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Garden Ideas: Try a Heirloom Tomato This Year

Try a Heirloom Tomato This Year

If you garden like I do, you stop at one of the local home improvement stores in the spring, and pick up six or eight tomato plants. You don’t worry much about the type of tomato, as long as the stems look strong and there are a lot of healthy green leaves on the plants that you put in your basket. For those of us who don’t discriminate much when we buy, we’re convinced that any plant producing a red tomato, big enough to make slices for hamburgers, will be fine. We may take a quick look at the label, and find some information about how large the plant is going to get, how much shade it would like to have, how much water it will need, and to see if the name is familiar...

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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

Attracting birds to your spring garden is no easy task; it requires planting specific shrubs, flowers and following certain design principles in the proper way. This article will help you find that ‘magic’ trick to attract birds to your garden in a magnetic way.

The Steps to Attracting Birds to your Garden

Step no 1 – Choose the correct plants:

purple conflower for birdsWhether you are starting a new garden or are upgrading an existing one, make sure that you include the plants that attract butterflies and birds. Do some research and find out the best plants, some of the recommended plants are Butterfly Bush, Purple Coneflower, Sedum, Iris, Butterfly Weed, Asters, and Bee Balm. Most of these plants will help your garden shine all summer as they are late summer bloomers.

Step no 2 – Develop a grassland habitation...

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Lasagna Gardening Basics

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Lasagna gardening is a fool proof way to garden. I am not talking about growing lasagna or veggies for lasagna either. I am talking about a no dig method of gardening. This article will outline the basic techniques of lasagna gardening and how to apply them in your own home garden.

Grasping the concept of lasagna gardening is a no brainer. Just think about how you make lasagna and that is exactly what you are going to do in the garden. By creating layers and then letting them decompose you will be creating the best soil on the block and will be the envy of all of your family and friends!

First you will want to choose your garden space. Big or small the size is up to you. You are going to need to get a hold of some cardboard and newspapers next. Lay these down. Cardboard first...

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How to Grow a Butterfly Garden

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By planting and maintaining a butterfly garden you will be rewarded with nature’s beauty all summer long.

To draw butterflies you must select plants that produce nectar, as well as, host plants for butterfly eggs and caterpillars.

Host plants give food for caterpillars and a safe haven for butterflies to lay their eggs. Newly hatched caterpillars cannot travel far; therefore, the butterfly will lay its eggs on the preferred plants. If hungry caterpillars munching holes in your plants causes you grief, place these host plants in a less conspicuous area. However, be sure not to plant them too far from the nectar producing plants, otherwise butterflies will not lay their eggs on them.

Here is a list of some of the more common butterflies and their favored hosting plants.

  • Anise Swallowtail: p...
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Compost; Build the Perfect Pile

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Composting is a natural process in which decomposed organic materials are recycled into rich soil material known as compost. All living things decompose and the term composting usually refers to backyard composting, which is the accelerated version of the same natural process. By composting the organic waste, we can return the nutrients of life back into the soil, and the cycle of life continues. Finished compost resembles dark brown soil, and it feels crumbly and smells a lot like a forest floor.

Basics of Composting

While no one can deny the benefits of composting, building soil via composting is the perfect gardening project for a lazy person. A compost pile, unlike double-digging or weeding, takes care of itself and doesn’t take a lot of time and physical effort...

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Worm Composting for an Organic Garden

Chances are you’ve never been told the term vermiculture, if that is so don’t worry, a lot of knowledgeable gardeners are not really acquainted with this organic gardening technique. It is my opinion vermiculture is intriguing; stated simply it is worm composting. We’re not referring to typical night crawlers, but rather particular types of worms like red worms, as well as red wigglers.

Worm composting or utilizing worms to assist with the composting of kitchen scraps is nothing revolutionary; the fact is the concept has actually been around for many years. While composting the old fashion way, required dumping any biodegradable kitchen waste onto a heap and allowing Mother Nature perform her part...

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Organic Garden Guide

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As an urban homesteader you need to have an organic garden, so as to limit your impact on the environment while providing yourself and your family with nutritious and delicious food.

Having an organic garden is not nearly as complicated as a lot of first-timers are convinced it is. It will be a fact there is certainly a little more work and a greater attention level to the particulars with an all organic garden over a conventional garden. Nevertheless, with the appropriate instruction you are going to quickly learn it really is not anywhere close to as challenging as you believed it to be. This guide provides you with the steps you must have to assist you in being started.

Assuming you know little to almost nothing concerning organic gardens let us first be sure you know what it really is...

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The Basics of Gardening

Basics of vegetable gardening

I can hear you saying to yourself that you have no idea about the basics of gardening, I know the thought, I too used to think I couldn’t grow vegetables. I mean I once failed at growing grass! No joke, I had a giant dirt patch in my yard for 2yrs because of that battle. Granted looking back at the situation, I should have abandoned growing grass and started a vegetable garden right there I my front yard. Oh, if we could only turn back the clock.

The truth is that you can easily learn the basics of gardening to be cultivating a useful crop very soon, and each moment spent in your own garden teaches you the basics of vegetable gardening...

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