5 Frugal Fall Garden Tips for Cheap Gardeners!

It's fall and the gardening season is winding down, but it's not too late to save a few dollars for next year.  There are lots of techniques gardeners can do this time of year to save money for next season.  Today I'm going to give you five ideas that will help you save money on next year's gardening budget! So if you're frugal ...read on!  If not... read on anyway! 5 Frugal Fall Garden Tips! Save tender perennials like coleus by taking a few cuttings and bringing them indoors for the winter.  Coleus makes a great house plant and is very easy to get rooted.  Sticking a few trimmings in a pot of moist soil will work fine.  You could also go the jar of water method and simply wait until roots form before potting your cuttings up.  In the spring time you can pot the whole plant back in…

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How Tall Should a Raised Bed Be? (5 More Raised Bed Design Tips)

Have you ever wondered exactly how tall a raised bed should be?  Here's the answer: 11 and 5/16ths.  Yep that's right, 11 and 5/16ths.  Of course not!  The real answer is that the height of a raised bed is dependent on a number of factors which makes each situation different.  Today's Friday Fives post is another raised bed design post all about the height considerations when building a raised bed.  Hopefully this will be helpful as you plan you fall garden or even your spring garden for next year! 5 Considerations for Determining How Tall A Raised Bed Should Be! The most important thing for your plants is the soil.  It has all the nutrients and its where all the water will be stored after rains.  If you have rich, compost like soil already than you don't have to worry about how tall your bed will be.  In fact then…

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A Few Gardening Tips

Many people find The Home Garden in search of gardening tips so I thought today I would oblige all the seekers of garden tips with a post all about and only about garden tips! Garden Tip #1:  Daffodil Tips! Garden Tip #2Compost is good - Use it! Make it!Keep a compost pile in the backyard to get rid of your organic kitchen waste and keep unnecessary volume out of landfills. Then use the compost in your garden or make a compost tea from it to help your plants. Garden Tip #3 Winter Blooming/January Jasmine Bud Tips-not blooming yet unfortunately! Garden Tip #4A Tomato Tip The best way to plant a tomato is to bury it all the way in the soil except for the top two leaves - horizontal or vertical doesn't really matter since the stem will root anywhere it is underneath soil. Or you could read this post…

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Trimming a Nandina

In front of our garage we have a nandina. I'm not a huge fan of nandinas normally but I've grown accustomed to the one we have, besides it saved my mower and our house once! I've never done any real maintenance to it and it has performed great in the front garden. It was due for a trimming so I grabbed my pruners and went to work.  I pruned out a few main branches that were beginning to overcrowd the area and limbed up the stalks to reveal the trunks of the nandina. (Limbing up is just where you remove small unnecessary limbs to encourage growth in other directions.) I made sure to balance the foliage between the two windows by cutting out the whole stalk at the ground where needed. Now the plants underneath like the phlox and 'Mediteranean White' Heath can see the sun! This should open up…

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Lady Beetle Larvae: Garden Helpers

Don't be afraid, unless you're an aphid. These little larvae are on the side of good and fight the evildoers in the garden. They may look creepy at first but these little lady beetle larvae are some of the best friends you could have. They eat even more than the adults do! Lady beetles love aphids as well as mites and other small insects but if aphids aren't in stock they will be happy with whatever else is on the shelf including the eggs of other beetles and moths.According to Cornell this is what makes them valuable:Because of their ability to survive on other prey when aphids are in short supply, lady beetles are particularly valuable natural enemies.It's important to recognize these that these little bugs are allies in the garden and not immediately consider all bugs as pests. At first glace you might think they resemble other beetle larvae…

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