How to Grow Flowering Kalanchoe

Flowering kalanchoes are staples of the holiday and florist trade. If you received a kalanchoe as a gift this year, or couldn’t resist the bright midwinter colors, here are some tips for keeping your plant healthy and blooming for years to come.

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Brighten Up Your Winter Garden with Pansies

When the winter landscape begins to paint its browns and grays, don’t forget to tuck in some pansies for a burst of cool-season color. Pansies, along with their viola cousins, pop up their cheery little faces in late fall and early spring to spruce up hibernating gardens. Read on to find out how to grow pansies in your garden.

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Broadleaf evergreens can dry out in winter

How to Protect Trees and Shrubs from Cold Weather with Anti-Desiccants

The main cause of winter damage to trees and shrubs is through dessication, or drying out. Anti-desiccants are products that can be applied to evergreen trees and shrubs to help hold in moisture through the winter. Read on to find out what you need to know about using anti-desiccants in your garden.

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Saved by the Scrap Wood Workbench

After being repeatedly frustrated from a lack of a decent place to work on DIY project, we built a simple, homemade, scrap wood workbench that has made life much easier around our house. It provides a place to work with good light and eye-level access, which can make any problem more solvable. Read on to find out more.

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Reflections Underfoot

This past week, I encountered a Christmas Miracle – geese walking on water! Actually, it wasn’t a true miracle, but it was one of those one-in-a-million moments that let you know that Nature really has an eye for art. I hope your holidays are full of similar images to bring a spoonful of serenity into your stocking! Read on to find out more.

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Steps with snow and ice on them

How to Use Deicers and Anti-Icers on Sidewalks and Driveways

When freezing weather hits, sidewalks and driveways can become dangerously slick. Deicers and anti-icers are chemicals that help to break or prevent a bond between the ice and concrete. Read on to find tips for how to use deicers and anti-icers effectively this winter.

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Bed in home

What to Do When the Bed Bugs Bite!

After decades on the run, bed bugs have recently resurfaced with gusto! It’s believed that increased travel and a general lack of awareness have resulted in a resurgence of bed bugs in homes and hotels. Read on to find out what you need to know to identify, eliminate, and prevent bed bug infestations in your home.

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Seed head ripening on crape myrtle

How to Grow Crape Myrtles from Seed

After crape myrtles bloom in the summer, they form lovely seed heads that last through the fall. The pods can be left for overwintering birds, or you can collect the seeds for growing in the spring. Crape myrtles are easy to grow from seed. Read on to find out how.

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