Managing Water in the Garden

How to Manage Water in the Garden While most animals (including us humans) and plants can tolerate a range of water and nutrient consumption, there are times when there’s simply too much or too little. This article will address some solutions when your garden has too much or not enough water. Too Much Water The

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Companion Planting

Companion planting is simply planting different varieties of plants next to – or close to – each other to achieve better results. Companion planting can be used to: Deter harmful insects Provide useful nutrients Provide structure or shade Attract beneficial insects Attract and trap harmful insects Background The concept of companion planting for backyard gardeners

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Bug & Slug Controls

The mere mentioning of bugs or slugs will make most gardeners grimace. Indeed, bugs have such a bad reputation that the word is often used as a verb, as in “what’s bugging you?” This article is concerned primarily with “bad bugs” – actually bad insects, as the scientific definition of bug technically applies only to

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Attracting Beneficial Insects

Why Should I Want to Attract Insects to My Garden? Some may ask why anyone would want to attract any insects to their garden. Well, the fact is that insects are absolutely necessary for two very good reasons: First, insects are needed for good pollination. Wind can pollinate, and breeders can isolate certain plants and

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A Great Tool to Create or Expand Your Deer Food Plot

Are deer food plots a good idea? Absolutely! Deer food plots may or may not increase the amount of deer in your area, but they will contribute to maintaining healthier deer. If you’re a hunter or wildlife photographer, creating a deer food plot may increase your chances of seeing a deer or two in your

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Volunteer Plants

Volunteer Plants in the Garden and Landscape A wise gardener once described a weed as any plant that is growing where you don’t want it…grass in the perennial garden, dandelions in the yard, and creeping charley in your lawn or vegetable garden are classic examples. A volunteer, on the other hand, is an unintended plant

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Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

Almost all vegetable gardeners grow tomatoes. In fact, one survey indicated that a whopping 98% of vegetable gardeners grew tomatoes, probably because they’re so versatile, healthful, and delicious. Growing your own tomato plants from seed is both easy and fun; and, it will enable you to experience some truly wonderful cultivars that aren’t always available

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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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Gardening in Clay Soil

What is Clay Soil? To begin, let’s define soil. All soil is a combination of mineral particles, organic matter, water, and air. The mineral particles come from weathered and dissolved rock matter, and the organic components come from decayed plant and animal materials. Air and water circulate within the spaces between the solid mineral and

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Create a Garden

How to create a garden with the Mantis Tiller With the Mantis Tiller, you will discover just how easy, and fulfilling it is to create your very own vegetable or flower garden that you and your family can enjoy year after year! Click Here for a printable PDF copy of this brochure. Step 1 Pick

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Better Gardens from Better Soil

Your garden soil is where your plants live and produce. Great soil makes having a great garden much easier; poor soil makes having even a good garden a burdensome challenge. So the very best thing that you can do for your garden this year is to improve your soil. Soil’s Basic Components All soil consists

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Garden and Yard Care Tips For Spring

Useful Gardening and Yard Care Tips for Spring Some tips and hints to help with your seasonal garden and yard care. 1. Begin to remove mulch from beds as plants show signs of new growth. But don’t be too hasty to remove it too quickly; better to remove mulch later rather than too early. Mulch

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Worm Composting

There are a number of good reasons to consider giving indoor worm composting, also known as vermiculture, a try this year: 1. Worm composting is relatively easy; while it may appear to be somewhat mysterious, it’s really quite simple. (If you already have an outdoor compost pile or bin that is built directly on the

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