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Marigolds are fantastic for companion planting as they scent from the flower repels many garden insects.

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no-dig flower bed - I've been using newspaper under my mulch for a couple years now, to deter weed growth! Cheap and works!

Newspaper Weed Blocker. Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients into your soil. Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers. landscape

Downspout water run off - Keeps mulch in flower bed

We put rope lighting in our rock boarder and when lit up it looks like lava is under them! Too cool!

10 Tips to start a garden - Can do ideas for beginners

Plant lemon grass in big pots for the patio... it repels mosquitoes and it grows tall

colored glass Instead of gravel in the garden or can get these @ the dollar store.

Purple Jew Plant

Purple Jew | Purple Heart Plant

no weeds for two years!! The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

Five Workhorse Annuals - High impact, low maintenance annuals to keep pot and containers looking good all summer.