Backyard Garden

Incremental Change: Lifestyle Shifts Aimed at Improving Indoor, Outdoor Environment

The news about climate change is depressing. It sometimes seems to be such an insurmountable situation that it’s hard to believe a single household could make any significant difference. And, though many Americans have begun living more eco-friendly lives, many still don’t believe the problem is real enough to warrant attention. Others have simply given …

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How to Garden with Limited Space

How to Garden with Limited Space Living the urban life has a ton of perks, but gardening can be a real challenge: skyscrapers can cause inconsistent sunlight, pollutants can more easily infect your soil, and water availability is always an issue. However, planning and designing an urban garden can lead to remarkable results. A well-planned …

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How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

Success in gardening starts with proper soil preparation. Fruits and vegetables need nutrient-rich soil to grow fast and healthy. A well-prepared soil will not only promote plant growth but also minimize the needs for fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. Here is how you can prepare garden soil for planting to optimize yield. Perform Soil Test Soil test gives …

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Wildflowers: A Natural Pesticide

It is a widely known fact that the use of pesticides is severely harming our planet. Wildflowers, however, are home to many beneficial insects including lacewings, ladybugs, hover flies and parasitic wasps. These insects act as natural predators to common crop pests like cereal leaf beetles and aphids. “The answer is a steady move toward regenerative agricultural …

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