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Yard Ideas — Starting Out

Getting Started with Greenhouse Gardening

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Is a Greenhouse right for you? Thinking about growing year round? Or maybe extend your gardening season? Interested in growing plants that normally don’t survive in your neck of the woods? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then a greenhouse might be for you. A backyard greenhouse kit can provide a stable, warm environment where plants can be grown all year. They can also be used to get a jump start on the growing season, where plants, like tomatoes and peppers, are planted early and later moved out to the garden. Whatever your reason for wanting a...

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7 Ways to be an Awesome Neighbor this Year

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Everyone appreciates good neighbors. Especially the ones that bring you a plate of cookies or home baked bread when you move into the neighborhood, who ask about your sick aunt, or who simply talk to you and say “Hello!” We all know of the the other neighbors who are just the opposite as well.  They strive to even look towards you when you get out of the car, avoiding any type of humanly contact as possible, and heaven forbid your dog poops on their lawn.  The effort that they make to avoid us could just as easily be transformed into goodness, but...

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Holiday Lighting Know Hows

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The Holiday season is quickly coming upon us and before long the really cold weather will be here too. (Well, for many of us that is.) So right now is an excellent time to take advantage of the nice weather to get your holiday lights up. Before you know it, it will be getting too cold to be out trying to hang lights while your hands are freezing and your toes are too cold to feel pain anymore. You especially don’t want to be out hanging them when there is snow in the trees and it falls on you every time...

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Where do I begin?

Posted by John Jenkins on

One of the many questions that I would get when I went to meet with a client about their landscape was, “What would you do if this was your yard?” Having just barely arrived at their place I would look around and start imagining what I might do. Sometimes it came to me easily and other times it did not. I would throw out ideas such as patios, water features, flower beds, lawn areas, etc. After talking a little bit about these things I would then say, “It is your place, what do you want in your yard? What do...

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