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Trimming Hedges – Dos & Don’ts

Trimming Hedges – Dos & Don’ts

The first house we bought came with hedges. I am not an outdoorsy person, and my husband isn’t a landscaping person, so the hedges were a bane to our existence. I finally put my big girl pants on, along with long gloves because I am allergic to everything green, and...

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A Tree can be a Friend

A Tree can be a Friend

Many of my childhood memories involve trees. My best friend loved to climb, and, though I was no fan of heights, I would follow her up – at least a little ways. We climbed the tree in my back yard, one near our elementary school, and our favorite in the middle of our...

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3 Features of the Perfect Chicken Coop

3 Features of the Perfect Chicken Coop

If you are ready to start your own backyard chicken flock, you know your chickens need somewhere comfortable to live so they don’t “fly the coop.” So what should you consider when buying or building your chicken coop? Here are the top three things you should consider...

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What is the Difference between OMRI and Organic?

What is the Difference between OMRI and Organic?

This topic can lean very heavily on the science part of gardening and animal care. However, I am not a science type person. So let me break this down in terms I can understand easily. Organic simply means anything used to help plants and animals grow has come...

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Chicken Chores for Young Children

Chicken Chores for Young Children

Chickens are the new rave. I have several friends who raise chickens. After setting up the chicken coop and feeders, I get pictures of how quickly they are growing….like passing around baby pics. Raising chickens is not only a source of eggs in this expensive time we...

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How Do I Take Care of my Septic Tank?

How Do I Take Care of my Septic Tank?

Septic tanks are buried underground for a reason. When those septic tanks back up….well…everyone can agree on the level of nastiness that is to clean up! Living nine miles out, one would think sewer back up doesn’t happen frequently. However, if we don’t take care of...

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Starting Your Own Compost Pile

Starting Your Own Compost Pile

The first week in May is International Composting Awareness Week, so what better time to start a composting pile of your own? The benefits of composting are many – it helps soil retain moisture, both adds nutrients and helps soil hold nutrients, and promotes healthier...

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Five Must-Haves to Make Gardening More Enjoyable

Five Must-Haves to Make Gardening More Enjoyable

If you’ve set about starting your garden, you have probably realized a few tools are necessary to get started. But more than necessary, some tools can make gardening a little easier and more enjoyable. So whether you are looking to plant a large garden or a small one,...

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Steps for Starting Your First Vegetable Garden

Steps for Starting Your First Vegetable Garden

Spring is the time of new starts, new ideas, and new gardens. I’ve lived in my house for 9 years, and  I’ve learned a few new gardening tips. Choose your vegetables. This helps determine the size of garden you want. For example, watch for vegetables like cucumbers or...

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How to Plant a Container Grown Tree

How to Plant a Container Grown Tree

Using a spade, measure the height of the tree’s container to gauge how deep the hole should be; the base of the trunk should sit about one inch above the ground. Dig a hole that is three to four times the diameter of the tree’s container.  Slope the side like a...

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