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Learn to Train your Tree with espalier

Espalier is an old horticulture and agricultural practice of controlling the growth of the woody plants by pruning and tying branches to a frame, against a structure like a wall, fence or trellis.  I have tried this with a few fruit trees.  Over time the trees took the shape that I wanted, but they never did bear fruit.  Eventually I removed them ...

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The Basics to Starting a Small Organic Garden

Planting Basil

Gardening has come a long way since I was a child. I remember seeing people try their hand at putting in a garden the size of Alabama. This was a time when everyone thought bigger was better. Huge gardens were planted with the hopes of getting fresh vegetables for the table. This was a great way to bring healthy fresh ...

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Using Vines to Decorate your Garden

vines on fence

A great way to decorate your garden is the use of vines. They are very low maintenance and look good on almost anything. If you’ve got a fence or separator that really stands out in the field of green that is your garden, then growing a vine over it can be a quick and aesthetically pleasing solution. However, there are ...

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Maintaining a Compost Heap

compost bins

Many people who maintain gardens have a large amount of organic waste, from grass clippings to leaves and dead plants. Unfortunately, many waste money and time having these wastes transported to a landfill. It isn’t just a waste of good compost; it’s a waste of everything that goes into the process of transporting it (the time and money you pay ...

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Container Gardening Tips for Newbies

Container gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or on balconies. You can easily accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio with colourful pots of annuals, or fill your window boxes with beautiful shrub roses or any number of small perennials. Whether you arrange your pots in a group for a massed ...

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