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Grow Your Own Chives

by Jessica B. April 23rd, 2014 Edible Gardening, Herbs
Chives are a yummy addition to any herb garden, but they do grow a little bit differently, so you need to take special note. You can use chives in salads, dips, to top savory dishes, or even just to chew on to freshen up your breath. They also have really beautiful flowers so that they add a touch of color to your herb garden. You can grow both onion or garlic chives, and each add their own special zest.

1) Choose the right spot – Chives need a lot of sunlight, so make sure they don’t have too
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Garden Gotta Haves – Tomato Cages

by Jessica B. April 18th, 2014 Garden Gotta Haves We grow tomatoes and peas every year in our vegetable garden, and every year we have the same issue, finding a good, sturdy support for our tall plants. In the past we have used sticks we found in the forest, poles we bought at the gardening store, and even leaned the plants against a fence. But the greatest success we have had thus far is with tomato cages. These sturdy metal contraptions survived one season and we will be reusing them this season. They were the most expensive of the different things we have tried so far, but the
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How to Keep Your Pond Clean

by Editorial Team April 23rd, 2014 Special Interest Section
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA pond is a wonderful addition to any garden, regardless of its size. Ponds provide essential habitats and drinking sources for birds, small animals, amphibians, fish and insects and they are a great way to attract natural wildlife to your garden. In order to keep your pond clean and healthy, it’s important to maintain clear water and prevent aquatic plants from taking over. If you have the correct balance of plants and oxygen, then wildlife will be encouraged to populate your pond and the aquatic plants you want to grow will thrive.

Pond Pumps

It’s essential that you keep
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Bedding Plants for the Southwest Region

by Kimberly Hays April 22nd, 2014 Central/Midwest/Southwest, Gardening Notes
marigolds (400x400)It can be very difficult in the southwest to get plants to grow successfully. This is because of the extreme heat that even makes drought resistant plants in need of watering, and the soil that does not exactly prove to be best for growing. There are native bedding plants
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Hop Into Spring Yard Decor

by T Akery April 17th, 2014 Yard Decor
chicks (400x400)Spring is in the air and your yard is about to explode. You can ramp up the cuteness factor with these decorative items. While some of them are pests in real life, they are a source of spring and cuteness in the yard. So, having cut out versions won't hurt your yard. But it will make it look pretty.


Bunnies are indicative of springtime and Easter. These little guys can hide all over your garden and peek out of bushes. You can cluster them together to make a cute bunny family. You can also use them to supplement other animals or as a decor item on a decorative garden plaque. However, it is better if you don't showcase the real thing because they can damage your yard.


The peeps of little chickens are common in the spring, and plastic or cardboard chicks are cute when used as a display item. Pair
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