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Pesticide-Free Gardening

Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you …

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Vermicomposting

Worm Your Way into Composting Heaven Many of us like the idea of composting but don’t have the yard space to make it happen (I’m looking at you, apartment dwellers!). Luckily you can make your own black gold in the comfort of your own home with nature’s master composters: worms. …

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Homegrown Lettuce

Flavor, Freshness, and Food Safety Have you dreamed of growing gourmet salad greens in your home garden? It’s easier than you may think to grow lettuces, mesclun mixes, and other edible leaves such as chervil, arugula, and endive. Benefits Galore Growing your own salad greens is a real treat, and …

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Sifting Through the Soil

A Simple Soil Science Test You can help your soil support your plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawns by learning what it is made of. Testing your soil involves a simple do-at-home science experience that you can complete in an afternoon. Like many gardeners, I tend to focus my efforts …

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Mulch Matters

The Benefits of Gardening with Mulch One of the easiest ways to ensure success in your garden, especially a vegetable garden, is to incorporate mulching into your garden preparations. This doesn’t have to break the bank, but it will provide you dividends in the abundance of vegetables you will harvest …

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Easy-to-Grow Indoor Plants That Thrive

Growing plants indoors can be beneficial to both body and mind. Normal plant processes include absorbing CO2 and releasing moisture into the air. Physically, both of these functions can be beneficial in a stuffy office environment. Humans breathe in air, absorb O2, and exhale CO2, while plants will do the …

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