Spring Garden Tips
Recycle Fast Food Containers

Don’t throw away or recycle those fast food containers just yet. Reuse them when gardening indoors and out.

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recycling fast food containers when gardeningThe bottom of salad, pasta and other containers make great saucers for your indoor plants. Many are black, giving them an elegant look and feel while others are clear so they are less noticeable. Place a few marbles or pebbles in the bottom to capture the excess water and increase humidity. The plants rest on the pebbles above the existing water, preventing root rot. As the excess water evaporates it increases the humidity around the plants. You also save time and the mess created pouring off the excess water each time you water houseplants thoroughly.

Or use them for starting seeds and growing microgreens. Fill the bottom of a clean container with seed starting mix, plant your seeds, and gently water. Then close the clear lid and you have a mini greenhouse.

A bit more information: Use plastic airtight containers for storing extra seeds. Save any leftover seeds in their original packets. You’ll preserve the needed planting and growing information as well as the seeds. Place seed packets in the container, close the lid, and store in the refrigerator until the next planting season.

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Be a part of history and save money when planting next year’s garden. Collect and save the seeds from your favorite heirloom tomatoes this fall.

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Saving Hibiscus, Mandevilla, Bougainvillea and Other Tropical Plants Over Winter

You’ve enjoyed their blooms all summer and now you would like to preserve your hibiscus, mandevilla, bougainvillea, or other tropical plant for next season.

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Saving Leftover Seeds for Next Season

Take a break and prepare for next season by organizing your left over and partially filled seed packets.

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Sealed Lid Seed Sprouting

Increase seed starting success and fun with the sealed lid method my friend and horticulturist Bob Polomski learned from his father.

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Seed Swap for Savings and Fun

The last Saturday of January is National Seed swap day. So gather your gardening friends, seeds and catalogs and throw a garden party.

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Selecting Artificial Lights for Indoor Gardens

Whether you are trying to start plants from seeds, get your African violets to bloom, or keeping your indoor plants alive, a bit of extra light can help.

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Selecting Rain Barrels

Save money and be kind to your garden and the environment by capturing rainwater and putting it to work in your landscape.

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Share the Gift of Gardening

As gardeners, we know how digging in the soil improves our mood, reduces stress and makes us smile. Share this joy by giving a gift of gardening this holiday season.

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Simple Strategies for Planting Small Seeds

Do you have trouble properly spacing the small seeds of carrots, radishes or lettuce? It's easy to end up with half the package in one short row. This is a waste of seed and time spent thinning.

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Skip the Bonemeal

Fall means bulb planting and for many gardeners it means breaking out the bone meal to get them well-rooted and growing. Consider skipping the bone meal. You’ll save money and have better long-term results in the garden.

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Skip the Rubber Mulch

Gardeners are always searching for better looking, longer lasting and less expensive mulches. Rubber mulch has been advertised as an attractive and permanent alternative. Think twice before using rubber mulch in the landscape.

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Smart Irrigation Month - Planning a WaterSense Irrigation System

Watering our landscapes properly can save water and improve our plants' health. And if you decide to invest in an irrigation system make sure to get the best value and water savings by doing your homework first.

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Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips

Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.

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Spring Clean Up & Proper Disposal of Pesticides

Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. And that often means cleaning out the garage, shed or basement. Don’t toss those outdated, unwanted garden chemicals in the trash. They can contaminate our environment, including our drinking water.

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Spring Container Gardens

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your entryway with a spring container garden.

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Squash Vine Borer

All your hard work is paying off with an abundant harvest. Then, one day you notice your squash plants are wilted and near death.

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Starting Amaryllis from Seed

The flowers have faded and swollen pods have replaced the beautiful blooms on your amaryllis. If you are patient and like to experiment, you may want to let the pods mature, collect the seeds and start new plants.

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Starting Cannas, Dahlias and Other Non-hardy Bulbs Indoors

You can start your summer garden months before the traditional planting date. Start cannas, dahlias or other non-hardy bulbs indoors for bigger transplants and earlier bloom in the garden.

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Starting Plants from Kitchen Discards - Seeds

Keep your green thumbs busy starting new plants from kitchen scraps.

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Starting Plants from Seeds

Extend the gardening fun and save money by starting your plants from seed.

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Starting Roses from Seed

Expand your garden and have a little fun by growing a few plants from the seeds of your favorite rose.

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Sterilizing Soil

Save money and your plants from disease by growing in pathogen-free potting mix.

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Storing and Cleaning Pots

Fall is about clean up and preparation for the season ahead. Don't overlook your containers when packing away summer garden supplies.

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Storing Bulbs for Late Planting

The time to buy bulbs, corms and rhizomes at the garden center is not always the most convenient or best time to plant them in the garden.

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Storing Spring Flowering Bulbs Over Winter

Don't panic if the bulb planting season has passed and you still have some or all your bulbs in need of planting.

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Stretch Out Before Digging In

Don’t let gardening become a painful experience. Warm up your muscles before you dig into gardening.

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Sweep Your Way to Cleaner Water

Break out the broom and sweep your way to cleaner drinking water.

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Think Twice Before Staking Newly Planted Trees

Break out the shovel and get busy planting. Fall is a great time to plant trees. The soil is warm and the air is cool, reducing transplant shock.

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Tips for Proper Tree Planting

Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants.

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Tips for Seed Starting Success

Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.

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Tired of watering? Save time, money and water with a few simple changes.

Mulch your garden beds with shredded leaves, evergreen needles, or other organic matter. It conserves moisture while suppressing weeds and improving the soil.

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Transplanting Cacti, Pain-free

Move potbound cacti and succulents into a slightly larger container without injuring yourself.

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Transplanting Peonies

Looking to expand your peony collection, share a division with a friend or move an ill-placed plant? Fall is the best time to transplant peonies.

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Transplanting Seedlings

Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves.

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Transplanting Shrubs

Moving trees and shrubs can be tricky and heavy work. Make the move in spring before growth begins or in fall as the plants go dormant for greatest success.

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Upcycle Pool Noodles into the Garden

Don't throw away those worn out or forgotten pool noodles. Put them to work in the garden.

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Vacation Care for Plants

You’ve got the car packed, the pets at the kennel and your kids are ready to go. But what are you going to do about all those beautiful containers?

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Value of Trees

Plant a tree and improve your mood, save money and improve the environment.

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Water Wise Gardening

Use water wisely in your landscape to save you time, improve plant health and reduce your water bill.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.

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Weed Control

It starts with one little plant. Next thing you know your garden is overrun with them. Some start from seeds that have been dormant in the soil for years while others move in on the wind, in soil additives or with garden transplants.

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Weed Control in the Garden

No matter the time of the season, weeds seem to grow and thrive. Keeping them under control will give you a healthier, more productive and attractive garden.

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What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)

Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s garden.

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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables

Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.

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Wine Bottles - Out of the Recycling Bin and into the Garden

Stop! Don't recycle those wine bottles, instead give them a second life in your garden.

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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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Winter Container Gardens and Outdoor Arrangements

Add a bit of greenery to your front steps, window box or patio with a winter container.

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Winterize Your Lawn Mower

Save yourself time, money and frustration by properly storing your mower for winter.

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