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3 Real Gardens You Have to See to Believe

Sometimes you have to see something with your own eyes to appreciate its beauty. The US is flush with an abundance of gardens just waiting to be explored. These gardens are more than just a place to take a leisurely stroll through the blooming buds. With a bevy of special events, rotating exhibitions, and educational programs, these gardens are a true destination. Here are three real gardens that you simply have to see to believe. New York Botanical Garden Conveniently located in the Bronx, this natural wonder is just a quick train ride away from Grand Central Station. Escape the urban jungle of New York City with a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens and you will be transported...

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Flaunt Your Garden by Creating an Outdoor Entertainment Area

Sun Shade You might want to be outside, but you don't want to get burnt. You'll need some way of staying out of the sun to stay cool and thoroughly enjoy nature. There are a few types of shading structures that you can set up. A retractable awning is a great idea because you can also pull it back if you want to be in the sun. Otherwise, you can also use umbrellas or screens when the sun is lower in the sky. Pergolas and gazebos are classic structures that protect you and your guests from the sun or even gentle rain. Otherwise, you take a look at outdoor curtains. Hung on rods, sheers add a light touch that makes...

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3 Natural Tricks for Keeping Pests Out of Your Garden

Gardening is great for the body, mind and soul. In order to harvest the biggest crops, however, you must successfully grow them until they are ready to harvest. Unfortunately, pests will be fighting you for your fruits and vegetables. Here are three natural tricks for keeping pests away. Release the Ladybugs Ladybugs eat up to 60 aphids a day, so you want to encourage them to live in your garden. They also munch on scales, mealybugs, leafhoppers and mites. Ladybugs feed on a variety of plants including dill, fennel, caraway, wild carrots, yarrow and cilantro, so plant some in your garden to encourage ladybugs to come naturally. You can also buy ladybugs, but they still need these plants to thrive....

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4 Simple Gardening Tips for Increasing Yield

Gardening is a daunting task, but it is fun when you have the right tools and knowledge. Here are 4 tips on how to improve your garden yield this year. Make Weeding a Daily Habit Understanding that weeding is one of the most essential parts of raising a garden will put you one step closer to a healthier and more fruitful garden. Weeds tend to choke out your plants. They fight for the same nutrients, sunlight, and water as the plants you put in the ground. Plan time in your day to weed your garden thoroughly. Making a habit of doing this at the same time every day will allow your plants to grow faster and will help your weeds...

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Designing Your Garden? Try These 3 Sources for Inspiration

Gardening is a favorite hobby for many people, and it can be an ideal way to relax. From raised vegetable gardens to sprawling flower beds and delicate herb gardens, you can have complete flexibility over the design and let your creativity flow. Whether you're designing your very first garden or your 100th one, you can take inspiration from all around you. Try checking out the sources below to spark your imagination. Manor Homes Manor homes offer an up-close view of the layout of both historic and large gardens, and many of these homes have several different types of gardens. For example, you might find a kitchen garden full of herbs to use in cooking, a flower garden, and several formal...

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