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DIY Seed Pots from Common Household Items

By Fredrica Syren: I like to plant my seeds in recycled household items instead of store bought plastic trays and soil blocks or even pots. Instead of wasting money and creating more trash, I suggest inventing your own seeds pots. It’s easy. Growing plants from your own seeds puts all …

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Choosing Plants & Feeders to Help the Pollinators

By Larraine Roulston: Finally, there is global recognition that we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate. This includes not only the pollinating hummingbirds, bees and butterflies but also the thousands of other pollinating insects and animals. Gardens of all sizes, whether each be a wildflower meadow or a planter with a few …

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The Benefits of Creating Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Nourishment for your plants is enhanced by applying mature compost in the form of compost tea, also known as liquid gold. Finished compost, also known as black gold, not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers. …

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The Art of Creating Good Gardening Soil

By Larraine Roulston: April celebrates National Garden Month. In order to have plants thrive in a  successful vegetable garden, healthy soil is key. The blog organic gardeningexplains that we should ”feed the soil, not the plant” to create a natural soil without the use of synthetic fertilizers, andoutlines methods to do so.  Kids …

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Celebrating International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: Help compost councils celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11. The ICAW was createdin Canada in1995, while the UK Composting Association and the U.S. Composting Council were established in 2001. Although composting is promoted year-round, the strength of their message during ICAW is enhanced through their designated annual week …

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Starting Seeds Indoors

By Larraine Roulston: Those of us fortunate enough to have a residential garden, balcony space or a plot in a community vegetable/flower garden can reward themselves with some homegrown vegetables. You’ll find that getting an early start by planting a few seeds indoors will be more economical than buying transplants. Vegetables …

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5 Landscaping Tips for Large Spaces

By Kerry Brooks: Perhaps the most blissful feeling in life is having a house you can call your own. But having a large yard for landscaping is a luxury! Take note, however, that just because you have the frill of a spacious yard, you can’t simply implement every idea your …

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf

By Kim Robson: For those of us who live in drought-prone areas, having a lush, green lawn is not only a ridiculous luxury, but it comes with a host of requirements including regular mowing, fertilizing, weed-killing, and tons and tons of water. You can opt for a xeriscapeor an edible …

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Leave the Leaves Alone

By Kim Robson: This is the time of year when autumn leaves are falling in droves, and many of us are toiling (or hiring neighborhood kids) to rake and bag piles of leaves. Most municipalities don’t allow the burning of leaves anymore due to environmental and safety concerns, so all …

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