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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.
Beginner gardening: How to grow your own indoor or outdoor herb garden

Beginner gardening: How to grow your own indoor or outdoor herb garden 0

Have you ever strolled past a rosemary bush after the rain? It’s a simple aromatic pleasure everyone should experience. Rosemary and other herbs help us create masterpieces in the kitchen, but they’re capable of much more than that. Pollinators love their flowers, they’re beautiful in a landscape, and the secret is that deer, rabbits, and other garden-chomping pests detest herbs’ strong aroma and taste! Simply put, herbs are distinctive plants with culinary, medicinal, and fragrant applications, which is why we treasure them. While there are herbs for every season, with the help of a grow light, you can grow annual herbs like basil all year long in small containers in your home, giving you a steady supply of your favorite fresh seasonings and spices. Are you ready to learn how to grow your own fresh herbs? Keep reading because this article will teach you everything you need to know. Let’s awaken our senses!
Beginner gardening: How to grow your own backyard flower garden

Beginner gardening: How to grow your own backyard flower garden 0

Flowers are like sprinkles on a cupcake, adding color, texture, depth, and dimension to an otherwise unembellished landscape—and the best part is they’re just plain fun. While their beauty often enchants us as ornamental plants, have you ever wondered if they serve any other purpose? Here’s the truth, flowers attract pollinators that plants need to produce fruits and vegetables from—you guessed it, pollinated flowers! Their presence in the landscape also improves emotional health. And a fun fact is that some flowers are edible and even medicinalIn this article, we’ll explain petal-by-petal how to grow a backyard flower garden. Let’s see what blossoms.
Beginner gardening: How to grow a backyard vegetable garden

Beginner gardening: How to grow a backyard vegetable garden 0

Have you ever asked yourself if you should grow your own vegetablesDo you know that growing and consuming your own vegetables has enormous health benefits? First of all, it’s great exercise that burns lots of calories, up to 300 per hour for light gardening chores alone! Secondly, studies show that consuming an assortment of vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and other health problems. Think about that for a moment. Whether you want to try a few varieties or several, this article provides the information you need to grow a bountiful backyard vegetable garden. So, let’s get some dirt on those gloves and dig in!
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