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How to Grow More Succulents Using Cuttings

If you love to grow more succulents in your garden, let me show you how to propagate them using cuttings.  It’s really  easy, especially if you already have succulents growing now.  Succulents are not fuzzy at all, they survive with very little care, and with almost no water.  They also prefer well-drained soil and full sun.  In my area (Zone…

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Vegetables You Can Easily Grow in Pots

If you don’t have backyard space to plant vegetables you can easily grow them in pots. All you need are plant containers, potting soil, plant food, seeds or seedlings, and a little care. One of the most important things is choosing plants that are small enough to fit containers and that are easy to grow.  If you don’t have time…

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How to Prepare Soil for Spring Planting

You don’t need a green thumb to be able to grow vegetables or other plants.  A very successful garden always starts with a rich fertile soil  A well-prepared soil is the foundation for a bountiful garden.  An ideal soil lets in air and water, retains moisture, drains well, and holds nutrients.  Here are some easy steps that I do to…

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A Garden of Beautiful Ideas and Inspiration

Do you love to garden?  Do you enjoy day trips?  Are you looking for garden  inspiration and ideas?  Visiting Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar, CA is a lot of fun. They have a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants, trees and shrubs.  Every season they showcase a spectacular display of beautiful plants. I think it is the best…

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How to Grow Lavender in a Pot

Lavender (or Lavandula) is a fragrant flowering plant in the mint family.  It is commonly used for garden and landscape,  and as a culinary herb.  Its essential oil is used commercially in soaps, candles, lotions, and aromatherapy.  The dried flowers can also be used for arrangements.  Do you know that lavender attracts butterflies?  It can also repel insects like mosquitos,…

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12 Best Herbs to Use in Cooking

There are many kinds of wonderful herbs that enhances the flavor and aroma of food.  Each one is versatile in many ways.  Fresh herbs are used in stews, soups, pasta, salads, marinades, roasts, ice cream, baked goods, meat loaf, dips and vegetables.  Some herbs like mint are popular in making cocktails. I grow a lot of herbs in my garden…

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Summer Season’s Best

One of the summer season’s best is zucchini.  This past summer I had an abundance of zucchini growing in my garden.  It is a great source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, magnesium, folate, copper, phosphorus, and potassium.  It also happens to be a low-calorie vegetable. To me, zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables. I cook it sautéed, fried,…

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A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Sedum praeatum (Green cockscomb) is a succulent plant that does not require a lot of care or water.  It is one of my favorite plants in the garden.  The leaves are shiny, lime green with red tips.  The pretty yellow flowers are star-shaped.  This plant blooms twice in my area – in spring/summer and in winter. It is easy to…

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Christmas Plant

Nothing says Christmas like the gorgeous poinsettia.  This year I got this beautiful red and white poinsettia for the front porch because its just spectacular!  The flowers are 10 inches wide.  So far, it’s thriving in the winter.  Did you know that they naturally grow in the forests of Central America and Mexico?

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Winter Surprise

Just when winter makes almost everything in the garden stop growing or go dormant, out pops this pretty white narcissus. It is very fragrant.  I got this plant from my neighbor who bought it as a potted plant. She had it inside the house and when it started wilting she was going to throw it in the trash!  I said,…

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