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Perlite or Vermiculite for Vegetables (Are They Really Safe?)

The choices you make when growing flowers or shrubs are one thing, but when it comes to plants that are going to end up on your dinner table, you might want to pay a little more attention to the materials you add to the soil. Are you adding anything that will make the plants grow well, but that will also …

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How Fast Do Aloe Plants Grow? (And How to Make Them Grow Faster)

Aloe vera is a classic plant for the kitchen (see some of my other favorites), not only because it likes the environment but it’s also a little first aid kit too. Just slice off the tip of a spear, and the cool gel inside is ideal to treat any small cuts or burns. Just rub it on your skin, fresh …

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How Long Do Petunias Last? (The Flowers and the Plants Themselves)

The stunning color of petunias can be the crowning glory of your flower garden. It’s a shame they can’t be permanent. How long can you expect to enjoy these classic summer plants? When you’re wondering how long do petunias last, you might be considering two different things. How long do the plants themselves actually live for, or perhaps you want …

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Petunia Care: How to Plant and Care for All Petunia Varieties

Petunias are one of those flowers that make non-gardeners want to learn to grow from seed. They’re the flowers lining lawn edgings, putting beautiful bouts of color in gardens around neighborhoods. Some are grown in containers perched by the front door steps, and trailing types of petunias are in hanging baskets giving a stunning decorative display. And the fragrance! That’s …

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Planting in Compost Without Soil (Is It Even Possible?)

Has it crossed your mind to start planting in compost without soil? It’d be a lot easier for the practical gardener to fill a container with homemade compost from the backyard, plant some seeds, water the soil and wait for the plant to grow. It’s a nice idea, but does it actually work? Unless you’re growing small vegetables that don’t …

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Can You Use Potting Soil in the Ground? (What You Need to Know)

As any gardener knows, not all dirt is created equal. Wondering about the content of potting soil, and whether or not it’s safe to use potting soil in the ground? You’re not alone. Here are all the answers to safe soil use. What is in Potting Soil? Potting soil isn’t just dirt conveniently packaged in a bag. It’s a mixture …

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How to Fix Drooping Plants (In 5 Easy Steps)

Your lovely collection of houseplants is starting to look a little limp, and you’re ready to get things perked back up again. Obviously, you’ve thought to give them a drink and that hasn’t solved the problem. So now you need to figure out what to do next. There are a number of possible solutions to drooping houseplants, but you need …

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Are You Over Watering Indoor Plants? How to Fix a Drowning Plant

Over watered house plants are plants on their death bed. Water is food to plants. When humans eat too much food, obesity sets in and that’s often followed up by any number of diseases. Any of those can and often does lead to premature death. The same happens with plants. When you over water plants, the excess water is stuck …