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Growing Edibles in a DIY Raised Planter Box

Although my garden is not so active now compared to the summer months, I tried growing edibles in a raised planter box. I designed and built this planter box from free repurposed wood that we already have. Because of pest problems my vegetable patch in the back of the garden was not productive. Rodents devoured apples, peaches, blackberries, guava, and…

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Plant Cordyline Electric Pink for a Pop of Color

As an avid gardener I enjoy discovering new plants like this Electric Pink Cordyline. In the world of gardening people can relate to the times when you feel the urge to make a garden corner more beautiful. On my trip to a nursery last week, it instantly caught my eye as soon as I spotted it. Features Cordyline Electric Pink…

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How to Grow Baby Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy or Pak Choy is a small variety of Chinese cabbage with dark green leaves and white stems. Known for its mild flavor, it is excellent for use in soups, salads, stir fry, stews, or saut√©. Some countries in Asia preserve it by pickling these greens. The best part is, it is full of vitamins, beta-carotene, minerals and…

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8 Best Edible Plants You Can Easily Grow Now

It is late summer and here in California we still have time to grow edible plants to last through fall. Thanks to our good weather there are lots of delicious vegetables that can still thrive at this time. All you need to do is the basics needed to plant and take care of these easy-to-grow-crops. You can start them from…

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6 Beautiful Tough Plants to Grow in Your Garden

Although there are so many varieties of plants we can grow, I tend to rely on a few tried-and-true favorites. These low-care, tough plants are beautiful and they come back year after year. They are also popular in gardens as they provide a pleasing variety of colors, textures, shapes and height. Soil doesn’t have to be rich to grow these…

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How to Grow More Geraniums from Cuttings

One of the best flowers in my garden that gives me joy is the “Martha Washington” geranium (Zone 5-10). The beautiful, velvety ruffled-edge petals comes in single to three colors in one flower. The leaves release a citrusy fragrance when crushed. This wonderful geranium is easy to care for, requires little water and loves a sunny location. They flower well…

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How to Protect Young Seedlings from Critters

I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this situation. Spring time got me excited to grow things so I sowed some seeds. After two weeks, when the seedlings were ready, I transplanted them to the ground. Then in a matter of a few days, I discovered them sadly eaten by critters. Nothing remained except a small portion of…

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Quarantine Gardening – Why Not?

Since we are on lockdown indefinitely, I am taking the time to do quarantine gardening and catch up on spring gardening chores. There are so many things I can definitely think of in order to use most of the free time staying home. If you enjoy gardening like me, here are some projects that I hope will inspire you too………

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Sedum Palmeri – The Easiest Plant to Grow

One of the easiest plant to grow for me is Sedum Palmeri (Stonecrop). It’s just a wonderful plant that really checks all the boxes. Once you get your hands on this succulent, I’m sure you will want to plant them all over the yard. My first sedum came from cuttings given to me by my aunt. I was in Rome,…

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How to Prune a Lemon Tree

I’ve had lemon trees for years and I just love growing them. They’re filled with shiny evergreen foliage, fragrant flowers and lots of fruit. Can you count the many ways we can use lemons? If you take good care of a lemon tree, it will result in bountiful harvest. And one of the ways to take care of it is…

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