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    September 2, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cover Downspout With Flower Trellis

    Photo from PurpleHomes


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    September 1, 2015
    Best Apps For Gardeners

    Nature? Turns out, there’s an app for that! Any app that makes my life easier and does more work for me is a winner in my book. And that’s exactly what this list of apps by Kathy Woodard at The Garden Glove is! Here are the best apps for gardeners, that do everything from showing what plants thrive best in your zone, helping you landscape/design your space, and giving you weather alerts! Here’s the list:

    -Garden Compass (free)

    -Sprout it! (free)

    -Iscape (free for basic, 9.99 for pro version)

    -The New Sunset Western Garden Book app (14.99)

    -Landscaper’s Companion (4.99)

    Photo Credit: Health Gauge 


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    August 28, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Largest Flower Garden In The World
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    45 million flowers! This is absolutely incredible!


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    August 25, 2015
    Becoming Self Sufficient

    Sometimes, it worries me how dependent I’ve become on the modern world. I don’t think I could survive without a cell phone, let alone a supermarket and electricity. No, I’m not one of those crazy “doomsday preppers,” I just think it would be nice to be able to depend on myself more, rather than corporations. That’s why I love this article by Karissa at The Crunchy Chronicles. Here are ways to become more self sufficient, even if you live in an apartment:

    -Plant windowsill herbs, or grow veggies in a container

    -Cook your meals from scratch, rather than dining out or buying things pre-packaged. Stock your pantry with basic ingredients and staples instead of boxed or frozen meals.

    -Make your own soap and bodywash (it’s easy, and you can control the ingredients!)

    -Buy from local farmers and ranchers.

    -Learn how to can and preserve.

    Photo Credit: Cliff 


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    August 21, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Get Rid of Ants
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    Helpful tricks to get these pests away from your picnic.


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    August 20, 2015
    Planting Pumpkins

    Fall is my favorite season, and this last week of summer could not go by fast enough for me. Fall is also pumpkin season, which is my favorite vegetable! This year, I’m considering planting my own pumpkins. How awesome would it be to have your own pumpkin patch in your backyard? For tips on growing them yourself, check out this post by Jessica at Decoradventures:

    -Pumpkins can take 100-120 days to grow, so start from late-May to mid-June, based on your zone.

    - Professionals recommend the Connecticut Field Pumpkin or the Jack O’ Lantern varieties.

    -Make sure your pumpkins have lots of space for their vines, up to 50 feet or more. Plant when the soil is warm and water deeply only when needed.

    Photo Credit: Liz West 


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    August 19, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Adorable Garden Fence

    Photo from Green Landscapes To Envy


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    August 13, 2015
    Toughest Plants For Your Garden

    I’m a huge fan of plants that take care of themselves. If it takes a lawnmower accident to kill it, I want it in my yard. I’m not so great at finding perfect soil, planting in certain areas, and remembering to use plant food and water. That’s why I love this post by Ann on On Sutton Place- here’s her list of the hardiest perennials to plant:

    -Hosta- big, bouncy leaves

    -Shasta Daisies

    -Black Eyed Susans

    -Coreopsis- lots of small, bright yellow flowers

    -Clematis- a gorgeous purple climbing vine

    Photo Credit: Christine Majul 


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    August 6, 2015
    The Grass Will Always Be Greener In Your Lawn If You Follow These Tips

    Everyone wants a vibrant, healthy, green lawn. And if you’re trying to sell your home, you’ll want to take extra care to ensure that your grass is in tip top shape. Brown, dried out, or tall grass will often keep buyers from even reaching your front door. If your grass could use a makeover, look no further than this post by Jaci Moore at Homemade by Jaci for tips:

    -Naturally prevent weeds by laying down corn gluten meal in the Spring.

    -Re-seed your lawn for new, healthy grass (plus, it cuts off weed growth)

    -Add clover to your yard- it will add nitrogen to the soil, and vibrant green color.

    Photo Credit: F_A 


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    August 5, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: In-Ground Fire Pit

    Photo from Redfin Real Estate Blog


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