Archives : July, 2013

Maxikap Self-Watering Planters

Maxikap Self-Watering Planters

  The Maxikap self-watering planter is an easy to use, low-maintenance, simple way to grow just about anything. The system is half hydro-culture and half soil, featuring a 40 L reservoir

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Clematis Pruning: A,B, or C?

Clematis Pruning: A,B, or C?

So, you’ve bought a clematis, and you’re confused about how to prune it? Newly planted clematis vines should be pruned to the lowest pair of strong buds after their first winter

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Polycarbonate Greenhouse Coverings

Polycarbonate Greenhouse Coverings

Garden Retreat sells a number of high quality all-season  greenhouses for your backyard or acreage. The “Halls” brand greenhouse kits are perfect for city backyards and come with 4.5 mm

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Growing Orchids: The Basics

Growing Orchids: The Basics

So, you bought an orchid, or received one as a gift. What now? What are orchids? If you purchased an orchid in a store, chances are it’s an epiphytic  orchid.

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Diatomaceous Earth for Ant Control

Diatomaceous Earth for Ant Control

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is fossilized microscopic shells of one celled plants called Diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica (silicon dioxide). Gardeners commonly use it to control ants and

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Composting: The Basics

Composting: The Basics

What is compost? Compost is produced when organic matter slowly decomposes in aerobic conditions. It is the dark, spongy, earthy-smelling component of soil often referred to as “humus”. Compost adds nutrients

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