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A painted picnic table can quickly be converted into a great workspace while the stacked benches on top provide some clever shelving for storage.

Indoor Tulips . . . Step 1 - Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop . . . Step 2 - Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support). . .Step 3 - Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldnt touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow

"When my sister was married, I took the half-dead roses from her bouquet. At home, I rooted them by cutting off the heads, making a clean cut on the bottoms, dipping the fresh-cut bottoms in rooting hormone, and putting them in a pot that was half Perlite and half soil. I kept these moist until rooted & planted them in a shaded location in my garden. This year, on her anniversary, she received a gift that can't be replaced: 12 rose bushes from her wedding bouquet."

invert a tomato cage in a pot, cover it with chicken wire, then fill with spaghnum moss on the outside, peat moss inside. Poke in Sedums, hen and chicks, Sempervivum, Echeveria, Graptoveria, Graptopetalum, Pachyphytum, Pachyveria and other succulents.

natural remedies for veggie gardens (garlic spray for cabbage worms)

planting tomatoes - this is intense

  • Shelah Nyveldt

    I think in Lancaster Co. soil, all this might not be necessary...

  • zoe rohrer

    So what would you skip? I'm thinking of at least doing egg shells...I've got myself plenty of those!

  • Shelah Nyveldt

    wormcastings, chemical fertilizer, root booster. That said, I would put a scoop of manure in instead

  • Amber Martin

    Sometimes I think adding manure then just makes huge plants. Isn't it better to feed when the plants start blooming?

  • Shelah Nyveldt

    You are probably right @Amber but I tend to forget at that point...

how to get more peppers from your green pepper plants: "spray the plant with epsom salts (1 tsp dissolved in a spray bottle of warm water (about 4 cups). that gives the pepper plant a boost of magnesium that is required at flowering time to produce fruit. spray them again 10 days later and in a few weeks, our expert friends report, you will have more peppers than you can eat."

This page has all sorts of interesting ideas for growing plants indoors. wonder if they actually work.

How To Plan Ahead for Your Fall Garden. Maybe I'll actually remember to do it this year!