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Squirrel Proof a Bird Feeder

I have shepherd hooks in my yard with all my bird feeders but have a problem with the squirrels climbing up the poles. I have tried oiling the poles using Pam, grease etc. and nothing worked.  I finally decided to try a Slinky! This has worked great. I bought the Junior size which is 1.5″ […]

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Saving Seeds

Gardening from seeds is cheaper than buying seedlings, and you have a much wider variety from which to choose. It’s easy to save seeds from many vegetables you have grown, or even purchased them from the store. Make sure you save seeds from the best produce. Some seeds, such as peppers. are easy to save. […]

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Hummingbirds Everywhere!

Who doesn’t love hummingbirds?  The store bought nectar can be so expensive, so I researched how to make my own.  It is very simple and doesn’t have to be red in color as most people think.  I use a mixture of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.  In a measuring cup, mix 1/2 cup […]

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True Blue

If you’re trying to turn pink hydrangeas into a beautiful blue hue, add coffee grounds to the soil to change the color. The grounds add extra acidity, causing the plant to absorb naturally occurring aluminum in the dirt. The effect is beautiful blue bunches of flowers.  

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How to Reuse All of Those Amazon Boxes

Amazon can be a great place to shop, but you end up with a lot of boxes if you shop very often. A great (and free) way to use those boxes is in the garden. You can put it down before rock or mulch as a weed barrier instead of purchasing landscape fabric. Eventually, the […]

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Sad Sunflowers

When sunflowers are getting their seeds ready to share with birds, squirrels, their sad faces begin looking down instead of up towards the sun. To harvest sunflower seeds for yourself to roast replant next year, tie a paper bag over the head as it dries to catch those seeds. You can also cut the sunflower […]

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Propogation Done Beautifully

I always have cuttings from different plants around but I used to have them in plastic cups that were neither beautiful nor allowed me to see the progress of the new root growth. I switched to glass canning  jars which are very easy to come by and now the cuttings look so pretty in my […]

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Clematis May Not Be Dead After All

I planted a clematis vine a few years ago. Each year as it died, I cut it down. I always wondered why it never would get as large as other clematis that I had seen. After reading up on it, I realized that the new growth grows from the old woodsy vine that wasn’t dead […]