Gardening Hacks

Do you have a hard time starting seeds or cuttings? Try soda bottle greenhouses. Cut the bottom off 2-liter soda bottles and remove the labels. Each seed gets its own micro greenhouse! Remove the greenhouses once the seeds have germinated and cuttings are rooted.

Elizabeth Flaherty

Get Rid Of Weeds…Between Bricks

Hand weeding also works, without any of the worries about poisoning people, pets or soil, or affecting the climate by burning fossil fuel. It’s fairly easy to pluck out young weeds, roots and all, especially soon after a rainstorm. The hook end of a painter’s 5-in-1 tool can be very helpful in narrow gaps between bricks. But it’s nearly impossible to completely pull big weeds with thick taproots, such as mature dandelions, or established clumps of a runner-forming weed, such as Bermuda grass.

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These little balls are a type of mineral product called perlite. Every ingredient in those mixes have a beneficial effect on plants, and perlite is no exception.

Perlite Contains…

  • 70-75% silicon dioxide
  • Aluminum oxide
  • Sodium oxide
  • Potassium oxide
  • Iron oxide
  • Magnesium oxide
  • Calcium oxide
  • 3-5% Water

Manage Landscapes In March

March is a good time to get your Lily Turf, also known as Liriope muscari, which is the clumping kind, ready to show its spring and summer beauty.  In my opinion the most desirable variety is named “Big Blue.”  It grows in clumps. The Monroe White variety is usually more difficult to find but is very attractive.

By Tom Terry, Master Gardener

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Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

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t’s… not spring time. Not by a long shot, even here in the Midwest where winter doesn’t last that long. Still, even though spring isn’t yet in our reach, any gardener will tell you that as soon as the holidays end, our thoughts turn to one thing only: the garden. It’s a bit early to think in terms of planting; some of us can’t even see our garden plots for all the snow on top. But there are things we can do to satisfy that gardening itch, in the bleak midwinter. The busier you stay, the sooner spring will get here.
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How To Grow…

Tomatoes inside your home!

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Outdoor space isn’t the only reason why some people can’t grow tomatoes outside. “In Britain, many people choose to grow their tomatoes in greenhouses, polytunnels, or inside the house because it’s warmer and protects the plants from getting blight, a fungal disease,” explains Tanya Anderson, author of A Woman’s Garden and founder of Lovely Greens. This is also true for many people who live in colder climates with short summers. 

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Create A Shade Garden

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Describing the specific serenity of a garden can be as difficult as choosing a favorite flower, but Stacie Abdallah, creator of lifestyle site Stacie’s Spaces, is apt to try. “There is something beautiful about watching a plant grow from a small seed into a plant that bears fruit,” she says. “As a result of having a garden, I have been able to feed my family, educate my children, and share our harvest with my extended relatives and friends. The garden has also served as a place of refuge from the world. I go out there and unwind in a way that is super fulfilling and refreshing.

Debbie Wolfe

How to Create a Shade Garden—No Sun Necessary (