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Gardening with Flat Tire Decor

We love our environment—that’s why we love our Flat Tire Décor products!  Flat Tire Décor, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is committed to offering you long-lasting and hard-working products that help to reduce the impact we make on our planet.  From bags to baskets to planters, our Flat Tire Décor is made from 100% post-consumer material.  [...]

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Gardenia

Who can resist bending down for a sniff after walking past a blooming gardenia?  Those gardening in the southeast can tell you that there is nothing like a warm summer breeze perfumed with the fragrance of gardenias, named by Carl Linnaeus for fellow naturalist, Dr. Alexander Garden, a resident of South Carolina.  Though a favorite [...]

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Espalier Fruit Trees

Gardening in small spaces, as we know, can be a challenge, but clever gardeners are coming up with new approaches to maximizing yard space all of the time.  Still, some planting dilemmas are difficult to solve without a lot of room.  Take fruit trees, for example: how do you grow apples, pears, or plums with [...]

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Composting Basics: What Do I Need to Start?

As spring approaches, you may consider creating your own compost to make sure that your flowers, fruits, or vegetables are vibrant and healthy this year.  Beginning a compost bin is an excellent idea for any gardener, regardless of experience—once installed, your compost bin or composter won’t require a ton of attention, as nature has been [...]

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Composting Basics: What (and What Not) to Compost

Deciding what to add to your compost begins with understanding what different kinds of organic materials bring to the microorganisms that will be breaking them down.  All living things—or things that have once been alive—contain carbon and nitrogen, and this carbon and nitrogen is what microbes consume to cause decomposition.  Carbon is used give the [...]

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Composting Basics: Types of Composters

Worm Composting Worm composting, or vermicomposting, uses earthworms on top of the microorganisms at work already in the decomposition process to turn waste into usable compost.  Worm composters and composting systems keep worms contained, and as you supply organic materials for the worms to eat, they pass it through their bodies and excrete castings, or worm [...]

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Composting Basics: The Composting Process

Around the world, people have become much more concerned with their environmental impact and the idea of sustainable living as both a way to protect the planet and reduce costs in the home.  As a result, home composting has gotten increasingly popular as a method to reduce waste and improve gardens without spending money on [...]

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Cleaning With Your Garden

Air Quality Our furniture and the products we use to clean it may make our homes more comfortable, but they contribute largely to the presence of toxins in the air.  Carpeting, wood flooring, computers, and televisions, over time, can introduce some potentially harmful chemicals into the home—you just can’t always see them.  For example, formaldehyde can be [...]

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Beneficial Weeds?

Kudzu Ask anyone living in Georgia about his least favorite plant, and there’s a good chance you’ll learn a few things about the mile-a-minute vine or The Vine That Ate the South.   Sadly, its nicknames aren’t inaccurate.  Kudzu occupies an estimated seven million acres of land in the United States, mostly in the southeast, and continues [...]

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Arbors, Pergolas, and Trellises

Adding an arbor, pergola, or trellis to your landscape may be just the thing to spruce up a lackluster patio, porch, walkway, or yard area.  These vertical growth supports, while adding elegance and romance to your garden, will increase your gardening space, decrease difficulty reaching the plant for pruning and maintenance, and, when strategically placed, [...]

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