Make Your Own Worm Bin
Put worms to work for your garden
by Sharon Johnson

As fertilizer costs rise, we find ourselves seeking ways to cut our gardening investments, while continuing to produce healthy food for our families. One way to accomplish this is with earthworm composting, or vermicomposting.   >> read article
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Reinvent Your Side Yard
Make your side yard a pleasant passageway
by Taimi T. Anderson

With some creative design ideas, the side yard can become a pleasant passageway. The side yard can also include a space for a small and secluded sitting area or provide a pleasing vista of an intimate garden space to be viewed through a window from inside the home.   >> read article
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7 Seeds for a Prolific Garden
A baker's half-dozen of great "value seeds"
by Nan K. Chase

Not all seeds are created equal. I’ve been vegetable gardening for a few decades now, and I have discovered that some vegetable seeds produce big results for a small investment, year after year. No longer do I want to experiment with lots of new crops. What I like instead is to plant seeds that give me the least hassle and the biggest rewards, at pennies per serving.   >> read article
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Creating a Re-purposed Garden
Raised beds are a great place to recycle
by Kelly Bledsoe

There are numerous “ready-to-go” raised-bed gardens that can be purchased, but as my father is so fond of saying, “Why not use something indigenous to the area?” In other words, recycle what you already have in your yard.

Building a recycled raised bed is pretty basic, and you can use almost anything. Just get your creative juices flowing, and keep your eyes open for treasures that come your way.   >> read article
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Frugal Gardening
Have a beautiful garden without breaking the bank
by Cinthia Milner

These days, many of us are watching our budgets a little bit more, but that doesn’t mean your garden has to suffer. With a little careful planning and some garden-budget secrets, you can have the beauty you want without spending money you don’t have. It turns out it is a lot more fun than it sounds.   >> read article
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Don’t Fret About Fertilizers
A back-to-basics primer on plant nutrition
by Jared Barnes

Fertilizers are one of the cornerstones of a successful, beautiful and productive garden. However, most gardeners will admit that at some point in time they have found themselves absolutely perplexed by these nutritive concoctions. Confusion arises with questions about what type or how much to apply. If you find yourself currently in this camp, there’s no need to fear. A refreshing primer on fertilizing is just what you need.   >> read article
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“Man Eating” Plants
Carnivorous plants living in your backyard
by Timothy J. Malinich

You don’t need to watch a sci-fi horror flick to hear tales of vicious monsters or man-eating plants. These already exist in the forest and landscape … and can give you a taste of just how nasty nature can be.   >> read article
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Make Small Big
Get maximum impact for tiny spaces
by Susan Jasan

Just as we are mesmerized by the tiny fingers and the tiny toes of newborns, or fascinated by tiny works of art, it seems that anything small in scale draws us in with interest and curiosity. I think that is true of small garden spaces as well. Maybe it’s because every feature has to have a valuable impact on the whole. There’s no room for excess. There’s necessity, purpose, and yes, detail.   >> read article
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