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Perennials in Smart Pots
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Perennials in Smart Pots

Planting perennials this fall for a spring/summer bloom It may come as a surprise, but some plants don’t mind spending the winter in their Smart Pots. These cold-hardy perennials lie dormant through the chilly winter months and know when to start growing again in spring. Instead of pulling up plants at the end of summer,…

Pay Dirt: Five Tips for Cashing in on the Perfect Potting Mix
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Pay Dirt: Five Tips for Cashing in on the Perfect Potting Mix

Container gardening gives you total control over your plant’s most vital resource… Soil! Here are five tips to help you get the biggest bang for your potting soil buck. 1- Choose a Slow-Release Potting Mix Many potting soil mixes are infused with either a “starter charge” or “slow-release” fertilizer. A starter charge is just that…

Your Own Garden of Eatin’: Building an Edible Landscape in Five Easy Steps
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Your Own Garden of Eatin’: Building an Edible Landscape in Five Easy Steps

Shrubs, trees, and turf. Throw in an ornamental garden, and you’ve got the typical American yard. There’s no denying the beauty of flowering roses surrounded by emerald grass. But what if you could turn your landscape into a cornucopia of free, mouthwatering food? That’s the idea behind edible landscaping. Let’s look at some garden design…

Grow Before the Winter Snow: 5 Tips for Gardening in the Fall
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Grow Before the Winter Snow: 5 Tips for Gardening in the Fall

Don’t look now, but autumn is fast approaching. Those sunny summer rays get a wee bit shorter every day. If you have a healthy addiction to gardening, don’t despair. There are plenty of crops to grow in your fall vegetable garden. Here are 5 fall gardening tips to help you sow the seeds of success….

Clean Out Your Garden & Recycle Scraps with a Compost Sak®
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Clean Out Your Garden & Recycle Scraps with a Compost Sak®

Cleaning out your garden is a labor of love. But it’s not just about beautification. Those layers of leaves and debris can harbor disease pathogens and insect parasites. Sprucing things up will enhance your landscape, protect your plants and give you a sense of accomplishment. Oh, and one more thing. Recycling your garden scraps into…

Getting “Bac” to Basics: Four Tips for  Cultivating Soil Bacteria and Garden Microbes
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Getting “Bac” to Basics: Four Tips for Cultivating Soil Bacteria and Garden Microbes

4 Tips for Cultivating Soil Bacteria and Garden Microbes Plants and microbes have evolved together for hundreds of millions of years. Their connection is a basic building block for earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. Today, scientists recognize microorganisms as key contributors to plant growth and health. In the garden, all those invisible microbes can make or break…