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Keeping outdoor plants in containers can be an excellent way of doing a little gardening in areas where you don’t have a lot of ground to work with. It also protects your plants from a number of burrowing insects or other plant-eating pests. But a container is no match for a squirrel. You’ll need to take a few extra steps to keep squirrels out of your potted plants, or even your in-ground outdoor garden. A…

It’s no surprise to anyone that compost is a very valuable asset in the garden, and a wonderfully natural way to add all the nutrients your plants need. There isn’t much to it. Compost is just decomposed organic material, and something anyone can make for themselves. But do you know the best way or the best time to use compost in the garden? Are you confident in the waste you’re going to be tossing into…

Did you know there are two types of slugs? Predator slugs and plant-eating slugs. The predator slugs aren’t as big of a problem, but if your garden’s plagued by plant-eating slugs, you need to find a way to stop those from eating your plants or everything will be destroyed. Some of the most effective methods are listed below. The three main types of plant-eating slugs to get rid of from your garden include: The Pacific…

Gardening season has sadly come to an end for the year, and you still have quite a bit of potting soil on hand. Of course, you’ll want to keep that so you’re ready for any new seedlings in the spring. What’s the best approach? More on Potting Soil Potting soil is more than just dirt. Good potting mix is very loose and has a lot of extra material in it to allow for new root…

A lot of problems that come with plants (both inside and out), stem from improper care. Not enough water, too much light, wrong type of fertilizer or the wrong size pot, to name a few examples. Most of these issues come from you and where you chose to plant. But sometimes, there are other external foes you have to contend with. Things like insects or grazing animals. But under the surface of the soil, that…

Grow bags let gardeners grow in fresh soil, year-round, producing crops faster and get this, you don’t even need a garden to garden. How’s that? Because with the right know-how, grow bags can be used for gardening indoors, then moved outdoors or even put onto balconies. When you’re done growing fruits, vegetables and salad greens, pack up your bags and put them into storage. Grow bags take up very little space and can typically be…

You’re finally realizing that your favorite garden bed, one you’ve been tending for years, is really not doing as well as it used to. It could be that the soil in there is just getting old and not able to support plants the way it used to. When Is Soil Considered Old? This is a bit of a tough question to be specific about age when it comes to garden soil. The problem isn’t really…

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 add contaminants or toxins to your food? What about perlite and vermiculite? They are often…

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