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How to Identify an Overwatered Plant

I’ll be the first to admit that I have an overwatered plant or two in my garden every year. It’s not so bad now, but my indoor plants used to try their best to run away when they saw me coming with the watering can. Spoiler alert: They didn’t get very far.

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How to Recycle Rain Water for Vegetable Gardens

I remember watching a film strip (yes, I’m old) in grade school that showed me how people wasted up to four gallons of water if they left the faucet on while brushing their teeth. That same filmstrip highlighted the environmental benefits of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Since then, my environmental sustainability efforts happen in small steps, especially in the garden.

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How Often Should You Water Herbs Indoors?

How often should you water herbs indoors? There is a little more to the answer than just the wind, but that does play a part. Or more accurately, the weather and climate in general impact how much water your indoor herbs will need. So does the type of soil you use, where in your house you’ve placed them, and how much light they get. 

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3 Benefits of a Homemade Irrigation System for Vegetable Gardens

I sometimes wish watering my vegetable garden (and folding laundry, and cleaning bathrooms) was as easy as an I Dream of Jeannie head-nod. (Am I dating myself?) It’s not that I don’t like watering my garden. I really do. But it’s sometimes tricky finding the time to visit every vegetable with the hose. Irrigation systems are a time saver in this regard. Garden irrigation systems come in many different shapes, sizes, and price points. When deciding on a system for your vegetable garden you can go the professional route and have one installed or you can put together a homemade irrigation system.

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How to Drill Drainage Holes in Any Kind of Planter

I found the most adorable bowl in the shape of an elephant at a local pottery studio and knew I wanted to use it as a planter in my indoor herb garden. I bought Ellie (that’s what I named her) and took her home where she sat on my counter for three weeks while I […]

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How to Make Self-Watering Plant Bulbs From Recycled Bottles

Confession time! Most of my houseplants are within 30 feet of my kitchen. I’m an absent-minded indoor plant waterer. If it’s not within 30 feet of my sink, there’s a good chance I’ll forget to water it. I have a beautiful rubber tree on the second floor of my house that I have (on several occasions) nearly killed from forgetting to water it. Enter self-watering plant bulbs! Also known as “plant nannies,” or “watering globes,” these self-watering plant bulbs are a plant lifesaver.

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How to Make a Homemade Garden Irrigation System

I’m going to tell you something so earth-shattering you’re going to want to sit down to read this. Are you ready? Vegetable plants need water to grow. I know, how profound! All silliness aside, having a good watering schedule will result in higher crop yields.

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How to Save Water with the Clay Pot Irrigation Method

Hi, my name is Amanda, and sometimes I forget to water my vegetable garden! Phew, that feels good to get off my chest! If you can’t be out in the garden seven days a week, an irrigation system might be the next best thing. There are many irrigation methods to choose from like sprinkler systems or drip methods. Some of these systems can lead to wasting water if you’re not careful.

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5 Veggie Garden Hose Watering Mistakes

When it comes to watering your vegetable garden, you have a few different choices to make. You can create drip irrigation systems, place soaker hoses in your garden, and even break out the ol’ watering can. For many gardeners, hose watering is a primary or secondary method of watering their vegetable gardens. Hose watering is by far, the easiest way to get your garden watered right off the bat.

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How to Water Squash and Avoid Powdery Mildew

Squash is in my top five favorite vegetables and that’s partly due to the fact that it’s both a noun and a verb. You can squash a squash but you can’t tomato a tomato. Beyond my logophile feelings toward the vegetable, squash is also one of the most versatile veggies out there.