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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

10 Tips for Butterfly Watching Beginners

Like bird watching, butterfly watching takes time and patience. Observing these winged insects can be fun on it's own, and soon you'll be able to identify the many different species. Here are beginner tips from Bird Watcher's Digest Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Harden Off Seedlings

When you start your own seeds, it typically involves beginning them indoors where the climate is controlled and the young seedlings are protected. Then, when they’re strong enough and the weather is right, you transplant them outside Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

An Ode to Annuals and Early Spring

Unless you’re one of the fortunate folks living in the balmy climes of some perpetually warm (and flowering) southern state, you’re probably like the rest of us at this time of year: rendered somewhat color-blind from winter’s gray skies Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

8 Simple Steps for Planting Trees

March in Pennsylvania can be tricky for gardeners. March usually brings the start of warmer weather, but it can also bring more snow. This weather may cause a challenge for deciding if you can start planting, or what to start planting. The Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Water-Thrifty, Drought-Resistant Plants

As we strive to create flourishing landscapes—both in our own small spaces and in our communities at large—we are faced with diminishing natural resources on a very large scale. The traditional model of large, thirsty lawns and paved Read More

Deck & Patio Furnishings: Seating, Dining, Wind & Sun Screens, Storage, Entertaining & More
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

How to Make a Panel Planter

Put your plants on a pedestal with an eye-catching DIY panel planter from Michael R. Johnson’s how-to guide Deck & Patio Furnishings. There are countless ways to build a planter. It is, after all, just a pretty box into which we Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

Water Retentive Soil and other Water Saving Tips

Droughts can be devastating to a garden. When trying to conserve water you might have to get a little creative so your plants can survive the low water conditions. With water retentive soil and these other water tips, you can keep the water Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

5 Steps to Dividing Perennials or Ornamental Grass

When dividing perennials or ornamental grass, it is important to wait until after the last frost. This may be hard to determine, but for Tennessee and Kentucky, it is usually early in the month of March. Dividing your perennials or Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Prune Evergreen Trees in Early Spring

Early spring can bring with it a rush of activity in the garden, preparing for the season’s approaching warmth and new growth, and it can be easy to focus only on the new sprouts, shoots, and blossoms out there. Authors Liz Ball and George Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

3 Pruning Tips for Different Types of Plants

Not all plants need to be pruned, but those who do have different times and specifications. Sometimes it can be hard to determine what those specifications are. Here are some pruning tips from Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico Month by Month Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

Turn Your Raised Bed Garden into a Mini Hoop House

So you’ve built and installed your own raised bed, and your garden is flourishing beautifully. With success comes the inevitable question: Can we do even more? Thanks to Tara Nolan’s book, Raised Bed Revolution, the answer here is YES. You Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Plant and Grow Spinach

When you hear the word spinach, what image pops into your mind? From salads to Popeye’s muscles and everything in between, versatility is the key word when talking about spinach. It can be eaten raw, steamed, added to pasta dishes, and used Read More