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Why do Leaves Change Color?

The vibrant colors of autumn make this time of year a favorite. You may be wondering why leaves change color. To understand why leaves change color, you need to understand how plants take in nutrients. Plants take water up through the roots…
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Watering Plants with Distilled Water

If you have houseplants, you may want to water them with distilled water. The process of distillation removes minerals and chemicals from water. You are left with clean water that is better for your plants. All plants benefit from the use of…
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Gardening Supplies - Buying Rakes and Shovels

Every gardener needs a few tools to help their green thumb. No matter if you are a novice or a seasoned pro, a few tools of the trade will make your hobby or obsession a little easier. Depending on what specific type of gardening you do, you…
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Composting - How to Create Organic Soil

There is a secret to growing a magnificent garden. In fact, using the concept can make a novice gardener look like an expert. Composting is the secret to being a victorious gardener. It isn’t hard to do; anyone can compost and grow an awe-inspiring…
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What Do Worms Eat - It Actually Depends on Where they Live

What worms eat depends in part on where they live. Worms can live closer to the surface or much deeper underground. On the surface, worms eat a variety of organic materials, such as dead grass and leaves that have fallen from the trees. There…
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Selecting Potting Soil - A Staple for Growing Plants and Flowers

No gardener can have a green thumb without a little help. That help, okay, maybe it is a lot of help, comes from the soil in which the plants grow from. Even the best of plants and bulbs will flounder if you do not choose the right kind of…
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Treating Acidic Soil - What is the Condition of your Soil

The soil is a major consideration in the health and success of your garden. If you will be planting a garden, you will want to have the soil tested. A common problem in home gardens is acidic soil. Most plants thrive best when the soil is…
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Tips for Successful Germination

Germination is the most difficult part of growing plants, especially for new gardeners. There are many advantages to growing your garden from seeds, especially if you are growing a vegetable garden. Seeds are less expensive and you will find…
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Ordering Flowers Online

With a passion for flower gardens, you are likely to find the varieties of bulbs, seeds and flowering bushes that are available locally to be limited. If you have a vision for a flower garden that includes certain flowers, substituting may…
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Did You Know That Flowers Speak

There’s little doubt that flowers are beautiful, many have perfume aromas that stir the senses, and the act of giving and receiving flowers is woven into the very fabric of our culture. But did you know each flower has a meaning, and did…
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How To Make Flowers Last Longer

A little extra care makes any flower arrangement - or fresh bouquet - last longer. Part of the appeal for fresh cut flowers is the fact their beauty is fleeting... it makes them all the more precious to us; and yet ironically we wish for them…
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Growing Herbs Indoors

Whether you are a gardener or a gourmet chef, you are bound to be hooked on having fresh herbs at your disposal. If you haven’t got into the herb craze yet, you are missing out. In modern recipes, you will find that fresh herbs such as basil,…
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Buying Seeds Online - Planting a Garden

One of the biggest temptations for an avid gardener is browsing online. And not just browsing anywhere, but on gardening websites and heirloom seed dealer pages. How can one resist all of those alluring descriptions and promises of great growth? It’s…
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Does Smoke Affect House Plants?

Smoke, which is a combination or mixture of gases, organic compounds and particulate matter, causes plants to drop leaves and causes epinasty, which is a downward curvature of leaves, due to its ethylene content. Ethylene causes lateral swelling,…