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Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies. It takes work and requires learning, but the payoff is incredible. There is no satisfaction greater than picking your home grown fruits and veggies from your own back yard.

9 Beautiful Zinnia Companion Plants (Plus Honorable Mentions)

Zinnias are an incredibly popular annual flowering plant with showy blooms. They come in a wide range of colors, bloom sizes, and heights. Whites, reds, yellows, peaches, pinks, oranges – even multi-colored varieties are available! However, if you aim to grow a more diverse garden, you’ll need some companion plants. In this article, I’ll share …

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Are Snails Good For The Garden? (…Probably Not!)

If you live near any coastline, then you probably associate snails with the beach. They are commonly found stuck on damp rocks at the beach, especially during low tide. However, these are just sea snails, and make up a small number of the thousands of different types of snails. There are many aquatic snails, both …

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Winter Seed Sowing In Milk Jugs: The Easiest Way To Plant?

Winter is a great time to plant for next year’s garden. Did you know that it can also be a great time to sow some seeds outdoors? Winter seed sowing is a relatively new method of planting certain types of seeds for the following season. It greatly simplifies planting, and even improves germination rates of …

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Growing Paperwhites in Water – A Fun Winter Project (How-To)

During the winter months when the garden is bare, it’s nice to look up and see some fresh flower blooms. Growing paperwhites in water, also known as forcing, is a fun way to bring a little bit of spring into your home – even if it’s snowing outside. Basically, you are forcing the flowers to …

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How To Grow Hydroponic Garden Herbs (In Mason Jars)

There are many reasons you may wish to grow plants indoors. Whether it is winter and plants can’t survive outdoors, or you simply don’t have the outdoor space, indoor growing can be a great remedy. I particularly like to grow certain herbs indoors hydroponically to have year round harvests. Almost any herbs can be grown …

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How To Harvest Zinnia Seeds: Collect, Dry, and Store Them

Harvesting seeds is almost like browsing a seed catalogue, but without the cost! If you have a bit of extra time, and the knowledge, you can save zinnia seeds from your flower garden. In this article, I’ll share how to harvest zinnia seeds properly for the longest shelf life. I’ll cover when exactly to pick …

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Saving Marigold Seeds: Harvesting, Drying and Storing Properly

Marigolds are some of our favorite companion plants in our vegetable and flower gardens. Their showy flowers keep on blooming right up until the frost. The bright and cheerful petals add a beautiful splash of color to our outdoor space, even when other flowers may be dying. Sometimes referred to as the herb of the …

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How To Make Leaf Mulch (And Its Amazing Benefits)

Every fall in New England, our grassy backyard gets covered in fallen leaves. Maple, oak, and sycamore trees pull nutrients from their foliage in preparation for winter, causing the leaves to drop. Most homeowners look at leaves as nothing more than a mess. But if you’re a gardener or landscaper, you should see them as …

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