Category Archives: Garden Ideas

How To Ripen Green Tomatoes Indoors

In many parts of the country, we welcomed autumn 2017 with unseasonably warm and humid conditions. And it might have fooled a few people – and plants – into believing it’s still summer. Some even wished for sweater weather. Not your tomatoes, though. Cold is definitely the wrong climate for them. Now that cooler temperatures…
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October Gardening: October Garden Tasks in Your Region

October Gardening is entirely dependent on the weather. If there's an Indian Summer, there is no better time of year to be out in the garden. While gardeners in warm areas will have more to do than their northern counterparts, there are plenty of garden tasks to keep everyone busy in October. General October Garden…
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Mulch Your Flower Beds

Mulch Your Flower Beds Laying mulch before the winter gives your soil a head start for the next growing season. It also protects delicate plants, adding the equivalent of a whole zone level to those that might not be hardy enough for the area. Kristin Schleiter, the acting Director of Outdoor Gardens at the New…
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About Elephant Ear Plants

Plant taxonomy classifies the most widely known elephant ears, or "taro," as Colocasia esculenta. Various cultivars also exist, including types with black leaves (Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'). Elephant ears are herbaceous perennials in warm climates. Planting Zones for Elephant Ear Plants: In planting zone 8 and above, elephant ears can be left outside year-round. Elephant ears…
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Watermelon Peperomia – Growing Guide

Watermelon peperomia is the common name used for a popular species from the Peperomia genus named P. argyreia. Named watermelon for its similarity of appearance to the rind (skin) from watermelons. A native to South America the P. argyreia is a small plant grown for it's attractive leaves. They grow up to 12 inches tall…
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Mother Of Thousands – Bryophyllum Daigremontianum

How to Care for a Bryophyllum Daigremontianum Plant Common name: Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant, Mexican Hat Plant, Devil’s Backbone Family: Crassulaceae Synonymous: Kalanchoe daigremontiana Distribution and habitat: Bryophyllum daigremontianum is a succulent perennial plant native to the Fiherenana River valley and Androhibolava mountains in southwest Madagascar. It has been introduced to numerous tropical and subtropical regions, such as…
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How to Save Your Own Seeds

How to Save Your Own Seeds I think there’s something very satisfying about producing your own seeds, of actually being able to grow something without having to pay for it at all (of course I am conveniently overlooking the money I spend on potting mix, organic fertilisers, mulch etc here but still…). How to save…
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Garden Island Bed Inspiring Ideas

The greenery and nature are so relaxing and all of us after a long stay in the indoors, in front of the TV, or the computer, should sit down somewhere on the fresh air, in a comfortable silence, and to little breathe and enjoy. Of course it would be nice to have the most perfect…
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What is Coir and How to Use It in the Garden

Coir, (pronounced COY-er) comes from coconuts. It's what makes up the fibrous husks of the inner shell of the coconut and is used for all sorts of products, including rugs, ropes, brushes and even upholstery stuffing. We're probably most familiar with it as those stiff, scratchy doormats and the fibrous liners used in hanging baskets.…
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How To – Pruning Red Raspberries

Left unpruned, red raspberries are their own worst weed. When canes get overcrowded, they compete for sunlight, causing the shaded leaves and buds on the lower half of the plant to die. Without those buds, you’ll have fewer fruiting branches and a much smaller crop. Crowded canes also compete for nutrients and water, which leads…
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September Planting: What to Plant in Your Region

While many of our gardens start winding down in September, southern areas of the United States are coming into prime gardening season. Even if you garden in the northern regions, there are still things you can plant this month to keep your vegetable garden producing well. Find out more about September planting, and begin a…
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Growing Golden Shrimp Plants Indoors

Golden shrimp plants are popular landscape items in tropical areas. The “shrimp” is grown primarily for its flower heads. The easy to grow plants produce a year-round profusion of overlapping masses of gold bracts flecked with small white flowers tipped with purple spots, each having two slender petals and long yellow stamens, amid bright green…
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Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Ideas

You know, not too long ago the only spaces in your home that you had to worry about designing were those that are inside. But, that’s simply not the case anymore. Even in the coldest climates, homeowners are paying an increasing amount of attention to the design of their outdoor living spaces. Truthfully, it’s for…
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Backyard Gazebo Ideas

A Gazebo somehow conjures up memories of a different time—when moonlit strolls and long conversation on summer evenings were more common. As such, these decorative, functional and often beautiful outdoor structures remain hugely popular, even in an era when "gentleman callers" have transformed into "gentleman texters." Because of their popularity, gazebos are now available for…
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How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines in a Pot

Tips How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines in a Pot If you order a bare root tree (a tree that is sold without soil around it’s roots) from a catalog or from a website, the grower will ship your tree at the right time to plant it in your area. If you want to purchase…
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7 Tips for Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you're like me, that morning cup of coffee is non-negotiable. Over time, that caffeine habit can generate a lot of coffee grounds. Don’t toss those grounds into the trash — using coffee grounds in the garden can help create the garden of your dreams. The benefits of coffee grounds Coffee grounds are a valuable soil amendment,…
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