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The Best Way To Save Time In Your Vegetable Garden

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, have a limited amount of space, or are tired of sweating in the hot summer sun as you swat mosquitos and pull weeds, square foot gardening is for you.

Square foot gardening is a high-yield intensive gardening method that helps you get a lot of produce out of a small area.

But one of the biggest concerns for gardeners new to square foot gardening is proper plant spacing.

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How Long Do Seeds Last? Here’s What You Need to Know

As you thumb through half-empty seed packets left over from last year, or even several years ago, you wonder if they’re still good.

You shrug, plant the seeds, and cross your fingers. If they don’t germinate, you’ll buy some new ones.

But here’s my prediction. By the time you notice the seeds haven’t germinated, your garden will be several weeks behind where it should be. And that’s not good. It’ll stop you from getting the most out of your garden this year.

But you can easily avoid this mistake. Keep reading to find out how.

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The Best Flowers and Vegetables to Plant in April

April is here and that means glimpses of green will pop up in the garden this month.

The first green to appear in my garden comes from the earliest bulbs – snowdrops. Soon after the daffodils make an appearance, yellow as egg yolks. And I love watching the bees buzz from one daffodil to the next.

These early bloomers handle the unpredictable spring weather well.

And there are plenty of flowers and vegetables you can plant outside this month that can also handle the ever-changing weather in your April garden.

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How to Prevent and Fix Leggy Seedlings For Good

A couple of weeks after starting your seeds indoors, your shoulders sag as you look at your seedlings.

They don’t look right.

They’re thin, pale, wispy things – all stem, and hardly any leaves. It feels like a seed starting disaster!

And you wonder, “can I salvage these leggy seedlings?”

The good news is it’s possible to fix leggy seedlings! I’ve saved many leggy seedlings. And most led long, healthy lives.

Why are leggy seedlings a problem? They aren’t strong enough to withstand outdoor weather conditions. They’ll also be more susceptible to pests and diseases, and may not produce well. So, it’s vital to prevent legginess.

What You Need to Grow Strong, Healthy Seedlings (Grow Light DIY)

You want to start plants from seed, and you want it to be easy. So, you get out some pots, fill them with potting soil, pop your seeds in, and water them. As you place the pots next to your sunniest window, you nod your head and think, “that was pretty easy, wasn’t it?” Even though it seems like an easy way to start seeds – it’s nearly impossible to grow healthy seedlings in front of a window, especially during winter and spring when the days are short, and the sun is weak.

February Gardening: What You Need to Do This Month

Do you start each gardening season hoping to get the most from your garden? What if you could grow a garden that thrives, enjoy flowers and vegetables right out of the gate, and not have to toil for hours in the hot sun while mosquitoes dine on your neck to make it happen? Sound like a pipe dream? It’s not. The most common mistake I see gardeners make is waiting too long to get started.

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Fall Clean-Up: Get It Done Faster and Easier This Year

I remember how excited I was, as a kid, to see all those autumn leaves floating down and creating a beautiful, colorful blanket on the ground.

My mom would rake them up into huge piles on our lawn. I couldn’t wait to bundle up, run outside, and dive right into that tall, crispy pile!

Now, as an adult, the leaves are still just as beautiful, but I’m the one doing the raking! So, it’s not quite as fun…

How to Have a Colorful Spring Garden – Plant Bulbs This Fall

When you first see a flower bulb, it can be hard to imagine the glorious show they’ll put on next season.

The bulbs themselves are unimpressive. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, they’re dry, covered in a papery skin, and seem as lifeless as a moon rock.

But inside that unassuming little package is an entire plant waiting to burst out.

And that’s the magic of bulbs.

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