Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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That Special Spring Exhaustion

With spring threatening to give way to summer, it was high time we got some things planted. So, we had what can only be described as an epic work weekend around here, including putting in a vegetable garden, an herb garden, and planting grapevines. Read on to find out more.
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Growing Herbs in Your Garden

Herbs are easy to grow in containers or a garden, and fresh herbs are a great way to spice up your cooking in the kitchen. Herbs to consider growing include rosemary, sage, basil, and mint. Watch this video to find out more.

Grow, Baby, Grow!

A few weeks ago, I indulged in one of my favorite springtime impulse buys – seeds! And I say “impulse buy” because at mere pennies apiece, I can go a little crazy without feeling guilty. I came away with a handful of flower and herb packets and spent a happy afternoon scratching away in the soil and sowing a little anticipation. Read on to find out more.
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How to Grow Basil

Basil is one of the easiest and most satisfying herbs to grow, for both beginning and experienced gardeners alike.

Why Doesn’t My Ginger Bloom?

Mrs. J asks, "When I first planted ginger, the fragrance from the flowers was heavenly. It has never bloomed since.”

Ornamental gingers are tropical garden plants with wonderfully aromatic flowers. Here are common reasons why it may not bloom.

Natural Remedies

If you look hard enough you can find solutions to many of your lawn and garden problems "naturally." The pungent aroma of many herbs acts as a natural insect repellent. Planting herbs like parsley or basil among your vegetables will offer them some protection from bugs and simplify harvesting a salad.