Composting

What is Compost? Compost is decomposed organic material. The organic material can be plant material or animal matter. While composting may seem mysterious or complicated, it’s really a very simple and natural process that continuously occurs in nature, often without any assistance from people. If you’ve walked in the woods, you’ve experienced compost in its

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Using A String Trimmer the Right Way

These tips will help you use your string trimmer (or you might call it a weed wacker) like a professional landscaper. You’ll learn how to avoid scalping the grass and your favorite clematis, or scar valuable trees and shrubs. Type of String Trimmer In this article we used a straight-shaft string trimmer which we like

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Garden and Yard Care Tips For Summer

Useful Gardening and Yard Care Tips for Summer Some tips and hints to help with your seasonal garden and yard care. 1. Adding a layer of mulch helps plants survive the stress of summer and minimizes weeds. For maximum effectiveness, mulch should be applied only 2-3 inches deep around ornamental plants. 2. Keep mulch away

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Spotting and Treating Problems Early

For many of us gardeners, observing our garden’s performance is one of the true joys of gardening. Watching as a seedling grows into a mature plant is to enjoy one of nature’s miracles. Careful observation can also help to prevent little problems from becoming big ones. Here are some garden problems that you can treat

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Carrots: The Extraordinary Ordinary Vegetable

Carrots are pretty underappreciated, they don’t get the celebrity love that kale does – hey, you don’t see celebrities wearing carrot sweatshirts like they do for kale. Carrots don’t have even the revered status of tomatoes (which are technically a fruit). In a list of the most vegetable consumption in the US, carrots rank #9. There

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Preparing Garden Soil

Soil Preparation Since a great garden begins with good soil, make sure to give your dirt special attention when preparing your garden. The key thing to remember is this: soil is made up primarily of solid matter, air and water. The latter two are critical for the successful growth of any vegetables, fruits, flowers or

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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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Goals for Next Year’s Gardens

Now is a great time to set some goals for next year’s gardens. Your recent and current successes and shortfalls are fresh in your mind. Here are some ideas of goals that you might set for next year’s gardens: What to Grow Now is the best time to decide what to grow and what not

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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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Garden and Yard Care Tips For Fall

There are great things you can do in the fall for your lawn and garden. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Also, a few of our favorite fall garden and lawn care tips below give you a head start on next season. Fall Gardening and Yard Care Tips &

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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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Carrot and Zucchini Noodles With Fresh Tomatoes

Make Noodles from Fresh Picked Carrots and Zucchini For This Tasty Pasta Alternative From time to time we post some great recipes, like our favorite tomato recipes . For the extra vegetables we talk about canning , however since canning carrots is not common we have another great use for them: carrot noodles (mix it up

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Maximize Your Garden

Getting the Most from Your Garden Here are a few simple tips that can help you get more from your vegetable gardening space. Not only will you improve your yield per square foot, you may also improve the appearance of your garden and reduce your maintenance work. Some intensive gardening techniques can also reduce weed

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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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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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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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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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