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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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Posted in: Spring | Tags: gardenina , orchids , jade plant , insect control , indoor plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (835)

How to Create a Fairy Garden

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How to Create a Fairy Garden
Spring of 2014 is on its way and the gardening urge is upon us.  However, “Mother Nature” is probably not as eager as we, and the weather may not yet be consistent enough for all of our tender plants to go outside. There is a type of gardening that will help to satisfy some of our gardening needs, though: why not try putting together a "fairy garden?" The term should not set you back; there are no fairies needed.  A “fairy garden” is just a miniature garden ...
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