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How to Extract Oil from Plants (Plus the Numerous Benefits and Uses)

Extracted oils from plants, fruits, and herbs are growing in popularity. They are used for a number of things, from aromatherapy to medicinal applications to their use in cooking as well as in cosmetics and perfumes.  Plant oil extractions may seem complicated to pursue at home, but it is much easier than you may think. There are many different ways …

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How to Harden Off Plants (4 Techniques for a Smooth Transition)

The term “hardening off” means to toughen up your tender little indoor seedlings before you completely move them to their outside garden spot. Plants that are raised inside can undergo a significant shock when moved to a new environment. It can be enough of a shock to actually kill some delicate plants, or to at least set back their growth …

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Rejuvenating Old Potting Soil (In 6 Basic Steps)

Every year, there’s at least $9 to $10 spent per container by gardeners to replenish their potting soil because most potting mixes contain peat-based ingredients, which break down fast. With fast depleting potting mixes, it makes sense financially and environmentally to start rejuvenating old potting soil instead of replacing it all every season. Heavier feeders of plants like tomatoes, cucumber …

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How to Get Rid of Poison Oak Plants (And What to Do If Touched)

Most people know what a poison ivy plant looks like so if you spot a weed growing in your garden that resembles one, you may have to look a little further. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are all part of the cashew family. That’s good news. The even better news is they are not really poisonous but they …

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When Plant Leaves Turn Yellow – This is Why!

Plants are supposed to be green so when plant leaves turn yellow, something’s going wrong in the growing conditions. It’s a frustration even the most experienced gardeners and botanical experts can be left exasperated trying to understand the cause of so they can rectify things and restore a plant to full greenery and blossoming. When plants turn yellow, it’s the …

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How to Keep Rabbits from Eating Your Plants (7 Effective Methods)

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 …

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Why Plants Grow Towards Light (And the Role of Auxins)

Plants are more than a gift from Mother Nature. They have their own life force and raise many questions about plants, trees, and how any woodland flowers manage to survive in the wild without any human intervention. How and why plants grow towards light is one of the many fascinating questions that’s baffled botanists for centuries. It’s been extensively researched …

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Geranium Care: Learn How to Plant, Grow and Care for Geraniums

Like anything, geranium care is easy – when you know how. But if you don’t know how to care for geraniums properly, you can run into plenty of mysterious problems. If that’s the case for you, get ready to fix that because everything you need to know about planting, feeding, pruning and overwintering geraniums is covered in this guide to …