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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Gardener

April 06, 2018

Got a mom who has a green thumb—or just aspires to have one? Give her one of these plant-centric presents. Miracle-Gro® AeroGarden™ Harvest Elite With this clever countertop device, she can grow fresh herbs and veggies year-round. Bonus: It comes with its own lights and pre-seeded pots so you don’t even need soil or sunlight….

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How to Cut the Wait Time to Grow Vegetables

March 07, 2017

Growing vegetables takes time, but you don’t need as much patience as you think. It’s possible to accelerate nature’s course and put your growing season on the fast-track to harvest. Hurry up and try my best tips based on decades of gardening. Plant zucchini from seed Estimated wait time: 45-50 days You’ll be tempted to…

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These Activities Won’t Let You Put Off Exercise

September 02, 2016

How many times have you spoken these words? I really should exercise today, but I’ve got so much to do. Guess I’ll exercise tomorrow.  The next day, the same thing happens. Exercise is often moved to the end of people’s to-do lists. Working out may not feel as pressing as shopping for groceries or as…

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Should You Start Your Garden in February?

February 01, 2016

When you think of gardening, February might not be the first month that springs to mind. But it could be the perfect time to start your seeds indoors. Here’s why: Some plants benefit from a bit of a head start to reach their potential during the growing season. For example, colorful annual flowers brighten planter…

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7 Tips for Low-Maintenance Gardening

April 04, 2015

Want a beautiful garden without putting in hours of work? Landscape architect, John Sabol, of Hatch Mott MacDonald in New Jersey, offers seven tips to create a garden that’s high in beauty and light on labor. 1. Test your soil Knowing your soil’s acidity will determine which plants grow well in it. And you’ll be…

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How to Make a Terrarium

June 17, 2014

My husband and I recently took our son to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to catch a glimpse of the brand-new cherry blossoms. As with most trips with a toddler, ours concluded in the gift shop, which was chock-full of things that made this brown thumb want to get down in the dirt. But what tempted…

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