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Get ideas and advice for your home landscaping and garden decor and work less, enjoy more in the yard. Learn how to keep critters out of your gardens, make lovely garden crafts, plan and grow herbs, vegetables, flowers and shrubs in your own yard or in a few containers on the patio, porch or balcony.

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Gardening Tips & Help

How to Plan and Grow an Herb Garden

Pest Control in the Garden

How to Design and Plant a Container Garden

Design and Plant a Butterfly Garden

Gardening with Children

How (and when) to Prune Trees and Shrubs

Spring Garden Maintenance Tips

How to Root Cuttings to Sell or Keep for Your Garden

How to Dry Flowers

Organic Weed Control in the Garden

Growing Lovely Summer Heathers In Your Garden

How to Grow Lots of Vegetables in a Small Planter Box

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Orange butterfly on flowerRabbits in the Vegetable Patch - Birds on the Berry Bushes - How to Keep 'em Out, Safely.

Wildlife is fascinating and fun - but not in your home flower and vegetable gardens. Here's an article that will tell you how to fend off the various animals that want to enjoy your flower and vegetable gardens - learn how to chase them away without poisoning or harming them or your family.

Read these humane and practical tips about how to keep wildlife from destroying your gardens.

Add a Garden Pond to Your Landscape or Interior Environment

Garden ponds are a beautiful addition to any garden and a stunning focal point to your home interior. Learn how to design, maintain and stock your own gold fish in a back yard or indoor water feature (pond) ... it's easier than you think!

Click here to read about garden ponds

Garden Crafts - Make Your Own Garden Decor

home made garden leaf bird bathIt's easy and fun to make stepping stones, artistic mosaics and even leaf-embossed bird baths for your garden.

All it takes is a bag of easy to use concrete patch mix, a place to work, and a bit of an afternoon and you can create durable garden decoration that are works of art.

Decorate Your Garden With Blue Flowers

When decorating your garden with blue flowers, it can add a rich splash of color to your garden. Plant them in a cluster of all blue or mix them in with other flowers for a rainbow of color.

Design a blue flower garden >

Keeping Cool in the Garden

A water feature in your garden or on your porch can create a relaxing and cooling environment. Learn about adding the sound and sight of water to your porch, patio or garden in this water features article.

Organic Weed Control

Weeds can spoil the look of a flower bed, rob valuable nutrients from the garden soil and can be a general nuisance.

If you don't keep up with weeds, they can be even more troublesome to get rid of. While they can be difficult to get under control, don't lose hope, it just takes a little persistence and weed control knowhow.

Dried Flowers from Your Garden

Flowers hanging to dry make a fabulous decoration by themselves, and, when they are finished drying, you can take them down and make dried flower arrangements, Christmas ornaments, dried flower wreaths and more. Learn how to dry flowers for crafts

It's Easy to Grow Fresh Herbs Indoors or Outside

It's easy to grow your own delicious herbs and vegetables in a family garden patch. In as little as 10 square feet or in a collection of large pots you can cultivate tasty, fresh and organic herbs, veggies and fruits for your family. Learn how to plan and cultivate a home herb garden.

Grow More in Less Space with Raised Beds and Vertical Gardens

If you have a very small vegetable garden, one of the easiest methods for getting more produce from your plot is to use trellises or vertical gardening techniques combined with a home made raised bed planter box. Learn how to get the most out of a 3' x 6' 12 inch deep raised bed planter - we're talking LOTS of tomatoes, squash and greens.

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