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Lawns & Gardens

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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Maybe Earthworms Aren’t As Great As We Think

It never occurred to me to be anti-earthworms, since I had always heard that earthworms kept soil healthy. Then I started coming across news stories about earthworms as "invasive" species that are des…

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7 Ways to Protect the Birds in Your Yard

Birds are under attack! Not just from cats and other predators, but from environmental factors, too. Climate change, in particular, is taking a big toll on birds, according to this recent report from …

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A Gorgeous Gallery of September Flowers

September is the time of year when children head back to school and the harvest begins to wind down in the Northern Hemisphere. While the weather is often mild and sunny, there tends to be a feeling o…

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Why Garden on the Ground When You Can Grow Up?

If you love gardening but don't have the ground space, don't be deterred. Vertical gardening is all the rage these days, and for many good reasons. It doesn't require a lot of territory. You can s…

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Thanks. I think people put other people down because they aren't happy with themselves. I choose t…

9 reasons? I can list so much more from a pet that a person. The list falls short, animals are the …

Great article and very good reminders. Thank you.:)

There is nothing as comforting as "Jewish Penicilin" when you have a cold. Vegetarian or not. It's j…

Dogs are great reminders to live in the moment! All animals, I believe, are the ones with the wisdo…