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Container Gardens

How to Make a Light Post Planter for Your Yard

Light post planters are expensive, but these resourceful gardeners came up with a clever idea for building their own. This is an easy DIY project that you can do at home with only a handful of tools. Read on to find out how.

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How to Make a Cold Frame to Grow Vegetables or Flowers

Cold frames are an easy and economical way to get a head start on your spring vegetable or flower garden. Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to build and use cold frames to grow and protect your plants.

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Garden Myth: Gravel in Pots and Containers

“I’ve always been told to put a layer of gravel in the bottom of a flower pot before planting. Is this really necessary?”

This common belief about gravel is actually a myth. In fact, putting gravel in pots can do more harm than good. Read on to find out more.

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How to Harvest and Use Fresh Basil from Your Garden

If you planted basil in your garden and all has gone according to plan, by midsummer you’ll have lots of fresh basil luring you in with its minty aroma and threatening to go to seed any minute. Read on for some tips on how to harvest, use, and preserve fresh basil from your garden.

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How To Grow Basil

Basil is one of the easiest and most satisfying herbs to grow, for both beginning and experienced gardeners alike. Here’s what you need to know to grow basil successfully in your garden or container.

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Tall and Spindly Tomato Seedlings

David asks, β€œI start my tomato seeds indoors, with fluorescent grow lights. Every year, the seedlings grow tall and spindly. What should I do?”

The main reason for tall, spindly seedlings is a lack of light. Here are some tips for increasing light and correctly transplanting your seedlings.

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How to Get an Early Start on Your Spring Garden

If you just can’t wait until the chance of freezing weather has passed before planting your spring vegetable garden, then read on to find out the secrets of how to give your plants a head start in the garden this spring.

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How to Top-Dress Houseplants

As I inspect and repot my houseplants in early spring, I often find plants that seem to fall β€œin the middle,” not quite needing repotting but still wanting some attention. In cases like this, top-dressing is a great alternative to repotting, and it’s quite easy. Here’s how.

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