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Good instructions for making over your backyard with a walkway. Minick Materials can help you figure it out!

Bridget and Bear: Project: Backyard walkway

Don't have much space to grow your favorite plants? Try building a vertical garden like this one, designed by Susie Frazier.

Homemade Weed Killer 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1/2 cup salt, Liquid dish soap (any brand), Empty spray bottle. Put salt in the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap. This solution works best if you use it on a hot day. Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.

Flowerbed Combination Ideas. This link gives tons of plant combos for sun vs. shade. Flower beds, containers, etc.

Flowers for a shade garden; from left to right: 1. bergenia 2. hellebore 3. chinese ground orchid 4. heuchera 5. epimedium 6. dead nettle 7. solomon's seal 8. trillium 9. lady's slipper 10. bunchberry 11. checkered lily 12. pulmonaria

Plants for Shady Gardens: Astilbe. Known best for their colorful flower plumes, many of the newer astilbe varieties also have showy foliage that may be bronze, pale green, blue green, dark green or wine red. If you choose varieties with different foliage colors, bloom times and heights, they can add lots of interesting color and texture throughout the season.

This site is so cool, you can download full garden plans that tell you what to plant, and where to plant. Many different garden options, like shade, full sun, deck, etc.. Worth checking out if you plan to plant a garden soon!

How to cut herbs - for basil don't pluck leaves off, instead trim stem. Leave two sets of leaves on stem (leaves grow in pairs across from each other). Cut immediately above the second set of leaves from the ground. Plant will then grow new branches from this cut.

Five things you will need if you're planting seeds for the first time: "ambitious gardeners are starting to think about seed starting. For new or nongardeners, seed starting is just that: tucking the little guys into a special seed starting mix, popping them under artificial light, and, in many cases, applying heat..." / Mar 5 '12

DIY Veggie Basket--Just turn on the hose and rinse them off before bringing them in! Brilliant!

How Empty Milk Jugs Changed My Garden

Tin can vertical garden - how nice would this look in spring?