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Plants That Don’t Attract Bees

Plants that dont attract bees

For those with bee allergies or flying insect phobias, this is a guide to plants that don’t attract bees. Your garden should feel like a place of peace, and filling it with the wrong plants can turn it into a waking nightmare. While bees provide the incredibly important service of pollinating our plants and flowers, …

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Plants That Attract Butterflies

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If your goal is to create a magical butterfly sanctuary in your own backyard, look no further! These must-have flowering plants are sure to attract a variety of butterflies to your yard, in addition to other native pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees. Some are better at drawing in a specific species, such as monarch …

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How to Grow Roses Indoors

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When most people picture a rose bush, they usually picture colorful roses growing outdoors in a garden. It’s hard to picture roses growing inside because most are unaware that growing roses indoors is even possible. Turns out, growing roses inside your home is completely doable with the right type of care and attention. Indoor Rose …

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3 Year Update for Raised Bed Gardening

3 year update for raised bed gardening

This raised bed update is sponsored by Miracle-Gro. Three years ago, I decided to build three really cool looking raised beds for my garden. These would be unlike anything I have ever done before. I went for not only function, but style. You can check out my original post and DIY guide here for my┬áMetal …

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How To Build a Metal Raised Garden Bed

Corrugated metal raised beds for the garden

Growing food in metal raised garden bed is a crucial step in one of my house goals. I love the zen of combining beauty and function. I was able to turn a pretty ugly portion of the yard into a thing of beauty. After days of deliberation over logistics, size, aesthetics, and cost between the …

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Cycads – Prehistoric Plants for Your Garden

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Cycads are easy to take care of, fun to look at, and will surely add interest to your backyard landscape. Over two hundred million years ago, cycads could be found in every continent and made up about 20% of the world’s plants. Because they are so ancient, they are known as “living fossils.” These mighty …

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Sweetgum Liquidambar Trees: What to Know Before Planting

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The Liquidambar styraciflua, or Sweetgum tree, is a beautiful tree that comes with a few notable downsides. Keep reading to determine whether one of these trees is right for your yard. You can recognize this tree by its five-pointed, star-shaped leaves and green or brown fruit balls. The sweetgum tree produces a full canopy in …

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Camphor Trees – Should you plant one?

Camphor trees - should you plant one? 1 ahh, the magnificent and contentious camphor tree. These trees stay green year long, provide plenty of shade, emit a fragrant minty smell and are just one of those trees you want to go up and give a good hug. Ask another tree lover, however, and they might say the camphor is one tree to steer clear of.

Ahh, the magnificent and contentious Camphor tree. These trees stay green year long, provide plenty of shade, emit a fragrant minty smell and are just one of those trees you want to go up and give a good hug. Ask another tree lover, however, and they might say the camphor is one tree to steer …

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How To Care For Olive Trees

How to care for olive trees

If allowed to grow and flourish, olive trees make a great addition to any Californian yard. As it reaches maturity, the thin, sage-colored foliage, grows into a wonderfully full canopy, supported by a thick, ridged trunk. These stately trees prefer well-drained soil and, like most fruit trees, need at least six hours of full sun …

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6 Great Trees For A Small Yard

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Having a small backyard doesn’t have to mean giving up on your dreams of a lush, colorful backyard sanctuary. It just requires a little more forethought in your choice of foliage. The solution to your small-yard is as simple as remembering that small yards require small trees. Here are six petite tree varieties that will …

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