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Using Milk Crate Liner Smart Pots for Small Space Gardening
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Using Milk Crate Liner Smart Pots for Small Space Gardening

The grow-your-own food gardening trend is far from cancelled for would-be gardeners who don’t have a spot of soil in which to plant. All that’s needed is a container to grow in. And thanks to a range of products from Smart Pot, the fabric container alternative, hopeful gardeners with as little as a sunny patch…

How to Spot a Fake Smart Pot
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How to Spot a Fake Smart Pot

First, a Quick History Lesson… In 1984, High Caliper Growing introduced fabric pots to the tree farm industry. Invented four years earlier by Ralph Reiger from Oklahoma City, fabric pots immediately drew the attention of progressive tree farmers and nurseries. These early adopters were eager to find a product that improved the speed and efficiency…

Mulching, Upcycling, and Heeling In: How to Protect Plants in Winter
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Mulching, Upcycling, and Heeling In: How to Protect Plants in Winter

So you’ve spent a great deal of time, energy, and cold, hard cash throughout the spring and summer on your garden. And you’ve been richly rewarded with a more beautiful, biodiverse, and bountiful environment. Now fall is in the air, and it’s time to turn your thoughts to colder months and how to protect your…

Which Potting Mix is Right for You?
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Which Potting Mix is Right for You?

Potting mix, also called potting soil, is a soilless blend of ingredients used to grow plants. Often containing a combination of peat moss, coir fiber, vermiculite, sand, perlite, pine bark, compost, and other ingredients, there are dozens of brands of commercial plant potting mix on the market. Though all good-quality potting mixes should be easy-to-handle,…

Managing Indoor Plant Pests
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Managing Indoor Plant Pests

From poor light conditions to improper watering, houseplant growers face many challenges. But for most of them, no problem raises greater concern than an encounter with indoor plant pests. A house’s warm, consistent temperature – coupled with its complete lack of pest-munching natural enemies like ladybugs and lacewings – makes the perfect breeding ground for…