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A garden shed can be more than a dumping ground for shovels and lawn mowers. A shed can serve as an artful focal point for the backyard or a destination spot for potting tasks or just daydreaming....
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Turn small pots of African violets (Saintpaulia) into stunning arrangements with big impact. From Country Gardens Spring 2016.
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Make a plan before you hit the garden centers
I get so excited when my local garden centers are chock-full of plants for the spring season – maybe a little too excited. Sometimes my impulses get the best of me and I buy plants I didn...
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Spring is here! Now let's get to work!
April showers bring May flowers, and April garden chores help determine how your garden will fare all summer. Here's a list of chores broken down by region: Pacific Northwest Southern...
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Relax, build self-esteem, and create a sense of place
Do you find that after weeding a row of flowers you have more energy, or after harvesting vegetables you feel a sense of peace?  You’ve experienced the therapeutic benefits of horticulture...
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A little TLC now helps ensure growth in the spring
I’ve grown several types of roses over the years, some more fussy with their care than others. But like most gardeners, the big dilemma in the fall is when to cover them up for the winter, and...
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Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not get together with your neighbors, sisters, girlfriends or kids and spend a day planting bulbs? It’s lots of fun. And there are more benefits than...
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Making your own tea is easier than you think! Try growing some of these herbs, then drying them and adding them to hot water. Not a tea drinker? Make your own herbal blends and sell them at your...
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The best mulch for your garden is probably in your yard
Raking up leaves and burning them robs you of valuable, free mulch for the garden. David Robson is an extension horticulture educator at the University of Illinois. He says leaves are organic...
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Have a plan in place to maintain your garden while preserving water
When it's hot and dry, your gardens need constant watering. There are efficient ways to give your plants the moisture they need and still conserve water. Most gardeners try to conserve water...

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