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5 Essential Fall Garden Tasks You Should Never Skip (fall garden checklist included!)
Here is a short list of gardening tasks that you should never skip in the fall. If you’re short for time, use this as your quick fall garden maintenance checklist. If you’re pressed for time this fall, or simply don’t have the energy to finish all your fall garden chores, focus on these five tasks first.
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How to Can Apple Butter Step-by-Step (get apple picking season ready!)
You’re about to learn a delicious way to use up the extra apples from your tree, the orchard, or the grocery store. I’ll show you how simple canning apple butter is. Canned apple butter the perfect accompaniment to a meal, especially in the fall or during the holidays, and it also makes a great gift for special occasions. It’s easier to make than you might think, and will last for a few years. All you’ll need are a couple of common ingredients and some basic equipment, and you’re ready to go.
Overwintering plants is a great way to enjoy your favorites year after year, without having to spend a dime. I’ll show you all you need to know about how to keep plants over winter, using a variety of different methods and techniques. Many of the tropical plants sold by nurseries as annual plants are actually tender perennials, and many of them can easily be overwintered indoors. Here you will find a one-stop shop and everything you need to know about overwintering tropical plants indoors.
Overwintering Plants 101 (everything you need to know!)
Overwintering plants is a great way to enjoy your favorites year after year, without having to spend a dime. I’ll show you all you need to know about how to keep plants over winter, using a variety of different methods and techniques. Many of the tropical plants sold by nurseries as annual plants are actually tender perennials, and many of them can easily be overwintered indoors. Here you will find a one-stop shop and everything you need to know about overwintering tropical plants indoors.
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How to Harvest Lettuce Seeds Step-By-Step (simple budget-friendly gardening!)
Harvesting lettuce seeds is easy, fun, and frugal. In this post, I will tell you when and how to collect and save lettuce seeds from your garden, including step by step instructions.Harvesting lettuce seeds is easy, fun, and frugal. In this post, I will tell you when and how to collect and save lettuce seeds from your garden, including step by step instructions. If you get into the habit of gathering lettuce seeds every year, you’ll never need to buy them again.
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DIY Liquid Stevia Extract Using Dried Leaves (make a natural sweetener from your garden!)
Making homemade stevia extract from leaves you’ve grown in your garden or container garden, is easy and so rewarding. Whether you are trying to cut out sugar completely, or just looking for the occasional alternative, this easy DIY liquid stevia is the perfect choice. DIY gardening project and a great way to add sweetness naturally to your recipes and drinks.
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How to Grow Dahlias (complete plant care guide!)
With a little practice, the right amount of sun, water, soil, and attention, anybody can grow dahlias. In this guide I will walk you through everything you need to know to successfully care for dahlias throughout the entire year. Dahlias are easy to grow once you master the basics of their care needs. They need plenty of sun, rich soil, consistent water, and regular pruning to keeping them thriving and blooming their best.
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How to Grow Peas at Home (full plant care guide - great for gardening beginners!)
This detailed plant care guide to growing peas is a walkthrough for gardeners of all skill levels. Learn their sun, soil, and water requirements, plus get tips on pests, harvesting, organic pest control and much more. Learn when, where, and how to plant peas in your vegetable garden.
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Pruning Plants: The Complete Step-By-Stepn Guide (tools, tips, and tricks!)
Pruning plants can be an intimidating topic for new gardeners. But don’t worry! I am going to make this super easy for you. In this complete pruning guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about when and how to prune plants, including methods to use, tools, and easy tips for trimming all types of perennials, vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs. If you’re worried that pruning plants is too complicated, or you’re going to mess it up and kill something, you’re in the right place!
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How to Can Strawberries (easy step-by-step guide designed for beginners!)
If you are lucky to have an abundance of fresh strawberries from your garden, canning them is one of the best ways to use them up before they go bad. Canned fresh strawberries are great for making compote, sauces, dessert fillings, jam, and more. I’ll show you how to can strawberries correctly, including lots of tips so that you will have the best success.
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How to Debug and Clean Potted Plants BEFORE You Bring Them Indoors (pest control!)
BEFORE your bring your container plants inside, do this to prevent bringing pests inside! It’s super important to take a few steps to ensure the transition is painless for both you and your plants, and avoid bringing bugs and houseplant pests indoors. In this pest control guide, I’ll show you how to debug plants and clean plants to bring indoors, step-by-step.
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How to Can Cherry Tomatoes (with or without a pressure canner!)
In this home canning guide, I'll show you two ways to can cherry tomatoes, with or without a pressure canner. Learning how to can cherry tomatoes is an important skill, especially for vegetable gardeners, since they are so prolific. That way you can use them up without any waste, and enjoy them year round. It’s a great way to lock in that “fresh off the vine” flavor, and make use of your bounty. Or you can use ones that you buy at the grocery store or Farmer’s market.
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How to Use Eggshells as Organic Pest Control (budget-friendly garden care!)
In this organic garden pest control guide, I will show you how to use eggshells in your garden and how to prepare them – including tips for cleaning and drying them, grinding them into powder, and storing the powder for later use. Ground eggshells work the same way as diatomaceous earth. So, this is free organic garden pest control.
Tomatoes Not Ripening? Try These 5 Tricks (plus, what you can do with green tomatoes!)
Sometimes tomatoes can be slow to ripen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help to speed things up. If you’re tired of your tomatoes not ripening on the vine, then try these easy hacks to turn green tomatoes red in no time. Learn when tomatoes should turn red and some reasons why they don’t. Then I’ll share my five tricks for how to ripen tomatoes on the vine faster. Plus, what you can do to enjoy your green tomatoes if all else fails.
How to Make a DIY Drip Irrigation System for Potted Plants (step-by-step instructions!)
Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to install a DIY drip irrigation system for potted plants. Think of a drip irrigation system as an automatic watering system for pots and containers. Not only do self-watering pots make your life easier, but it’s better for your plants too, and ensures they’re getting exactly the right amount of moisture. Consistent watering not only keeps your potted plants happy and healthy, it also helps to prevent problems like blossom end rot.
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How and When to Harvest Basil Leaves from Your Garden
The great thing about harvesting basil is that it's quick and simple. Since it’s a cut-and-come-again herb, the more you pick it, the more you’ll get. It only takes a few minutes, so you can go out and pluck fresh basil from the garden any time you need to use it in the kitchen. Learn my best tips for when and how to harvest basil from your herb garden, how to clean fresh basil leaves, and what to do with it afterward.