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Gardening Basics

How to Harvest Seeds for Your Garden

The best way to collect seeds is to leave them on the plants to dry out or cut off the stems with the seeds still on the flower or pod. Tie a brown paper bag around the stem and hang them upside down. Be sure not to use a plastic bag as it can retain moisture and cause the seeds to rot.

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Importance of Keeping Garden Tools Clean

Maintaining garden tools is important to prevent rust and stop the spread of disease from one plant to another. Watch this video to find out how to clean gardening tools.

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How to Plant a Bare Root Tree

Watch this video to find out how to plant a bare root tree in your yard.

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Recycling Pots

If you’re about to recycle your old plant containers here’s a tip to keep in mind. Diseases and fungus can be transmitted from one plant to another through contaminated pots, so before you reuse a pot sanitize it.

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Create a Bush from a Blunder

Accidentally rip a branch off your favorite bush? If it came off with a tiny bit of the main branch, you can use it to start a new shrub. Trim the bark “heel” down a bit and remove any leaves from the bottom half of the shoot. Dip the tip in rooting hormones, and pant it in a sterile mix of sand and peat moss.

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Erosion Control

If your home has a steep sloping lot, you know how difficult landscaping can be. Terraces and retaining walls offer help but they can be expensive. The best solution is to have plants growing in the ground to hold soil.

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Using panty hose filled with soil to anchor plants on a hill

Planting Groundcover

Shady, hilly areas are great for groundcover plants because they hold and protect the soil without the benefit of lots of sun. Plants like adjuga and jasmine are ideal, but the important thing is to space them properly. Watch this video to find out more.

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Deadheading Flowers

Deadheading flowers is the process of removing faded or dead flower blooms from plants. In many plants removing these blooms promotes new flower growth by preventing the plant from putting its energy into seed production. Watch this video to find out more.

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