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How to Harvest Basil

Get more from your basil through harvesting. It’s simple. The more you pick the more it grows. Here's Why Harvesting Basil Grows More Basil Basil, like most plants, benefits from pruning. Proper pruning encourages growth and...

Grow Plants for Free: How to Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings

  Would you like to grow plants for free? When I was young, it was common for my mother to send me to the neighbors for a cutting of this or a clipping of that....

Kitchen Garden: Planting in Galvanized Containers

  Growing a vegetable garden in recycled containers is all the rage, but are there risks? I was reminded of this looming question when a friend asked if she needed to line her watering trough...

What is N-P-K?

  Here's a look at that burning question, N-P-K? What is it all about anyway? It's on nearly every package of everything plant related, compost, fertilizers, mulch and amendments, with numbers associated with each. Sometimes zeros...

Tricks for Thinning Carrots: The Things We Do For Love

  My hopeless love of homegrown carrots sometimes feels like opening Pandora's Box -- they can be challenging to sow, taunt foes like carrot flies and embolden people like me to transplant the thinnings. The...

How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

Are you wishing ladybugs would find your garden as easily as aphids? Never fear, the trick for attracting ladybugs to your garden begins with a simple, 4 letter word: FOOD. It’s also important to remember...

5 Secrets to Jump Start Your Summer Garden

Jump start your summer garden with a handful of easy to follow tips and a copy of Grow What You Love! *Giveaway is Closed* Grow What You Love book is designed for both beginning gardeners and...

Extend Your Growing Season with this Row Cover Cheat Sheet

A scant few millimeters of row cover fabric could be your secret to a thriving, successful garden — especially when the mercury drops. The right fabric can also prevent a pest infestation and protect...

Tips for Selecting Soil at Your Garden Center

  Selecting compost or planting mix can feel like gambling. You know soil is the heart of your garden, that what you grow and how it grows is directly linked to the quality of what...

The Best Soil For Your Garden (And You)

The best soil for your garden (and you) is organic and chemical free. Here’s Why. Soil is teaming with life. Worms have been touted as champion soil makers, but so too are many other creatures,...
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