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Winter Gardening into Spring

Winter Gardening into Spring

My winter gardening in zone 5 consists of windowsill gardening, a pallet garden that hangs on the wall and starting my first seeds for my spring and summer gardens. These would be vine and perennial seeds. When I set my indoor garden areas up I try to plan for spring with the thought of moving as much of my winter gardening outdoors when the weather improves. It’s easy to move containers and the pallet garden to a protected porch but the...

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Rainy Day Gardening Ideas

It’s another rainy day but the call of soil and planting is calling. If your spring has been a cool and wet as mine you have the urge to be digging in the dirt. But for me the soil is too wet for any gardening so its time for rainy day gardening activities. Rainy day gardening ideas I cleaned my containers for the patio and made sure they were ready for the new small space garden area. One planter is cracked but I want to make several...

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How to plan The First Time Garden

If you plan on gardening for the first time here are a few ideas to help make your garden experience fun and successful. My first tip and most important tip: “Keep it simple and keep it fun.” Too many people overplant their first year. Flowers and herbs are easier to grow than vegetables. Why? They have less insect problems, usually need less watering and you aren’t getting used to a harvesting schedule. But vegetables are not hard...

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How to Make Indoor Plant Soil

Garden soil is for sale most months of the year, even in my cold area, but I tend to repot a lot of plants and start cuttings or seeds so I make my own soil. You do need a certain mix for your indoor plants and indoor gardens. When you use garden soil indoors it tends to turn hard. Houseplants can’t thrive in cement-like soil. They need sufficient drainage and aeration. Tough soil will also tends to stunt the plants roots. Houseplants also...

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Stop Kudzu Before It Takes Over

Kudzu has taken over many parts of the U.S. particularly the warmer southern areas. It quickly covers trees, buildings, fences and telephone poles. It spreads at a rate of 120,000 acres a year, killing tree, shrubs and other plants that lay in its wake. And for those not familiar with the plant and its spreading abilities, it can cover small creeks and ravines, creating a deadly trap for animals and people. “Kudzu is an annoying vine that...

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Recycling tip for container gardening

I enjoy recycling materials in gardening when I can. The money I save on gardening supplies can be put toward new plants and seeds. This week in my garden recycling projects I picked up garden pots, some of which will need repaired. With all the perennial plants I start I need all the containers I can find. As I was looking for directions of how to repair a plastic pot I came across this use for old Pepsi and coke crates. These crates being made...

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