Category Archives: Gardening Tips

Growing Tomatoes – Removing Bottom Leaves?

A local gardening group was touring a greenhouse operation that grew tomatoes. The tour guide told the visitors that they removed the lower leaves from the plants because “they robbed nutrients from the upper part of the plant that was producing fruit”. In short, removing lower leaves resulted in a better harvest. It is unclear…
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Gardening Tips – 7 Habits of Highly Productive Gardeners

The top performers in any field do things a little- or a lot- differently than you and I. That’s why they are at the very top of their game. This is as true of gardening as any other pursuit. Aside from the patience, persistence and consistency that any gardener must possess to bring a crop…
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How to Start Your Tomato Container Garden

Tomato container gardens are an alternative to a traditional tomato garden. Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, well in this case fruits, of people around the world. They can be used in so many ways, in a salad or to make a sauce for pasta and a myriad of other ways in your…
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Starting a Rock Garden

HOW TO START A ROCK GARDEN   Rock Gardens It is probably best to avoid the word rockery, for this is apt to encompass all that is unsatisfactory about most small garden efforts in this field. A pile of soil is made — no doubt left over from something else — then scattered at random with…
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Top 10 Homemade Organic Fertilizers

Go no further than your pantry, backyard or the beach for materials to make your own organic fertilizers: BANANA PEELS Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply throw one or two peels in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so they can compost naturally. Get bigger and…
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Container Gardening is Not so Limiting After All

If you’re lacking room for a full size garden, often times you can find the space for a smaller garden in a planter or a nice big pot–this is commonly called container gardening. If you think it sounds limiting because it’s small, try thinking of it in a different light: What could you plant in…
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Tips for Beginner Companion Planting

Tips for Beginner Companion Planting While it takes time to learn the intricacies of companion planting, there are a few things you can do to get started. If you’re interested in reducing fertilizer usage and helping your plants grow, consider some of the following beginner techniques. Beans Apparently beans work well with everything because they…
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Fertilizer Basics – Facts, Types and How to Use It

When you visit your local hardware or garden supply store, you will find lots of fertilizer products. How do you choose the one(s) that are right for you? Here's some basic information to help you decide. The main nutrients contained in most fertilizers are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (chemically speaking: N, P and K). On…
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Organic Composting & Manure

Organic Composting & Manure Bulky Manures Garden compost, well-rotted animal manure and bulky organic materials such as spent mushroom compost usually only add small amounts of fertiliser to your garden. They are, however, invaluable in improving the structure of the soil, its water-holding capacity and the ability of the soil to retain nutrients applied from…
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DIY – Outdoor Garden Box

A trip to the hardware store is all it takes for a weekend DIYer to build a outdoor garden box. Whether you are looking to plant a small herb garden or want to start to growing your own vegetables, the steps are basically the same for any size box, big or small. The following tutorial…
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Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

Here, the latest simple gardening tips from Paul James From using leftover coffee beans to preventing dirt from getting underneath fingernails, master gardener Paul James shares his top 14 tips and shortcuts to make spring gardening a breeze. 1. To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing…
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How to Propagate Succulents

How to Propagate Succulents If you’re anything like me, you probably love to have succulents in the house. I try to keep them in bright windows that get plenty of light, but sometimes they can still get leggy. This happens when a plant isn’t getting enough light and it starts to stretch out causing the…
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Do Beer Slug Traps work?

It is getting warmer and the Hostas are growing. It is time for the slugs and snails to come out and do their damage. There is a lot of advice on the net on how to get rid of slugs and snails including; beer traps, diatomaceous earth, egg shells, salt and copper tape. In this post…
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Tips for Organic Garden

7 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden Many readers have expressed interest in creating their own organic garden in their own backyard. As a result, I wanted to share a few tips for starting a backyard garden that is organic, sustainable and earth-friendly. There are numerous benefits to planting your own organic garden at…
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10 Common Houseplants Problems (and Solutions)

Indoor plant problems are common. Many problems are similar to those experienced by you plants outdoors - too much water, too little water, insects, plant disease to name a few. It should not surprise you then, to realize that treatment is also similar. For many problems, like too much or too little water, both problem…
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Container Gardening with Native Plants

Apartment dwellers and those who find their teeth grinding while trying to get a shovel through a few millimeters of so called soil may find potted plants to be their only choice if they want to garden at all. Container gardens in groupings or as individual specimens can dress up balconies and are nice accents…
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