Category : Garden How-To

Fairy cottage miniature garden by Shirley Bovshow with stone house, succulent room and mini garden decor

Make a Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden: Beginner’s Guide Video

 
There’s no doubt about it, “Fairy” and “Miniature” gardens are strong trends in gardening today.
You can’t read a garden magazine or browse Pinterest and Facebook without coming across these charming and very personal fairy and miniature themed gardens.
I made a video for […]

1 Comment / 1675 View / December 16, 2012

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How Plants Are Bred to Become “Proven Winners” Plants: Video

I was invited to tour one of the growing facilities for Proven Winners plants, in Bonsall, California at EuroAmerican Propagators to learn how their plants are developed.
It all begins with testing…lots of testing.
 
Every plant that is introduced by this company […]

No Comments / 120 View / June 27, 2012

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Controlling Weeds in Your Strawberry Garden Patch

 
Strawberry plants and controlling weeds are an ongoing concern in the strawberry patch.
In order to give your strawberry plants a fighting chance against water-sucking, nutrition-hogging weeds, you must prepare your garden soil months in advance of planting!
 

 
Gardeners who prefer to […]

No Comments / 88 View / June 18, 2012

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How To Make a Bog Filter For Small Pond With Garden Pot

It’s important to balance your pond with both biological and mechanical filtration in order to keep the growth of algae under control.
I want to share information to make a simple and natural bog filter for your small water garden using […]

3 Comments / 518 View / November 3, 2011

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Pumpkin Planter: Fall Mums

To many people, the fall season signals the time to decorate their porch with mums.
In an effort to be original, I tried something a bit different this fall.
Inexpensive, easy to do and adorable!
 
My materials included:
Pumpkin “planter” (make sure it has […]

1 Comment / 48 View / October 12, 2011

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Tips To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

It won’t be long before the short, cold days of winter are upon us again.
As gardeners, we need to be prepared for the winter season and put together an action list for the garden before December rolls around.
 
I’m based in […]

No Comments / 34 View / October 11, 2011

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Sandy and Rocky Garden Soil Solution

If you are experiencing sandy or rocky soil you may be losing valuable nutrients that would otherwise be available to your plants through excess leaching.
Because of the high water filtration rates in sandy as well as rocky soils, these soils […]

No Comments / 75 View / September 10, 2011

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How To Improve Clay Soil

With the exception of coastal areas or the southwestern desert, most people who live in North America have to deal with clay in their soils.
Clay has a tendency to become compacted, reduce water infiltration rates and lock up key nutrients […]

1 Comment / 17 View / September 2, 2011

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Guide to Eliminating Yellow or Bare Spots on Lawn

 
Guest blog post by NatraTurf (Courtney Tompkins).
Most bare and yellow spots on lawns, or spots that aren’t flourishing, are caused by compaction and crusting within the top few inches of the soil.
Water and oxygen are not able to pass through […]

1 Comment / 43 View / August 24, 2011

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How to Repot Water Lilies

 
To me, a water garden isn’t complete without water lilies.
There are so many choices…tropical, hardy, day bloomers, night bloomers, pinks, purples, blues, yellows.
One is never enough.
 

Water lilies and aquatic plants are easy to grow as long as you follow a […]

1 Comment / 291 View / August 19, 2011

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