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Perfect pumpkin

Grow Perfect Pumpkins with These 8 Easy Tips Anyone Can Do

Perfect pumpkins

Nothing says fall like perfect pumpkins. Pumpkins can be turned into delicious pies, a smiling jack-o-lantern, or placed around your home or outdoors for beautiful fall decor. October is the best time to head to the pumpkin patch and pick your perfect pumpkin. For my family, we have a strange tradition of searching for the ugliest pumpkin or gourde. We love the different colors and shapes that pumpkins come in. While orange is the color that pumpkins are famous for, they come in many other colors like white, yellow, and green.

Picking a pumpkin is fun, but growing your own pumpkin plant is better. Growing pumpkins is easy. It is something your whole family can partake in. When you follow a few guidelines you are sure to have success growing your own pumpkins. Here are eight tips to help you grow the perfect pumpkin.

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Fall Lawn Care

Create Glowing Green Grass with These 5 Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall lawn

The fall can be one of the busiest times of year. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of school starting, PTA meetings, and soccer games, it might feel like it is a good time to sit back and relax when it comes to your lawn care.

However, the fall happens to be one of the best times of year to do some much needed lawn maintenance. If you have ever wondered how your neighbors have made their yard looks so beautiful, it is most likely because they went the extra mile to follow these 5 fall lawn care tips.

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5 Organic Strategies to Help Control Weeds

WeedsAs a child, my mother would give me a brown paper grocery bag and have me fill it up to the top with weeds. It was part of our chores, and I remember feeling the tediousness of the effort back then.

As an adult, not much has changed. When it comes to weeding, we all know that if you have a garden or yard of any kind, that weeds are a natural part of the process. You might even find yourself spending way more time then you ever thought imaginable dealing with weeds.

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Canning basics

How to Can Food: Home Canning Basics for Beginners

CanningIf you have chosen to grow your own home garden this summer, you might have found yourself swimming in a sea of red juicy tomatoes. Or maybe you have endless amounts of crispy green cucumbers.

Regardless of what you have planted in your garden, when you have too much, you might want to find way to make good use of your precious veggies. Finding accepting friends and family who will take those ripe vegetables is one option.

However, you might be looking for a way to preserve those treasured treats long into the winter months. Canning is a great option to help preserve the life of your garden.

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Tomato Basics for Beginner Gardeners

Tomato Basics

I will never forget the time I took a bite of my first ever homegrown tomato. I grew up not liking tomatoes, but when I tasted that tomato, I realized I must not have ever tired a real tomato.

It was amazing. The color was so red. The flavor was sweet, juicy, and incredible. The tomato had been cut into slices with a bit of salt and pepper added. From that moment on, I knew I needed to grow my own tomatoes and find out everything I could.

Tomatoes are a staple for most home gardens. There are so many ways to use tomatoes such as: salads, sauces, salsas, and just straight out of your hand. With the right knowledge and care, growing tomatoes can be fun, easy, and extremely rewarding.

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Erosion: 5 Effective Ways to Control and Prevent It

Erosion: Definition, Causes, and How to Prevent it

People and businesses all around America have hills and slopes in their yards. These added dimensions can be helpful to separate a home form a busy street, add extra privacy.

However, these hills can also be susceptible to erosion and runoff that is hard to control and the damage that soil washing away can cause is devastating.

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Window box with flowers

4 Tips for Creating Stunning Window Boxes

Window Boxes

It is said that “flowers are our greatest silent friends.” Finding ways to plant flowers around your home or business can be an amazing way to uplift all souls and spirits and liven up just about any space.

One great way to plant flowers is by using window boxes. A window box is typically a rectangular shaped container that can be placed in small spaces or large spaces, and are typically placed outside a window. However, they can be placed on anything from a fence or a deck. They can turn a house into a stunning home with the aid of some vibrant colors and sweet smelling flowers.

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6 of the Most Fragrant Trees and Shrubs in Spring

Fragrant trees and shrubs

As I was taking a walk with my family this weekend, we strolled through the neighborhood. It’s such a great time of year to see how other people landscape their yards. We love looking for new and creative ideas to do in our own home.

We walked past one yard and what was so striking had nothing to do with how great they manicured their yard, while it did look great. What kept me standing there, closed eye, and looking completely insane was the amazing fragrance of one of the trees in the yard. It was breathtaking. I wanted to bottle up that smell and take it home with me. The scent was so powerful and strong that it demanded all of my attention. I didn’t want to move, I wanted to breathe that in for as long as possible. It was then that I decided I had to have one of those amazing trees in my own yard.

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