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Gerbera Daisy Care: Growing Gerber Daisies [HOW TO GUIDE]

Because these hearty little spots of color do hail from South Africa, they are used to hot dry weather. For this reason, they fall prey easily to fungal diseases. Interestingly, some of the older varieties are less susceptible to this problem. With either older or newer varieties, proper planting and judicious watering are very important to prevent crown rot.

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Beneficial Insects: Good Bugs To Encourage In Your Garden

Here’s the deal on Beneficial Insects (aka good garden bugs). You may think all insects are pests or bugs, but that simply is not the case. There are many beneficial insects (good bugs) that would be all too happy to help you chase true bugs out of your yard and garden if you’d just give them a chance.

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What Are the Most Common Threats To Trees in Your Landscape?

Trees are an important element to your backyard landscape. Not only do trees provide much-needed shade in our increasingly urban suburbia, but their lush, green foliage adds amazing aesthetics. But sometimes our common backyard trees can fall victim to unforeseeable natural threats.

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Kids Gardening: The Value Children Learning To Garden

There are lots of good reasons for kids gardening. It’s good to garden with your children and to set them up with small plant and garden projects of their own. In this article, we share the many benefits children gain from gardening, along with some clever independent plant and gardening ideas for children.

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How To Train A Butterfly Bush Into A Tree

I have always loved to see plants “trained” into small trees, especially when they are plants we don’t normally see grown as trees. Plants like a standard lantana tree or coleus tree. The buddleia or the butterfly bush is another one. In some states the buddleia is considered a invasive species (BBC) and they are trying to eradicate it. There some non-invasive hybrids available.

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4 Tips On Avoiding Ticks And Lyme Disease In The Garden

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is transmitted to people through infected tick bites, particularly from the black-legged tick. Those affected will exhibit flu-like symptoms such as spotted fever, headache, fatigue and skin rashes. Antibiotics can treat the Lyme disease easily, especially if it is caught during its initial stages.

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Cucumber Beetle Control: Get Rid Of Striped, Spotted Cucumber Beetles [HOW TO]

The Cucumber beetle is a common pests throughout most of southern Canada east of the Rocky Mountains. Cucumber beetles  spread plant disease and lay waste to a wide variety of cucurbit crops in both home gardens and commercial farms. In this article, we will examine the attributes of the cucumber beetle and share advice on keeping them under control in your farm or garden. Read on to learn more.

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How To Make A Beautiful Backyard Pond From An Old Tractor Tire!

Many a homeowner would love to step out into their backyard to enjoy a pond, with the relaxing aura it can provide. The steps of adding a backyard pond often times seem too difficult for homeowners. However, that’s not the case.  An old tractor tire comes in handy when creating this garden decoration and water feature.

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Asiatic Lily Care: How To Grow Asiatic Lilies

Beginners new to planting bulbs find Asiatic lilies among the easiest of all lilies to play with.

They are the first lilies of the season to flower, and they multiply fast. With simple care, these temperate northern hemisphere natives, grow and do well in USDA hardiness zones 10 all the way to 3.

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Rain Barrel: How To Make And Use Rain Barrels

The use of the Rain Barrel in the garden continues to grow in popularity. What Is A Rain Barrel? It’s simply a container, often 50 -80 gallons in size, used to harvest and store captured rainwater draining from roof runoff.

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Using Epsom Salts To Help Overcome Transplant Shock

Transplant shock is typical when moving plants from a small container to a bigger one, from the greenhouse to the outdoors or transplanting into the garden for plants to wilt.

Epsom salts come in handy and help the roots overcome the transplant shock.

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7 Simple Solutions For Supercharging Your Garden Growth

Do you want a rich, vibrant garden? This super collection of five items can supercharge your soil and improve garden growth. The solution may be hiding in your kitchen! Discover how fish bones and egg shells invigorate your marigolds. Put those messy banana peels and epsom salt.

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Rain, Rain, Come My Way

When you’ve strategically planted for rain, gushing downspouts are no longer a problem. A rain garden is a garden that uses water-loving plants, with strong roots. It helps use rain where it lands instead of letting it run-off into streams, lakes and rivers.

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Spring Container Plants that Pop

Remember to use a “thriller, filler and spiller” when planting new pots. Put the tallest growing plant in the middle, or at the back. Surround it with smaller plants and finally, those that spill over the edge.

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DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits

Using the kit is as easy as it looks  — simply fill each cell of the carton with seed starting mix, sprinkle 2-3 seeds per cell and spray with a water bottle. Place this in a warm, sunny spot in your home and keep moist. Once there’s no more threat of frost in the spring, cut the cells apart and place each one directly in the ground (egg carton and all).

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Is a Pond Aerator the Silver Bullet for Your Pond Problems?

The bubbles rising from your aerator not only circulate the water, but also break up the surface tension as they break the surface. This has a few beneficial effects. First, it prevents some water-walking insects from taking advantage of your pond. The most important of these, of course, is mosquitos, which can otherwise use your pond to lay eggs.

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Don’t Hit That Ice!

…when your water does ice over, you definitely don’t want to break it by hitting the ice. Here’s why:
Water is extremely resistant to mechanical compression. When you push on water, it doesn’t squeeze down, but moves and transmits that force to somewhere else, pushing against whatever is containing it

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Keep Your Pond Healthy When You Got a Late Start

Even in winter, partial water changes can help to provide healthier, less polluted water for your be-finned friends. Do this very carefully, though, changing water much less aggressively than you would in warmer times. Slower winter metabolisms potentially means that your pond recovers from water changes less quickly.

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Here’s Why Cold Water Fish Food Matters

Pond fish are cold-blooded, so their metabolisms are heavily affected by weather. As the water around them gets colder, their metabolisms slow more and more. Fortunately, we can deal with this slowdown fairly easily by changing what and how often we feed them.

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How to grow gigantic tubs of red geraniums

The large tubs are watered daily with one gallon of water, and fertilized every second week with an all purpose liquid fertilizer. They face south, enjoying both the early and late sunshine, and are carefully deadheaded with garden snips, not roughly pulled off.

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Tips for your Spring Pond To-Do List

That bane of pond health, organic debris, has slipped into your pond over the winter. There’s just no way that I’m aware of to avoid it. Every new Spring means cleaning out your pond.

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5 Things You Need to be Ready for Spring

…sludge and buildup that needs to be vacuumed out, and if you can get it out of there before the water warms up to let the rot and anaerobic bacteria really get revved up, you can save yourself a TON of troubles throughout the rest of the year

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