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The best fountain secret in the world . . . who knew Hydrogen Peroxide was an awesome fountain cleaner all this time? And almost magic in the way it works. I have seen it clear a green and murky fountain to crystal clear water in 24 hours. It does not hurt the wildlife either, because it turns into oxygen by the time those 24 hours are up!

Shade container garden

Containers With Pizazz ! Not Your Ordinary Container!

Vertical Garden - Great for Small Space Gardening

Plants that repel mosquitoes

How to plant garlic (one clove produces up to twenty more) - you can always have fresh garlic!

Did you know that you can grow another complete celery stalk from the bottom piece that you cut off and throw away? This is new to me, too, but I have been doing it this year and it works! I use a lot of celery when cooking and I hope to save quite a bit by re-growing it throughout the spring and summer.

Soaking seeds before planting is an “old time” gardener’s trick that many new gardeners are not aware of. When you soak seeds before planting, you can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes for a seed to germinate. Let’s look at the reasons for soaking seeds and how to soak seeds.… By Heather Rhoades | Gardening Know How

Seed Starting Basics: WHY HOW to Start seeds, plus how to CARE for PLANT your seedlings - An Oregon Cottage

Super Easy Seed Starting: The Baggie Method (wet a paper towel and put it in a plastic bag)

Each time you crack an egg open, instead of tossing the shell into the trash, drop it into an open container that you keep in the fridge. When the container is full, crush the shells into small bits and sprinkle them around the base of your plants. The sharp egg shells will deter slugs, snails, and other bugs from nibbling on your garden.

Save Your Eggshells

Plant these in the garden to repel mosquitoes - won't get rid of them completely, but every little bit helps! All these plants really need to have some direct sunlight on them during the day to get them to grow, even in Houston's tropical climate. ~ Houston Foodlovers

bee hives

bee hives |

Free Tea: 6 Plants to Grow Your Own Herbal Brew

How to make fresh cut flowers last longer. 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon household bleach 2 teaspoons lemon (or lime) juice 1 quart of lukewarm water Instructions Fill a container with 1 qt. of warm water. Add 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. chlorine bleach and 2 tsp. lemon or lime juice to the warm water. Place a lid on the container, and shake. Pour into flower vase (or mason jar). :-)

PINK Creeping Baby's Breath Seeds Gypsophila repens rosea Trailing 4-8 inch tall plants spread to 2 feet or more across and are covered with masses of delicate pink flowers all summer long. Easy to grow, they are excellent for edging paths or trailing over rocks and walls. Winter hardy to zone 3.

Baby's Breath Seeds | Gypsophila | Perennial Flower Seeds

Fleur de Lawn is a flowering eco-lawn mix with low growing perennial flowers that change color and texture through the seasons. It was developed at Oregon State University through research on eco-friendly landscapes; $29.95 for a 1-pound bag at Pro Time Lawn Seed. Image via Oregon State University Department of Horticulture.

Fields of Green: 5 Favorite Lawn Substitutes: Gardenista

Seaside daisy-Native Oregon flowers

For years, grass seed has benefited from the addition of clover, which fertilizes soil by drawing in nitrogen, resulting in a healthier and greener lawn. Microclover, a relatively new variety, makes an ideal companion to grass, in that it’s low-growing and doesn’t flower often, and the shade it provides to the soil reduces water evaporation. Clover may also be used on its own for a non-traditional lawn with no grass at all.

Grass Alternatives - Keep Off the Grass - Bob Vila

Deadheading for Extended Blooms - I've said it before and I'll say it again... I LOVE Better HOmes and Gardens! An excellent article on how to deadhead different varieties of flowers

Deadheading for Extended Bloom

Queen Anne's Lace & Larkspur 'Mauve' (1) From: Sarah Raven, please visit

Grow Together: Ammi visnaga & Larkspur 'Mauve'