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Eggshells in the garden: seed starters, natural pest control, and nutrient boost

Crushed eggshells add valuable calcium to soil. Calcium is essential for cell growth in all plants and helps plants build healthy cell walls. Calcium is especially important for fast growing plants like arugula, cucumbers, baby carrots, and radishes because they quickly deplete the surrounding soil of calcium. Without calcium, plants will grow slowly, and some …

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Container gardening tips for herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables

Creating a container garden can be both rewarding and exciting. Watching and nourishing the tiny seeds that was packaged for a large or small area can be shared will all family members. Each produce can be easily labeled and cared for accordingly. Wooden barrels, hanging baskets, planters, and large flowerpots are a small sampling of …

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Compost: can you compost paper towels or tea leaves?

Compost is a common name for the decomposition of organic matter. The decomposition is performed primarily by microbes, although larger creatures such as ants, nematodes, and oligochaete worms also help decompose organic matter. Compost is used in gardening and agriculture as a soil amendment. It is also used for erosion control, land/stream reclamation, wetland construction, …

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Coffee grounds and the benefit of using them in your garden

Coffee grounds contain several substances that promote healthy plant growth. They contain nitrogen, tannic acids and other nutrients. Acid-loving plants especially respond to coffee grounds and coffee. If you need a large supply of used coffee grounds, visit your local Starbucks coffee house. Most Starbucks outlets will give you their used coffee grounds for free. …

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Butterflies: how to attract pollinating butterflies to your garden

Butterflies are beneficial insects. They pollinate during the day while flowers are open and they have a better color perception than bees (and humans). A butterfly can see and pollinate red flowers, while bees cannot. They also find their nectar by being able to see ultraviolet light which makes flower markings very distinct to them. …

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Flowering bulbs: how to plant, when to store and what to do after flowering

Cool climate bulbs Allium, bluebell, crocus, cyclamen, daffodil, fritillary, hyacinth, lily-of-the-field, meadow saffron, snowdrop and tulip. Warm climate bulbs Baboon flower, belladonna lily, corn lily, crinum, dahlia, freesia, ginger lily, hippeastrum, jonquil, November lily, ranunculus, snowflake, spring starflower, tritonia, zephyr lily. How to plant flower bulbs Most bulbs grow well if they receive sunlight for …

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Beneficial bees, butterflies and ladybugs: tips to lure them to your garden

Beneficial insects act as natural predators help to keep your garden free of harmful pests. As a bonus, you’ll reduce the need to use harmful insecticides and pesticides. Encourage beneficial insects to visit your garden by growing plants and flowers which provide food and a home for them. You an also purchase many good bugs …

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