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Replacing Some Suburban Front Lawn

Replacing Some Suburban Front Lawn

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It's no secret that suburbia is known for it's cookie-cutter foundation plantings and grand expansions of perfectly coiffed grass. Although, I have seen some fabulous yard make-overs where they've used plants that have made me almost slam into the car in front of me. But, I digress.

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Water Container Frost Protection

Water Container Frost Protection

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If you live in the North Texas area as I do, you don't really concern yourself with the first annual frost/freeze threat until late October at the earliest. I am always thinking ahead to the upcoming...

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Start a New Garden Bed with a Compost Sandwich

Start a New Garden Bed with a Compost Sandwich

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It's never too early to think about the next major planting season as far as I'm concerned. But that could be because at my age, six months isn't even close to the vicinity of long-term.

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Its Fall Garden Cleanup Time

It's Fall Garden Cleanup Time

I know we're still harvesting tomatoes, zucchini, fruit and the like but the weather and light change are hinting that another season is at an end. Forewarned is forearmed, am I right?

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Grow Sprouts for the Perfect Indoor Crop

Grow Sprouts for the Perfect Indoor Crop

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Whether you're new to gardening, a budding homesteader, or a die-hard farmer there's no need to wait for nice weather to grow food crops - grow sprouts!

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Video: How to make drainage holes in a metal container

Video: How to make drainage holes in a metal container

Here's an easy way anyone can use to turn a galvanized metal container into a planter.

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Kids Can Make Bird Feeders Out of Sunflower Heads

Kids Can Make Bird Feeders Out of Sunflower Heads

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Sunflowers not only attract pollinating insects while they're blooming, but at season's end they become an excellent food source for wild birds.

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QUESTION: Compost & Ammonia

QUESTION: Compost & Ammonia

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Someone told my husband that pouring ammonia in our new compost pile will accelerate the decomposion process, as that's a byproduct of the process anyway. Is this true? I sure want to know before he...

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Grow a Sunflower House for Kids

Grow a Sunflower House for Kids

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Don't let the kids keep the magic for themselves. When the morning glories begin blooming, get into that sunflower house, lie on your back and admire the glowing blue sky that you and your kids planted.

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Cold Frame Gardening

Cold Frame Gardening

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A cold frame with a glass top can give you a 12-month growing season, even in Maine, and it's the easiest and most economical way to extend your harvest. Build the one described here, and you're on your way to fresh veggies year round.

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Build a Cold Frame with a Lightweight Lid

Build a Cold Frame with a Lightweight Lid

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Get a plan, materials list, and step-by-step instructions for building an easy-to-manage, self-venting cold frame lid.

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Tea Party Gardening in Containers

Tea Party Gardening in Containers

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A few years ago, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens contacted me to see if I had any ideas for chapters for a new book Designing an Herb Garden. Tina Marie Wilcox and I proposed and wrote two chapters for...

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Gardening Tools on the Cheap

Gardening Tools on the Cheap

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If you’re like me, every now and again you hear the siren call of new gardening tools. If you’re like me, you take a look at the household account and figure out just how much you can skim off of the grocery money without sending up red flags.

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Make Your Own Topsoil Screener

Make Your Own Topsoil Screener

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Using just a wheelbarrow and some hardware cloth, I created a portable, lightweight topsoil screener that improved my soil and gave my seeds a much better start.

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Video: How to Build Raised Garden Beds

Video: How to Build Raised Garden Beds

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If your soil isn't the greatest or you just don't feel like digging, raised beds can be a great solution for your vegetable garden. Watch this video to learn how.

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Cool Kitchen Garden Containers

Cool Kitchen Garden Containers

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If you're bored by terra-cotta planters, you'll love these creative ideas for garden containers seen at an avant-garde festival in France's Loire Valley.

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Grow Everlastings for Dried Flowers

Grow Everlastings for Dried Flowers

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Just when you thought the gardening season couldn't last forever, along comes a group of flowers romantically dubbed "everlastings”.

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Video: Make Pots from Recycled Newspaper!

Video: Make Pots from Recycled Newspaper!

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At my farm, I transplant my veggie seedlings into pots made from old newspapers. It's a great way to save money, and it's so easy to do I have my nine-year-old show you how!

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Build a Stone-Edged Gravel Path

Build a Stone-Edged Gravel Path

A gravel path bordered by a cobblestone curb is works well with many garden styles and is relatively easy to build and maintain.

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Grow Birdhouse Gourds

Grow Birdhouse Gourds

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While you're planting food and flowers in your garden, why not plant a garden craft, as well? Birdhouse gourds or bottle gourds are one of the thick-skinned gourds that are mainly grown for crafts or decoration.

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