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Me and My Mantis: Adding a Mini-Tiller to Your Garden Shed
It's a garden shed addition well worth considering!For more information, see the Mantis web site. I got it set and pushed the button.Wow, those tines bite right down into the soil! I soon found that the more shallow "cultivate" setup makes for easier...
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Tater Totes: DIY fabric pots for potatoes & other plants
I am now using a double thickness of the landscape fabric material to make them more durable (just in case I need to pick them up to run with again).Viewer comments offered excellent ideas for reusing fabric feed sacks, recycled shopping bags, burlap...
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A Quick & Easy Harvest Apron
Kids can embellish an apron for the special gardeners in their lives with the myriad of craft resources available, like finger paints, permanent markers, tie-dye, iron-on patches, or transfer pictures.The aprons are good throughout the planting, growing,...
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Miniature Container Gardens Provide Indoor-Outdoor Fun
I find baby toads in everything and have had several surprise--up close and personal--meetings. The miniature garden hobby is a rapidly growing subculture among garden enthusiasts.
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For the Love of Luffa, or is it Loufah?
2005.Joshi BK, HB KC, RK Tiwari, M Ghale, BR Sthapit & MP Upadhyay. 2002.tcm.health-info.org/Herbology.Materia.Medica/sigualuo-properties.htm 5 Dec 2008ACH-31: Cross Pollination In Cucurbits.
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A Day at Dave\'s Garden
Many of the forums are open to everyone, but you'll only be able to see the first post on some of my links; even that peek will give you a good idea of what you are missing. It is hard to believe that under two feet of snow is my vibrant, beautiful garden...
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V for Victory - Victory Garden That Is!
There is hope that people will once again take the advice of the World War Two War Department and plant a garden to feed themselves and their families. Finding the old photo and hearing my grandfather's sweet memories of the victory garden and the brothers...
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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part I
Many of these offenders have no previous gardening experience; so this becomes a learning experience for them also.You can tell the pride these folks take in their work, the well tended beds and the immaculate walkways are examples for all to strive for.Many...
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The Frugal Gardener: Money Saving Projects and Tips; How to Create a Small Water Garden
Cast iron is a great conductor of heat, so I was especially particular where I placed the it.My little water garden is quite attractive and I'm quite happy with my choices. In the next week or so, I'll probably add another plant or two to reduce the amount...
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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part IV
I estimate the garden is about 2 acres in size are divided in plots that are about 20X10 feet in size. The reason being no one in this garden speaks English. This community garden is located in Wayne, Michigan about 15 miles west of Detroit.
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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part III
Founded by 3 Dominican Nuns to teach low income inner city families to grow their own food. This left behind many homes which fell into disrepair and eventually had to be torn down.
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Making a zen garden: Your garden is your spa
All of the most beautiful parts should be able to be seen from your place. Five and seven are also asymmetrical numbers that would be pleasant. The tools and materials are simple, but design and placement are important considerations.This principle is...
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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part II
An area is set aside just for kids to grow tend and harvest vegetables just like the grownups.A garden like this is an excellent example where you can still have a “wild” area among the urban sprawl.
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Container Gardening to The max
We were walking in the woods one day and there was this beautiful, hollow log. It had a drain so water could escape if it rained too hard. They can also be planted. We had placed it in semi-shade so she had planted a few shade loving vines.
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Promises, Promises: My Gardening Resolutions
Growing vegetables from seed never scared me, but flowers? (It's a lot cheaper too!)7. Some kind of weird tree is growing out of the pile now too. It's now December and I still haven't made them, although my beautiful variegated Basil ‘Pesto Perpetual'...
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The Frugal Gardener: Money Saving Projects and Tips; How to Make a Planter From an Old Chair
The most expensive item in the whole project was the bag of potting mix. A few of these keep just enough moisture near the roots during the blistering summer heat and the plants stay healthier.A bit more potting mix on top of the crystals, finish filling...
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Unorthodox Gardening Methods
Mound up more soil/compost mix, but do not to cover the leaves. Look for a pallet that has HT stamped somewhere on the pallet. As the potatoes continue growing, continue adding soil-compost mix until you reach the top of the container.After about 10 weeks...
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Missouri Botanical Garden: Garden Structure
It is a wonderful example of color that can be included in a garden with materials other than plants. During my visit today with my good friend Beth, I decided to focus on garden structures and art.
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Use cattle panels to build an arched trellis & hoop house
It was a great success despite the late tomato blight, so this year I wanted a more structurally sound arched trellis and the cattle panels were the perfect size, sturdy and easy to manage!
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Sun Clocks: Interesting TIME In Your Garden!
This special monthly positioning causes the human shadow to fall more closely on the appropriate hour mark in "solar time."But, what about Daylight Savings Time (DST)? The interactive analemmatic "human" sun clock is the focus for my needs, but others...
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Garden Resolutions: Next Year I Shall...
Next year I'll plant seeds. Now is the time to contemplate the past season to determine what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be different next year. Gaillardia attracts butterflies.
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Garden Bling Bling - Garden Art
If this is an issue for you, then you might want to add a sign to your yard stating that the figures are not for sale.If you have a storage unit just for your out-of-season garden art, then you just might have too much!If you take things in and out of...
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Cantigny Gardens
The Children's Garden is also located here. The path winds through the prairie to a circular plaza with a statuary group representing the sacrifices of the military. There are camping and picnic areas, and the museum also sponsors occasional historical...
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Wit and Wisdom: Gardening Commentary Through the Ages
I enjoy hearing from my readers!All images are courtesy of Wikimedia unless otherwise indicated. I've arranged them in categories, with each category representing some basic aspect of gardening.Questions?
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A No-Wa-Wa Fountain for Your Garden
Please scroll down to the form below. What is a "no-wa-wa" fountain? The term "no-wa-wa", perhaps a tad cutesy, originated several decades ago in a contest by Steve Gander, a local Iowa boy, who grew up to become one of the top rodeo event promoters in...
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Spring Poems
That doesn't stop the birds from singing and the grass from greening, or me from putting it all into words. Spring can start slow here, snow lingers and the wind blows chill sometimes well into May.
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St. Fiacre, Patron Saint of Gardeners
(Don't we all wish we had one of those staffs?) A suspicious local woman was convinced that such a feat could only be performed by sorcery. Exclusion of women, however, was the rule rather than the exception in monasteries of the time.As word of Fiacre's...
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Spring Cleaning in the Garden
That is atender new growth. I will cut out any branches not showing green shoots. I take my cutters and snip off the old dead stalks. Take your time, stop occasionally and breathe in the fresh clean air, enjoy the feeling of the sun's warmth on your face.
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Onions and Potatoes Grown in a Small Garden
I planted yellow onion sets in April and by the end of July they were already grown. But we, as city people, wouldn't have wanted it anyway because we were too much used with civilization.
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