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How to Use Alfalfa as a Fertilizer for Your Garden
How to Use Alfalfa as a Fertilizer for Your Garden
 
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How to Use Alfalfa as a Fertilizer for Your Garden
If you're looking for an organic way to fertilize your garden, consider using alfalfa. Alfalfa fertilizer is a great choice for gardeners who want to add nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. There are many different types of alfalfa fertilizer available, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs.
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Best Natural Fertilizer for Citrus Trees
Best Natural Fertilizer for Citrus Trees
 
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Best Natural Fertilizer for Citrus Trees
Love growing citrus fruits? Are you looking for the best natural fertilizer to help your tree grow big and healthy? If so, you've come to the right place! In this blog post, we'll discuss the benefits of using organic fertilizers for citrus trees and provide a list of our top 5 picks. 
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When to Harvest Hops: Best Time to Pick
When to Harvest Hops: Best Time to Pick
 
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When to Harvest Hops: Best Time to Pick
If you’re a grower of hops, then you must know that timing is everything when harvesting your crops. You want to make sure you pick the hops at the right time so that they reach their full potential in terms of flavor and aroma.
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Treating Root Rot with Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Treating Root Rot with Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
 
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Treating Root Rot with Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Root rot is a condition that affects the health of a plant's roots. The rot is caused by a number of factors, including overwatering, poor drainage, and disturbed soil PH levels. If left untreated, root rot damages plant growth and can even kill a plant. 
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Cilantro Germination Time: How Long Does it Take to Start Seeds?
Cilantro Germination Time: How Long Does it Take to Start Seeds?
 
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Cilantro Germination Time: How Long Does it Take to Start Seeds?
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a popular herb used in many dishes around the world. It is best known as the traditional garnish for tacos and burritos, but it can also be found in soups, rice bowls, and even ice cream. Fresh Cilantro can be difficult to find in stores during the winter, so if you want to grow your own cilantro, you'll need to start seeds.
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Growing Strawberries Indoors: The Ultimate Guide
Growing Strawberries Indoors: The Ultimate Guide
 
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Growing Strawberries Indoors: The Ultimate Guide
Do you love strawberries? And, do you want to be able to grow them yourself all year long, no matter what the weather is like outside? If so, then this is the blog post for plant lovers like you! In this ultimate guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know in order to start growing strawberries indoors.
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Why Are My Tomato Plants Not Growing? (Growth Secrets)
Why Are My Tomato Plants Not Growing? (Growth Secrets)
 
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Why Are My Tomato Plants Not Growing? (Growth Secrets)
Is there something wrong with your tomato plants? Are they not growing like you thought they would? Tomato plants are fairly easy to grow whether it's outdoor indoors. There are a few things you should know to help tomato plants grow properly.
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Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Spring
Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Spring
 
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Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Spring
Although some parts of the country may still be cold, it's never too early to start preparing your garden for spring. Now is the time to clean up and organize your garden beds, and start stocking up on supplies so you're ready to start gardening once the weather starts warming up.
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Best Garlic Companion Plants for Your Garden
Best Garlic Companion Plants for Your Garden
 
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Best Garlic Companion Plants for Your Garden
If you're a garlic lover, you know that this pungent herb is not only delicious but also has many health benefits. Garlic is easy to grow at home and is a versatile addition to any kitchen. But did you know that there are certain plants that make the best companions for your garlic?
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When to Pick Tomatoes for Best Flavor
When to Pick Tomatoes for Best Flavor
 
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When to Pick Tomatoes for Best Flavor
Common wisdom dictates that you should wait until your tomatoes are ripe before picking them. However, there are some instances when harvesting tomatoes early for the best flavor is the way to go
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How to Grow Garlic in Hydroponics
How to Grow Garlic in Hydroponics
 
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How to Grow Garlic in Hydroponics
If you are interested in growing garlic in a hydroponic system, there are a few things you need to know. Garlic is a root vegetable, and like other root vegetables, it needs a well-aerated growing medium that is rich in nutrients.
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Spacing for Tomato Plants: What You Need to Know
Spacing for Tomato Plants: What You Need to Know
 
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Spacing for Tomato Plants: What You Need to Know
When it comes to growing tomatoes, one of the most important considerations is spacing. Tomato plants need room to grow and spread out so that they can produce an abundance of fruit and ensure good plant health.
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Hydroponic Potatoes: How-to Guide
Hydroponic Potatoes: How-to Guide
 
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Hydroponic Potatoes: How-to Guide
Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow hydroponically. They are a great crop for beginners and experienced growers alike. If you’re thinking about growing hydroponic potatoes, this guide will show you everything you need to know.
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How to Grow Hydroponic Peppers
How to Grow Hydroponic Peppers
 
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How to Grow Hydroponic Peppers
Have you ever considered growing hydroponic peppers? Hydroponic gardening is a great way to get into pepper gardening as little space and soil required. Plus, it eliminates many of the pest problems associated with traditional outdoor pepper gardening. In this post, we'll show you how easy it is to get started on growing your own hydroponic peppers.
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Fast-Growing Flowers to Plant in Your Garden
Fast-Growing Flowers to Plant in Your Garden
 
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Fast-Growing Flowers to Plant in Your Garden
Do you want to add some color and life to your garden but don't have a lot of time to wait for plants to bloom? Check out the fast-growing flowers in this blog that will bloom in just a few weeks!
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Best Seed Starter Soil to Use in Your Garden
Best Seed Starter Soil to Use in Your Garden
 
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Best Seed Starter Soil to Use in Your Garden
What kind of soil should you use to start seeds for your garden? It can be confusing trying to decide which type of soil is best for this purpose. In this blog post, we will discuss the best seed starter soil to use in your garden and why. So, keep reading to learn more!
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Best Natural Fertilizer for Indoor Plants
Best Natural Fertilizer for Indoor Plants
 
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Best Natural Fertilizer for Indoor Plants
A good fertilizer has three main components: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen is needed for root growth, phosphorus helps plants make energy, and potassium helps them resist disease.
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What is a Polytunnel? All About This Type of Greenhouse
What is a Polytunnel? All About This Type of Greenhouse
 
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What is a Polytunnel? All About This Type of Greenhouse
If you're wondering what is a polytunnel, you're not alone. This type of greenhouse is relatively new to the market, and it's gaining popularity for good reason
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Best Herbs for Hydroponics
Best Herbs for Hydroponics
 
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Best Herbs for Hydroponics
If you're interested in hydroponics, then you're probably curious about what herbs thrive in this type of gardening. There are a number of different herbs grown in a hydroponic system, but some herbs are better suited for this type of gardening than others.
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Best Vertical Grow Hydroponics Systems
Best Vertical Grow Hydroponics Systems
 
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Best Vertical Grow Hydroponics Systems
Vertical hydroponic systems are becoming more popular every day, and for good reason! They offer many benefits over traditional gardening methods. If you're interested in learning more about vertical hydroponics or want to know which system is the best for you, read on.
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What Do Roots Do for a Plant? Learn About Their Function
What Do Roots Do for a Plant? Learn About Their Function
 
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What Do Roots Do for a Plant? Learn About Their Function
What do you know about the roots of plants? A lot of people think that they just serve as anchors for the plant, but their functions are much complex than that. In this blog post, we'll discuss what roots do for a plant and some of their important roles.
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How to Get Rid of Hornworms in Your Garden
How to Get Rid of Hornworms in Your Garden
 
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How to Get Rid of Hornworms in Your Garden
If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of finding a hornworm in your garden, then you know that they can cause some serious damage. In this blog post, we'll provide you with tips on how to get rid of hornworms and protect your plants.
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How to Grow Healthy Plant Roots
How to Grow Healthy Plant Roots
 
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How to Grow Healthy Plant Roots
Are you looking for best ways to grow healthy plant roots? Whether you're a gardening novice or an experienced green thumb, read on for helpful tips on how to create the perfect environment for healthy root growth.
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How to Grow Carrots in Hydroponics
How to Grow Carrots in Hydroponics
 
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How to Grow Carrots in Hydroponics
If you're new to hydroponics, you may be wondering how to grow carrots in a soilless garden. It's actually quite easy – all you need is a growing medium and some water.
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When to Pick Cucumbers: How to Know When They're Ready
When to Pick Cucumbers: How to Know When They're Ready
 
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When to Pick Cucumbers: How to Know When They're Ready
Are you looking for a refreshing cucumber snack? Wondering when to pick cucumbers so you can enjoy them at their peak flavor? This guide will help you determine when cucumbers ripen and are ready to eat.
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Best Insecticide for Vegetable Garden
Best Insecticide for Vegetable Garden
 
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Best Insecticide for Vegetable Garden

Insecticides are a great way to keep your vegetable garden healthy and free of harmful insects. But with so many different types available, which one should you choose? In this blog post, we'll discuss the best insecticide for vegetable gardens and give you some tips on how to use it safely and effectively. Keep reading to learn more!

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Does Fertilizer Go Bad?
Does Fertilizer Go Bad?
 
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Does Fertilizer Go Bad?
If you're like most gardeners, you probably have a stockpile of fertilizers that you've been storing for years. But what happens to fertilizer over time? Does it go bad? How can you tell if it's still effective? Here's what you need to know about the shelf life of fertilizer.
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Bone Meal: How to Use This Natural Fertilizer
Bone Meal: How to Use This Natural Fertilizer
 
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Bone Meal: How to Use This Natural Fertilizer
If you're interested in using bone meal as a fertilizer, there are a few things you should know. Bone meal is a natural fertilizer that can be very beneficial for your plants.
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Grow Bags for Gardening: Pros and Cons
Grow Bags for Gardening: Pros and Cons
 
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Grow Bags for Gardening: Pros and Cons
Anyone who has ever tried gardening knows that it can be a messy and unpredictable process. The soil is never quite right, the plants always need more water than you expected, and somehow the bugs always find their way in. For those who want to garden but don't want any of the hassles, grow bags may be the solution.
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How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Tomato Plants
How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Tomato Plants
 
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How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Tomato Plants
Spider mites are tiny pests that can cause big problems for tomato plants. If you're noticing tiny webs on your plants and lots of dead leaves, then you probably have a spider mite infestation. Luckily, there are several things you can do to get rid of spider mites and protect your garden plants.
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When is Wheat Harvested? Seasonal Growing Guide
When is Wheat Harvested? Seasonal Growing Guide
 
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When is Wheat Harvested? Seasonal Growing Guide
Wheat is a late summer crop that is harvested till early fall. It can be grown in many parts of the world, and there are different types of wheat that are best suited for different climates. Knowing when to harvest wheat is important for farmers so they can get the most out of their crops.
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Best Hydroponic Grow Nutrients
Best Hydroponic Grow Nutrients
 
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Best Hydroponic Grow Nutrients
When it comes to growing hydroponically, there are a few things you need to get right in order to achieve optimal results. One of the most important is choosing the right nutrients for your plants.
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Are Worms Good for Gardens?
Are Worms Good for Gardens?
 
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Are Worms Good for Gardens?
Are worms good for gardens? This question has been asked by gardeners for centuries. Some people believe that worms are essential to a healthy garden, while others believe that they are a nuisance and should be eliminated from the garden.
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Are Ladybugs Good for Plants?
Are Ladybugs Good for Plants?
 
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Are Ladybugs Good for Plants?
There's something satisfying about seeing a ladybug on a flower. These bugs may besmall, but they have a big presence.
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When to Harvest Broccoli: The Best Time to Pick
When to Harvest Broccoli: The Best Time to Pick
 
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When to Harvest Broccoli: The Best Time to Pick

If you're growing broccoli in your garden, you'll want to know when to harvest it. The timing is important, as picking too early or too late can affect the taste and quality of the broccoli. Here's a guide to help you determine when your broccoli is ready to be picked.

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Plants That Are Hard to Kill: The Easiest Plants To Grow
Plants That Are Hard to Kill: The Easiest Plants To Grow
 
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Plants That Are Hard to Kill: The Easiest Plants To Grow

These are the best houseplants for beginners! They're easy to grow, and they can survive just about anything—even if you forget to water them.

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Why Are My Plants Growing So Slow? How to Fix Slow Growth
Why Are My Plants Growing So Slow? How to Fix Slow Growth
 
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Why Are My Plants Growing So Slow? How to Fix Slow Growth
Plants need certain conditions to grow properly, and when they don't have those conditions, growth can be slow. If your plants are growing slowly, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem.
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When to Pick Green Beans for Best Flavor
When to Pick Green Beans for Best Flavor
 
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When to Pick Green Beans for Best Flavor
Green beans are a summer favorite in many households. If you're looking to get the best flavor out of your green beans, then it's important to know when to pick them. This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about picking green beans for the best flavor. Keep reading to learn more!
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Insecticidal Soap vs. Neem Oil: Which Works Better?
Insecticidal Soap vs. Neem Oil: Which Works Better?
 
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Insecticidal Soap vs. Neem Oil: Which Works Better?
If you're looking for a natural way to kill insects on your plants, you might be wondering what works better: insecticidal soap or neem oil? Both products are effective at killing many common garden pests, but there are some key differences between them.
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Fungicide for Root Rot: What You Need to Know
Fungicide for Root Rot: What You Need to Know
 
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Fungicide for Root Rot: What You Need to Know
Root rot is a common problem for gardeners and can lead to plant death. There are many different ways to treat root rot, but one option that is becoming increasingly popular is using a fungicide.
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Growing Medium for Plants: The Ultimate Guide
Growing Medium for Plants: The Ultimate Guide
 
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Growing Medium for Plants: The Ultimate Guide
If you're looking to get into gardening, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing the right growing medium for your plants. There are many different options available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
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How to Fix a Calcium Deficiency in Plants
How to Fix a Calcium Deficiency in Plants
 
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How to Fix a Calcium Deficiency in Plants
If you're like most gardeners, you want your plants to be healthy and lush. But if your plants are looking a little yellow and has stunted growth, they may be suffering from calcium deficiency. Fortunately, it's easy to fix this problem.
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What Does Magnesium Do for Plants?
What Does Magnesium Do for Plants?
 
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What Does Magnesium Do for Plants?
Magnesium is a mineral that is often overlooked, but it is an important element for plant life. Magnesium helps to regulate the uptake of other essential nutrients and aids in photosynthesis.
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White Spots on Plant Leaves: Is It Powdery Mildew?
White Spots on Plant Leaves: Is It Powdery Mildew?
 
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White Spots on Plant Leaves: Is It Powdery Mildew?
Has your plant been having some trouble lately? Are you seeing white spots on the leaves? If so, you may be dealing with a case of powdery mildew. 
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Fulvic Acid for Plants: Benefits and Uses
Fulvic Acid for Plants: Benefits and Uses
 
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Fulvic Acid for Plants: Benefits and Uses
When it comes to plant care, there are a number of different things that you can do to make them thrive. From watering to fertilizing, each plant is unique and requires specific care.
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The 7 Most Practical Raised Garden Bed Plans
The 7 Most Practical Raised Garden Bed Plans
 
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The 7 Most Practical Raised Garden Bed Plans

Raised beds and garden boxes are a favorite among gardeners and for good reason. They offer an inexpensive means to improve the productivity of your backyard, especially if you live in an area with low soil fertility.

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4 Things to Know About Grow light LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
4 Things to Know About Grow light LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
 
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4 Things to Know About Grow light LED (Light Emitting Diodes)

Plants require proper exposure to sunlight for growth, development, flowering, reproduction, survival, and production. While it is impossible to grow favorite plants and vegetables all year round due to fluctuating environmental conditions.

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Best Grow Tents: A Buyer’s Guide for 2022
Best Grow Tents: A Buyer’s Guide for 2022
 
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Best Grow Tents: A Buyer’s Guide for 2022
Growing plants is something that you try once and absolutely fall in love with. There's just something about bringing a plant home, setting up the perfect environment for it, and watching that plant blossom into its best self.
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The 11 Best Pothos Types To Bring Home
The 11 Best Pothos Types To Bring Home
 
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The 11 Best Pothos Types To Bring Home
Pothos is a popular houseplant, hardy enough for novice gardeners to grow with ease. Discover some of the most beautiful pothos types to grow at home.
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Top 5 Tips About How To Use Houseplant Fertilizers for Better Growth
Top 5 Tips About How To Use Houseplant Fertilizers for Better Growth
 
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Top 5 Tips About How To Use Houseplant Fertilizers for Better Growth
Houseplants and indoor plants need proper care, management, and fertilization for best growth, development, and survival. Unlike other plants, houseplants are completely dependent on fertilization and the right management.
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This Is Why Ebb And Flow System Works Perfectly
This Is Why Ebb And Flow System Works Perfectly
 
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This Is Why Ebb And Flow System Works Perfectly
If you're interested in hydroponic gardens, the ebb and flow system is one of the favorite methods to consider. It's simple and effective, making it popular among both commercial growers and home gardeners.
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Hydroponics Vs. Aeroponics: 6 Things that Make them Different
Hydroponics Vs. Aeroponics: 6 Things that Make them Different
 
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Hydroponics Vs. Aeroponics: 6 Things that Make them Different
Hydroponics has taken the sustainable gardening world by storm. It has grown immensely in popularity in the past ten years and has become a favorite of people from kitchen gardeners to full-scale commercial farmers.
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How To Make Plants Happy - Fertilizer For Plants
How To Make Plants Happy - Fertilizer For Plants
 
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How To Make Plants Happy - Fertilizer For Plants

Why Do Plants Need Fertilizer?

Pretty much like humans, plants require nutrients for proper growth and health. They take nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) in the highest quantities. These three nutrients are called macronutrients.

Other than the macronutrients, plants also take in several micronutrients. Though micronutrients are just as important to plant growth as macronutrients, they are required in much smaller quantities. Boron (B), Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), and Iron (Fe) are some important micronutrients. There are others too.

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Vitamins for Plants: Essential Nutrients for Growth
Vitamins for Plants: Essential Nutrients for Growth
 
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Vitamins for Plants: Essential Nutrients for Growth

Why do plants need vitamins and minerals?

Plants require various vitamins and minerals as well as energy derived from sunlight to conduct basic functions. This includes respiration, photosynthesis, cell development, enzyme and hormone production, water, and nutrient absorption/distribution, as well as other things.

Plants also require vitamins and minerals in order to grow. Even with access to sunshine, plants will not thrive unless they are supplied with vitamins and minerals.

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All About LECA
All About LECA
 
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All About LECA

LECA helps you provide the correct amount of water for your plants. The plant's roots will readily absorb the water from the clay balls. The LECA quickly absorbs water and starts to expand.

Each ball holds the water for an extended time, slowly releasing it over time as the plant requires. You don’t have to worry about the plant quickly drying out or becoming overly water-logged when you use clay pellets. 

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How to Make The Best Hydroponic Setups [2022]
How to Make The Best Hydroponic Setups [2022]
 
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How to Make The Best Hydroponic Setups [2022]
Let’s learn how to create the best hydroponic setup to grow your favorite fruits and vegetables. Harvest loads of fresh produce without the hassle of soil and diseases.
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Coconut Coir: The New Gardening Superstar
Coconut Coir: The New Gardening Superstar
 
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Coconut Coir: The New Gardening Superstar

Coconut coir has taken over the gardening world by storm. But the question is, what makes it so great? In this definitive guide, that is the question we will address, let’s dive in.

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What are Hydroponic Towers?
What are Hydroponic Towers?
 
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What are Hydroponic Towers?
A vertical grow tower is a type of hydroponic grow system that uses motorized pumps, coupled with water and nutrient solutions to effectively grow any type of plant. The system is sometimes called ‘residential units.’  Within each slot of the tower are holes that house a single plant. The towers stand in an upright position. They are remarkably compact and portable. You can move them around an apartment with ease and, best of all, they take up extraordinarily little space. 
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Hydroponic Problems and Solutions
Hydroponic Problems and Solutions
 
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Hydroponic Problems and Solutions

Below are a few common hydroponic problems:

Hydroponic System Leaks

Even a new system can develop a leak. The leak might occur in the joints or valves. Also, if the hydroponic system becomes blocked from a root mass, then the water will back up and overflow. Perform checks regularly to ensure that roots are not clogging the drains or outlets. 

If you design your own hydroponic system, then you’ll need to ensure that the reservoir is large enough to hold the water and nutrient solution or it could easily overflow if a power cut or pump failure causes a backup. 

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How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
 
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How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
Did you know that there is a tiny little creature that can make your gardening experience a nightmare? No, we are not talking about spiders or snakes. We're talking about fungus gnats. These small, dark insects are biological pests that can invade your garden and wreak havoc on your plants. They feed off of the decaying organic matter at the bottom of your potting soil. They tend to swarm around your indoor plants and can be a real nuisance. But don't worry, there are ways to get rid of them. In this blog post How To Get Rid of Fungus Gnats, we'll discuss some of the best tips and tricks that will help you say goodbye to those black flies for good!
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Hydroponic Gardening in Small Spaces
Hydroponic Gardening in Small Spaces
 
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Hydroponic Gardening in Small Spaces

Below are just a few tips on hydroponic gardening:

  • Keep your hydroponic water clean and make sure you are using adequate nutrients. 
  • Grow your plants indoors near a south-facing window. Ensure that the plants receive at least six hours of sunlight per day. If you do not have a window that provides sufficient sunlight, then consider using a grow lamp. 
  • Check the water pH. Ideally, it should hover around 5.8 to 6.2.
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The Ultimate Fertilizing Secret Every Homeowner MUST Know Of (The Humboldts Secret Nutrient Starter Kit)
The Ultimate Fertilizing Secret Every Homeowner MUST Know Of (The Humboldts Secret Nutrient Starter Kit)
 
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The Ultimate Fertilizing Secret Every Homeowner MUST Know Of (The Humboldts Secret Nutrient Starter Kit)

Introduction

Growing plants is one of the healthiest, satisfying, and rewarding hobbies a person could have. Connecting with nature, spending hours in your garden weeding, watering, raking, harvesting, or just looking at the spring blooms is a fulfilling experience only gardeners can relate to. Outdoor gardening isn’t the only way to connect with plants. Gardening is a multi-faceted area, encompassing indoor gardening and hydroponics among others.

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Top Hydroponic Systems
Top Hydroponic Systems
 
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Top Hydroponic Systems

The hydroponic wick system is remarkably basic and simple. In fact, the system has been used for thousands of years to cultivate plants. 

With the wick system, nutrients and water are transported directly to the plant’s root system using a simple wick such as a piece of felt or rope. You suspend the plant’s agave the grow medium. Under the grow medium is a water reservoir filled with nutrients. One end of the wick is placed in the reservoir and the other within the growing media. The wick effectively transports water and nutrients slowly to the plant’s roots via a natural wicking system. 

Known as ‘passive hydroponics,’ a wicking system requires no expensive air or water pumps. It is low cost and easy to maintain.

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Hydroponics vs Traditional Farming Practices
Hydroponics vs Traditional Farming Practices
 
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Hydroponics vs Traditional Farming Practices

Hydroponics uses approximately 99 percent less water than traditional farming practices. The water and nutrients are delivered directly to the plant’s root systems and then recycled, unlike soil gardening where the water disappears due to runoff, evaporation. Hydroponics is an effective option in areas experiencing severe drought. 

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Top Benefits of Hydroponics 
Top Benefits of Hydroponics 
 
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Top Benefits of Hydroponics 

One of the best things about hydroponic gardening is that it requires truly little space. You can even create a tiny hydroponic garden in your kitchen for fresh herbs and tasty veggies when you need them the most. 

The main reason why hydroponics requires less space is that the roots do not need to spread out through the soil in search of nutrients and moisture.

Instead, everything the plant needs for growth is delivered directly to the roots either in a constant flow or intermittently. The plant’s roots assume less space so you can garden in a smaller area. 

When you combine hydroponics with vertical stacking methods, the area needed for cultivation is reduced even further. You can easily combine hydroponics with vertical farming technologies which can use 99 percent less land than standard farming.

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Hydroponics vs. Soil:  Which is Better?
Hydroponics vs. Soil:  Which is Better?
 
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Hydroponics vs. Soil:  Which is Better?

Farming hydroponically uses water and liquid nutrients to meet the plant’s needs instead of soil. Basically, it does not matter if plants are grown in water or soil, as long as they receive the nutrients they need. 

With hydroponics, a plant’s roots are exposed to water and nutrients either via full submersion or partial submersion. In some situations, the moisture mixture is sprayed directly on the plant’s roots at timed intervals. 

Plants grown hydroponically are grown indoors, usually under grow lights. Vertical farms, which are wonderfully space-saving, are extremely popular for hydroponics. 

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Essential Components of a Deep-Water Hydroponic System
Essential Components of a Deep-Water Hydroponic System
 
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Essential Components of a Deep-Water Hydroponic System

Deep water culture is affordable and can even be built as an easy and rewarding  DIY project. You simply need a container that holds water such as a plastic storage bin or five-gallon bucket.

Think about what you plan on growing when picking the container size. A tomato plant grown hydroponically can be grown in a large five-gallon bucket but if you want to grow several heads of lettuce then you’ll need a wider container to accommodate the plant. 

Fill the container with water and nutrients. 

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Hydroponic FAQ: Learn the Basics
Hydroponic FAQ: Learn the Basics
 
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Hydroponic FAQ: Learn the Basics

How does a hydroponic system work?

Hydroponic systems are completely self-contained and remarkably simple. You can enjoy a tabletop hydroponic garden in your kitchen or opt to undertake a huge commercial hydroponic greenhouse project. Either way, all hydroponic systems share the same basics:

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Care of the Norfolk Pine
Care of the Norfolk Pine
 
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Care of the Norfolk Pine

You’ll want to pick a planting location outdoors that is in full sun. The tree prefers moderately moist and porous sandy soil. When planting add peat moss to the soil to help improve its porosity and increase acidity, if needed. Keep the soil moist but not overly waterlogged until the plant establishes itself. 

Light 

As mentioned, the Norfolk pine prefers full sun, but it can withstand dimmer conditions. If you live in a location that suffers from cold winters, then you can keep the Norfolk indoors in a sunny location and then move the potted plant outdoors during the summer months. 

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How to Grow Poinsettias Year Round
How to Grow Poinsettias Year Round
 
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How to Grow Poinsettias Year Round

Many people mistakenly believe that poinsettias are only available in red but the plants actually boast a great deal of color bracket variation. The brackets can range from pink to white, orange, or green, with red being the most common hue. 

Growing Poinsettias

One of the things that make poinsettias so appealing is that they are remarkably easy to grow as an indoor houseplant. 

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Winter Garden Protection 
Winter Garden Protection 
 
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Winter Garden Protection 
You might mistakenly believe that you do not have to water plants during the winter because they are dormant. However, there are actually many reasons to continue irrigating, even in the winter months. During the cold, dry winter, evergreens, and shrubs often lose a great deal of water, especially if it’s windy. Plants often need supplement watering at least once per month in the winter to help keep the soil moist.
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How to Grow Amaryllis  
How to Grow Amaryllis  
 
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How to Grow Amaryllis  
For many families, growing an amaryllis every day for the holidays is a tradition. Usually, shortly before Thanksgiving, stores will start to sell amaryllis kits and bulbs to grow in time for Christmas. The tropical flowering plant produces large trumpet-like flowers that have become synonymous with the season. The plants are easy to grow and often given as gifts for young and old alike. 
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Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden 
Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden 
 
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Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden 
Plant chrysanthemums in the early spring when all danger of freezing weather has passed. You’ll notice that in the fall months, garden centers offer a wide assortment of dazzling mums in full bloom but when you plant the chrysanthemums so late in the season, you risk the plants not becoming fully established before the cold weather hits. 
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Companion Plant Choices
Companion Plant Choices
 
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Companion Plant Choices
Many people are surprised to learn that certain plants truly complement each other in the garden and actually work together to help one another survive. Many plants form a symbiotic relationship supplying nutrients, shelter, support, and repelling harmful insects so that both plants varieties can better survive and meet the challenges of growth.
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Growing Winter Vegetables 
Growing Winter Vegetables 
 
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Growing Winter Vegetables 
Some vegetables will continue to grow well when the mercury starts to fall, especially in regions where the winters are mild. The sudden shift in temperature seems to bring out the veggies’ delectable flavors so you can enjoy them with your holiday feasts. You simply need to learn which winter vegetables grow best in your region and then start them in time for a winter harvest.
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Planting Fall Bulbs
Planting Fall Bulbs
 
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Planting Fall Bulbs

Tulips, crocus, daffodils, scilla, snowdrops, hyacinths, and grape hyacinths are just a few bulbs that you should plant in the autumn for spring flowers. They are easy to grow and ideal for beginners. 

Planting fall bulbs is a necessity because the bulbs require a cooling period before they bloom in the spring. The wintry weather sparks a unique biochemical reaction in the bulbs that causes them to flower. It is especially important to plant fall bulbs before the ground freezes. 

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Top Tips for October Gardening
Top Tips for October Gardening
 
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Top Tips for October Gardening

If you are lucky enough to live in USDA plant hardiness zone eight, then October is not the end of gardening opportunities but just the beginning. It’s time to consider planting a bevy of veggies for a robust winter harvest. If you have a cold frame, prepare the area for the new seedlings or seeds. 

Known as ‘cold season’ vegetables, the following plants thrive even if the temperature dips to 10-15 degrees F. (-12/-9 C). The cooler temperatures help contribute to the flavor and growth because the heat and humidity of summer have waned. 

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Why Should You NOT Prune Your Garden in the Fall? 
Why Should You NOT Prune Your Garden in the Fall? 
 
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Why Should You NOT Prune Your Garden in the Fall? 

Why is Fall a Bad Time to Prune? 

When you prune a tree or shrub, the fresh wounds send a message to the plant to stimulate new growth. However, in the fall you want trees to go dormant and not develop new growth.  New growth on a tree or shrub is delicate and highly susceptible to freezing. The first frost of winter will kill the new growth and traumatize the plant so severely that it might die. 

Any time you prune on a worm day, sap rises upward so help heal the pruning wound. If the temperature drops to freezing, then the sap will freeze and damage the cells of the plant severe.

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The Basics of Worm Composting 
The Basics of Worm Composting 
 
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The Basics of Worm Composting 

Worms naturally break down organic materials and return them to the oil. However, you can have a worm bin in your backyard, patio, or kitchen to regularly harvest the compost. The worm bin mimics the natural environment. You can purchase vermiculture bins online and from a variety of garden supply storms. The bins come in various sizes and shapes. 

A five-to-10-gallon worm box is ideal for most households. The box is devices so that it is rather shallow because the worms prefer dwelling in the top layers (only about six inches deep). Worm bins are made from glass, plastic, or wood. Some people even fashion worm boxes from old aquariums or plastic containers instead of purchasing a commercial worm bin. 

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Top Fall Landscaping Ideas 
Top Fall Landscaping Ideas 
 
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Top Fall Landscaping Ideas 

Autumn is the time of year when color comes alive. The trees and shrubs start to boast brilliant hues of burgundy, orange, yellow, and rust. To complement the changing season, you’ll want to add your own splashes of color to the landscape. 

Consider planting the following flowers to spruce up your landscape and provide seasonal cheer:

  • Black-Eyed Susan’s
  • Aster
  • Kale
  • Cabbages
  • Mums
  • Pansies
  • Violas
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Fall Garden Planting Guide 
Fall Garden Planting Guide 
 
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Fall Garden Planting Guide 

Planting in the Fall

Yes, you can still plant new plants in the garden during the fall. It’s a great time to buy because most garden centers offer cheaper prices to move their garden stock before winter. However, you’ll need to choose wisely when picking plants. Consider your area’s winters. If you live in a place with harsh weather, then you’ll want to pick hardy varieties such as Oriental poppies or peonies which will withstand sudden temperature swings even if they are not fully established in the garden when the cold strikes. 

Fall is a great time to plant evergreen, and deciduous trees and shrubs. Japanese maples, cut leaf weepers, weeping cherries, hardy boxwood, and Sargent crabapples are all ideal choices for areas that suffer cold winters. You can even plant birds’ nest spruce or Hinoki cypress in containers for the patio. 

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Growing Tomatoes: Training, Pruning, and Fertilizing 
Growing Tomatoes: Training, Pruning, and Fertilizing 
 
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Growing Tomatoes: Training, Pruning, and Fertilizing 

Tomatoes have the reputation of being heavy feeders, which means they enjoy having access to ample nutrients to thrive. 

When you first plant young tomato transplants into the soil, give them a chance to adjust before you start a fertilizer routine. Wait for three or four weeks before the first application of the fertilizer. For optimum success pick a liquid nutrient solution to meet the plant foliar and root needs. Follow the directions on the nutrient’s label for application instructions. 

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Grow the Flowers of Your Dreams with Correct Nutrients 
Grow the Flowers of Your Dreams with Correct Nutrients 
 
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Grow the Flowers of Your Dreams with Correct Nutrients 

Flower Nutrient Basics: A Juggling Act

Plants require the correct combination of nutrients and minerals to bloom. In some regions, your soil might have almost all of what your plants need but lack just one or two elements to create truly outstanding bloom success.

Some plants might achieve ample green vegetation but never bloom because there is too much nitrogen in the soil. The high amount impedes the plant’s ability to make flower buds. Yes, nitrogen is necessary for your plant’s chlorophyll production, but your plant also needs potassium and phosphorus to balance things out and create bud and flower formation. It all becomes a juggling act. 

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Hydroponic Grow Systems for Water and Nutrient Uptake 
Hydroponic Grow Systems for Water and Nutrient Uptake 
 
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Hydroponic Grow Systems for Water and Nutrient Uptake 

Hydroponics Grow Systems for Areas of Drought 

With much of the globe facing water shortages and unprecedented heat waves, meeting the irrigation needs of food crops has become difficult in many regions. A stressed plant will simply not produce a bountiful harvest because it wastes its energy on other processes. 

A hydroponic system provides ample water and nutrients to your plants so they can flourish even under stressful conditions such as low humidity or excessive temperatures. 

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August Garden Chores
August Garden Chores
 
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August Garden Chores

Preparing for Autumn

August is the perfect month to start preparing for the fall.

You should:

  1. Tidy up the garden so that the fall clean-up is quicker and easier. 
  2. Take the time to check your garden for worms and borers in plants such as broccoli, cabbages, and cauliflower.
  3. Treat for grumps in your lawn to prevent future problems.
  4. Prune away diseased, dying, and dead stems on perennials, trees, and shrubs - especially on azaleas and rhododendrons 
  5. Remove any dead or yellow leaves
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Water Conservation and Hydroponics
Water Conservation and Hydroponics
 
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Water Conservation and Hydroponics

Growing with sustainable hydroponics is a great way to conserve water and you can even garden hydroponically indoors! 

Garden Hydroponically to Conserve Water

In areas of severe drought, you can no longer hope for rainfall to water your garden. However, hydroponic gardening is a great way to cultivate a garden (often indoors or in limited space areas) while using truly little water.

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Hydroponics for Houseplants
Hydroponics for Houseplants
 
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Hydroponics for Houseplants

One of the leading causes of houseplant death is overwatering. The wet, soggy soil leads to rot and fungal infections. However, a houseplant’s roots can thrive when fully submerged in water, so you do not have to worry about killing your plants with too much water as you do when they are growing in soil.

Another perk about growing houseplants hydroponically is that they truly do grow faster and look amazing. Most develop outstanding foliage which looks very eye-catching in your home.  

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Attracting Birds to Your Garden
Attracting Birds to Your Garden
 
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Attracting Birds to Your Garden

One of the best ways you can attract birds to the garden is to grow the plants they love.  Here are a few top choices:

  • Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.): Coneflowers produce beautiful blooms that attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators. The plant creates seeds that are favored by a variety of birds such as goldfinches. 
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.): Sunflowers are cheerful and robust. They are adored by birds who use the fat-rich needs as a valued food source. Best of all, they are easy to grow. 
  • Milkweed (Asclepias spp.):Milkweed is the food of choice for monarch butterfly caterpillars. The plant attracts insects which serve as a valuable food source for birds too. Many birds also use the downy part of the seeds as nest lining. 
  • Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens):This vining honeysuckle produces an abundance of red tubular flowers that hummingbirds adore. The vines also attract Purple Finches, Orioles and Thrushes. 
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Gardening Vertically to Save Space 
Gardening Vertically to Save Space 
 
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Gardening Vertically to Save Space 

Benefits of Vertical Gardening 

Vertical gardening looks fantastic. It creates a wall of lush greenery. In addition, you have ample access to the plants for cultivation care. However, there are other benefits to vertical gardening. Let’s look at why you should consider vertical gardening:

Saves Space

Yes, vertical gardening saves space. You can grow vining plants with vertical supports instead of letting the vines sprawl across the ground.

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Planting During the Summer Months for a Fall Harvest
Planting During the Summer Months for a Fall Harvest
 
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Planting During the Summer Months for a Fall Harvest

Best Time to Sow Fall Crops

When determining the best time to sow fall crops, remember that you'll want to add three weeks to the length of time it takes the plant to reach maturity, which is always printed on the seed pack label. Most seed maturity dates are figured based on spring and summer sunlight. However, as autumn approaches, the days grow shorter, so it will take longer for the seedlings to grow without as much sunlight. However, cool-season plants do grow during the night, even when the temperature turns chilly. 

Plant cabbage and broccoli seedlings at least eight weeks before the first projected fall frost. Keep their roots moist during the late summer heat to encourage good root growth before fall and the inevitable growth slow down. 

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How to Keep Crops Cool During Hot Weather
How to Keep Crops Cool During Hot Weather
 
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How to Keep Crops Cool During Hot Weather

Shading devices are another option to cool plants in a summertime heatwave. You can run snow fencing, or you can use pre-assembled sections of picket fence along the south or west side of plants to provide them with shade during the height of the afternoon. 

The use of lightweight cloth to create shade covers also works well to keep plants cool. You can buy shade material at most garden supply retailers or online.

Use old sheets to make our garden shade covers. Position them so they are several inches above the plants and can successfully start retaining heat. The old screen also makes a great shade cover.

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Tips on Watering Your Garden This Summer
Tips on Watering Your Garden This Summer
 
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Tips on Watering Your Garden This Summer
Knowing how to water your landscape is essential. Remember, water of little value to the plant if it simply runs off the soil and away from the root system. Water runoff can happen if you apply too much water at once. Ideally, long, slow, and deep watering is the best way to soak the plant's root zone. The soil should become moist to a depth of six to 12 inches. 
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Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
 
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Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically

Who doesn’t enjoy a crisp green salad or a few leaves of lettuce on their sandwich? The leafy green is bursting with flavor and highly nutritious. In addition, it is a straightforward plant to grow hydroponically because it has a shallow root system and requires no support to guide the plant’s growth. Lettuce grows well in any hydroponic system, and all you have to do is regularly change the nutrient solution to promote robust growth.  

Typically it takes only 30 days from seed to harvest. Maintain a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 for best growth results. You’ll want to stagger the plants, so you have a continuous supply of the leafy greens. Try Bibb, Romaine, Boston, Buttercrunch, and Iceberg. 

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May Gardening: Time to Plant 
May Gardening: Time to Plant 
 
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May Gardening: Time to Plant 

Chores are an enjoyable part of gardening because your hard work clearly pays off. May is the perfect time to buckle down and take care of much needed garden tasks. 

  • Start Weeding: The April showers do more than bring May flowers. They also bring weeds. If you keep up on weeding in May then you won't’ be overran in June. It's easier to battle weeds in the early months when they are tiny then when they start to establish themselves with a deep root system. 
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How to Grow Impatiens
How to Grow Impatiens
 
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  Don’t let size fool you, the diminutive impatiens brings a great deal of beauty and grace to any garden. The shade loving annual is easy to take ...
How to Grow Impatiens
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6 Annual Plants for a Shady Location
6 Annual Plants for a Shady Location
 
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6 Annual Plants for a Shady Location
When you visit your garden center you might be overlooking annuals because they don’t come back year after year. It may feel like you don’t get much bang for our buck when they perish during the first hard frost. However, if you have a shady location in your yard then annuals might be your perfect salvation.
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Planting a Lavender Hedge
Planting a Lavender Hedge
 
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Planting a Lavender Hedge
Lavender plants require full sun to flourish. Ideally, they should receive at least 12 hours of sun per day. The plants are not overly picky about soil. They grow well in either poor or rich soil. The robust plants prefer a soil pH of 6.4 to 8.3. Test your soil prior to planting and if it is too acidic or alkaline then be sure to supplement as needed to attain an acceptable pH range. 
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How to Create A Butterfly Garden
How to Create A Butterfly Garden
 
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How to Create A Butterfly Garden

Make your yard a mecca for the fluttering insects during all stages of life, from caterpillar to butterfly. Butterflies have basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and shade. 

Choosing a Location

Pick a partially sunny location in your yard. Ideally, it should have some shelter from the wind. A spot with a few trees and shrubs is ideal because butterflies roost at night so they like a secluded spot where they feel safe. Also, having ample foliage in the butterfly garden provides much-needed shade during the sweltering hot afternoons. 

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Bring Purple Perennials to the Garden
Bring Purple Perennials to the Garden
 
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Bring Purple Perennials to the Garden

Top Purple Perennials for the Garden

With the arrival of spring, most gardeners are chomping at the bit in anticipation of planting new and interesting perennials in the garden. The following five purple flowers are an ideal addition to any garden. They are easy to care for and exceptionally hardy in a wide range of USDA plant hardiness zones. 

  1. Alliums

A member of the onion family the allium might not smell great, but it makes up for the odor problem by producing outstanding purple globe-shaped flowers. They grow well in USDA zones 3 to 4 and require minimal care once established. A bed of alliums can last for years before they need dividing. 

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Spring Garden Preparations 
Spring Garden Preparations 
 
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Spring Garden Preparations 

Carrying Out Spring Inspections

It’s time to carry out a spring inspection of the yard. Grab a notepad and pencil so you can make notations. 

  • Inspect garden plants for damage from snow, cold, or ice.
  • Note all the beds that need cleaned out and if they require additional mulch.
  • Peruse over the garden’s hardscaping such as sheds, trellises, walkways, fences, and more to make sure that nothing has cracked, shifted, or fallen into disarray.
  • Check for evidence of animal burrows which can wreak havoc on your garden. 
  • Look over any plants, shrubs, or trees that will require spring pruning. 
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