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Plants That Prefer to be Root Bound

One thing that holds some people back from keeping houseplants or gardening in containers is the idea that the plants will need relatively frequent repotting and therefore be a bit high maintenance. Happily, there are some plants that like to …

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Mythbusting: Do You Really Need Grow Lights?

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A gardening friend asked: Do I really need grow lights to start seeds indoors or is the sunlight from a western-facing window enough? He was on a budget and wondered if the cost of an indoor system was worth the investment. Depending on what you hope to achieve, you’ve got some options.

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By Popular Demand: The Art of Composting

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For those of us who garden, compost and composting is simply a work of rot—without the unseen work of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, insects and earthworms feeding upon the dead, our living world would be continually engulfed in its rapidly expanding past. Imagine a present-day world awash in a hundred million years’ worth of undigested dinosaur carcasses, and you will understand the significance of the decomposers

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The 2 Keys to Growing Marginally Hardy Plants

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Let’s define what marginally hardy means when talking about a plant. When growers have had some record of success with the plant in your USDA Zone, but it’s more reliably hardy one zone warmer then the plant will be described as marginally hardy. The great challenge to growing these plants successfully is getting them through the winter. Here are some tips to help you.

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