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How much water is my garden getting?

How much water is my garden getting? 0

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household uses 30 percent of its water outdoors—amounting to almost 8 billion gallons each day! And during a hot summer, a single household’s outdoor water use can increase to 70 percent. It gets worse because about 50 percent of that outdoor water is wasted due to inefficient watering practices. It doesn't have to be that way. You can have beautiful landscaping and be more responsible while supplying adequate water to support your growing plants. It only takes a few extra turns of the spigot to tighten up your water usage, and we can show you how!
This article will cover water use and management concepts to help you understand how to use your resources to support an attractive landscape while protecting the environment. Let’s take a closer look.
What is seed stratification?

What is seed stratification? 1

Seed stratification is a term that originated when nurseries used to layer seeds and sand in wooden boxes outdoors. And while layers aren't always needed, the term stuck like those price tags you can't peel off flowerpots! Stratification is the practice of breaking seeds' dormancy to help them germinate by manipulating temperature and moisture to mimic the outdoor conditions under which they would grow naturally. This article will cover the basics of seed stratification and tell you how to stratify seeds at home. Let's dig through the layers and get started!
How to Harvest Pumpkin Seeds and Blossoms

How to Harvest Pumpkin Seeds and Blossoms 0

Learn how to make delicious snacks and dishes out of pumpkin seeds and blossoms. Going zero-waste and making the most out of your pumpkin harvest just takes a quick bit of know-how. Use these quick methods at home this fall (and every fall after that)
Understanding fertilizer: How and when to use fertilizer for your indoor or outdoor garden needs

Understanding fertilizer: How and when to use fertilizer for your indoor or outdoor garden needs 0

Have you ever found yourself in the home improvement store, staring at a wall of fertilizers, all the packaging colors melting together like a mosaic of crayons left in the sun? Simply put, fertilizer helps plants grow by adding absent or depleted nutrients to the soil. And in this article, we’ll help you focus on finding the right one for you and your plants! Specifically, we’ll cover the information you need to fertilize correctly and responsibly in your garden and for your houseplants. Let’s zoom in!
Companion Planting: Breaking down the concept of companion planting and identifying which plants benefit others and why

Companion Planting: Breaking down the concept of companion planting and identifying which plants benefit others and why 0

Companion planting—It sounds great! But what in the blooming meadows is it? Companion planting is the practice of establishing plants in a garden to benefit each other mutually, although not necessarily equallyThe only thing is, it also depends on who you ask, its interpretation being akin to holding a tilt card at various angles and seeing a different picture each time. Well, let’s start tilting to see how it works.
Houseplants: The basics to growing and keeping indoor plants healthy

Houseplants: The basics to growing and keeping indoor plants healthy 0

Houseplants bring us little bits of comfort year-round, particularly throughout those months where all the vibrant greenery outside is dead and gone until the next growing season. They brighten and soften rooms and are great for those who experience a little difficulty handling the physical demands of outdoor gardening, don’t have the time or space, or just prefer houseplants. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of growing and maintaining houseplants and even debunk a couple of myths. Let’s see what we can uncover.
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