7 Smart November Gardening Tips For Various Zones

7 Smart November Gardening Tips For Various Zones
A November gardening calendar really highlights the differences in regional gardens. For many there is no November garden to speak of. Others can’t wait for the cool days and slower pace of fall vegetable gardening. But even if your garden is already covered in snow, there are still garden tasks calling. Rake leaves and make... 
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DIY Gardening: How To Grow Cucumbers Right

DIY Gardening: How To Grow Cucumbers Right
Cucumbers have come a long way in the past 20-30 years. They used to be disease-ridden, prone to give indigestion, etc. They like warm weather but not intense, dry heat. They are not frost hardy, but since they grow and mature quickly, it is easy to get a crop even with a short season as... 
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3 Simple Ways To Grow Cool-Season Veggies

3 Simple Ways To Grow Cool-Season Veggies
Whether you’re ready to turn over your whole backyard to kale cultivation or only have room for a couple of containers on the patio, we’ve got you covered with three strategies for growing cool season crops. Keep it contained. A fairly good sized container can be all you need to grow a few winter greens... 
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Prepping For Spring: How To Plant Tulips In Pots

Prepping For Spring: How To Plant Tulips In Pots
Growing these spring classics in pots lets you dodge most of their drawbacks. To make the containers less heavy and easier to move, place an upside-down plastic grower pot at the bottom of each container. Fill the containers two-thirds full with any inexpensive, lightweight potting mix. Don’t bother with fertilizer. Ignore traditional spacing guidelines, and... 
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Fall Gardening: How To Plant A Bulb

Fall Gardening: How To Plant A Bulb
October is the month to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Which end goes up and how deep should you plant a tulip? The best bulbs are fat and firm,a nd you should plant them before the soil freezes. Pick a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Plant bulbs with their crowns up and roots down. Measure the height... 
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How To Plant Orchids Right On The Tree Trunks

How To Plant Orchids Right On The Tree Trunks
Orchids are usually grown in pots, but if the climate allows, you can transfer them outdoors to the trees. The natural habitat of most species of orchids are the tree trunks, which characterizes them as epiphytes. Contrary to what many think, orchids are not parasitic plants, so they do not consume the sap of trees... 
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How To Use Mulch To Manage Your Soil Conditions

How To Use Mulch To Manage Your Soil Conditions
The major reason gardeners use mulch is to snuff out weed seeds by shading them. This allows the roots of desirable plants to access soil, water, and nutrients without undue competition. Mulches free of viable weed seeds—such as leaves, good compost, and wood chips—are best. Weed seedlings that sprout in any organic mulch are easily... 
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7 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Improve Garden Soil

7 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Improve Garden Soil
An organic diet. Autumn is the best season to start – add fallen leaves, garden debris, kitchen scraps, and even apples raked from beneath fruit trees to soil. Till with worms. 2- to 4-inch-inch thick green and brown compost layers invite worms that dramatically improve soil structure, while depositing power-packed worm manure castings. Grow your... 
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How To Grow Sweet Potatoes Anywhere

How To Grow Sweet Potatoes Anywhere
Sweet Potatoes grow under the ground just like regular potatoes. Above ground, Sweet Potatoes are sprawling vines that can take up a lot of room in the garden. Unlike regular potatoes, Sweet Potatoes are a warm-weather crop and need about 4 months of high temperatures to mature. However, if you live in a northern climate,... 
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How To Prepare And Protect Your Roses In Winter

How To Prepare And Protect Your Roses In Winter
All roses need some attention going into winter. Here are some tips for winter rose survival, first of all, coax them into dormancy. Stop feeding and pruning your roses around the end of August, to discourage tender, new growth that will suffer from winter damage. Leave the last of the flowers on, to turn into... 
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