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Joyful Gardens: Three Easy Gardens To Plant This Spring

Sometimes you want to do things just for the fun of it. Here are three easy gardens to plant this spring and enjoy all summer long. Do this just for the child inside you—or, for the one—or ones—beside you....

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Dress Up and Show Off! Window Boxes For All Seasons

Make the exterior of your home fashionable for spring—dress it up with window boxes full of colorful flowers and foliage....

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Deck You, Deck You Very Much

Building a deck is one of the most popular outdoor home improvement projects because it can be done with a few good tools and a few good men (or women). There are lots of reasons to build a deck on your property....

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Container Gardening: Not Just for African Violets Any More

Let's face it. There are times when you've just got to have a container for your precious plants. Some of us use them in an attempt to keep invasive (but attractive) alien plants in check; some of us turn to containers from lack of space or ground; and some of us just plain make container gardenin...

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Robert Frost wasn't crazy about fences, but his neighbor was. Maybe Frost was messy and the neighbor wanted everybody to know where Frost's property ended and his began; maybe Frost's neighbor wanted to keep kids out of his yard. Who knows? In any case, fences are a very popular addition to many yar...

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Create Your Own Small Pond This Weekend

Ponds and water gardens are great assets to the landscape and provide much interest for the homeowner. Small ponds are not expensive; you can purchase a pre-formed hard-plastic variety and dig a hole to fit its contours, or, a flexible pond liner that will lay down and follow the shape of the hole y...

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Grow Up! Ideas For Climbing Plants

When you’re running out of space in your yard, or you need some height to create additional interest, grow up! There are numerous twisting, twining and climbing plants available—both annuals and perennials....

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Make Room For Nature On Your Patio

A patio is a transitional space between your home and the great wilderness (AKA: your backyard). Unfortunately, many of these spaces languish as barren concrete deserts. It’s time to think about ways to bring in the green without sacrificing the utility of your patio. ...

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Annuals: A Cure for Spring Fever

Before you go out on your annual spring trek to the garden center this season, be sure to make a list of the sites in your garden you want to brighten up by adding annuals. Without a plan, you may find yourself tempted by the many varieties offered, seemingly everywhere you go....

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Rocking Your Yard With Stone

You may keep your favorite pet rock in a shoe box in the closet, but the rest of the mineral family has to make its own way in the cold, hard world outside. That’s OK. There are plenty of places in your yard where they can feel right at home. ...

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Ornamental Grasses to the Rescue

Ornamental grasses are multi-task plants: they offer attractive foliage, flowers and seedpods; their beauty is heightened by sunlight and they dance with the wind; they require little maintenance; they provide almost year-round interest in the garden—and—they are problem solvers for less-than-ideal ...

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The Many Uses of Roses

Gertrude Stein famously wrote, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” You can't really argue with that, unless you want to split hairs. However, her implication seems to be that a rose is just a beautiful flower and that's all, end of story....

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How To Grow Exotic Air Plants

All they need is the air they breathe, bright light—but no direct sun—and a bath two to three times a week. Do not add soil; they’ll just hang out wherever you plop them down and in whatever container you plop them in....

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Is Your Landscaping Pet Approved?

Backyard landscaping isn’t just for the birds (and raccoons and squirrels). Pets need a safe place to frolic and have fun too. It’s good for their mental and physical well being – plus the more hair they shed outside the less ends up on your couch. ...

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Don't Just Admire Your Flowers – Eat Them

You grow your flowers for their beauty, of course. But did you know that quite a few of them are edible? No, no, don't look at this column as if YardShare had gone nuts. Think about it....

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