Category: Garden

Cleaning

10 FALL CLEANUP TIPS FOR A BETTER SPRING GARDEN

When it comes to fall yard and garden cleanup, we have evolved our thinking. It’s not necessary to hack everything down, but that doesn’t mean do nothing. Let’s clean up our yards the right way. With cooler weather and fewer insects, it’s also easier to do this work in autumn, not during freezing temperatures. So

Gardening Tips

Read This Before You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

The right prep, primer, and paint can transform the look of your cupboards—and your entire cook space—without busting the budget Handsome Painted Cabinets for Cookspace Appeal     If you’ve  noticed the cost of new appliances, countertops, and cabinets, it’s no surprise that renovating a kitchen is one of the most expensive remodeling projects. While

Bedroom

Ribbon Flower Accents

Materials and Tools: 3/4 yard of 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon (for center) 1-1/4 yard of 1″ to 2″ (for petals) Needle Thread to match ribbon Heavy-gauge wire stem cut in 12″ to 18″ lengths Floral tape Silk or velvet leaves Glue Directions: 1. To create center of flower, cut 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon into 6

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Top Garden Tools

I can’t remember how many trowels I’ve owned/broken over the years. I have an unmatched ability to shorten the life of any gardening implement used for digging. In my defense, one of those many trowels met its fate by being run over by a car (it’s a long story, don’t ask). But several others broke

Food Gardening

Growing kiwi fruit: It’s easier than you think

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps to support our site. Find our full disclosure here. Do you enjoy growing fruit? Perhaps you have a few blueberry bushes, a handful of strawberry plants, or some apple

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12 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Storms

As severe weather continues to dominate the news, it pays to take heed and prepare for the worst, even if your home isn’t in the direct path of current storms. Here are 12 ways to get your house in order if you live in or near regions where storms and heavy rains are predicted. A

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Best Household Remedies for Insect Bites

Don’t let bug bites stop you from enjoying the outdoors with these helpful home remedies. Nothing spoils a lovely day in your garden paradise more than itching and irritation the morning after. You’ve gotten an insect bite, and as backyard bug bites are want to do, it’s probably driving you crazy and got you wondering what

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7 ways to upcycle plastic bottles in the garden

From plant markers to hot water bottles under row covers and even bottle-cap pot feet, you’ve probably already found clever, yet simple, ways to use plastic bottles in the garden. But we have even more ideas for you! Rinse out and peel the label off a bottle. Then grab a pair of scissors or a box cutter to cut,

Gardening Ideas

Drying oregano: Step-by-step instructions

Today is oregano drying day at the Walliser house. Every May I head out to the garden to harvest fresh oregano sprigs. The timing is crucial because if I cut them too early, the flavor isn’t quite up to snuff, but if I cut them too late, four-lined plant bug damage has marred the beautiful

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Beneficial garden insects

Not all bugs are created equally. Here’s a look at some beneficial insects you actually want living in your garden. Learn to identify and attract them. Beneficial insects for the garden Squirm at the mention of anything that creeps or crawls? Insects can cause a lot of damage to your plants, and, without proper controls,

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How to Choose to the Right Material For Your Walkway or Patio

Brick, stone, cement—there’s an endless array of materials to choose from when it comes to building a patio or walkway. But which one is best for your home? Contributing editor Eddie Ross asked his own gardening guru Nathan Tuno of Roots Landscape to help demystify the options. Cobblestone When you envision an old-fashioned cobblestone street,

Flooring

How to Install Hardwood Flooring (Complete Instructions)

We first ran this article in 2010. It provides detailed instructions for installing hardwood flooring over a wood substructure. It chronicles tutorials for each step of the process, derived from our installation of 3/4 inch solid, tongue-and-groove Brazilian Walnut hardwoods in our own home! At the bottom, we provide links to posts on the tools

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You Won’t Believe This Indoor-Outdoor Hangout Is Built Under a Home

It’s part open-air living room, part cabana, and part federally mandated flood elevation. Homeowner Gaelle Dudley calls it the loggia, and this bonus space below her Fairfield, CT, home is where you’ll find her and her family on all but the coldest days. Before the Dudleys moved here, Hurricane Sandy roared through the area. Houses

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MULCHING GUIDE: BENEFITS OF MULCH

Mulching is a common gardening practice with many benefits. But using mulch incorrectly can have the opposite effect. Here’s how to mulch a garden—and get the most out of mulching. WHAT IS MULCH? At its simplest, mulch is a material that covers the soil for variety of reasons, usually controlling weeds. ADVANTAGES OF MULCHING Mulch

Food Gardening

5 Tips on How to Keep your Indoor Plants Alive

Are you having trouble keeping your indoor plants alive and well? The rules of gardening can get overwhelming to beginner gardeners and even the most seasoned gardeners. With a list of gardening rules to keep track of, it’s inevitable we will overwater, underwater or mess up the proper guidelines to keep our house plants healthy.

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Benefits of Indoor Plants

Indoor plants have made a massive comeback in the interior world the last few years. One might wonder why we are actually actually so attracted to houseplants. Why do they seem to just have that innate capacity to make us feel good? This article discusses four benefits of growing indoor plants in your home or

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Indoor Gardening For Beginners

If you are an indoor garden lover, you are the right place now. As a beginner of indoor gardening, you can get many tips and tricks at a time from this article. The definition of a garden is that it is a job to plant the seeds of flowers or vegetables in a certain place.

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Sustainable Gardening

The right thing to do these days in your yard and garden is to practice sustainability. Here are six practices that can help you do your part for sustainability: 1. Conserve water and control water runoff Lawn Water plants only when they need it. Lawns only need about 1 inch of rain a week. Set

Home Decor

10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round

Add that just-picked taste to your meals — even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window — by growing herbs indoors all year long. You won’t even need special any special equipment as long as you give them plenty of water and sunshine. How to Grow Herbs As a general rule of (green)

Furniture

12 Design Lessons from Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche in Paris

A few years ago, on a trip to Paris, a friend took me to the Maison La Roche, the villa by architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, located in the 16th Arrondissement and constructed from 1923 to 1925. Designed for Raoul La Roche, a banker and an art collector from Basel, Switzerland (and a friend and

Gardening Tips

HOW TO OVERWINTER YOUR PLANTS AND GARDEN

Learn how to properly overwinter your garden plants to keep them protected from snow, wind, and freezing temperatures. They’ll thank you in the spring! HOW TO OVERWINTER GERANIUMS Before the first frost (find frost dates for your region here), cut plants back to about 6 to 8 inches. Then lift the plants and cut back

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Simple Tips for Pet & Disability Friendly Landscape Designs

An ugly backyard can be an eyesore. If you have pets at your place, it can turn even more gruesome. All that jumping around, digging up dirt, and taking any spot as an ideal place to urinate can seriously impact your yard. Not to mention, matters become even more challenging to handle if there is

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DIY Bean Trellis

Bean plants climb and cover anything in their path, but can sometimes look messy and tangled. Try making this arched bean trellis for your garden to give them a structured path to follow for a tidier look. When grown densely, this trellis gives the garden a magical, country garden vibe that also keeps crops off

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5 Creative Ideas for Building Cold Frames

A cold frame is a box made out of clear materials that will let the sun in and help to keep the plants inside warm by containing the heat. They are perfect for spring and fall planting because they provide a protective space for your plants to grow during cooler seasons. They give your garden more

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Tips & Tricks to Start Seeding Indoors

Starting your seeds indoors will give you a jumpstart to the gardening season and allow you to experiment with more varieties of plants, flowers and vegetables. However, when starting your seeds indoors, it’s important to know how, when and which seeds to use for optimal success. When is a good time to start seeding indoors? Most annual vegetables should

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10 Beneficial Insects That Will Actually Help Your Plants

Some garden pests just have to go. (We’re looking at you, Japanese beetles.) However, other insect species can help you wage the war against harmful blights. If you spot one of these ten helpful critters, know that they’re here to help, not hurt. Aphid Midge Pollen plants will bring aphid midges to your garden. Both

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How to Pick the Right Garden Edging

Choosing the right garden edging—the material used to define the perimeter of plant beds—can make a huge difference in the look of your home’s landscaping. “I always tell our clients to pick materials that are classic, will age beautifully, and go with the style of your house,” says Roots Landscape’s Nathan Tuno, who helped House

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How to Get Bees to Buzz Off—Without Harming Them

We all love flowers. The more colorful blossoms the better—in gardens, in hanging baskets, in pots, every which way. And flowers, naturally, attract bees. We all love bees, too, at least in theory. Our food supply literally depends on those industrious little pollinators; we know we need to keep their ecosystem healthy and make sure

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How to maintain your lawn mower

If you’ve got a petrol rotary lawnmower, you can get the best from your machine by carrying out a series of simple jobs every month. Always consult the owners’ manual or contact your local dealer for further advice about your specific model before you start. When you’re ready, remove the spark plug cap so the

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8 Tips for Safe Summer Grilling

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2007 to 2011, fire departments across this country responded to roughly 156,000 house fires that involved cooking appliances. During that period, these accidents caused approximately 400 civilian deaths, and more than $850 million in property damage each year. As you can see, practicing proper grilling techniques this

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Decorating 101: How to Start a Decorating Project

Before you grab that first paint chip, figure out your needs, your decorating style and what to get rid of Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating can be a challenging task, filled with costly decisions whose outcomes

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All About Electrical Wiring Types, Sizes, and Installation

Much of what you need to know for electrical repairs and remodeling involves wiring—how to identify it, how to buy it, and how to install it with proper connections. If you’re planning any electrical project, learning the basics of wiring materials and installation is the best place to start. Understanding basic wiring terminology and identifying

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7 Tricks For An Amazing Garden Border

Planting an amazing garden border is a sure way to increase curb appeal, as well as increase enjoyment of outdoor spaces. A well-planned garden border will ensure lush landscapes and magnificent floral displays throughout the entire growing season. With a few simple tips, homeowners can create beautiful flower beds and garden borders. Here are 7

Food Gardening

5 Ideas to Make A Vegetable Garden on The Rooftop

Almost all of the people like a garden. But right now, it’s so hard to find a garden around us. The increased population becomes one of the factors causing this problem. The empty fields have been converted into housing. But this is not a dead-end for this problem. The increasing population makes technology increase too. So

Insects

Common Pests that Affect Seedlings

Seedlings are vulnerable, and pests will be quick to take advantage if you’re unprepared. If you’ve ever walked outside to check on your garden or greenhouse in the spring, only to discover that something—or several somethings—have munched on them, then you have experienced what I like to call “gardener’s wrath.” Standing by helplessly as unseen

Bathroom

How to Install a Retrofit Bathroom Vent Fan

We’re back with another Pro-Follow update for the bathroom remodel with Steve Wartman and his crew. If you’re just joining us, you can read up on the progress so far at these links: Day 1: Demolition Day 2: Plumbing, Electric and Concrete Board In the introduction to this project, I mentioned that moving the bathroom

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Slugs and snails

Slugs are soil-dwelling creatures closely related to snails, clams, and other members of the phylum Mollusca. They are not insects, but they do feed on a wide variety of ornamentals and vegetables. The succulent tissues of young seedlings and bulbs are especially susceptible to slug damage. Groundcovers and hostas found in moist, shady areas of

Cleaning

14 Surprising Things You Can Clean in the Washer

Sitting in your laundry room or around the corner at the laundromat is a magical machine that can clean more than just your sheets, towels and clothes–the washing machine. The key to cleaning these 14 things successfully in your washer is to use the gentle cycle, correct water temperature, put small items in a mesh laundry

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35 Pest and Disease Remedies

I’ve found that awareness and a quick response are two of the best allies against garden foes. By knowing my plants, as well as their pests and diseases, I can be proactive in combatting garden ailments. When problems do arise, I turn to the most benign and natural forms of control, like hand-picking invaders, setting

Food Gardening

All About Growing Tomatoes

Nothing says summer like a fresh sun-warmed tomato from the garden. If you love tomatoes and want to grow your own, but aren’t sure where to start, this is the collection for you. Below you’ll find articles all about growing tomatoes from the archives of Fine Gardening and Kitchen Gardener magazines as well as videos that will help you

Lawns: dead patches

Dead patches of grass on lawns are very common. However, it is usually easy to trace and remedy the cause, restoring green and healthy grass. Quick facts Plants affected: All lawns Main causes: Soil damage and lack of water Timing: All-year-round What are dead patches on lawns? Patches of brown dying grass becoming patches of

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Aerate Your Lawn

Proper watering and fertilizing routines can help you keep your lawn healthy and beautiful. But over time, the soil in your lawn may become compacted, preventing water and nutrients from reaching the grass roots. Aerating opens up the lawn and allows water and nutrients to enrich the soil, helping your grass grow to its full

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Our Best Cactus Garden Tips for Creating a Stunning, at-Home Oasis

Many at-home gardeners have fallen in love with succulents over the past few years—and it’s easy to see why. Their plump leaves, crazy shapes, and gorgeous diversity make them a fun, colorful addition to any landscape. These days, though, there’s surging interest in a particular type—cacti, and at-home cactus gardens. “Succulents are any plants that

Food Gardening

16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them

Oh, squash! Let us count the ways we love you. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, there’s always at least one way to enjoy your sweet, nutty flavors, not to mention your silky, interesting textures and colors. After all, there are so many types of squash out there to choose from. And did you

Gardening Ideas

How to Plant a Fall Garden and Grow Late-Season Crops

You may be in full summer-harvest mode, picking zucchini, tomatoes, and basil every night. Or maybe you got sidetracked this spring and your plans to get the vegetable garden going just never went according to plan. Well, here’s some good news: Just because fall is on its way doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away

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How to attract more birds to your garden

Take these cues to attract more birds Curious how to attract more birds to your garden? The more your garden resembles a native landscape, the more birds you’ll draw in! Every bird has foods it likes best but preferences can change depending on the time of year. In spring and summer, most songbirds’ primary food

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How to Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles

Eastern gardeners are all too familiar with how Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) skeletonize leaves and demolish plants, especially roses and grapes. Even the larvae feed on organic matter and grass roots, potentially causing a great deal of damage to your lawn. Help protect your precious vegetables against these persistent insects with the tips below. How

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How to Protect Your Home from Rainwater Damage

Few things are as stressful to homeowners as water damage. It can be a sinister, creeping issue that many don’t discover until it has become a big, expensive problem. At its worst, moisture has the potential to damage your home beyond affordable repair, with heavy structural consequences that include mold, wood rot, and even foundation

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The best gardening tools you didn’t know you needed

Every gardener has go-to tools they use to make gardening easier. Over the years I’ve tried a LOT of garden tools and gear. Some worked great, others did not. The ones I’m sharing are the tools that I’ve come to rely on to make both my garden and myself more productive. I call them the best

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How to Grow Hydrangeas

How to Plant Hydrangea Flowers Dig a hole about twice the size of the container. Set the plant in the hole with the top of the root ball at the same height or ever-so-slightly higher than the soil surface. Back fill in the hole with the soil, tamp down the soil gently around the plant,

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Plant containers

Planting in containers is a skill all gardeners should learn. You can create beautiful displays using many kinds of garden plants for seasonal interst. Containers come into their own when space is limited and you can move and arrange plants more easily than those in the ground. There are a few tricks and techniques to

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How to sow half-hardy annuals

Half-hardy annuals are quick to flower and provide a burst of colour in summer borders and pot displays. Many varieties sown indoors by March or April will start to flower as early as June. To give them as long a flowering season as possible, sow seeds early so that plants have plenty of time to