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Four Questions to Test Your Organic Gardening IQ

1. You see a small round reddish bug with black spots on your squash plants. What should you do? a)Drop it in a bucket of soapy water. b)Leave it; ladybugs are beneficial garden bugs. c)Get more information. Correct Answer: C  Although ladybugs are beneficial garden bugs, the dreaded squash bug is very similar in appearance. [...]
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Top 10 Landscaping Tips of 2011

Looking to make the most out of your garden with some clever design? Then check out our top ten landscaping tips for 2011, the year for being water-wise, eco-conscious and spectacularly creative about space. 1. Have a plan No one ever created a masterpiece without having a blueprint, which is exactly what you need if [...]
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Top 5 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Backyard Space

Summer is the perfect time for being outdoors. You probably have a summer barbecue or two planned and your kids are probably planning on spending hours on end playing in the backyard. But when your backyard is an eye sore, the last thing that you want to do is host an outdoor party or have [...]
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7 Outdoor Furnishing Ideas

This summer it’s time to do something exciting. Whether you are wanting to do a total makeover of you outdoor space, or just add an interesting flair, I have seven great ideas that will bring some additional depth and functionality to your porch, balcony, patio, or sun room. 1. Let there be lights! Since most [...]
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Stringing Up the Garden

If you walk into a garden done in the style of Fedor van der Valk, you had better be prepared to gawk. These magnificent suspended gardens are a new and popular trend in the horticultural world. They have all the allure and the beauty of hanging gardens –but without the pots and baskets. Hanging Gardens [...]
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Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder Success Tips

If you live in the U.S., chances are you’ve got squirrels running around your backyard. While fun to watch, they can be a real nuisance, especially if you’re a bird lover. Squirrels can easily ransack bird feeders, leaving them empty of both seed and bird visitors. And then there’s the squirrel proof bird feeder, which [...]
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Three Steps to a Multisensory Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces provide unique opportunities for relaxing and entertaining. One of the major benefits of being outdoors is the multi-sensory experience. Before choosing enhancements for your outdoor living area, study the sensory experience that already exists. Spend time in the space at the different times of day that you will be using it to [...]
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3 Quick Tips to Create the Perfect Garden

With a little bit of planning creating your ideal outdoor living area is easier than you think. The problem most people have is working out where to start. 1. Design the garden The first step is to assess what you want to use your garden for. Don’t limit yourself to just one thing; a well-designed [...]
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Best Wood for Weather-Resistant Decks

If you’re looking to build or repair a deck for your home, it pays to do your due diligence when it comes to choosing the right wood to use for the deck. Here are some pros and cons of the different types of woods often used for decking. Yellow Pine Decks About 85 percent of [...]
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Beautify Your Home with Garden Sheds and Outhouses

The warmth of summer is the loveliest time to spend extended periods outdoors, taking in the beauty of flora and fauna or entertaining guests. With your own garden being the perfect setting for outdoor enjoyment, your pleasure can be enhanced wonderfully by adding garden sheds and outhouses to your garden. From plastic sheds to wooden [...]