Best fly repellent plants: 10 plants to keep pests away

Fed up with pesky flies both in your yard and home? Well, these fly repellent plants will deter them naturally, thanks to their powerful oils and natural fragrance. No surprise, many of these bug busting beauties are suitable as herb garden ideas, long prized for their medicinal and culinary qualities. Fortunately, they are also rather …

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10 Fragrant Herbs for Your Container Garden

Growing herbs is just about the easiest, most beginner-friendly lead-in to gardening—and growing them in containers? Even easier. Container gardening allows you to plant herbs according to their individual needs and better control soil moisture. Some herbs, like basil and tarragon, like a lot of moisture, whereas others, like thyme and rosemary, prefer their soil …

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What to plant in May: best flowers, herbs and vegetables to grow

There is lots of choice for what to plant in May, and with summer just around the corner it gives us all the extra incentive to get out into the fresh air and busy planting. May is an exciting and busy time in any garden. You can start to plant out summer bedding, harden off …

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Small Space Gardening: 3 Sisters, Watching The Moon, And Finally, Planting Your Garden | Recent News

Note: Small Space Gardening by Diane Dryden is a series of garden articles that will run the entire summer with information for both new and experienced gardeners. Every two weeks the articles will update as the gardening year progresses; from picking out a site up to harvest in the fall. See Previous: Small Space Gardening …

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Barany in the Garden: Don’t buy herbs at the store — grow them! | Explore Yakima

Most of last week was spent working at the Master Gardeners annual plant sale. I talked to hundreds of shoppers, renewing friendships with long-time veterans and giving encouragement to many who have never gardened before. Every conversation was a reason to celebrate. COVID-19 concerns interrupted our sale in 2020 and 2021, and it felt good …

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Change is good, right? | Master Gardener | Home and Garden

We’ve all looked at magazines and books filled with photos of outdoor gathering spaces. We love the vibrant flowers, lush trees and shrubs, and have dreamed of yards “just like that.” Some of us can achieve that look, some of us “try,” and some of us just close the blinds and think of moving to …

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Gardening with Allen: Berries a delicious addition to small yards, patios

Allen Wilson is also the Vancouver gardening specialist. Email Allen Wilson at allenw98663@yahoo.com. Photo I have some room in my backyard for some small fruit plants. What do you recommend? It does not take a lot of room to grow some berries. You could even plant a few in containers on your patio or deck. …

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How gardening can save you money: Grow these prolific, easy-to-store vegetables

A few weeks ago I wrote in NZ Gardener’s weekly e-newsletter Get Growing that I believed it was possible and – controversially – not even that difficult to grow some of your own food and help stretch your food budget. I am not suggesting you’d be self-sufficient or anything like it. Just that some crops …

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What to plant in July: best veg, salad and flowers to plant

There is plenty of choice for what to plant in July with the soil warmed up by the summer sunshine. Crop seeds will germinate faster for extended harvests from the vegetable patch, while now is also the time to start sowing fall blooms, and biennials in the herbaceous beds to flower next year as part …

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Best plants for raised garden beds in Los Angeles

We’re blessed with temperate weather in Southern California, perfect for growing all kinds of vegetables and flowers year-round … if only we could get a spade into our soil. That’s the rub with SoCal gardening. So many of us have yards with terrible soil, often compacted, poor-draining clay, depleted of nutrients. Little wonder that so …

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