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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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Container Enthusiasm

By Teresa Odle It’s not just that I love pots, as I say every spring when I shop for herbs and ornamentals to fill the decorative containers that scatter our patios and lawn.  Container gardening has so many benefits that if I could, I’d grow just about everything in containers.  Here’s a partial list of the [...]

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Top 10 Most Wanted Garden Pests

by Teresa Odle Each year, American gardeners face frustrating problems with their edible or ornamental gardens. Many of these are caused by likable critters and others by creepy crawlers. Controlling pests requires a little knowledge and attention. Here are MasterGardening.com’s Top 10 garden pests and a few control tips: Deer can destroy an entire season of hard work in [...]

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Trellis Tips

by Teresa Odle If you’re like me, you prefer looking at a beautiful flowering vine to your neighbor’s garbage can. Even  when  you know and like your neighbors, you enjoy privacy in certain areas of your home and yard. A well-placed trellis can help provide privacy and it’s a practical tool for controlling growth of certain [...]

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Extend Your Growing Season

by Teresa Odle I don’t know about you, but I always have mixed feeling this time of year. Fall is my favorite season and probably the most beautiful one in most parts of the country. But it also signals the end of the season, time to bring in delicate plants and watch summer bloomers fade and [...]

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Winter Watch – Prepare Your Garden

by Teresa Odle Winter’s on the way in most parts of the country. As the temperatures dip into the 40s or lower, it’s time to prepare perennials, bring in houseplants and do a little clean-up. There are two main considerations in preparing perennials. One is to help them remain hardy throughout the winter; the other is simple [...]

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