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Lawns & Gardens

What Fruits & Vegetables Use the Most Water?

Farms across the US are struggling with extreme droughts and rising water costs. Climate change and droughts have reduced the available surface water flowing from mountain ranges to irrigate crops. Fa…

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5 Ways to Avoid Pesticides In & Around Your Home

When I talk about limiting pesticides, I'm often accused of sounding like a broken record. But the reason behind my rant is so important: Pesticide exposure has been linked to asthma, allergies, ne…

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7 Ways Gardening Improves Your Body & Mind (Infographic)

Did you know gardening had such a massive impact on your overall health? We all know hobbies, nature and exercise feed the mind and body -- and gardening showcases all three. We may have underestimate…

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Guide to October Gardening

October... one of my favorite months for gardening. The temperatures are comfortable, the ground is a little softer with fall rains, and there are fewer insects to deal with. Important October gard…

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37 Simple Pleasures You Can’t Buy with Cash

Money. It’s a subject that is on everyone’s mind much of the time – how to get it, what to do with it, and how to manage if you don’t have enough of it. True, legal tender is a necessity of modern lif…

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What You MUST Know Before Bringing Plants Indoors

As the mercury drops, potted plants that thrived in your backyard or on the balcony all summer may begin to find the autumn weather too chilly for their taste. Many plants, notably delicate tropicals,…

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The Benefits of Growing Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been on my mind since I spoke with a non-gardening friend recently. He was tentatively interested in growing a few houseplants. At that point all the windowsills and side tables in my ho…

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5 Greenhouses You Can Build Yourself

Want to keep gardening despite the arrival of fall weather? It's easy when you have a greenhouse to help you extend the growing season and even get a jump on next year's spring seedlings. Here are fiv…

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How Did Your Garden Grow This Year?

Now is the time. While the events of this summer's garden are still fresh in your mind, take the chance to list the season's successes … along with not-so-stellar moments. A home garden record will he…

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How Wasteful Are The 1.1M Swimming Pools in Drought-Stricken California?

More than half of California is experiencing "exceptional" drought, the highest ranking on the scale that measures drought. And, since May, the entire state has been in a severe drought. As a native…

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I like the baby carrots.

I love carrots. Very healthy. (And an unhealthy option: glazed...yummy!)