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What to Do with Old Garden Soil (3 Ideas to Make it Useful Again)

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 …

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Hydrangea Care and Maintenance (Tips for Growing Indoor and Outdoor)

Discover how to plant, grow, and nurture hydrangea plants of all varieties, year-round and force bursts of color to rebloom year after year. Indoors, outdoors or a mix of both… What is a Hydrangea Hydrangea plants are the master of all florals. They can be shrubs, climbers or trees, and there’s generally five different types, …

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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 …

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How to Aerate Soil in Potted Plants (And Why You Should Do It)

When we think about soil and potted plants, the conversation usually turns to water rather than air. Believe it or not, water is only part of what’s going on in your dirt. You have to think about how much air is down there as well.  Roots are designed to absorb water for the plant but …

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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 …

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How to Get Rid of Gnats in Plants

The gnats in plants kept indoors are fungus gnats, sometimes referred to as soil gnats. They aren’t the same as fruit flies, although they do resemble them a lot. Fungus gnats are attracted to moist soil, while fruit flies are attracted to anything fermenting. You’ll see fruit flies flying around fruits and your garbage bin. …

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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 …

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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 …

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