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There are a lot of animals common to the backyard that dine on garden plants, whether you are growing ornamental flowers or have a plot of vegetables out there. The one that strikes the most fear into the hearts of the gardener is the rabbit. A rabbit is unmistakable in the garden and needs no description to help you recognize it. They are active during the day, and are broad herbivores. Rabbits will eat almost…

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…

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…

Even the most novice of gardeners knows that indoor plant leaves turning yellow is not a good sign. The problem is that yellow leaves is the most common symptom of a wide range of houseplant ailments, and it can take a little experience to know what the root of the problem is. Sometimes it can be serious, sometimes it’s temporary and sometimes you may have to change up your care routines to fix it. Here…

Without good drainage in pots with healthy plants, roots can suffocate, root rot (see my fixes) can become an issue and salt can accumulate to levels high enough to burn plants. Suffice to say, it’s essential that any potted plants, either indoor plants or container plants in your garden, must have sufficient drainage for best growth, health and ultimately, be able to live longer. Drainage Efficiency of Soils The efficiency of a good potting soil…

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…

You know the old saying about having too much of a good thing. It’s true, and can be applied in many ways to gardening. In particular, having the right amount of fertilizer can make your plants thrive in lush greenery, but having too much is not good for them. Excess fertilizer will damage your plants, and leave them with “fertilizer burn” which can eventually kill them if you don’t know how to fix it. What…

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…

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