. There will also be a native mock orange placed along this same line, soon.

 

DeKay's Snake - small brown snake in a man's hands

DeKay's SnakeWhen you are digging in your flowers and grassy areas, you may run into this little fellow. It is a DeKay snake and quite harmless and appears to not mind being held, although, I don't want to hold it. I just take pictures.

 

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How to Grow Chillies

How to Grow ChilliesChillies, chiles or hot peppers, these spicy fruits are important in cooking across the globe. Learn how to grow them in this short video.

 

Stackable Potato Tower

Stackable Potato TowerGrown your own potatoes at home with this stackable tower. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

Building a Potato Cage

Building a Potato CageGrowing Potatoes in a cage above ground, makes them easy to harvest. Check out this video on how to make a potato cage.

 

Self Watering Basil Planter

Self Watering Basil PlanterSelf watering containers are a great way to grow plants with out worrying about under or over watering. Learn how to make this self watering planter with this short video.

 

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Recycled Self Watering Container for Indoor...This is a great way to make a self watering container using recycled materials. Learn how to make one in this short video.

 

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Fixing Engine Stall on Gas Powered TrimmerIf your gas powered trimmer is having trouble running when you turn the choke off after starting it, this tip may help you. Check out how we fixed this problem.

 

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A patio with many containers of plants.

Creative Container GardeningWait until you take a look at the different creative containers used for container gardening on a patio. I used colored bowls and plates, a lamp stand with a plastic container, two wooden crates, a strainer, a scale, a large tea pot, and a pedestal sink.

 

Forks around growing vegetables.

Forks to Keep Critters Away in the GardenThese past two years have been a challenge in the garden because of rabbits. I spent a lot of time and money with commercial sprays and powders. They did not work, even though I reapplied after watering and rain.

 

Thyme flowering in a strawberry pot.

Flowering ThymeI've been growing thyme at the top of this strawberry pot for a few years now. I originally planted herbs in each of the pockets but they all got too dried out and didn't make it, except for the thyme at the top. I love the delicate purple blossoms. After they finish blooming, I will trim them all off to allow the thyme to put out new leaves for tasty cooking for the rest of the summer and fall.

 

Picking butter beans off the vine.

Picking ButterbeansThis has been a hot, dry summer and the first year we have watered our garden. It has been a pretty one. My grandmother used to say, a dry June means a wet July. It seems that old saying is true because we have had a lot more rain this month.

 

Close up of the geum blossoms

Orange GeumHere are some photos of my geum in bloom. It's also known as Avens, part of the Rosaceae family. This easy to grow perennial has beautiful airy flowers in bright orange. Other varieties can be pink, red or yellow. The main part of the plant resembles a strawberry plant, and some varieties are know as "barren-strawberry." As the blooms fade, you are left with attractive seed pods. It's a great addition to your flower garden.

 

Holes drilled in the bottom of a bucket.

Use a Drain Bucket When Washing Vegetables OutsideI use a drain pan in my kitchen quite often and I thought it would be good to have a drain bucket on hand when washing garden vegetables outside. It gets the excess water out.

 

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Growing Mango in East Texas?Can I grow a mango tree in East Texas?

 

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Planting Spaghetti Squash?Planting spaghetti squash too close - what will happen? Hubby planted seeds 2 inches apart. Should they be thinned and by how much

 

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Zucchini Buds Falling Off?I have two zucchini plants planted in a single 5 gallon pot. They seem healthy overall and I even harvested one fruit this season. But all remaining fruit buds that are forming on the plants are turning yellow, becoming limp and falling off even before they blossom (flowers don't open).

 

Eggs on the back of a leaf

What Type of Eggs Are These?I found this colony of what looks like bug eggs in my garden. What type of bug do these eggs belong to? They were on the bottom of a milkweed leaf. (Definitely NOT monarch)

 

A Mallard egg in the grass.

Why Is One Mallard Egg Out Of The Nest?A mallard laid 10 eggs in my yard. She has been sitting on them for almost a month, leaving a short period of time in the morning and again early evening. This morning, 1 of the eggs was approximately 6 feet away from the nest. We have Muscovy ducks in the neighborhood that frequent our yard, including mother, father, and 3 ducklings.

 

Tomatoes being grown in a kiddie pool.

Staking Tomatoes In a Kiddie Pool?How do I stake up my tomato plants in this little kiddy pool?

 

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