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4 Stunning Ideas to Spruce Up Your Winter Garden

Who says you have to stop gardening when winter arrives? My family enjoys gardening all year long. By incorporating winter-friendly plants into the garden, my landscape stays equally as lush and beautiful from season to season. If you don’t think

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Common Garden Myths That Have Fooled Us All

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Many gardening tips and tricks are passed down from generation to generation. Much of what I know about gardening was taught to me by my grandfather. Along with advice on how to choose the right plants, eliminate weeds, and fertilize the lawn, my grandfather unknowingly passed down many garden myths. In an effort to set the record straight, I’ve debunked some of the most common garden myths out there.

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How to Make A Better Breakfast From Your Garden

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Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day but also my favorite. Instead of reaching for a doughnut or box of sugary cereal, I sweeten my breakfast with fresh fruits from my garden. On occasion, I also incorporate nutrient-rich veggies and herbs to keep my meals balanced and full of flavor. In honor of Better Breakfast Month in September, start your days off right by bringing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from your garden to your breakfast table.

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Celebrate National Gardening Exercise Day With Backyard Burpees

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National Gardening Exercise Day is June 6. To celebrate, grab your trowel and head outdoors! Many of us overlook the health benefits of gardening, but common gardening activities like digging, planting, raking, and mowing burn calories and work muscles. Gardening can also provide stress relief, improve hand strength and dexterity, promote positive moods, and reduce your risk of certain conditions, such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, depression, heart disease, and stroke. Gardening is much more than a hobby: It’s also a way to keep your body active and your mind sharp. To enhance your workout, try incorporating stretches and exercises.

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Celebrate Herb Day With These Hacks

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May 6 is National Herb Day, and if you have excess herbs in your garden, it’s a great time to find some new and unusual ways to use them up. I’ve found herbs to be useful for everything from hair treatments to homemade cold remedies. Instead of letting your leftover herbs go to waste, dry them out for later use or use them up in other creative ways.

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Winter Clean Up for the First Day of Spring

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March 20 marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. To celebrate the start of a new season and prepare for fresh growth, I plan to spend time outdoors performing early spring maintenance. At the end of winter, it’s common to find dead or damaged branches, piles of fallen leaves, and mud-caked walks and pathways. With a little time and elbow grease, you can clean your yard and optimize spring regrowth.

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Here’s How You’re Watering Your Plants Wrong

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Incorrect or inconsistent watering is one of the biggest causes of plant death. Maybe you’re watering too much, too little, or at the wrong time of the day. The truth is that many of us don’t really know how much water our plants need, and when they die due to our lack of knowledge, we blame their demise on our black thumbs. By understanding your mistakes, you can avoid common watering errors.

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Build a Winter Garden With a Chinese Greenhouse

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For gardeners in many parts of the country, winter can be a frustrating time of year because it’s so hard to grow things. But recently, I came across an idea that can help fix this problem, especially for those of my friends who live in colder, snowier places than I do. Chinese passive solar greenhouses have three walls constructed of brick or clay. On the southern side, the fourth wall is made from a transparent material such as plastic foil to allow sunlight in. This unique type of greenhouse emerged in China during the 1970s and 1980s and is still widely used today. For those of us who like the idea of growing warm-weather crops all year long, the concept of solar gardening is worth learning about.

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The 6 Vegetables That You Should Plant In The Fall

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Begin your spring with fresh vegetables from your garden by planting in the fall. Many plants favor the cool fall weather, from garlic and onions to root crops and leafy greens. I like to plant my cool-weather crops early in the season, when the daytime temperatures are in the 70s and the nighttime temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. Besides keeping fresh produce on the table year-round, gardening in the fall means less watering and fewer insects and plant diseases to manage. The cooler temperatures also allow for a more comfortable gardening environment. Best of all, there are many tasty crops to choose from!

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What to Do With Your Leftover Pumpkins

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Living in one of the major pumpkin-producing states, I’m no stranger to pumpkins. We turn pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween and continue using pumpkins to decorate until after Thanksgiving. At the end of the fall season, we’ve accumulated quite a few. Instead of simply throwing them away, we prefer to reuse our leftover pumpkins. Before they start to rot, put your surplus of pumpkins to good use.

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