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How to make aerated compost tea for your garden

If you’re a gardener who’s been conscientiously composting your kitchen waste and using the rich, crumbly material as a soil conditioner in your garden, it’s time to take your composting to the next level. By mixing that earthy concoction with water and allowing it to steep, you can create a beneficial tea loaded with the […]

Improve your Small-Space Vegetable Gardening with this Special Summer Discount

At my house, summer gardening dreams are all about growing a bountiful vegetable garden — one filled with a variety of ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes. All of these tomatoes, from the smoky Black Krims to the small yellow pear tomatoes, grew in my small-space vegetable garden. Some grew in the postage-stamp sized 6 x […]

Companion Gardening Expands Options for Small-Space Vegetable Gardens

There are just some things in life that make ideal combinations. It’s peanut butter and jelly for lunch; cookies and milk for dessert. When it comes to the garden, there’s tomatoes and basil; radishes and spinach. These combinations of vegetables and herbs make perfect partners when grown together in the garden, especially if you’re gardening […]

An Herb a Day Keeps Mosquitoes Away

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) wants you to know this is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. You are aware of mosquitoes, aren’t you? That’s what I thought! Mosquitoes are certainly annoying, but they can also spread West Nile virus. That’s why it’s important for gardeners to do all they can to control these insect […]

Defining Seed and Plant Terms Avoids Confusion

While answering questions after a recent vegetable gardening talk, a beginning gardener asked me to explain some common seed terms found in garden catalogs and on seed packets. Because there’s a lot of confusion these days about seed and plant terms, I thought I’d share my answers to help you with your seed sorting, too. […]

Organic Gardening Tip Protects Cucumber Seedlings

I hate it when something eats my cucumbers before I do. Especially before they even get the chance to grow into those cool fruits. Cucumber seedlings are especially attractive to garden pests, but I think I’ve found a simple, organic gardening method to outsmart the hungry critters, like cutworms and birds. Last season, the trouble […]

How to Save Money While Gardening

Landscape designer, horticulturist and author Maureen Gilmer’s book, The Small Budget Gardener: All the Dirt on Saving Money in Your Garden hit the bookstores a few years ago, but her frugal gardening advice will never go out of style. In fact, you can snatch up a copy of her book at a bargain, too. I […]

Celebrate National Rose Month with Old Garden Roses

I always knew June was the month for roses in my own garden. That’s when my favorite roses put on a fragrant show around the patio and throughout the garden. It turns out, June is National Rose Month everywhere else, too. If you want to go all in to celebrate roses this month there are […]

Add a Tropical Planter to any Patio Garden

My dry Colorado garden is thousands of miles away from Hawaii’s sandy shores, but I can still enjoy the tropics in my own patio garden. All I need is a large tropical-looking container, a few tropical plants and some Tiki torches to create the perfect mood. For this tropical planter I chose a Tropicanna Canna […]

Xeriscape Garden Finally in Full Bloom

Have you heard the old gardening saying about perennial plants? “The first season they sleep, the second season they creep and the third season they leap.” That saying sure proves true with the xeriscape garden I’ve planted in my backyard. This is the third year for most of the plants and they certainly have taken […]

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