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Hang a Pallet Garden

July 10, 2012

Get ideas for repurposing old items into unique garden elements.

The strong desire to be sustainable has led to an increase in the use of recycled materials in landscape design.

Up-cycling and vertical gardening are very popular, this idea combines them both. Take a discarded shipping pallet and turn it into a vertical garden. This one is backed with roofing paper…

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4 tips for a drought tolerant landscape:

Those of you that live in hot, dry climates know how much water it takes to keep a garden looking its best. If you’re tired of constantly worrying about dying plants and high water bills, then drought resistant landscaping is for you. Here are four tips to get you started.

Avoid a lawn. Lawns take a lot of water and…

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Passive Solar Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

How to use trees to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home.
If your home is designed for passive solar heating and cooling, its orientation on the lot is already pre-determined by the architect. This is not typical of the average home though, because lot layout and house positioning is governed by the builder’s profit model, not energy…

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The Best Mulches

June 11, 2012

Mulch is great for the garden. Use this guide to help you find the best type for your landscape.
Why Mulch
Spreading mulch over your garden soil is the best way to save time and energy in your yard. Mulch helps the soil hold moisture so you don’t have to water as often. It also suppresses weeds. And over time, mulches…

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Tips for Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden

Enjoy healthy, tasty, organic vegetables fresh from your garden.
Try these tips for success.
Starting Out Right
For the healthiest plants, make sure you have good growing conditions. For most vegetables, that means full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day). If you have poor soil, amend it with lots of organic matter, such as compost.
Choose Plants Sensibly
Some plants,…

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