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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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Reusing Potting Soil From Last Year (3 Simple Steps)

At the end of the season, many gardeners find themselves with leftover potting soil. While it may be tempting to simply discard this soil, it is actually possible to reuse it. Reusing potting soil from last year is a simple process. The price of potting soil certainly can add up over the years, and there …

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Planting Hostas (A Popular Shade Garden Perennial)

Hostas, also known as plantain lilies, are one of the most popular perennials for the shade garden. They are grown for their large, often variegated leaves and their ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Hostas are a member of the asparagus family, though they were previously members of the lily family. There …

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Using Grow Bags in the Garden (Advantages and Disadvantages)

We have had a lot of success using fabric grow bags in our garden. They are easy to use, provide excellent drainage, and will last several years with proper care. They work great for peppers, herbs, tomatoes, carrots, and even potatoes. If you’re looking for grow bag recommendations, our favorite brand at the moment is …

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