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Perennials for colder months

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Perennials thrive during spring and summer, die back in the colder months and return to bloom in spring, giving your garden a consistent look each grow season.

Winter care gardening

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  • In early September, before frost, take leaf or stem cuttings from prized geraniums or unusual foliage plants and pot them up to grow indoors over winter.
  • At the same time, prune back and repot herbs in small pots filled with fresh soilless mix; bring them indoors to a south-facing window or under artificial lights. Rosemary, curry plant, lavender and other herbs requiring exceptional drainage can be grown in a cactus mix over winter.
  • Miniature evergreens, low-growing perennials, or ground covers can often survive in troughs if they are heavily mulched.

More Easy Vegetables to Grow

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Most root vegetables like carrots, turnips, and radishes are hardy and can be planted directly in the garden early in the spring and left until fall. The tops can be harvested too as these plants grow. Green beans and zucchini are also a cinch to grow and quite prolific producers.

Soilless potting mix is the best choice for container..!

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Soilless potting mix is the best choice for containers because it is lightweight, drains quickly, and permits rapid root growth. Most soilless mixes are composed of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite, sometimes with a little sand and fertilizer. Since containers dry out quickly, especially in hot and windy weather, plants require frequent watering, which tends to flush out soil nutrients. Regular applications of fertilizer are therefore recommended. Water the plants first before fertilizing with a very dilute, quarter-strength balanced product several times a month. Plants that flower constantly right up to frost have the greatest need for fertilizer.

Save your tomatoes!

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If its getting cold and you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine — save your tomatoes! Pull the plants up and bring them inside to a warm dry place. Hang them up, and the tomatoes will ripen on the vine.

Reason to use natural and organic fertilizers..!

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Reason to use natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments: earthworms love them! Earthworms are extremely beneficial in the vegetable garden; increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do what you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.

Don’t over fertilize..!

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Too much fertilizer, especially nitrogen (the first number on the fertilizer package) can promote plenty of lush green growth at the expense of less fruit and a smaller harvest. Excessive fertilizer can also be harmful to your plants and the soil. Instead, add as much organic compost as possible, up to about 20% of the total soil makeup. Incorporate it into the rest of the soil and you’ll be supplying your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive naturally. In other words, feed the soil and let the soil feed the plants.

Tomatoes are favorite things to grow..!

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Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to grow, because the tomatoes you get at the grocery store just can’t even be compared to the homegrown ones. Tomatoes will grow quite well in a container, provided you have a large enough container. Try at least a 15 gallon pot or tub. You can also grow them upside down , which will give you a little more yield for your space, and won’t require caging or staking like growing tomatoes upright will.

No matter how big your vegetable garden is..!

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No matter how big your vegetable garden is, or how you determine what to plant in a garden, there are three basic requirements for success:

1. Full sun. Most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. If they don’t get enough light, they won’t bear as much and they’ll be more susceptible to attack from insects or diseases.

Here’s a hint: If you don’t have a spot in full sun to plant a garden with vegetables, you can still grow many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach. And if you’re in a hot-summer climate, cool-season varieties such as peas may do better in part shade.

2. Plenty of water. Because most vegetables aren’t very drought tolerant, you’ll need to give them a drink during dry spells. When thinking about how to plan a vegetable garden, remember: The closer your garden is to a source of water, the easier it will be for you.

3. Good soil. As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

Many gardeners like to have their vegetable gardens close to the house. This makes it easier to harvest fresh produce while you’re cooking. It can also be handy to keep a few favorite potted vegetables next to your grill.

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Try Container Gardening..!

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Although growing veggies in containers doesn’t paint the same bucolic picture as rows and rows of vegetables, you still get a successful and fulfilling gardening experience. Since containers are portable, you can seek out a small spot wherever the sun might be, like a patio, deck, or even driveway. Quite a few vegetables grow well in containers, such as tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, and leafy greens. But since containers dry out more easily, make sure to keep them well-watered.

Six air purifying house plants..!

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Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

Snake Plant : It absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities.Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

How to grow and maintain basil

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Basil grows well in compost-rich and moist soil. Plant the seeds in a pot or container with proper drainage. This plant has a tendency to grow well in wa arm climate and requires up to six hours of sunlight daily for healthy growth. Make sure you water the plant only at the base and not over the leaves as it may cause the plant to droop.