July Gardening Tips

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A Kitchen Leftover That Help Your Plants

Eggshells

Eggs provide a delicious and healthy breakfast for you, and their shells provide a good “meal” to your plants as well, mostly in the form of calcium. Eggshells are loaded with this crucial mineral, which helps plants establish strong cell walls. Rinse the eggshells thoroughly, let them dry, and then crush with a pestle or a similar grinder. Then work a handful of the ground shells into the soil around your plants, whether in the flower bed or a container.

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Slide 2 of 14: Eggs provide a delicious and healthy breakfast for you, and their shells provide a good “meal” to your plants as well, mostly in the form of calcium. Eggshells are loaded with this crucial mineral, which helps plants establish strong cell walls. Rinse the eggshells thoroughly, let them dry, and then crush with a pestle or a similar grinder. Then work a handful of the ground shells into the soil around your plants, whether in the flower bed or a container.
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Garden Trick

Do a quick mason jar soil test

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Knowledge is power, in life and in gardening.  Determine if the soil composition of your garden space, is sandy, clay, or silt – even degrading compost.  Know what your soil makeup is using a mason jar “test” and then you can make adjustments as necessary.

21 Tricks That Will Change the Way You Garden (onecrazyhouse.com)

Garden Craft~Sundial

Sundials are classic garden ornaments, but they’re more than just decorative items — they’re useful and educational, too. Building your own garden sundial is a fun family project for a summer weekend, and it’s a great way for kids to learn firsthand how the position of the sun changes from hour to hour and season to season. 

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How to Make a Garden Sundial | how-tos | DIY (diynetwork.com)

Plants That Need To Grow Side By Side

a close up of a flower garden: Companion planting uses one species' advantages to help another. Check out these 13 power pairs!
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Companions help each other grow and use garden space efficiently. Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants. Vines can cover the ground while tall stalks grow skywards, allowing two plants to occupy the same patch.

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Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side (msn.com)

Flowers To Plant This Spring Season

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  • 1. Pansies
  • 2. Marigolds
  • 3. Petunias
  • 4. Zinnias
  • 5. Sunflowers
  • 6. Sweet Pea
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Garden Craft

Make molded concrete planters.

Make molded concrete planters.

Remember the concrete block raised garden from earlier?  Here is another similar idea, only this time, you are starting from scratch!  That’s right, no concrete blocks, just concrete.  This is an immensely cool and creative project where you create concrete planters from scratch using plastic containers as molds.  The finished results look just awesome!  I actually love the fact that they’re a little rough around the edges.  They look almost like something you’d find at an archaeological dig a thousand years in the future.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit: Radmegan

Herbs You Might Want To Plant, In Early Spring

BASIL

a close up of a green plant: fresh herbs basil
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CALENDULA

a close up of a flower: Calendula

CARAWAY

a close up of a flower garden: Caraway Flowers

CHAMOMILE

a close up of a flower garden: chamomile

CHERVIL

a close up of a green plant: Chervil

CHIVES

a close up of a plant: chives

CILANTRO

a close up of a green plant: herbs to grow cilantro

DILL

a plant in a garden: Dill
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