Around the Yard

Around the Yard

Watch our lawn and garden videos to find out how to improve the look of your yard.


Tomato Wagon

A child’s wagon makes an easy-to move base for off-season tomatoes. Two tomato plants in separate 10-gallon containers can easily fit in such a wagon. Let the plants grow outdoors as long as the warm weather lasts; as temperatures begin to fall, wheel the plants indoors overnight and back outdoors during the day.

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How to Conduct a Soil Test

If your lawn or garden isn’t developing like you want it to, the problem may be as elemental as the soil itself. A soil test is the answer. Some do-it-yourself tests are available at nurseries and home centers but for a really thorough test you may want to take a sample to your county extension agent.

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Why You Should Shred Your Leaves

Turn leaves into fuel for next year’s garden by shredding them before you compost them. Shredding one leaf into five or ten smaller pieces does several good things. First, it increases the surface area, giving microbes many more places to work.

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Plant Drainage Prevention

Drainage is crucial to the health of container plants. That’s why most pots are made with drain holes in the bottom. Unfortunately this also allows the potting soil to escape. Here’s a simple tip to prevent that.

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Tips for Planting in Pots and Containers

Watch this video to find out how to keep soil from filtering out through the drainage holes in the bottom of pots, and the proper planting technique to use when planting in pots or other containers.

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