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Grow a Kitchen Garden in 16 Square Feet

Got a sunny 4-by-4 space? You can make meals more interesting with your own vegetables and herbs Full Story
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diannthusdesigns
you can put the seeds down in early spring, or young plants after the last freeze
April 2, 2014 at 4:04pm   
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hck72
Marigolds aren't just there to brighten the patch up they are essential if you are looking to try and limit the use of chemical sprays to deter unwanted pests. Marigolds attract beneficial mini beasts (hover flies, lady birds etc) who then in turn eat the aphids etc There are other beneficial flowers that do the same job if you aren't so keen on vibrant orange. Chamomile, daisy, flowering onion garlic, sunflowers amongst others do the job too. Leave nettles growing wild if you can as this is where ladybirds live. Have fun and hope this helps!
Hannah Keegan Garden Design (UK)
April 2, 2014 at 11:10pm     
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Incredible Home Catwalks Make for Purr-fectly Happy Felines

Walkways and tunnels custom built to the tune of about $35,000 keep a homeowner’s 18 cats on cloud nine Full Story
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gumbull
Sweet
How much fun is that
April 6, 2014 at 10:20am   
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zannej
Looking at the spiral thing, I would probably need some sort of railing at the higher parts for some of my less graceful cats. One of the cats I rescued had an inner ear infection that has permanently affected his balance so he falls down easily. My two oldest cats also have some trouble with landing on their feet and have a little bit of trouble with losing their balance. I think some of my younger ones would knock other ones off of these things. LOL. They love to tussle and tackle one another.
April 8, 2014 at 3:37pm   
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Houzz Products: Create a Cat Heaven at Home

Show kitty you care and keep your style too with fun and cozy cat beds, perches, trees and decor Full Story
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Violet Burns
Thank you , appreciate your getting back to me. Our house is very dry and it could be from that too. We will have to try the "Furminator", we have the comb but they don't like it. Thanks again and by the way our girl Peaches, looks just like Simba.
March 29, 2014 at 7:21am     
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Kajsa Staaf
No, My dearest, crazy, cat people! How should I do to attach pictures here?
March 29, 2014 at 8:09pm   
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14 Crazy Places to Grow Edibles

Some Houzzers may lack ground for gardening, but they’re never short on imagination Full Story
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Melanie Awakening
I've been wanting this tower for a while now. But lately, lots of info has been coming out about plastics. And it's not looking good. Here is one article: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/tritan-certichem-eastman-bpa-free-plastic-safe Keep in mind that the plastics industry is an extension of the fossil fuel industry. I know this film seems to be about plastic bags, but it's about plastic in general, and very eye opening. http://www.bagitmovie.com/
March 23, 2014 at 6:45am   
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tigger2210
Please don't use old tires to grow food only ornamentals. Toxins in tires not good for food
Thanks
March 28, 2014 at 9:53am   
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10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers

Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix Full Story
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Robert Beebe
An insight on how to mix the Planting Soil? I dump layers on a large tarp and pull one edge over to the other side, rolling the ingredients back and forth in several directions til I'm satisfied with the blend.
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bmarten
Thanks Steve for the great article & terrific tips! I'm in S Florida & can no longer put my plants in the ground like I used up north since the slugs, snails & lizards seem to feast upon the tender young plants. I started using containers inside a fully screened in area and the tomato & pepper plants are doing ok but have been battling loads of white fly. My basil has also developed black spot fungus, it seems to be a constant struggle.
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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paddyboxall
Lovely to see so many people taking notice of my original article.
Here in Australia even though I live in a temperate area with four actual seasons, we still get very hot, dry periods. Have been in drought for about 2 years now, after two devastating floods. Cannot believe how the ground dries up so quickly.
I have 10000 litres of water harvested off a 63 square metre garage. It is amazing how a small amount of rain can provide that much stored water.
So, everybody. Get your local ordinances changed so that water is harvested and not allowed to run away. There is no more water on the planet than we have now. Isn't that a sobering thought.
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Lol no! Work a week
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10 Easy Edibles to Grow in Containers

No garden ground doesn’t have to mean no home-grown food. These herbs, veggies and fruits are just as happy in a pot Full Story
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Victoran, make sure you boost the pots up off the ground with spacers (don't block the drain hole!), or move the pots every season. If the pots are resting on the ground, the tree roots will migrate up through the drain holes and into the pots. I was called out to troubleshoot a container garden that had 1/2-inch tree roots coming up through the bottom. They had been in the same place for a couple of years.
April 5, 2014 at 12:23pm     
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Sylvia Reynolds-Blakely
RollingPlanter.com. i like your ethos. Makes sense to have rolling containers until you know how much sun your favorite plants need.
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10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners

Focus on these beginner-friendly vegetables, herbs, beans and salad greens to start a home farm with little fuss Full Story
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chrisinky
My boss says that used coffee grounds around her potatoes keep the potato bugs off of them. She also uses stove ashes as a sort of fertilizer. She plants everything according to date/moon/Farmer's Almanac every year and her results are usually really good. I've also heard that human hair clippings around a garden will keep the deer away. I've known people to ask a hairdresser to collect a day or two's worth in a bag for them.
April 9, 2014 at 11:14am   
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rachiti
Hair is best if it's not freshly washed. When I was young (we had a garden in the country among our farm crops) we used marigolds planted at the end of each row and human hair collected from brushed over the course of the year and kept in a baggie until use...the point is to keep human smell near the plants even when you're not around. Time for me to dig up all those garden memories though as we're attempting our first in-ground planting this year (fingers crossed).
April 10, 2014 at 12:43am   
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