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Growing Vegetables in Containers

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Growing Vegetables in Containers
My 17-year-old son and I like to grow vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers). It has been our project every summer since he was a little boy. The problem is that in my current backyard I have all shade (north facing) but my front yard is full sun (south facing). Container gardening is my answer to this problem. It’s easy, affordable and it offers you greater control. I line my pots in front of my garage. They get protection from the weather and still have a sunny exposure. I have di...
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Pest-repelling Plants

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Pest-repelling Plants
A gardener's dream would be to have a garden that can care for itself, but that is just a dream. Every garden needs tending, but there are a few things that you can do to make your work a little easier, including selecting plants for your garden to help control insect pests. Certain plants attract beneficial insects or repel harmful insects. Beneficial insects  (ladybugs and praying mantis) prey on pests that damage your garden. Using plants to control pests cuts down on your workload and ...
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It's Time to Summer Some Houseplants Outdoors

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It's Time to Summer Some Houseplants Outdoors
Now that spring has sprung and the danger of frost has past, the urge to go outside and enjoy the lovely weather is drawing us into the garden.  Houseplants that have been inside for the long winter are beginning to grow and perk-up and would also like to go outside into the garden to enjoy a breath of fresh air, a bit of sunshine and a little spring rain… how exhilarating!    There are some plants here at the Center for Home Gardening that get a big boost by going outsi...
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