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How to Make a Ladybug Feeder & Attract Them to Your Garden ~ they feed on aphids, mealybugs, leaf hoppers, scales and mites.

Amy F is growing her potatoes in recycled trash cans this year. She cut off the bottom, painted them with Krylon Fusion, and planted in soil at the bottom of the barrel. She'll keep mulching with straw to cover the tubers. Photo links to our blog entry "This Week in the Garden, March 26 to 31, 2012."

Vertical gardening - it maximizes your harvest, makes the most of limited space, doesn't require lots of bending, and keeps your veggies away from pests and rot. This easy-to-assemble kit lets you grow vertically vining plants either against a wall, or as a free-standing unit using your own posts. Takes up just four square feet of growing space but produces more vegetation than a 24 square foot plot! Perfect for tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers, or any vining plants.

Who knew? Hostas in a pot! every spring they return...in the pot! Add geraniums and ivy. Love this! PLUS other shade garden ideas!

Lowes sells the 4 to 6" round PVC pipe with holes already drilled. Purchase an end cap, fill with rock, soil, and plant. I will often put these in the center of a very large pot to stabilize, and add amazing height and color to a container that has trailing plants (no end cap or rock needed if you are placing in a container)

A penelope rose to add to the rose garden in honor of our little Penny.

Do this in the fall. Spring bulbs in Pots: store the potted bulbs in an unheated garage or storage room. You'll need to water every few weeks since the pots won't have access to rainfall. In addition to small pots, pack bulbs "shoulder-to-shoulder" in big containers for an abundant display in spring. Toss aside the spacing recommendations so you can get as many bulbs into the container that will fit.