One of the biggest mistakes you could make as a gardener is planting precious seeds on unhealthy and uncultivated soil. It’s not only a waste of seeds, it would take a lot of work to grow good and healthy plants on the soil. Read on and find out how to keep the soil rich and
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A healthy and beautiful lawn starts when seeds are spread out and planted well. For small yards or gardens, you can usually spread out seeds by hand. If you’re dealing with wide lawn areas, you’d need a seed spreader to plant seeds well and a fertilizer spreader to feed the soil. Basics of Lawn Keeping
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Drilling is a challenging “do-it-yourself” task, but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow the right steps and if you have to right tool. If you’re just starting, a cordless drill would be a good idea to avoid difficulty with wires. Look for the best cordless drill that makes you comfortable and makes
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Small electric lawn mowers can help you cut grass of your small sized lawns in your backyard or front yard but if you have a big lawn or small farm with grassy plots then it will be difficult to cut grass with a small electric lawn mower. You will need a bid sized lawn mower
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If you are among the persons that believe in “DIY (do it yourself)” and you do the household tasks yourself, then you will be in need of some tools. Among those many tools, one may be a drill. While you look for different drills that will help you in performing the basic tasks that are associated
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What is “rewilding?” Valerie Easton’s Natural Gardener column in a recent issue of The Seattle Times‘ Pacific NW Sunday magazine puts perspective to the Johnny-come-lately gardening term. The piece, called “In Harmony With Nature,” is sort of a celebration of rewilding which, she notes, only first appeared in the dictionary in 2011. She says, “I like
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Our latest cold snap here in Bozeman is breaking and the forecast says that tomorrow the temperature will rise above freezing for the first time in, well, I don’t even want to think about it. As winter sets in more than a month before its calendar arrival, it reminds us how much we love evergreens.
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Among spring’s greatest visual joys is a fat container sporting thick green spears of emerging tulips, daffodils, and other flowers. And when the flowers emerge tightly circled, like beautiful eyes following wherever you go, there’s little that can compare. The time to make sure your spring will be full of beautiful flowers from bulbs is
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Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 55-75 days from seed to flowerHeight: 48 to 72 inchesSpacing: 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions A great climber that’s perfect for fences and trellises! Home flower gardeners are growing sweet peas for their tantalizing fragrance and captivating blossoms. Easy to plant from seed, they add a splash of color to any garden, especially in cool,
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Flowering perennials are a good-news, bad-news sort of thing when it comes to your flower beds. Most of the news about these attractive, inexpensive and easy-to-grow, self-sowing flowers falls into the “good” category.  More good news: the “bad” side of the equation can be tamed with a little advance planning. Flowering perennials are perfect for
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Lawns may have been invented in Europe, but they’ve reached their apotheosis in North America. For those in the U.S. of A, that green, green grass ranks right up there with apple pie, backyard barbecues and softball. For Canadians it’s proof of place, both a responsibility and a privilege, like wearing decent clothes when you
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By Bill Kohlhaase, Planet Natural Here’s something of a Zen puzzle for you. The key to a healthy lawn is healthy, organic soil. And the key to healthy soil is a healthy, organic lawn. Confused? Don’t be. Organic lawn care starts and ends with healthy soil, soil that is full of nutrients for both grass
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Sunlight: Full sun; shade decreases bloomsMaturity: Bloom time depends on variety: early, mid or late seasonHeight: 6 in to 20 ft. — miniature, groundcover, bush and climbing varieties availableSpacing: 24 inches apart Loved the world over for their beauty and fragrance, roses are cultivated for a variety of landscape effects or for cutting. The members
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Don’t get us wrong. We love mulches of all sorts. But one kind of mulch we’ve seen too much of is beauty bark. You know what we’re talking about. That chipped or shredded bark often bought in bags, sometimes sold in bulk, that’s used to cover bare ground around trees, in various landscape beds, and
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The drought, widespread and persistent, continues across great swaths of the United States. The effects of climate change and heavy demands on water use have seen formerly reliable supplies dwindle. Cities and counties across the nation, from Williams, Arizona (natch) to Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, from the St. Johns River district in north central Florida to
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Artichokes, once the domain of cool, coastal climates and inland areas of moderate temperatures, are moving into gardens where they’ve never be seen before. Even Utah (PDF) is growing artichokes. It may be that warmer, longer summer seasons are encouraging gardeners in zones previously not suitable to growing artichokes to try their luck. But there
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Our far-flung correspondents have been sighting bare root trees coming into nurseries and big-box stores. It’s still a little early for planting in many parts of the country, especially considering the brutal nature of winter 2015 back east. But places in the prairie states and west, especially the Pacific Northwest, enjoying warm winters? Why not
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Not a year goes by, not a holiday season approaches, that we wish that we had started some flower bulbs in containers for indoor growing so that we might give the gift of color to our nearby friends and relatives. And not a year goes by that we realize we didn’t plan far enough ahead.
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Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 60-75 days from seed to flowerHeight: 18 to 24 inchesSpacing: 6 to 12 inches apart in all directions If you’re looking for a fast and low-maintenance way to add a riot of color to your garden beds, growing zinnias are the answer for blooms that last all summer. Larger varieties can be used to brighten up annual or
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Your friendly Planet Natural Blogger, in anticipation of the season that may have already arrived, has been going through Jim Fox’s excellent 2013 book How To Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies (Timber Press), particularly the chapters on choosing healthy nursery plants. Seems with recent life complications — we all have them, from health
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