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New House, New Baby, New Garden

In about a week, (Give or take a week) I am going to be giving birth.  This prompted the nesting instinct in my husband, and as a result, we are now living in a new house. Which means that there … Continue reading

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Cheap, Easy Seed Starter Pot Ideas

It’s not quite spring yet, but already I’m getting ready to start cold-hearty seedlings for my early spring “winter” garden. In the past, I’ve gone out and bought those tiny little peat pots with the compressed pellets. But this year … Continue reading

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Temperature, Humidity and Fertilzer for African Violets

All this week, I’ve focused on the care of African Violets. For the wrap-up of my week on African Violets, I wanted to cover the rest of the basics. Temperature and Humidity African Violets prefer a temperature range between 65 … Continue reading

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Starting African Violet Cuttings

If you want to grow your own African violet, you can get one started from a single leaf of an existing plant. Select a healthy leaf from the center of the plant and snap it free of the crown. Make … Continue reading

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Fairy Gardens – Little Wonders in Containers

If you have younger kids in your home and you love container gardens, one good way to give them the gardening bug is to help them plant a fairy garden. A fairy garden is a miniature garden setting planted in … Continue reading

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Self-Contained Patio Gardening: The Earth Box

The gardening market is saturated with hundreds of gadgets that are supposed to make life better. One that’s recently caught my eye – but that I haven’t had the chance to try, is the EarthBox. These products are self-contained containers … Continue reading

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Combination Planters – A high-Impact Solution to No Space

If you are a container gardener like the kind that I used to be, you may have limited space to garden in. As a result, your balcony or patio may be crowded with bottles, jars and flower pots. One great … Continue reading

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Planting a Night Garden

When I first graduated college, I took a job as a staff newspaper photographer. The hours were variable and 12 hour days were not unusual. During this time period, it was often too dark for me to enjoy my patio … Continue reading

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Mulch For Potted Plants

In an in-ground garden, mulch is an indispensable tool. Mulch helps prevent water from evaporating and cuts down on weeding by choking out weeds before they can take root. But in containers, mulch should be approached very carefully. The wrong … Continue reading

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Designing your Container Garden: Use the Color Wheel

When you consider that a plant can change color several times in a season, designing with color is a complex task in a container garden. Plants may be green, but they can produce flowers in a riot of colors and … Continue reading

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