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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.

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 things you will need if you're planting seeds for the first time

Five things you will need if you're planting seeds for the first time

This handy little chart lets you know when to start seeds indoors as well as when to plant outdoor. Five things you will need if youre planting seeds for the first time -- GazetteXtra

Cucumbers are sweeter when you plant them with sunflowers.  Don't plant them with watermelons! It ruins the taste of the melons.  Lots of other gardening tips on this blog.

Growing Cucumbers

Cucumbers are sweeter when you plant them with sunflowers. Don't plant them with watermelons! It ruins the taste of the melons. Lots of other gardening tips on this blog.

2 c vinegar, 1T liquid soap, 1Tsalt....will kill anything! (for all those weeds growing in the cracks of the driveway!)

2 c vinegar, 1T liquid soap, 1Tsalt....will kill anything! (for all those weeds growing in the cracks of the driveway!)

Growing Vegetables Chart with info about watering, fertilizing, growing seeds. (Follow our other boards for detox, fitness, yoga and green living tips: pinterest.com/gaiam)

Growing Vegetables Chart with info about watering, fertilizing, growing seeds. (Follow our other boards for detox, fitness, yoga and green living tips: pinterest.com/gaiam)

How to have an awesome pepper harvest. Spray the plant with Epsom salts (1 teaspoon 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.

How to have an awesome pepper harvest. Spray the plant with Epsom salts (1 teaspoon 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.

Informational graphic with information about composting.

Which Composting Method is Best for You? Infographic Helps You Decide

The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors | Greatist

The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors

5 Perennial Veggies to Plant Once and Enjoy... Forever

5 Perennial Veggies to Plant Once and Enjoy... Forever

5 Perennial Veggies to Plant Once and Enjoy. Forever Globe artichoke Asparagus Jerusalem artichokes (Sunchokes) Alliums (garlic, onions and chives) Radicchio and Chicory

When surrounded by glass, plants almost go on autopilot. They get the humidity they crave in even the driest of rooms. Any plant will shine, such as Scilla siberica ‘Alba’ in a bed of moss.

When surrounded by glass, plants almost go on autopilot. They get the humidity they crave in even the driest of rooms. Any plant will shine, such as Scilla siberica ‘Alba’ in a bed of moss.


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Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall. Awesome!

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall. Awesome!

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.

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.

Line flowerpots and planters with coffee filters to stop soil from falling through the drainage hole. by christie

Line flowerpots and planters with coffee filters to stop soil from falling through the drainage hole. by christie

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

How to Grow Garlic

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

Creating a buried pot garden is a beautiful and easy way to ecoscape. Not only will your garden be extraordinarily charming and tidy, it'll consume less water and energy. Sunken planter gardens like this one provide both form and function. The pots prevent your herbs or plants from overrunning their designated areas, and the mulch keeps unwanted weeds and pests at bay while consuming no water and energy.

Creating a Buried Pot Garden

Creating a buried pot garden is a beautiful and easy way to ecoscape. Not only will your garden be extraordinarily charming and tidy, it'll consume less water and energy. Sunken planter gardens like this one provide both form and function. The pots prevent your herbs or plants from overrunning their designated areas, and the mulch keeps unwanted weeds and pests at bay while consuming no water and energy.

Worlds most perfect fertilizer   pesticide is epsom salt. This is so true- every other week- 1 gallon of water, 1 TBSP of miracle grow and 3 TBSP of epsom salt- I promise a great garden all season.

Worlds most perfect fertilizer pesticide is epsom salt. This is so true- every other week- 1 gallon of water, 1 TBSP of miracle grow and 3 TBSP of epsom salt- I promise a great garden all season.

Amazing Organic Weed Killer Spray. 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 c table salt 1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap Mix and pour into a spray bottle Spray weeds thoroughly. It makes 1/2 gallon for around $6.40 It worked better than Round Up & killed the weeds on first application. The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of it's protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe to use a yard used by pets  Weed Killer,: http://amzn.to/1m5BiLp

Amazing Organic Weed Killer Spray. 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 c table salt 1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap Mix and pour into a spray bottle Spray weeds thoroughly. It makes 1/2 gallon for around $6.40 It worked better than Round Up & killed the weeds on first application. The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of it's protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe to use a yard used by pets Weed Killer,: http://amzn.to/1m5BiLp

Can't stand mosquitoes? Lemongrass around the perimeter of your outside space will deter the pests.

Can't stand mosquitoes? Lemongrass around the perimeter of your outside space will deter the pests.

Natural Weed Killer - Spring is coming and this is the BEST Weed Spray. I made 3 gallons for around $4.00 last year after seeing a pin. Worked better than Round Up & killed the weeds/stray grass on first application. One gallon of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, 1/2 c table salt, 1 tsp Dawn. Mix and pour into a smaller spray bottle. (you can purchase 3 gallon size Apple Cider Vinegar in the canning section of a good hardware store - cheap!)

Natural Weed Killer - Spring is coming and this is the BEST Weed Spray. I made 3 gallons for around $4.00 last year after seeing a pin. Worked better than Round Up & killed the weeds/stray grass on first application. One gallon of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, 1/2 c table salt, 1 tsp Dawn. Mix and pour into a smaller spray bottle. (you can purchase 3 gallon size Apple Cider Vinegar in the canning section of a good hardware store - cheap!)

Cucumbers like it hot. Lettuce likes it cool and shady. But with this trellis, they’re perfect companions! Use this slanted trellis to grow your cucumbers and you’ll enjoy loads of straight, unblemished fruit. Plant lettuce, mesclun or spinach in the shady area beneath to protect it from wilting or bolting. Western red cedar frame and sturdy plastic mesh. 48" square.

TRY THIS: Grow a Vegetable Garden

Cucumbers like it hot. Lettuce likes it cool and shady. But with this trellis, they’re perfect companions! Use this slanted trellis to grow your cucumbers and you’ll enjoy loads of straight, unblemished fruit. Plant lettuce, mesclun or spinach in the shady area beneath to protect it from wilting or bolting. Western red cedar frame and sturdy plastic mesh. 48" square.

I am NEVER going to buy green onions again!  You can grow them yourself in water in your kitchen.

"Homegrown" Green Onions and Mom's Cheese Bread

I am NEVER going to buy green onions again! You can grow them yourself in water in your kitchen.

DIY Project - Plant a compact vegetable garden #diy #squarefootgarden #dan330 http://livedan330.com/2015/01/18/diy-compact-vegetable-garden/

DIY Compact Vegetable Garden

DIY Project - Plant a compact vegetable garden #diy #squarefootgarden #dan330 http://livedan330.com/2015/01/18/diy-compact-vegetable-garden/

Growing Cilantro - Sunset Sow seeds thickly in a wide, shallow container; then, as soon as plants are 3 to 4 inches tall and sporting a couple of cuttable leaves, use scissors to cut off some foliage for cooking as shown.  Shear from a different section of the container every time, rotating the pot as you go and never letting plants in any area mature. By the time you get back to the first section harvested, new leaves will have appeared.

A Better Way to Grow Cilantro

Growing Cilantro - Sunset Sow seeds thickly in a wide, shallow container; then, as soon as plants are 3 to 4 inches tall and sporting a couple of cuttable leaves, use scissors to cut off some foliage for cooking as shown. Shear from a different section of the container every time, rotating the pot as you go and never letting plants in any area mature. By the time you get back to the first section harvested, new leaves will have appeared.