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How to Create an Evening Oasis of Bloom and Fragrance

Evening Oasis of Bloom

I think it is equally important to turn your outside space into a place to feed your family, but not overlook the chance to escape into it. We have a suburban house, that has a backyard backed up to 5 other yards, so we wanted to create a perfect little oasis for ourselves to escape into. So, we are creating a moonlight garden, to give us a perfect little escape for those late-night bonfires.

moonflower bloomMany plants bloom in the evening, particularly in warm climates, and their delicious fragrance can be smelled on the breeze perfuming the whole area. The flowers are usually white or light yellow.

One vine that I especially like is an annual called, appropriately enough, moonflower...

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Veggie Gardening in Hot Areas: Long or Short Growing Periods?

Long or Short Growing Periods

Contrary to popular opinion, long hot summers do not necessarily mean long growing periods for vegetable gardens.

Some vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and squash don’t do well when the weather is extremely hot for long periods. There are also many varieties which are resistant to common tomato diseases.

Growing Periods

Tomatoes

Vegetable gardeners who live in areas with long, hot summers should plant early maturing varieties of tomatoes.

In fact, starting them indoors before last frost date, and then planting them in the garden after any threat of frost, will give the gardener a little more growing time, and allow the plants to set fruit before the weather gets too warm.

Many heirloom and older variety tomatoes have longer growing seasons...

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Common Garden Pests

There are literally hundreds of common garden pests that can attack your plants and threaten the viability of your gardening efforts. We couldn’t possibly address all of them.

There are, however, some that occur in more frequency than others.

Common Garden Pests

Aphids

Aphids are probably the most common problem in gardens. Aphids are soft, pear-shaped, and very tiny (1/16 to 3/8 inch long). Two short tubes project backward from the tip of their abdomen.

common garden pestsAphids have long antennae. Some types of aphids have wings, which are transparent, longer than their body, and held like a roof over their back. Aphids may be green, pink, yellowish, black, or powdery gray. Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and wingless.

They feed in colonies, so where there’s one, there’s definitely more...

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How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

Growing your own fresh, organic produce is satisfying on so many levels. Flavor; the convenience of walking out to your garden to select fresh vegetables to prepare for a family meal; reduction of food costs; and knowing the origin of your food source, are just a few. Gardening can be both an art and a science, and it can take some trial and error to get to the point where you can rely on your own green thumb to provide an adequate food source for your family. Here are a few basic tips that can help you get started.

A Few Easy Steps Will Get You Started with Your Own Organic Garden

Location of the garden

Choosing an area for your organic garden is the first step, and should be considered one of the most important...

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Understanding Vegetable Culture

As a rule, we choose to grow bush beans rather than pole beans. I cannot make up my mind whether or not this is from sheer laziness. In a city backyard the tall varieties might perhaps be a problem since it would be difficult to get poles. But these running beans can be trained along old fences and with little urging will run up the stalks of the tallest sunflowers. So that settles the pole question. There is an ornamental side to the bean question. Suppose you plant these tall beans at the extreme rear end of each vegetable row. Make arches with supple tree limbs, binding them over to form the arch. Train the beans over these. When one stands facing the garden, what a beautiful terminus these bean arches make.

Beans like rich, warm, sandy soil...

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5 Homemade Organic Bug Sprays

You don’t have to purchase commercially produced organic bug sprays for your organic garden. Many can be made by you with a minimum of effort. Of course, you’ll have to buy the ingredients, but we can assure you that in the long run, it’ll be much cheaper than buying those other products.

5 Homemade Organic Bug Sprays

Garlic Pest Control Spray

5 Homemade Organic Bug SpraysMany cultures around the world have used garlic as a natural antibiotic and anti-fungal remedy. When garlic is combined with mineral oil and soap, it becomes a very effective pest control product.
However, when it is sprayed, it is not a selective insecticide. It can be used to control cabbageworm, leafhoppers, squash bugs, whitefly, but will also affect beneficial insects so be careful where and when you apply this product.

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Using Your Lawnmower to Grow Food in Your Garden

Using Your Lawnmower to Grow Food in Your Garden

Can you imagine growing tasty veggies and fruit in your yard using just your lawnmower once every year or so? Talk about a minimal effort! You can do it with these plants.

First, pick your patch. Select a sunny but out-of-the way area of your property that could be allowed to totally go to weeds (or already has). Start with a clean palate by preparing a bed as you normally would.

Asparagus Patch.

For asparagus, all of the work comes up front in the soil prep.

Start your patch in Fall by Double-digging your rows about four feet apart. To double-dig, first till or break up the soil in your row. Shovel the tilled soil into a wheel barrow so that you have a ditch. Now till the bottom of the ditch...

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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

lasagna gardening

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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