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  1. Build a bug hotel to help native pollinators

    Build a bug hotel to help native pollinators

    Build a bug hotel to help native pollinators
    Most gardeners have heard that honeybees are in trouble. Gardeners are planting lot of pollinator plants in hopes of helping them, which is great. Native bees are also struggling, and many are much better pollinators than the non-native European honeybee. Here’s an easy project for gardeners of all ages and a great one for kids that will teach them about...
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  2. Windowsill herbs make the winter go by quicker

    Windowsill herbs make the winter go by quicker

    Windowsill herbs make the winter go by quicker
    As winter drags on, here’s a great project to keep gardeners going during the cold months. There’s a lot of fun to be had planting herbs in a container on the windowsill. They will thrive there, can be put out in the garden when things warm up and can be returned for the winter when the cold arrives. It's easy...
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  3. Sprouting seeds provides tasty, nutritious treats

    Sprouting seeds provides tasty, nutritious treats

    Sprouting seeds provides tasty, nutritious treats
    Just about every gardening catalog is now offering seeds not just for planting, but specifically for sprouting and eating. These seeds have been tested differently than seeds that are planted to assure they are safe to eat. Many seed sprouters prefer organic sprouting seeds. These sprouts provide 10 to 20 times more nutrients than the grown plant. There are two...
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  4. Moles and voles can be evicted safely from the garden and yard

    Moles and voles can be evicted safely from the garden and yard

    Moles and voles can be evicted safely from the garden and yard
    Often times when the snow melts, it reveals the signs of mole and voles damage. First off, let's talk about the difference between the two. Moles are actually good for the garden. They aerate the soil, eat grubs and leave a little fertilizer behind. If they’ve made their tunnels through the lawn though, and you can’t stand them, there’s an...
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  5. Amaryllis bulbs help gardeners get through the winter

    Amaryllis bulbs help gardeners get through the winter

    Amaryllis bulbs help gardeners get through the winter
    Amaryllis bulbs are one of the plants that gets gardeners through the winter. Amaryllis 'Double King' puts on quite a show. Amaryllis bulbs are a popular gift for the holidays, but can be grown any time of the year. They have everything they need to bloom and can be kept as houseplants to enjoy the flowers annually for many years...
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  6. Microgreens on the windowsill are fun and easy to grow

    Microgreens on the windowsill are fun and easy to grow

    Microgreens on the windowsill are fun and easy to grow
    Seedlings of mixed radishes sprout on the windowsill in the Microgreen Grower. I’ve had so much fun this winter enjoying these fast growing fresh sprouts. It’s a fun project for any gardener and great for kids too. The Microgreen Grower makes windowsill planting fun and easy. The Microgreen Grower has everything needed to start and grow these diminutive plants. A...
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  7. Don't send leaves to the curb, turn them into compost

    Don't send leaves to the curb, turn them into compost

    Don't send leaves to the curb, turn them into compost
    Living on four acres in an oak forest is both a blessing and a curse. The worst part is when the fall leaves start dropping from the trees. There are two places that they need to be removed from: the long driveway and the back patio. They are slippery when wet, so it's imperative they are blown off the surface...
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  8. Houseplants clean the air and are fun to grow

    Houseplants clean the air and are fun to grow

    Houseplants clean the air and are fun to grow
    Houseplants keep me sane in the winter.  Most houseplants are bulletproof and will happily grow all winter on the windowsill. There are some things you can do now to keep them looking their best. Look carefully at the leaves. If there is yellow or brown foliage, remove it. Any part of a plant that’s looking worse for wear should be...
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  9. Plant paperwhites to bridge the gap until the spring

    Plant paperwhites to bridge the gap until the spring

    Plant paperwhites to bridge the gap until the spring
    As the planting season fades away, it's time to turn inside to keep gardening. Paperwhites are easy-to-find bulbs at any good nursery or garden center. They cost about one dollar apiece and are easy to grow. They are tender daffodils with pure white, fragrant blooms. The paperwhites have everything they need stored away and just need some planting mix, wet...
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  10. Floating row cover will extend the season in the veggie garden

    Floating row cover will extend the season in the veggie garden

    Floating row cover will extend the season in the veggie garden
    While most people are putting their gardens to bed, I'm just starting some planting of cool weather crops. It might be my favorite time of the year to put plants in the ground. Lettuce, endive, kale, Swiss chard, leeks and more can all be planted right now and found at local nurseries. Floating row covers act like a greenhouse to...
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