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11 ways gardeners can help protect bumblebees:

Why they're in trouble: Many bumblebee populations have drastically declined in recent years. In some regions, they have completely disappeared. While the exact cause of the decline remains a mystery, scientists believe that habitat destruction, pesticides, invasive species, climate change and diseases spread through commercial bumblebee operations are all to blame. When these factors combine, they [...]

5 Amazing Garden Art Ideas from Recycled Materials

  Ideas found in Recycling Basics Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment. Benefits of Recycling Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators Conserves natural resources such as timber, [...]

Yucca: A Gardening Secret from the Desert

On: July 1, 2014 / By: Harley Smith When beneficial yucca extracts are applied to your favorite garden plants, they will get an extra boost of protection to help them deal with adverse conditions, especially in the heat of summer. So, do your plants a favor and add yucca extracts regularly to your fertigation schedule and [...]

Top 10 daffodils for your garden

Daffodils are some of the most reliable spring bulbs, coping well with wet ground and competition from grass. Many species also flower through frost, and with such a huge range of daffodils available, it's often hard to know which varieties to plant. There are hundreds of daffodil varieties to choose from, but when it comes to [...]

How to layer bulbs in a pot

Overview If you want a spring-flowering display to go on as long as possible, plant separate layers of different varieties of bulbs in one pot. All you need to create a display which flowers in succession is a large pot and a variety of bulbs that will flower at different times. Here, we've used two varieties [...]

Help from kelp: How ocean plants help our garden plants

Add Kelp to your gardening process   While using kelp and kelp products to enhance growing environments is not new, it has been a well kept secret until fairly recently. Kelp is not a primary source of macro nutrients nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (NPK). However, as any organic gardener knows, developing and maintaining a healthy plant [...]

Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop for Your Backyard

Info found on MOTHER EARTH NEWS *Note: You shouldn’t attempt a project like this without any proper guidance because, more likely than not, you'll end up with a half-built project with hundreds of dollars invested with nothing to show for it. If you’re new to this I personally recommend checking out this guide here as the steps [...]

25 Plants for a Fragrant Chocolate Garden

Chocolate Everywhere Imagine a garden with the fragrance of a freshly opened box of delicious chocolates! It's not as crazy as it sounds. There are a handful of plants that have a distinct chocolate scent, reminiscent of milk chocolate with a dash of vanilla.   Delightful! The chocolate-scented plants are listed below. A really fun idea [...]

Understanding HID (MH/HPS) Grow Lights – Lighting Buyers Guide

High Intensity Discharge "HID" - Lighting HID, what is it? Firstly, HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. In easy terms, its a type of light bulb, a very large light bulb (some about the size of your forearm) Its a sealed tube filled with gas, and creates light when the gas is ignited. A regular household [...]

Starting Seeds Indoors – What Went Wrong?

Info found on Grow Veg By Barbara Pleasant Last night I dug through the recycling bin to find empty cans I could use to raise my little flats of cabbage and kale seedlings closer to the florescent light fixture meant to mimic the sun. Ideally, there should be no more than 2 inches (5 cm) between [...]