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How to Protect Your Garden From Common Threats

Gardens are wonderful things. They can provide food and beauty, making them both practical and enjoyable. Gardens need a lot of care to be healthy and vibrant though. There are some common threats they can fall prey to, so it's important that you take steps to protect your garden from them. Weeds Any plant that is growing where you don't want it is technically a weed and can hurt your garden. Unfortunately, invasive plants and weeds tend to be quite hardy and difficult to get rid of. Weeds pull water and nutrients from the soil and prevent the plants you want to grow from using those resources themselves. If they grow too densely and too tall they may prevent your...

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How You Can Attract Honey Bees to Your Garden

Honey bees make up the greatest number of the world's pollinators, making them essential to the continuation of life as we know it today. The work they do pollinating plants promotes the growth of much of our food. On a smaller scale, they can do great things for your own garden too. But how do you attract them to your garden? Plant the Right Flowers Some flowers attract bees better than others. Honey bees prefer flowers with yellow, white, purple, blue, and violet petals, as they see these colors quite well. To appeal to a wider variety of bees, plant flowers of different sizes and shapes. Bees themselves don't come in only one size, so having multiple options can help...

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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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Mystic Circles- Adding charm with a Moon Gate

Take a moment to plan for exactly the right spot for your Moon Gate.  Moon Gates are meant to invite, even lure a person into a space.  From what direction will you and your guests be arriving?  What will the focal point be as one gazes into the Moon Gate portal?  Will you be greeted with a beautiful rose garden, a favorite tree, a special sitting area where you can relax and breathe in the wonderful aroma that only Mother Nature can offer?

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Pet Friendly Gardens

Each year we try and create a garden in our backyard that our dogs and ( my daughter's) cat will enjoy. Our first year of doing this we had no idea how many plants and shrubs where actually dangerous to our pets. What we decided to do was make a garden our pets could enjoy, we have a pretty good size yard probably about 1/4 acre. So before I share with you what we plant for our animals to enjoy. Lets get to the important stuff. What can hurt or harm our pets.  Plants Dangerous for Dogs and cats: Lily: The Lily is very popular in the spring, but it is very poisonous to cats. Though it has not proven dangerous...

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