How To Plant a Tree

With a little planning and preparation, you can add both beauty and value to your landscape with trees. Whether you’re planting a mid-sized “ball and burlap” tree or a smaller bare root tree, your Mantis tiller will make the job easier and will increase the likelihood of success. Watch Our Video Download the Planting Guide

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Keep Calm and Garden On

They say eating healthy isn’t expensive, perhaps your grocery bill tells a whole different story. Maybe you want to eat organic, but the $4.99 per pound cost of green peppers has you wincing ($1.99 pp for non-organic btw). What if I told you there’s a way to get an abundant amount of fresh organic vegetables

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Get A Jump on Your Garden This Spring

Unless you grow only one or two vegetables, or grow the same thing every year, some planning will help you have a better garden this year. Even a little bit of planning will help you save time, save money, and get off to a really good start. 1. Start with a general list of what

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Prepping Your Tools for Their End of Season Rest

One of the best things you can do at the end of this year’s gardening season is to spend an hour or two prepping your tools for their winter rest. You just might save yourself many hours of frustration next season, not to mention some real money. Your Mantis Tiller Here’s a quick checklist of

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Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

It’s fall and it’s officially pumpkin season!  But pumpkins are not just for carving; you can find a pumpkin recipe for every meal.  If you’re like us, you love pumpkin in everything from muffins, to coffee, in soup, and of course pie. We hardly talk about all the nutritional value in pumpkin. Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants and

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Lawn Aeration

What Is Aeration? Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry, and

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Plant Your Fall Garden Now

Planting a Fall or Second Season Garden For many gardeners, the term “Fall Garden” is synonymous with a second season of cole crops (not to be confused with cold crops). Cole crops are vegetables from the brassica genus, most notably broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. These vegetable varieties are cold tolerant and actually grow and taste

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Flower Bed & Backyard
Vegetable Garden Ideas

Among the many joys of gardening is that there’s always something new to try and always something new to learn. If you’re ready to try some new ideas in your vegetable garden or flower beds, here are a few suggestions: 1. Try a New Cultivar Every year the seed companies introduce new cultivars (cultivated varieties)

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Gardening for a Healthy Lifestyle

The CDC reports that US children between the ages of 2 to 18 are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, although consumption has increased by 67% since 2003. Children who eat a lot of sugar have an increased risk of obesity and diabetes, are more prone to be diagnosed with allergies, AND can have

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Benefits of School Gardening

Should kids learn how to grow their own food in schools? There has been a lot of talk on Facebook asking this question. We decided to list the benefits of school gardening! 1. Gardening teaches kids about more than just nature, but other skills like responsibility and teamwork. That’s right; gardening makes kids accountable for their results. After

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Historic American Garden Tours

Plan a tour of these historic gardens of America for a living glimpse into our past. Here are just a few historic gardens on our ‘garden tour bucket list’. We hope you’ll be inspired to tour these historic American gardens with friends and family. Grow inspired!  

Vegetable Transplants

The best way to get high quality, healthy, and true-to-name vegetable transplants is to grow your own. If, however, you choose to buy transplants from a nursery or garden center, here’s a guide to selecting and caring for transplants. Which Vegetables Should I Plant? If you are a first-time gardener, you may want to start

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Small Space Gardening

You Don’t Need a Big Space to Grow a Great Garden Ever think that you don’t have enough space to have a garden? Well, think again! You can grow delicious fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and beautiful flowers. Best of all, you can do it in a small space! Here are some tips for designing and

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Chocolate Beet Cake

Here’s a recipe that will surprise you! If most people had to name their favorite vegetable, they probably wouldn’t name beets. Before you dismiss beets, keep in mind this superfood is rich in antioxidants and can lower your blood pressure. And did you know a lot of athletes make beet juice a part of their daily diet? Endurance athletes believe the nitrates in

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Composting for Kids: A Great Science Experiment!

Kids and composting are an unlikely match; but we argue that composting is an awesome science experiment that can teach kids a lot. Children learn about the earth through gardening, and the same is true with composting. Make composting for kids a hands-on science experience! Composting for Kids: What Do They Learn? 1. Gardening and composting teaches kids how the

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Too Many Green Tomatoes? Try One of These Green Tomato Recipes!

As we are approaching cooler weather, you may be losing hope that your tomatoes will turn red. Cooler weather is one of the causes for your tomatoes not turning red, resulting in a garden full of green tomatoes. When the temperature is between 50 and 85 degrees, tomatoes produce the chemicals lycopene and carotene which turn tomatoes red.  So the colder

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Want Clear Skin? Grow and Eat These Vegetables

For some of us the battle for clear skin is a fight into our adulthood. There are many factors that trigger acne, poor diet to hormones to stress are some of the common causes. To get really healthy clear skin on the outside, it all starts with the inside. Proper nutrition, along with water are the first steps to get the

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Black Radish Chips

What are black radish chips? Try this black radish chip recipe to serve as a side dish or snack. Black radishes not only add spice to your garden, they’ll spice up  your dinner as well! Unlike other radishes, the black radish has a peppery taste that is very unique. Black radishes are so easy to grow and even easier to

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Black Radish: Tips on Growing & Harvesting

You can really be creative with your garden! For example you can go bold by turning your front yard into an edible garden or if you prefer to do something  low key “spice” things up by growing unconventional vegetables! A black radish is a perfect addition to your garden. This veggie has a peppery taste that will add zing

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