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Why compost is the lifeblood of the garden

Compost is “finished” when you can no longer recognize the ingredients that went into making it because they have thoroughly decomposed. It looks like dark, fertile soil, only fluffier, enriched and lightened by the work of bacteria and other soil organisms at work inside your compost pile.<p>That’s …

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The Beauty Of Gardening With Toddlers

A. Hirani<p>counting seedlings<p>I’m struggling to believe that Spring is actually here. It’s felt like the longest, harshest winter. We’ve had three …

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Gardening 101: Borage

Borage, <i>Borago officinalis</i>: “Bees’ Delight”<p>If you ask a bee what its favorite flower is—granted, if it could talk—the bee would likely reply “borage.” …

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12 low-maintenance flowers you can't kill

(Unless you try very hard.)<p>Sometimes you just want a guarantee. You don't have the money or time for that picture-perfect garden that you know …

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A Beginner's Guide To Watering Your Garden

Take the mystery out of watering the garden with this simple guide.<p>Gardeners can't depend on Mother Nature to do all the watering, all the time. …

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Come Again Perennials

Annuals are well loved mainly because they bloom all summer. Perennials on the other hand, mainly have one flush of flowers per season. After …

Helen Yemm: how to prune a birch and split grape hyacinths

Should we prune our birch tree?<p><i>We have a 24-year-old, 45ft-tall silver birch that has grown too big. One arboricultural firm has told us that it can not be trimmed, and must either be left alone to grow or completely cut down, while others have offered to trim it. Could you give guidance as to</i> …

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14 facts every daffodil devotee should know

There's a lot to love about these easy-to-grow blooms.<p><b>1. Daffodil is the official common name for any plant that falls under the genus Narcissus,</b> …

How to sow and grow sweet peas

This is a tried and tested method for growing sweetpeas used by Sarah Raven, who grows a range of sweetpeas every year at her garden at Perch Hill, West Sussex. Sweetpeas make great cut flowers for the house and also look stunning when grown over twiggy wigwams and supports in the garden.<p>To soak or …

Gardening 101: Zinnias

Zinnia<i>:</i> “Farm Stand Favorite”<p>Truly, zinnias have to be one of the best annuals to grow. Not only do they shoot up from seed to flower with astounding …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Gardening 101: Holly

Holly, <i>Ilex aquifolium</i>: “Somberly Cheerful”<p>Holly isn’t just a holiday tree; unlike poinsettia it’s interesting all year round. The gloss and spine of …

Redbud - Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis - How to grow Redbud

Serviceberry - Shadbush - Amelanchier - N American native flowering tree

Gardening 101: Milkweed

Milkweed, <i>Asclepias</i>: <i></i>“Save the Monarchs”<p>I remember it vividly: I was riding along in the backseat of my family’s green Toyota one spring day when my …

Gardening 101: Strawberry

Strawberry, <i>Fragaria × ananassa:</i> “Garden Venus”<p>In our mind, fresh strawberries qualify as a different species from the store-bought, long-traveling …

30 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• StumbleUpon<br>• Flipboard<br>• Yummly<p><i>What’s better than a rich hot chocolate and a batch of homemade cookies? Celebrate the holiday season with</i> …

Native Grasses

For all who live in the Great Plains states, native grasses are commonplace; yet early settlers and explorers certainly took notice of the lush, …

The Best Way to Make Every Kind of Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you’re going to treat yourself to homemade chocolate chip cookies, they’d better be damn good. But trying a new chocolate chip cookie recipe can …

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Gardening 101: Lilacs

Lilac, <i>Syringa:</i> “The Weeping Whitman”<p>Syringa is a flowering and divinely scented woody genus of hundreds of species that thrives in temperate growing …

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Perennials for Sunny Gardens

Echinacea 'Flame Thrower'<p>'Flame Thrower' is a bi-color, orange and yellow coneflower hybrid with petals surrounding a dark brown cone. It grows in …

Top 10 all-weather perennial plants

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Tim Tam No Bake Cheesecake

December 5, 2016<p><i>Tim Tam No Bake Cheesecake is the perfect quick and easy holiday entertaining dessert. Crunchy, chocolatey Tim Tams paired with a</i> …

Gardening 101: Viburnum

Viburnum: “The String of Pearls”<p>Viburnum is like the perfect string of pearls: a simple and classic detail that makes any outfit feel complete.<p>No …

Gardens: the truth about online gardening tips

Pinterest and Facebook are awash with gardening hacks, from how to make your plot look bigger to banishing slugs. Our gardening editor weeds out the time-wasters<p><b>Supersize your garden with a mirror</b><p><b>The tip</b> Place mirrors around your garden to make it look bigger: the reflection gives the illusion that …

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Bath bullies, bacteria and battlegrounds: the secret world of bird baths

<i>As the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that forgotten patch of your backyard. We’ve asked our experts to share the</i> …

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How To Make Succession Planting and Year-Round Gardening Really Work

The problem with year-round garden planning is that you are being asked to work in 4D, when most of us are accustomed to only planning things in …

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Bee Friendly Garden -Plant a Bee Garden for Honeybees

<i>by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com</i><p>Honeybee foraging on Borage. Photo by Mary Lou Chase.<p>Attract honeybees into your yard by planting a bee friendly …

Milkweeds by State | Bring Back The Monarchs

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