Centerpiece: Spray-on a coat of white primer - Pile some Epsom salt onto parchment paper (salt can be found in the first aid section of your drug store) - Spray the bottles with some craft bond spray adhesive (or Mod Podge instead of spray...
Ferns are nothing short of gorgeous. Best of all, they are so easy to care for that most gardeners meet with success. Even those who lust only for colorful flower gardens find ferns invaluable as lush background plantings intermixed with perennials to bring form and texture to their showy beds throughout the growing season. Although the fern family is truly enormous, the gardener’s choices for deliberate cultivation are somewhat limited.
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Trees haven't cornered the market on autumn splendor. Add these flowering perennials for a foliage sight to behold.
Perennials that have lovely fall foliage give the landscape a carpet of color that matches the canopy in the trees above. That mix of low color and high color will give you the feeling of being surrounded by a rainbow every fall (or being stuck in a Skittles commercial). The trick for the best color punch may be to mass the perennials, which tend to be smaller in stature, airier and less full than a tree.
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When? Spring blooming bulbs (hyacinths, daffodils, snowdrops, tulips and crocus) are planted in the fall - any time before the ground completely freezes. They flower from January through June, depending on the variety of bulb and your growing zone.
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A mushroom garden is a low cost, DIY way to increase the diversity of your home-grown produce, as well as your overall resilience. It’s also surprisingly simple to do, once you understand the basics of how and why.
There are infinite numbers of plants available to cultivate in your garden. But, there are very few varieties of plants that can be grown on pathways, because most of the plants are too sensitive to tolerate people’s feet.
Follow the photo-link to find a list of some very common plants which you can use to decorate the walkways of your garden.
Lavender favors were originally used to scent linen and other stored fabric and clothes. They were often used to mark the dozens, and the half-dozens, in piles of linen in a bride's dowry chest, and it was usually the children who were set to work to make them. Lavender wands make nice small gifts, either individually or in a "bunch" to put in a vase.
Does the fertilizer label at your garden center mention plant or animal based ingredients, like manure or seaweed? It’s probably organic. Does it sound more like a chemistry class? Then it's probably a synthetic or inorganic fertilizer.
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There's nothing more discouraging to a gardener than having a whole crop of your favorite vegetable wiped out by pests. Worse still, once those hungry insects have found your garden, they're likely to come back year after year. But don't give up hope. All is not lost. You can take your garden back from insect pests, and you don't even need to resort to using chemical pesticides.
These 12 garden pests cause the most damage (and the most grief) in home vegetable gardens. Conquer this "dirty dozen," and you'll have a more abundant harvest year after year. Learn to recognize each pest, as well as the signs and symptoms of an infestation. Then take action by following the control measures outlined for that insect.
Follow the photo-link to find the garden pest list, and control methods for each.
This container was particularly well done. The succulents are faceted like the amethyst and both the amethyst and soapstone have a nice color echo bringing more life to the plants and the decorative rocks.
When it comes to flower bulbs, more is definitely better. Mass plantings of individual cultivars serve as banners for spring, while groups of three or four bulbs often look like mere punctuation. For even more impact, distribute your bulbs in layers, like lasagna. "Double-decker" planting is really quite simple.
Pomegranates are not that difficult to grow and actual do well indoors since they are self-pollinating. They can be started from seed or cuttings without much trouble and require only the basic equipment needed for any type of plant.
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Don't let anyone fool you — indoor gardening is just as fun as having an outdoor garden. In fact, indoor plants not only help clean the environment around them, but they act as a quick decorating tool. We found 15 hardy indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving. If you've got kids or pets, do note before you buy: some may be toxic.