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How to Make Homemade Insecticidal Soap for Plants

Find out how to make your own homemade, organic, eco-friendly insecticidal soap for your garden and houseplants using ordinary household ingredients.
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The Debate over Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers

Ask most any gardener whether they prefer organic or chemical fertilizer, and chances are you'll spark a lively debate. Even though both contain needed nutrients, there are significant differences between them in terms of the long-term effects on soil, plants, and the environment. Read on to find out why.
Pouring boiling water on weeds in a gravel driveway.

Killing Weeds Naturally in a Gravel Walk or Driveway

Watch this video for tips on how to kill weeds in a gravel walk or driveway without herbicides using common household items.

How to Use Neem Oil in Your Garden

Here's everything you need to know about neem oil, a popular choice for organic insect and disease control. Read on to find out more.
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Is Pyrethrum a Safe Organic Pesticide?

"What is pyrethrum? Is it a safe organic pesticide?"

Pyrethrum refers to the daisy from which the insecticide pyrethrin is extracted. Read on for more information about the organic aspects and safety of pyrethrum.
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How to Grow Broccoli in Your Vegetable Garden

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious on the planet, and it's easy to grow. Read on to find out how to grow broccoli in your garden.

Lawn Treatments That Are Safe for Birds

Jean asks, “Are there any lawn treatments that are safe for birds?”

Pesticides, can be highly toxic to birds, both by directly poisoning them and altering the ecosystem they depend on for survival. Read on to find out how to keep your lawn safe for birds.
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How to Use Insecticidal Soap on Plants

Problems with spider mites? Give your plants a bath using insecticidal soap! Made from a simple soap solution, insecticidal soap is a greener, more eco-friendly approach to controlling soft-bodied insects in the garden and on houseplants. Read on to find out more about using insecticidal soap on your plants.

How to Compost Cooked Foods, Meats, and Dairy

Most general composting guidelines recommend against composting cooked foods. This may seem a little confusing – if something rots, it should be able to be composted, right? And it's true, there are people out there composting anything and everything. However, some items – including cooked foods – shouldn't be composted unless you take certain precautions. Read on for some tips to help you get started.