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Old 01-22-2009, 04:39 PM
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Having weeds in your garden are is not fun. But don't put weeding off too long. It's far easier to pull them when they are small then when they have taken over the garden. Also, if the ground is dry, try getting the soil wet, the weed's roots will come out easier. If you are one that does not wish to use chemicals to eliminate pests that could kill your tomato crop or kill your flowers, the internet is a great place to start looking for organic solutions.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:35 PM
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Rotate your plants and crops. Change what you plant and where you plant it every year. Your garden's soil will thank you. This is done because each different type of plant will take something out of the soil. If you keep planting the same plant you will deplete the soil of that nutrient, and it will be hard to grow a plant in that location that needs high levels of that nutrient.
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In your flower garden, if you love butterflies and hummingbirds, there are many plant options available that will specifically attract them. Talk to someone at your local greenhouse about what plants will work best for your area that will do this.
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When it comes to watering, keep in mind the following: the type of plants you have, the moisture retaining capacity of your soil, and your climate. When you water do so thoroughly, so that the soil is wet all the way through, and not just on the top. In addition, watering in the morning is best.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:36 PM
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Buying bulbs can be easy if you know what to look for in a bulb. Always look for bulbs that are never soft, mushy, or spotted with disease. In addition, the larger the bulb the better - just keep in mind that different bulbs for the different plants are going to be different sizes.
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Just because it's cold outside does not mean that you cannot have flowers blooming. Plants like Pansies and Violas, Kale, and Ornamental Cabbage will thrive in colder temperatures. Check with your local greenhouse to see what is best for your area.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:37 PM
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Start a compost pile or bin…its free food for the garden! Things that you can toss in the pile include grass clippings and leaves, Coffee grinds, wood chips, shredded newspaper, your vegetable scraps, and egg shells. Just don't forget to turn it and mix everything up.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:39 PM
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Plan ahead! Whether it's a vegetable garden or a flower bed, have a plan before you plant. This will help keep you from planting something you don't need in the garden, or a shade-loving plant in the sun.
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Get your kids involved! It's educational to learn how plants grow, and where fruits and vegetables come from - not just the grocery store! Plus it's playing in soil and dirt, and what kid does not like to have permission to get dirty!
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Consider where you live, and fill your garden with plants that are native to your area. There are lots of books and Internet websites that will help you discover what these plants are.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:04 PM
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Just because you live somewhere where you cannot have a large elaborate garden does not mean that you can’t have a garden at all. A small garden is just as important and fulfilling as a large one. A small plot of earth or even a decent sized container can yield a stunning flower garden or a vegetable garden. There is lots of information available for container gardening and small gardens.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:18 PM
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Late winter is the perfect time for some preventive weed control. Itís really very simple, get them out before they have a chance to bloom or develop their root systems. Tilling means bringing dormant weed seeds to the surface. The dormant weed seeds deep down will move to a more comfortable place and start to grow. In spring it takes little work to get them out. If you wait until summer youíre more or less stuck with the problem. Itís hot and your unwanted guests are settled and strong.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:28 PM
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The first thing you want to do when moving into a new home is plant your trees and shrubs. This is because it takes awhile for them to get established. So why not plant them early and then you can enjoy them for many years to come.
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:33 PM
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Plant shrubs and individual ornamental grasses in groups of odd numbers. Planting odd numbers of these plants will balance out the visual aspects of your flower garden.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:21 PM
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If you have a problem with cute furry visitors Ė otherwise known as rabbits Ė eating their way through your vegetable garden here is a suggestion for you. The next time you go get your hair cut, ask for the hair you lost to be placed in a bag. Take this home and lightly sprinkle it around your garden. This is not a one time cure-all as it will have to be done numerous times while your garden is producing. You will have to replace the hairs that blow away in wind, or are picked up by birds as nesting material.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:30 PM
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When planting a herb garden take into consideration what you want to use these herbs for. There are three herb categories:
Culinary - basil, rosemary, parsley and oregano
Medicinal – Echinacea, valerian, hypericum, gingko, garlic, lavender, roses, and mint
Ornamental - abisinthe, or wormwood, Silver thyme, Roman chamomile, and catmint
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:37 PM
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If you are going to do container gardening, remember that you may need to water your plants a bit more than those in the ground. Factors like sun or wind will dry out the soil faster because there is no subsoil underneath.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:12 PM
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If you plant African Marigolds next to tomato plants, the scent will deter some insects from invading your tomatoes.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:11 PM
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Early summer is a great time to start your container gardening, such as window boxes and hanging baskets.
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The first thing you want to do when moving into a new home is plant your trees and shrubs. This is because it takes awhile for them to get established. So why not plant them early and then you can enjoy them for many years to come.
Before you plant anything, however, please check with your local utilities (water, electric, gas, sewer) to make sure your future trees and shrubs do not interfere with underground pipes, gas lines, sewers, etc. And allow space for the root systems so they don't grow underneath foundations, sidewalks, steps or driveways and cause future damage.

Most every state, by the way, has an 800 number to contact. In Illinois, for example, you can call JULIE; in Missouri, dial 1-800-DIG-RITE. Check your phone book...
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