Plants & Flowers

How To – Pruning Tomato Plants For Great Harvests

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    A lot of people wonder what it takes to grow a garden full of tomatoes and really with just a little care your plants will do all of the work for you.

    There are a few things that you need  to do to prepare the plant and garden for your tomatoes.

    First pick a spot in your yard that gets at least 8 hours of direct sun.

    You want a spot that will get enough sun throughout …

    How To – When Is The Right Time To Start An Apartment Garden?

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      If you are lucky enough to have some space in your apartment where you can grow a few vegetables or flowers the time to start is in early spring.  Vegetables are normally available in starter packs at your local stores and home centers from March to April and the variety will change as the season progresses.

      Since you are starting a garden in your apartment you will need to plan your space and what containers …

      How To – Landscape Fabric To Reduce Garden Maintenance

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        The best part of having a garden is enjoying it and maybe getting the random complement from your neighbors but one thing for sure pulling weeds is not fun for anyone.

        Depending on the design of your garden and the flowers you grow the use of landscape fabric could reduce about 80% of the headaches associated with weeds. Now nothing other then concrete is a sure fire way to prevent weeds even concrete if it …

        Coldframes and Small Greenhouses

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          In early spring, a coldframe or mini greenhouse is useful starting your plants early or for hardening small plants that were started indoors.

          Making a cold frame is relatively easy. If you are lucky you can find a discarded old window on trash day if not you may be able to get one cheap from used construction materials center. If not you make your coldframe from new materials.

          First decide how large your Coldframe …

          How To – Caring For Cut Flowers To Extend Their Life

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            Once a Flower is cut the time that it will last is limited but there are some very simple things that you can do to get the most out of your purchase or garden cuttings.

            If you are retrieving flowers from your own garden you want to select flowers that are just about to or just have bloomed.

            Stem length will be determined by the type of flower and the condition of the plant. It is …

            HowTo care for African Violets

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              African Violets are one of the most popular indoor plants. Requiring a little more care then other house plants they can provide beautiful foliage and flowers.

              Water, sun and temperature are the key to healthy plants.

              African Violets have about a 10 degree happy zone with a daytime temperature of 72F and overnight temperatures no lower then 62F.

              The plant will flower in bright light but they do not like high heat so east or …

              How To – How Deep Should You Plant Tray Pack Vegetables?

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                When you are growing your garden one of the easiest ways to get a jump on spring is to grow your own seedlings or purchase them from the store.

                Usually you can pick up a pack of 6 vegetables in a plastic divider tray and bring them home for quick planting. Plants of this type are available in a wide variety from Tomatoes and Peppers to squash, water melon and lettuces.

                But what is the best …

                HowTo – Adding Outdoor Accents With Garden Planters

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                  Designing an interesting and comfortable outdoor living space includes many ideas and pieces that add up to an overall experience. Whether your space is small or large planters can provide the special accents that bring nature closer and show your style.

                  In larger landscapes and areas away from your home planters can be used to add an accent to an area by changing up different plant types.

                  Using a large ceramic pot  even one that …

                  Choosing the right Container for your Plants

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                    There are many decorative options for plants today so making the right choice for your plants is getting tougher. We will look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of different materials and features found in commonly available planters.

                    First lets look at the different materials that planters are manufactured from.

                    Glass
                    Glass vases or pot shaped containers are best used for cut plants or hydroponic gardening.
                    One of the great features of glass is that …

                    Using Mulch in your Garden

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                      There are many types of mulch that you can use in your garden and just as many reasons to use it.
                      Most people like the way mulch looks in flower beds and around their small trees but the reason it is used has much more to do with garden maintenance then just its decorative appeal.

                      Here are a few reasons you may want to use mulch.

                      To reduce the amount of …