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Roses For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Picking the perfect rose for your garden involves finding a hardy plant for your growing zone (based on climate), deciding on a type of rose, and following a plan for rose care. Know your rose terminology [more…]

Reducing Your Environmental Footprint in the Garden

Switching over to sustainable gardening practices goes a long way to building a garden that you can enjoy, admire and even eat. At the same time, you reduce your environmental footprint, by increasing [more…]

A Few Essential Tools for Your Sustainable Garden

To create your sustainable garden, some things are just too good to pass up. Compost, mulch and worms all help to condition your soil and retain moisture, and you can get beneficial insects to work with [more…]

Some Sustainable Plants for a Coastal Temperate Climate

These plants are climate-friendly (that is, sustainable) in a Victorian seaside garden in the temperate climate of Australia’s southern coast. Some are indigenous to that region, some are native to Australia [more…]

Top Tips for Small Sustainable Gardens

Modern urban living poses many challenges, not the least being how to create and maintain a sustainable garden in a small space. If you’re a gardener at heart and only have a small backyard or even just [more…]

Sustainable Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Gardening sustainably just makes sense in this fragile world of climate change and environmental damage. Actually doing it in your own backyard takes a little effort, but in Australia and New Zealand more [more…]

Your Landscaping Hardiness Zone

When choosing plants for your landscaping, be sure to select plants suited for your weather zone. Most perennials are marked with a hardiness zone to indicate the [more…]

Create a Landscaping Wish List

Make a wish list when you begin landscape planning and use your imagination to customize your landscape around your family’s needs. Consider rain barrels, a fire pit or fire bowl, an arbor, or even a small [more…]

How to Plan your Landscape

Planning your landscape helps to keep you on budget, find the right trees and plants for yous needs, and keeps you focused on your landscaping wish list. Use these steps when planning your landscape: [more…]

Buying the Best Plants for Your Landscape

Landscape plants can be expensive — they're an investment for your home. So, when you buy plants for your yard, seek healthy plants that fit your landscaping needs, beautify your property, and grow well [more…]

Landscaping For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Putting together your perfect landscape starts with making a wish list customized to your needs, planning out your landscaping, and purchasing plants best suited for your landscape plan and hardiness zone [more…]

Benefits of Adding Compost to Your Garden

Composting provides you with rich organic matter that does wonders to improve the quality of your garden soil. Whether you sprinkle compost on the surface of the soil or work it in, your garden plants [more…]

Shopping for Composting Tools

You need very little equipment to start composting. Before you buy, visit garden centers or home improvement and hardware stores and try out some hand tools. Their length and weight should be comfortable [more…]

Mix in Brown and Green Compost Ingredients

Organic matter high in carbon — what composters commonly call browns — provides energy for decomposer organisms as they consume and break down the contents of your compost pile. Organic matter high in [more…]

Items to Keep Out of Your Compost

Your compost pile isn’t a trash can. Some materials definitely don’t qualify as compost ingredients because they contain pathogens, attract pests, or cause other problems. You must take care to add only [more…]

Surefire Tips for Speedy Compost

A great thing about composting is that it can take as much or as little time as you want or need it to. If your time is limited and you want to speed up the process to get compost fast, follow these tips [more…]

Composting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

By composting food scraps, yard waste, and other ingredients, you create nutrient-rich compost to add to your garden and landscape, and you minimize the waste sent to landfills. Home composting is a great [more…]

Ideas for Inspired Container Plantings

Combining the right plants with the right container can make for a traffic-stopping display. Follow these guidelines for creating container plantings that suit your style: [more…]

Controlling Pests in Eco-Friendly Ways

After investing time and money in your container gardens, the last thing you want to find is bugs or other pests munching on the plants in those containers. Here are some ecologically sound ways to prevent [more…]

Knowing Which Garden Critters Are Good for Your Plants

The plants in your container garden can benefit when you let certain insects and animals hang around your yard. Invite these beneficial creatures into your landscape to help you control pests: [more…]

Choosing the Right Container-Gardening Tools

Having the right tools available when you’re growing plants in containers can make some of the chores easier. Most of the following items are available at garden centers or through mail-order suppliers [more…]

Container Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can create beautiful container gardens with a little planning and some ongoing attention. It all starts with picking the right plants and arranging them in an attractive container. Then, after you’ve [more…]

Discover Fragrant Orchids

Not only are orchids beautiful, some have an amazing fragrance. Here's a list of some of the most sweet-smelling orchids and a brief description of their fragrance: [more…]

How to Pronounce Orchid Names

The names used for orchids are usually in Latin, since it's universally accepted. Don't be intimidated by orchid names! Here's a quick pronunciation guide, with abbreviations: [more…]

Orchids for Dummies Cheat Sheet

Growing orchids at home isn't as difficult as you might think. If you've decided to grow orchids, make sure you know how to pronounce their names, which are usually in Latin. Take a look at the list of [more…]


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