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Hang a Pallet Garden

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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 […]

Use Glass Bottles to Build a Wall

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Empty glass bottles make a unique and eco-friendly addition to a garden. They can be broken and embedded in stepping stones for a mosaic effect, or they can be used whole as garden edging. However, one of the most creative uses for recycled wine bottles is using them to build walls. Scott Cohen, of The […]

Find Ways to Use Old Doors and Windows

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Get ideas for repurposing old items into unique garden elements. Salvaged doors and windows can easily be given new life as garden art. An old door can be used as a gate, potting bench or privacy screen. While windows can become wall décor, be turned into a garden mirror, be used to construct a small shed or greenhouse, […]

Notes from the Garden: The Art of Garden Accessories

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An exquisite garden is a planned one, in which each plant has been selected to compliment the others in size, shape and color. Accessories such as benches, sculptures, mirrors and lanterns can be included to enhance the magnetism of the environment where the garden is located. Sculptures accent sweeping lawns when they are large in […]

A Water-Wise Hamptons Summer

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Drought. It’s an ominous word that arrives here in the Hamptons. Ever since the National Weather Service reported that Long Island had been suffering the driest winter and spring in 13 years, concerns about water usage and conservation have been part of every thought and conversation on topics from watering the lawn to making a […]

7 Secrets for a High-Yield Vegetable Garden

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Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown vegetables from a 15-by-20-foot plot, 100 pounds of tomatoes from just 100 square feet (a 4-by-25-foot bed), or 20 pounds of carrots from just 24 square feet. Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to superproductive gardening is […]

An Introduction to Permaculture

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Combining the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping, permaculture aims for a site that sustains itself and the gardener. The ultimate purpose of permaculture is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, including food, shelter, fuel, and entertainment. (The word permaculture was coined in the mid-1970s by two […]

How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden

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Have some extra space in your yard or garden? Plant a fresh and simple herb garden only steps away from the kitchen. Suggested Herbs basil (‘Purple Ruffles’ or ‘Dani’) sage oregano common thyme sweet marjoram lavender rosemary parsley chives cilantro Pick a Location Pick the location for your herb garden. An ideal location would be […]

How To Prepare Your Lawn and Garden For Fall

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Gardening expert Paul James offers advice on fertilizing, seeding and planting. As fall weather takes hold, you need to change your gardening practices to get your landscape ready for the season ahead. But when do you start? And what should you do? Gardening by the Yard host Paul James offers advice on the intricacies of […]

Sunflower Varieties For All Occasions

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Which sunflower varieties are best for your garden? The Best Sunflowers for the Birds and Bees ‘Giganteus’ produces heads a foot or more across (county fair alert!) on plants growing to 12 feet or more in height. It doesn’t need to be staked and produces pounds of seeds (for you and the birds). ‘Lemon Queen’ […]