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Expert Tips on How to Create a Low-Maintenance Hillside Garden

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The little hillside was perfectly content with its wildness once, proud of its brazen disarray. It was delightfully unkempt and blissfully uncultivated, dynamic and self-regulating, chaotic and biotic. It maintained a thicket of crisscrossing branches, a stockpile of leaf litter and a healthy collection of decaying detritus, just like the woodlands around it. It was one with the forest, a picture of nature. It was beautifully disorganized, untidily alive.

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What Happens When Veggies Are in the Spotlight

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has created a three-and-a-half-acre garden where veggies are in the spotlight. Eight years in planning and creation, A Tasteful Place opened in October 2017. Complete with a lagoon and a view of the downtown Dallas skyline, the edibles garden welcomes visitors into delightful displays of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A Tasteful Place’s mission is to expose guests to the ideas and practices of growing and eating sustainable, fresh, locally grown food.

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How Plants Help Us Feel Better

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It’s something most people feel more than they know—that is, how plants help us. You’re in a beautiful park—shade trees, flowers, people enjoying themselves. You’re feeling uplifted, relaxed, smiling at others, maybe even willing to pick up a piece of trash or fetch an overthrown ball for some kids. Without necessarily knowing why you feel good.

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Growing Microgreens in Containers Indoors

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words and photo by Melinda Myers Dress up your salads, sandwiches and snacks by growing microgreens. These mini sprouts are easy to grow, ready to harvest in less than two weeks and require no special growing equipment.

How to Think and Grow Like a Landscape Designer

Even if you’re not a certified landscape designer, you can think like one and create gorgeous outdoor spaces that grow more successfully. Follow these key steps to greater success: Start with a clear idea or goal, build a workable budget, do your research, and plan ahead.

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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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