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What are the basic tools I need to do some landscaping?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

I’m going to be starting a landscaping project, but I have no tools. I’m going to rip out some bushes and small trees, put in some grass and small shrubs and plant a flower garden. What are the 5 or so tools that I absolutely must have to have the basics covered?

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    I'm new to gardening and looking to set up a low maintenance garden…?

    Thursday, August 18th, 2011

    My mom and I would like to plant a garden in front of our house. We have plenty of plantable space, but very little knowledge of gardening! We want a flower garden that is low maitenence. We both have busy schedules, and though we’re planning on putting in effort, working on the garden daily would not be possible for us. We are looking to plant perenials and not have to replant every year. We just want a pretty but simple garden that will not require us to spend excess amounts of time working on it. I don’t know anything about different flowers with different climates, but we live in central Ohio.

    Experienced gardeners: do you have any suggestions for what to plant and how to start?

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      What is a good flower for an indoor garden?

      Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

      We were recently forced to roof over the open air atrium in the center of our house, due to constant wood rotting and poorly designed drainage. Now we are wishing we had put in a skylight instead because the flower garden we had out there no longer has ANY access to sunlight. Does anyone happen to know of some good plants/flowers that we could do in an entirely artificailly lit setting?

      Thanks in advance for all your aid.

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        What are some recommended books for newbies to gardening?

        Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

        Especially helpful if they’re about small spaces, herbs, and organic gardening. I have an apartment and I’d like to have a small organic herb and flower garden on my deck, but I’m not sure where to start. Thanks!

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          Any tips for a beginner's vegetable garden?

          Saturday, January 1st, 2011

          I live in Reno, Nv (Northern Nevada). I have a landscaped backyard with a flower garden, but I want to make a small vegetable garden that will I will plan and take care of by myself.

          I am planning to start it just outside the fence to my backyard. I will be buying live plants instead of seeds. It will not be attached to the drip system that my other plants use (where’s the fun in that?)

          I plan to research the matter online and check with the nursery for information. I just wanted to also get advice from hobby vegetable gardeners themselves.

          Thank you for your time:)

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          Can Milky Spore go in a vegetable garden?

          Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

          I have a grub and mole problem in my lawn, flower garden, vegetable garden, and compost pile! I have heard about milky spore to kill grubs. Is it safe to go in the vegetable garden and/or compst pile? Thanks!

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          Help starting my own garden?

          Sunday, October 24th, 2010

          I want to start a garden, but don’t know how. I live in central New Jersey. The soil I’m looking at is the area around my mailbox. It’s pretty small, less than 2 feet wide and 5 ft long. There are plenty of weeds and stuff thriving there, and lots of rocks. Not big rocks, the kind of rocks that people put as decor. I used a shovel to turn the earth, and it looks moist. There are lots of ants. I want to prepare the soil for planting, but I don’t know how. How do I get rid of the rocks? Should I get rid of the soil? What about the weeds? I know absolutely nothing on gardening. I’m just looking to make a pretty flower garden around my mailbox. Please help me. Links are appreciated. Thanks!

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          Gardening Carts And Gardening Gifts

          Sunday, February 21st, 2010

          If you know someone who loves to garden, be it a vegetable or flower garden, then you know that no matter how small the garden there is a lot of hauling and heavy lifting involved in this particular hobby. Such things as shrubs, plants, mulch and even top soil needs to transferred to the garden from time to time and unless one has a gardening cart, this can be heavy and exhausting work. Perhaps that is why gardening carts make such helpful gifts for those people who love working with plants.

          People who like to garden are the easiest people to buy presents for. These people put a lot of time and effort into their gardens and feel such pride in their accomplishment that you just want to give them something that will contribute to their hobby. Luckily, that is easy since there are so many gardening gifts to choose from. No matter what your income level you can purchase one or two gardening gifts that are sure to please the gardener in your life. You can choose everything from a few packets of seeds, to gloves, to watering cans and other tools to the some really large items such as gardening carts and mulch boxes.

          Know Someone Who is Just Starting To Garden?

          With today’s prices more and more people are starting their own vegetable gardens. While in the long run this will result in big savings on grocery bills, the initial cost of starting a food garden can seem overwhelming to someone on a limited budget. Helping that person get a start is a very caring way to present them with a gift. Why not get a few family members and friends together and present them with a few gardening gifts they can really use?

          Start with a gardening cart and fill the inside with some essentials your friend or relative will need to get started. Some great fillers for your cart could be a couple of books on how to grow vegetables, several seed packets, gardening gloves, a kneeling pad for weeding, a watering can or hose and a few simple tools you know will prove useful. Your garden center can help you to choose just the right tools. Imagine their surprise when you present them with this wonderful gift. In return they just might share the bounty of their first garden with you.

          Gifts for the Flower Gardener

          When choosing gifts for the flower gardener you can purchase a small gardening cart and fill it with garden statutes, seeds or flowering plants you know they will enjoy and other little things that will make their garden bright and cheerful. Even a small bird bath would be a wonderful addition.

          Even if you don’t garden yourself there is a certain satisfaction in giving someone wonderful gardening gifts and then watching their garden thrive. Perhaps it is knowing that you have given a present that the person truly appreciates and can use to enhance their life and enjoyment of their hobby. 😉

          Garden Cart Filled With Gardening Gifts

          Garden Cart Filled With Gardening Gifts

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          Gardening – Is It Really A Hobby?

          Thursday, February 4th, 2010

          Today, I thought you might enjoy the following story about this passion of ours that we call gardening:

          Considering the hard work involved, I can still honestly state there is nothing quite as “relaxing” as spending the day working in my garden. Well okay, if not exactly “relaxing”, it certainly is rewarding and just gives you an overall feeling of well-being.  An added benefit is if you are not physically fit before you start your first gardening project, chances are you soon will be simply thru the process of maintaining it. But is serious gardening actually a hobby? I don’t think so.

          I was in my 40’s when we moved from California with my low maintenance, swimming pool and concrete backyard to a small community in rural Oregon. The old farmhouse we intended to remodel sat on over an acre of land which sported any number of weeds and a few overgrown shrubs. Most of which, had been planted in a haphazard manner.

          For the first few years we just kept the weeds mowed while we focused most of our efforts on the inside of the house. In time however, there was nothing left to do but turn our attention to the grounds surrounding the house. Oh my, where to start?

          By the time that particular summer was over, we had created what we called the courtyard right outside the kitchen. It was a small, private area with a waterfall and herb garden, along with a comfortable seating area partly shaded by our 50 year old oak tree.

          In addition, we had put up a 60’ fence, planted flowering shrubs and hedges, seeded a new back lawn and planted flowers galore. In addition to the herb garden now, we had an entry garden, a shade garden, a sunny flower garden and the following year we created a raised vegetable garden.

          I’m not exactly sure when reality hit amidst all this flowering and fruit/vegetable producing plant life, but hit it did. This gardening stuff was a lot of work! Not only did we have to dig and add nutrients to our rock hard clay soil, we had to plant, then keep the plants watered and weeded. Deadheading soon became a half a days work on a regular basis throughout the summer.

          Once planted, my hubby who had a job and a thousand other things to do around the property left me to tend the gardens on my own. I soon discovered that weeding took me at least 3 days a week. Then somebody turned me on to Round-Up and I gave thanks to the Gods that be. Even so, you have to be very careful with herbicides especially around vegetables and ground water.

          In surveys, when people are asked what kind of hobbies they enjoy, 8 out of 10 will include gardening. After my experience, I can’t really relate to gardening as being a hobby, but I can sure relate to it as being a full-time commitment! 😉

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          Relaxing And Gardening

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          Where Do I Look For Garden Seeds?

          Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

          There are many different places to find garden seeds, seed kits, and all the different accessories any gardener could want. There are many different websites that specialize in all different kinds of seed and seed products, to common vegetables, to exotic flowers and plants. It really depends on what your want to plant, where you are going to garden, and how much work you want to put into it.

          Let’s say for instance you want to have a flower garden, but are not sure what kinds of flowers to put in. Garden seeds for flower beds come in all varieties, but again if you are not sure, there are seeds that are specifically for people who have a problem deciding on which plants they want. There are packs and tins with a variety of different flowering plants, and all you have to do is scatter them in the area you want them to grow. Many people use these, and as they grow, they simply mark the ones they like the best. When the flowers turn to seed, they simply harvest the ones they like, and save them for the next growing season.

          Garden seeds also come in complete seed kits, and some even have their own pots. People who want to grow an herb garden for example, can find kits with a variety of common herbs, or even kits that have certain herbs they are looking for. These kits come complete with small growing pots, soil, and all you have to do is water the soil, put the pots in a good sunny area like a kitchen window sill, and watch them grow. You will probably have to purchase larger pots as they get bigger, but this is not hard, since the soil is usually some kind of peat moss, making replanting a breeze.

          When looking for garden seeds, especially for any kind of vegetable garden, it is a good idea to really shop around. While you can find many offerings online, there are a few draw backs. One of them is that you may have to pay shipping costs, and the seeds can be more expensive than if you were to just go into one of your local outlets and pick them up there. However, buying online is a good idea if you are looking for more exotic seeds, like orchids, or even Bonsai plants. Be sure that if you are looking at online dealers for garden seeds, or even seed kits, that they are a reputable company that has been in business for many years.

          Some garden seed websites not only have seeds and kits, but also a number of other things you may find useful as well. Some may have online courses to teach you gardening techniques and methods for getting the most out of your garden, and should also have climate charts that tell you which kinds of flowers and vegetables may grow best in your area. They can also help you decide which time of the year is best for planting, depending on your individual growing zone. If they don’t have this information, you can also visit your local nursery, or lawn and garden store for these charts as well. 😉

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