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  1. Watering the right way will make plants happy

    Watering the right way will make plants happy

    Watering the right way will make plants happy
    Most plants only need one inch of water a week. How do you tell how much rain has fallen? The local TV weatherman can tell us how much fell at the airport, but not always where we live. Every gardener should have a rain gauge, as it tells you exactly how much rain your garden has received. The EZ Read...
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  2. How to prevent rabbits from destroying your garden

    How to prevent rabbits from destroying your garden

    How to prevent rabbits from destroying your garden
    As I walked into the garden, the lettuce seedlings were gone and something had actually climbed up on a container and chomped on colorful Swiss chard. Close inspection of the chard showed they were cut at a 45 degree angle, the telltale sign if was rabbits, not deer or groundhogs, causing the problem. Rabbits always seem to find a way...
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  3. How to deal with slugs in the garden

    How to deal with slugs in the garden

    How to deal with slugs in the garden
    Slugs are a problem in the garden, especially when it's rainy. From hostas to roses, and from beans to tomatoes, the little slimy pests love to wreak havoc on your plants. Here are some natural ways to deal with them: • • • Baits Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster recommends using Sluggo to battle the garden pests. The active ingredient...
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  4. Houseplants 101, how to make them thrive

    Houseplants 101, how to make them thrive

    Houseplants 101, how to make them thrive
    Indoor plants have been chosen for their toughness and ability to grow in low light conditions. Over the centuries they have found their way into our homes as houseplants. They are most often killed with kindness with too much water and fertilizer. Almost all houseplants prefer dry conditions, the reason they were picked to grow in our houses is that...
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  5. How to deal with Deer, rabbits and groundhogs in the garden

    How to deal with Deer, rabbits and groundhogs in the garden

    How to deal with Deer, rabbits and groundhogs in the garden
    There’s nothing more disappointing than walking into the garden and seeing treasured plants eaten, pulled out or trampled by deer or some other marauder. Deer can be a serious problem for gardeners. Photos by Doug Oster It’s usually one of three culprits- deer, rabbits or groundhogs. All three can be destructive, but lets start with the groundhog, which can be...
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  6. Here's how to test if your old vegetable seeds will grow

    Here's how to test if your old vegetable seeds will grow

    Here's how to test if your old vegetable seeds will grow
    If you're like most gardeners, you probably buy way more seeds than you could possibly ever plant at home. So how do you find out if that old envelope of pea seeds (or anything else) is still viable? In the video below, Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster explains the process: Some seeds could be good for a relatively short time...
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  7. Starting tomatoes from seed is easy, saves money and offers endless varieties

    Starting tomatoes from seed is easy, saves money and offers endless varieties

    Starting tomatoes from seed is easy, saves money and offers endless varieties
    Growing lots of different tomatoes is a great way to beat fungal diseases as each variety deals with diseases differently. It's also a good idea to stagger plantings. Some plants are put in early in the season and others a little later. Everyone knows that nothing compares to homegrown tomatoes. It’s fine to start with transplants bought from a...
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  8. Composting 101, compost gives you a green thumb

    Composting 101, compost gives you a green thumb

    Composting 101, compost gives you a green thumb
    There are lots of ways to make compost. This is a three bin system. I’ve been composting since the early 1980s. It’s the best way to recycle because homeowners get the direct benefit of what’s nicknamed black gold. Material from the kitchen and the garden will rot down into compost, which is a wonderful thing. Plants are happy when...
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  9. Bulb planting 101.

    Bulb planting 101.

    Bulb planting 101.
    Planting bulbs in the fall is an essential garden tradition for me and it should be for you too. There’s no instant gratification, but the thought of nestling these bulbs into the ground at the end of the season and waiting all winter for them to present their colorful spring tapestry is irresistible. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus are the...
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