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Deck the Halls with Fall

Halloween is less than a week away and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is time to bring a little fall beauty in from the garden to make your whole home feel warm and inviting for the holidays! First Impressions from Marsh Madness Make it easy for guests to find your home with pumpkin house numbers. This [...]

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Top 5 Gifts for the Gardening Guru

December is here and with it comes the final countdown to Christmas. This generally fills me with minor panic thinking of all the decorating, cooking and shopping that must be completed in 24 short days. If you are anything like me, I hope I can help with giving you a series of ideas and tips [...]

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Mastergardening.com Presents… A Lesson in Composting

What is Compost? Compost is a useful organic material made from organic wastes (e.g., yard trimmings, food wastes, manures). In composting, bulking agents (e.g., wood chips) are added to organic wastes to accelerate the breakdown of material. Then, the finished material is fully stabilized and matured through a curing process. Worm composting uses red worms to create useful organic [...]

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Outdoor Clean-up

Ah, the great outdoors!  There’s no place like it for invigorating activity and rejuvenating fresh air. Whether you’re weeding, mulching or raking, there are several products that we carry that would help make your clean-up job much easier!             Check out our Patriot Honda 4Hp Gas Wood Chipper Leaf Shredder and Patriot Chipper Shredder Vac 15′ Leaf Vacuum Kit   Or, maybe [...]

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On Master Gardening

By Teresa Odle Every gardener has questions. How many times have you struck up a conversation with a neighbor or co-worker about a gardening triumph or more likely a problem? Gardening can be frustrating but always fun and rewarding. I didn’t pay much attention to it as a child, even though my mother was a terrific gardener. [...]

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Growing Your Own Food—Now That’s a Victory!

During WWII, nearly 20 million Americans planted Victory Gardens because fruits and vegetables weren’t available. Today, it’s more about using our own yards and patios to grow food for our families, sort of a return to the past and a way to save natural resources. I also grow my own food because of taste and [...]

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The Need For Seed

By Teresa Odle Choosing vegetables that you enjoy is key to the success of your garden. The best and easiest part of a home garden is choosing and buying vegetable seeds. It’s like shopping for food; don’t do it when you’re hungry. It’s best to plan your garden a little, but not get too hung up on the [...]

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Helping the Planet One Square Foot at a Time

By Teresa Odle Earth Day 2010 is right around the corner on April 22; it marks the 40th anniversary of the day that celebrates the birth of the environmental movement. Just like starting a garden, the idea of saving the planet seems overwhelming. But you don’t have to organize an event or change your entire lifestyle. You [...]

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Babbling Brooks

By Teresa Odle If you’re not lucky enough to live next to a river, creek, waterfall or other natural water feature, you can add one to your landscape easily. The reason fountains are so popular is that they block out city sounds and add what I think is one of the most beautiful and calming sounds [...]

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Watering Tips

by Teresa Odle I live in New Mexico, and our average annual rainfall is less than nine inches. The high desert air dries out plants quickly, especially when temperatures reach the 90s. Watering plants and lawns is essential, although also controversial. So the first rule of watering in dry climates is to select xeric plants for certain [...]

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