Ficus Bonsai Tree Losing Leaves - Now What?
The Ficus Bonsai tree losing leaves is not something too pleasant to have to experience. Your tree is something precious…
How to Start A Vegetable Garden - Update
It has been five weeks since I completed my 30 Day / Article Challenge - How to Start a Vegetable Garden. If you haven't…
Determinate Tomatoes Vs Indeterminate Tomatoes
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between determinate tomato varieties and indeterminate tomato varieties?…
Five of the Best Flowers to Grow for Children
When you are gardening with children, simple is best. Growing flowers from seeds can be a daunting task for even seasoned…
How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge
Today is Day 16 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. In my last two articles, I explained how…
Best Soil for Tomato Plants
The Soil is very important. Pick a location away from large trees and where you will get good sun almost all day. It…
Gardening Articles (383)
What Makes A Good Organic Bug Killer?
If you are thinking about using an organic bug killer in your home or garden you might want to think again. Bug killers of any sort regardless of if they are organic or not are harmful to the beneficial bugs in your home or garden. The problem with using these…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 11, 2011  
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The Cascading Bonsai Style Definition
Cascading Bonsai trees are a style of the Japanese art of miniaturizing trees, aka Bonsai. This is a specific style of Bonsai that is truly mesmerizing to look at. It's an art style of tree which when done properly will wow anymore. It's a good display tree. Here's just exactly…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 30, 2011  
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Gardening with Children – A Sunflower House Project
Watching children play in the garden is one of the most rewarding activities I can think of. A few years ago, while planning my garden, I came across instructions for growing a “sunflower house”. It’s not a structure to build, but rather a playhouse that you can grow. It provides…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 19, 2011  
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3 Tips on Buying All-natural Pet Bedding
Many companies are starting to catch on to the new green movement. This means there a lot more all-natural pet products now on the market which are very safe for your pets. The benefits of buying all-natural pet bedding and other green pet products are pretty obvious. Depending on what…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 08, 2011  
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Organic Ant Control for Your Vegetable Garden
Ants can be a nasty pest to have in your vegetable garden. This article outlines how you can use organic ant control in your vegetable garden. A good organic garden should rarely need pest control. Balanced gardens have checks in place to prevent an infestation from occurring. Nature, weather, and…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 10, 2011  
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How to Build Raised Bed Gardens – The Straw Bale Garden Method
I recently discovered a new way to vegetable garden using raised beds - the straw bale garden method. A straw bale garden is such a simple concept that it almost seems too good to be true. Not only is it easy to set up, but it is also super easy…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 13, 2011  
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Dreaded Disease Of Tomato Plants – Verticillium Wilt Disease
Without a doubt, the most dreaded disease of tomato plants is verticillium wilt disease. It is caused by a soil-borne fungus that prevents the plant from taking up water and nutrients. Basically, it clogs the arteries of the plant. The heartbreaking thing about this disease is that it doesn’t usually…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 02, 2011  
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How to Control Pests In An Organic Garden
The first mistake new organic gardeners make is actually to try and control pests. They should be asking "How to attract pests" rather than "How to control pests in an organic garden". The reason is that most pests aren’t really pests at all they are eating the true pests. A…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 08, 2011  
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Watering Tomatoes - What Every Gardener Should Know About Watering Tomatoes
As, a novice or seasoned gardener watering tomatoes seems like an easy enough task. But is this little task really that simple? I find that there is an abundance of questions when growing tomatoes on just that one single aspect. Questions like, what is the best time or what is…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 11, 2011  
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Bonsai, How to Create One
Growing bonsai is not as difficult as some may think. You can grow from a seed which can require some effort on your part to stratify the seeds (refridgerate them for a month) and or score them to cause germination. Other than that, just water and be patient. An easier…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 22, 2011  
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All About Cordless String Trimmers
How good are cordless electric string trimmers really? Many people are attracted to the cordless string models because they are light weight and easy to handle because their motor isn't as powerful as a gas weed cutter. Before you buy a cordless electric string trimmer make sure you are buying…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Sep 19, 2011  
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Rid Pests Organically | Organic Pest Control
The first thing gardeners and home owners turn to when it comes to pests is a spray. The problem with killing bugs is that you can't target which bugs to kill or deter with sprays. Many of the bugs you are killing could be helping ward off other infestations. If…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 20, 2011  
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Best Herbs to Grow Indoors
If you’ve been thinking about growing some herbs in your kitchen, you’re probably wondering, “What are the best herbs to grow indoors?” Well, all herbs are not created equal. Some work splendidly in a kitchen garden. Other herbs do not do well indoors at all. The best herbs to grow…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 09, 2011  
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Determinate Tomatoes Vs Indeterminate Tomatoes - What is the Difference?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between determinate tomato varieties and indeterminate tomato varieties? Knowing the difference between the two types will help you decide what tomato plant would be best to plant in your own garden. I think this is one of the most popular questions I…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 04, 2011  
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How to Grow Columbine
Aquilegia, also known as columbine, is an old-fashion favorite that looks great in the garden and makes decorative cut flowers. These hardy, herbaceous evergreen perennials are found in the wild throughout North America, Siberia and other northern temperate regions. The columbine is known for its beautiful, distinctively spurred flowers that…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Feb 22, 2011  
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Herb Gardens In Pots - How To Container Herb Garden
If you’ve ever purchased fresh herbs at the market, you know that they are expensive. Oh sure, you could buy dried herbs, but they don’t taste nearly as wonderful as fresh herbs. Even better are fresh herbs from your own potted herb garden! Growing herbs is a lot easier than…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 08, 2011  
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What You Need to Know About Growing Asters
The Aster is one of the best flowers to grow for late summer and fall blooms. Asters come in blue, purple, red, pink, and white each with a yellow center. The name Aster comes from the ancient Greek word for “star.” There are numerous varieties of Aster, from Dwarfs that…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Feb 01, 2011  
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Vegetable Organic Gardening
Growing a vegetable organic garden isn't really the hard work that you think it is. In fact,if you do it the right way, it can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. You'll be able to prepare much healthier meals for your family without really changing your diet. Eating organically grown…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Feb 04, 2011  
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3 Stink Bug Pest Control Tips
Many people reporting to have a stink bug infestation claim the numbers to be mind boggling. It seems when these critters get out of control they simply take over an area. This can be devastating if the area happens to be your front porch. While the stink bug is relatively…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 11, 2011  
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When To Grow Tomatoes
Knowing when to grow tomatoes is a key factor to your tomato gardening experience. Choosing the right time to grow tomatoes is essential to the yield of tomato plants and to when you will be able to harvest your tomatoes. If, you plant your tomatoes too early you could risk…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 19, 2011  
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Vegetable Gardening Layout Tips - 3 Important Things to Consider
While planting your own vegetable garden might seem like a great idea, most people really do not know where to start. Preparing your layout before you plant will make the job at hand much more pleasurable and assure that your plants grow and thrive - not to mention give you…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 08, 2012  
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How to Grow Cucumbers Indoors
Cucumbers are one of those vegetables that just scream fresh, and you can't get any fresher than growing them yourself. Coincidentally, cucumbers are easy to grow indoors. Cucumbers are also beautiful plants when cared for properly. If you don't know how to grow cucumbers indoors look no further. I am…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 09, 2011  
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Growing Tomatoes From Seed - 12 Easy Steps on How to Grow Tomatoes From Seeds
Growing tomatoes from seed is easy with the right conditions. Once you find out step by step how to grow tomatoes from seeds successfully you will more than likely never buy another started tomato plant again. To germinate and grow, tomato seeds, like any other seeds, require the basic growing…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 01, 2011  
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Container Gardening Vegetables
Container gardening vegetables is an excellent choice for the home gardener who doesn't have large single area to grow in. Just about any vegetable will grow well in a pot. You can use any kind of container as long as it is the right size for the plant inside it.…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 08, 2011  
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Grow Basil Indoors
Many cooks like to grow basil indoors. It’s convenient, not to mention extra fresh and more flavorful than dried basil and even “fresh” basil purchased from the market. Fortunately, basil is an easy plant to grow in your kitchen, provided it receives enough water and light. Another wonderful thing about…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 11, 2011  
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Top 12 Herbs for Potted Herb Gardens
Basil Basil is probably the most popular plant for potted herb gardens. There are many varieties of basil available. The most common basil, which is used in Italian cuisine, is sweet basil. Other popular varieties are Genovese, globe, lemon, purple ruffles, and cinnamon. Many indoor herb gardeners prefer to use…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 13, 2011  
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Organic Garden Pest Control Tips
Whenever possible you should avoid using any type of bug killer in your organic garden. If you are new to organic gardening you might think about observing your plants before using any time of bug spray or organic bug killer on your plants. A good deal of the bugs in…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 11, 2011  
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Keeping Chickens
Take the first steps in keeping and managing a small flock of chickens in your garden, back yard or allotment. Your reward will be a regular supply of fresh eggs, and (if you use a mobile coop,) your garden will be weeded, cleaned & fertilised. A suitable for pastime for…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Feb 08, 2011  
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Gardening Against the Trend: Heirloom Seeds Part 1
Gardeners have many motivations to garden with non-hybrid heirloom seed from cost savings (you will not have to purchase seed year after year) to historical interest. Some choose heirloom seed because they want a traditionally organic garden. But most simply prefer heirloom seed because the plants these seeds produce breed…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 05, 2011  
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Tools for the Garden - Kid Style
Shovel? Check. Rake? Check. Trowel? Check. Every day that you go out into the garden you run through a mental checklist. You know that when you go out into the garden, it's important that you have the tools you need. Why should it be any different for a younger gardener?…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 21, 2011  
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To understand bonsai you first must accept that it is not just a hobby, it is an art. Whether you…
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