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Cleaning with Your Garden

Air QualityOur 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, [...]

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Beneficial Weeds?

KudzuAsk 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, [...]

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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 [...]

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Keep Your Garden Free of Ticks, Fleas, and Mosquitoes

With summer approaching and the start of summer break for many schoolchildren, families will be spending much more time in the yard playing games, cooking out, having a dip in the pool, and working on the garden. While this increased activity outdoors is great for keeping in shape and getting much-needed fresh air and [...]

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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 [...]

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The Advantages of Alternative Ground Cover

With temperatures expected to reach just shy of eighty for the second day in our beautiful Maryland, we can finally be sure that spring is here.  Now is the time to loosen up the garden, apply compost and soil amendments, pick out plants and seeds, and have at some serious landscape maintenance and spring garden [...]

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Eco-Friendly Gardening

Native Plants“Plant native” is an oft-repeated phrase in the world of ecologically friendly gardening, but not without reason.  Greenhouses, catalogs, and the internet give gardeners the ability to find plants from all over the world to put in their landscape, provided they can survive the climate.  There are hybrid and hardy varieties of warmer weather [...]

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Water Gardening

So, you have filled all of your flowerbeds, pruned and manicured your trees and shrubs beautifully, and have more beans and corn and tomatoes and berries than you can give away.  What’s next?  If you are itching for a new and rewarding gardening project, you should get out your shovel and try your hand at [...]

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Incredibly Weird Plants

Corpse FlowerAt up to three feet in diameter, Raffelesia arnoldii holds the title for largest single bloom on Earth.  This monstrous flower hails from Sumatra and Borneo, and its size isn’t all that’s weird about it.  These giant flowers are red, fleshy, and speckled, and feature a huge cup in the center that can hold [...]

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For Rent: Bat and Insect Houses

You might have a birdhouse or two in your yard, but have you considered including real estate for different kinds of garden helpers?  Bats and ladybugs can boost your outdoor enjoyment by controlling pests that irritate you and destroy your plants.  Bees and butterflies assist plants with pollination and add to the aesthetics of your [...]

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