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How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Last updated : 20 November 2014
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Creeping Charlie weed is a green vine whose leaves are round with scalloped edges and has a small purple flower. Tools Needed to get rid of Creeping Charlie: Weed trimmer bow rake garbage bag 1 large container shovel 1 cubic foot of compost 2 lbs of good quality grass seed water straw (optional) Before beginning […]

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How to Make Homemade Fertilizer

Last updated : 20 October 2014
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Fertilizer can be pricey to buy, but many commonly used household items can be made into fertilizers worthy of their weights in gold to a gardener. Besides turning your kitchen waste into compost, some household items also make great compliments to a regular fertilizing schedule. Oranges Oranges, like most citrus fruits, have oil in the […]

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How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Last updated : 11 November 2014
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Whether you start your herbs from seeds or purchase a growing plant, you will find much satisfaction from having your own indoor herb garden. I started this sage and basil 8 weeks ago in peat pots with potting soil. I misted them daily and gave them a soak every 2 weeks.  Just enough to keep […]

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How to Trim Grape Vines

Last updated : 30 October 2014
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We prune our beloved plants to create a more lush plant, higher produce yields and to increase the health of plants. Grape vines are no exception. Keeping the vines pruned keeps them producing higher yields each season, makes the individual bunches of grapes larger, healthier and juicier, and allows air flow and sunlight to penetrate […]

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DIY Cold Frame

Last updated : 7 November 2014
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A cold frame is a bottomless box with a sky light that creates a micro-climate by trapping solar energy. If possible you will want the top to slope so you catch the slanting winter sun. More sun will enter the higher the angle of the slope. STEP ONE: Select location The best location should have […]

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How to Prune Apple Trees

Last updated : 4 November 2014
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Pruning apple trees is usually best accomplished during late fall or early winter as the tree goes into dormancy. This will let you see better what you are cutting and how each branch you remove affects the look of the tree. Pruning apple trees to keep them healthy and to help make lots of fruit […]

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DIY Straw Bale Gardening

Last updated : 28 October 2014
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Straw bale gardening gives you advantages over growing a garden in the conventional way. Straw, as it decomposes, often provides better nutrients, and a better growing medium than your soil. If you don’t have enough space, straw bales are an ideal way to grow in small spaces like on a patio, deck or balcony. Straw […]

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How to Can Tomatoes From Your Garden

Last updated : 16 October 2014
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How to can tomatoes from your garden. Canning is one of the most popular ways to preserve delicious, garden fresh tomatoes. Assemble the following tools: Large canning pot with jar rack (also called a canner).  A very large stock pot that will allow room for the jars to be covered by at least 2 inches […]

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DIY Squirrel Trap

Last updated : 23 October 2014
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Ground squirrels can damage many food-bearing and ornamental plants. They will enter gardens and devour vegetables in the seedling stage, gnaw on plastic sprinkler heads and irrigation lines, eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds and can  be quite destructive.  This humane DIY squirrel trap can help you eliminate those pesky little varmints! Step 1:  Gather […]