Simple green-thumb tips and tricks to help you be a wiser gardener this summer.
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Planters typically have a hole in the bottom to drain excess water and keep roots healthy and rot-free. To prevent soil from seeping out onto your patio, place a swatch of screening mesh on top of the opening before you fill the pot.
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It's important to have the right tools. Use our simple garden-tool glossary to find out which tools you need—and how to use them.
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Garden Tool Maintenance
Having the right tools is just the start when it comes to gardening. If you really want to keep your garden in tip-top shape, you'll want to make sure that you're taking proper care of your tools, as well. This means taking the time to wipe them down after each gardening session, and then performing thorough maintenance every few months, such as by sharpening any edges that may be dulling.
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Don't let your garden labels wash away in the summer rain. Use permanent marker on metal labels, and clean them with nail polish remover when you need to reuse them.
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Keep pests away from your garden this summer with a natural repellent that won't saturate plants with chemicals. This solution uses onions, garlics and cayenne. Strain the solution into a spray bottle and coat the plants evenly; refrigerate for up to one week.
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Make finding the right plants at the nursery a whole lot easier by taking a smart approach. Know when to go (early in the morning, and early in the week, is best), what to bring (you'll want big photos of your space), and what to look for to make the trip, and setting up your garden, a piece of cake.
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If you've got a plank of wood (any plank of wood) and a flat-bladed spade (any flat-bladed spade) on hand, then you've got everything you need to perfectly edge your lawn, sans string.