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    25 Tips & Tricks for Growing Container Gardens
    By Jaime Morrison Curtis | April 5th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Container gardens are great to have for many reasons – they are easy to move around, don’t require a ton of sun, and can be just the right size for a small space. You can grow plump tomatoes on your balcony and colorful flowers on your porch. Learn about which plants grow best in a container, what soil and fertilizer to use, and tips and tricks for Container Gardening 101…

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    How To Scare Birds Away From Your Garden – CD’S Upcycle Project
    Birds eat seedlings and can destroy a garden

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    Do you have old scratched Cd’s laying around the house ? Reuse them by stringing them vertically and hang them in your garden.

    As the wind gently blows, they will twirl sending off light reflections.

    Birds see the reflections as movement become startled and fly away.

    I will never have a career in broadcasting but I tried to make a video showing the hanging CDS in motion.

    It became more of a blooper reel as you can tell after watching it.

    Hang this project high enough out of a dog’s reach.

    Thank you for your patience and I hope maybe you got a small laugh from my experience.

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    27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space

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    freezing herbs in olive oil and you'll always have fresh ones on hand

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    13 Do’s & Do Not’s of Growing Tomatoes



    Jones website helps answer frequently asked questions about growing healthy great producing tomatoes.

    We all need a little help along the way to figure out what actually works and how to correct an issue we may be having.

    Gardening is a skill that has to be developed with education. If your not one of the lucky people who has a family member or good friend who can mentor them in their garden looking over their shoulder …. then your in the same boat as me.

    I tend to learn a lot of my knowledge from books, the internet and readers of “The Homestead survival ” facebook page.

    I then try to put the newly learned information into practice – trial and error – success and failures…. but it is all part of the journey.Click here to read the article: http://gardeningjones.com/blog/2013/...wing-tomatoes/

    Don’t - Purchase seedlings that have flowers on them. You may think you are getting a head start, but really what the plants need to do first is establish their roots, not produce babies. Let them get settled in.

    Do - If you started your own plants and they are budding, pinch those flowers off. Really, you’ll get more fruit in the long run.

    The tomatoes are ready, is the soil?

    Don’t - Over fertilize. It’s fine to give your plants some good healthy compost, but take it easy on the fertilizer. Too much will grow wonderful bushy and green, albeit unproductive, plants. Same goes for your peppers by the way.

    Do - Give them a bit of Epsom salts. They love that stuff. If they don’t need it, it won’t hurt. It is good to have it as a preventative measure to help grow healthier plants.

    Do - Plant your transplants very deep. ‘Up to their necks’ is what the farmers say. This way they will grow a great root system, as mentioned above. The better the roots, the more productive the plants will then be.

    Don’t - Water from above, if you can help it. This can cause soil to splash up on the stems, making them more prone to disease. Try to use a soaker hose whenever possible with tomatoes.

    Do - Mulch, especially if you are watering from above. This helps prevent that soil splash just mentioned, as well as holds the moisture your tomatoes may need.

    Do - Put in the stakes you are going to use for support at the same time you plant. You don’t want to go back later and start damaging those roots you both worked so hard for.

    Do - Know what type of tomato you are growing. If it’s a ‘determinate’ type, it may suddenly stop producing. Learn more by following the link ay the end of this post.

    Don’t - Stress it. Are you feeling over run with tomatoes? Are you concerned about fruit flies in your kitchen? Simply wash some of those tomatoes off and toss them in the freezer. When you have time, thaw to use. A bonus: the skins will slip right off after defrosting.

    Do - Enjoy a variety if you have the room. Roma and plum tomatoes are best for preserving, slicing types for fresh eating, and of course cherry tomatoes for snacking. Plant tomatoes based on how you intend to use them.

    Don’t - plant them outside before the soil temperature is 50F. How warm the soil has become is a function of how close the sun is, the depth, and how much sunshine the area gets. Surface soil can feel warm but 6 inches down it can still be quite cold. Some gardeners plant their tomatoes out when the overnight lows are consistently above 50F. Not the same thing, but close.

    Do - speed up the process by covering the area with black plastic, and turning the soil over every so often. If you plant early, keep those heat loving tomatoes warm through the use of cloches. In a pinch, canning jars will do the trick, just don’t let the plants get fried. That’s for the green fruit.


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    For those who want to grow their own rosemary plants : keep cuttings in water for a while ...
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    Good things come to those who propagate! I have decided that I am going to try to make a "hedge row" city style out of rosemary cuttings and tall phlox that blo...oms 8 months out of the year in Oklahoma. It will be a long process and will take time to become perfect but it will!

    To propagate rosemary all you need to do is take a few cuttings about 6 inches long. Then I stripped the leaves off the bottom of the branch. This part of propagating rosemary makes a perfect opportunity to do a little culinary magic! Then I stuck it in the jar of water and changed the water daily to prevent molding, In a week or two these cuttings should start rooting and I can plant them outside where I want them.You could also put your cuttings directly in moist sand or soil with or without a rooting medium and have them root also.


    Rosemary is great in pots and planters but I like to plant it in the garden. Deer and rabbits never bother it.
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    Growing Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons Tips

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    Bonnie Plants website shares tips to growing big flavorful cantaloupe and honeydew melons.

    Gardening is a skill that needs to be developed through trial and errors but it is amazing when we can learn from other people’s experience.

    Click here to read the article: http://bonnieplants.com/growing/grow...neydew-melons/
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    It is that time of year that this Poison Plants will be growing. Here is a picture that shows you what Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac looks like. As you can see Poison Ivy looks like a Maple Tree Leaves, Poison Oak looks like a Oak Tree Leaves, and the Poison Sumac looks (almost) like a Walnut Tree Leaves.

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    Here's a helpful guide showing you which plants grow well together! Do you have a favorite combination? Share it with us! (Photo credit: NewScientist)
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    Make a Vertical Trellis Tee Pee To Grow Climbing Vegetables Project



    Kiddie Gardens website shares this simple but wonderful way to create a trellis that could encourage children to enjoy time in the garden as well. Many different types of vine vegetables could be grown over this trellis tee pee.

    Squash – Patty Pan Squash the saucer-shaped squash is a good producer.

    Beans

    Cucumbers

    Pumpkins Jack-Be-Little Pumpkin: More ornamental than edible but quite pretty in fall home decorating and gift giving.

    Peas

    Melons – use a old pair of pantyhose to add extra support as the melon grows

    Zucchini

    Pole Beans

    Scarlet Runner: An 8- to 12-foot variety – red flowers and the beans are edible. Scarlet Runners are ideal for kids’ forts.

    Click here to read article: http://www.kiddiegardens.com/bean_teepee.html
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    Garden Tower Project



    Garden Tower Project website share how this vertical planter with a worm tower in the center works. You add kitchen scraps into the center tower which creates a compost tea that drips out the bottom which you add back into the plants. Each hole grows can grow a different plant. This is a great idea worth checking out.

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