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Cairo Ferguson

Cairo is a Vancouver local, and from an early age learned about the importance of caring for the environment. This passion for sustainability trickled into her interest in gardening and creating a more sustainable and natural home. Cairo is a recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which impacted her eye for architecture and design, and developed a passion for decorative arts and design in the home. Cairo has a passion for the intersection of design and sustainability.

5 Reasons Your Strawberries Aren’t Ripening (And What To Do About It)

Strawberries are an easy summer crop and are ready to harvest in just around 3 months from planting. You can be in for a big disappointment though if your strawberries fail to ripen. There are a number of reasons why your strawberries might not be ripening, but luckily there are just as many solutions to …

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How Much Water Do Growing Onions Need?

Onions are a great addition to any garden as there are dozens of flavorful varieties to choose from, and they are super easy to grow. Growing onions is a particular favorite among novice gardeners because of how low maintenance they are, and how little space and water they need to succeed. However, things can go …

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How to Gather Garlic Bulbs Without Damaging Them

Garlic is a delicious and fragrant perennial that adds flavor to any dish. It is loved among gardeners because it is incredibly resilient and very easy to grow. But things can go wrong come harvest time if you gather your garlic bulbs without care. However, you can prevent damage to your garlic bulbs if you …

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How and When To Pick Your Strawberries

With summer comes fresh strawberries, and many gardeners will enjoy the fruits of their labor with this relatively fast-growing, and low-maintenance berry. All together, strawberries take just a few months to grow into maturity, but their window for picking is rather slim. Therefore timing your harvest is crucial. Picking too early or too late will …

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How to Fertilize Your Lettuce Plants for the Best Harvest Ever

Lettuce is a great crop for any gardener because it grows rather quickly, and there are tons of varieties to choose from. Lettuce, because of its delicate leaves and shallow roots, does require some extra TLC in comparison to other garden vegetables. Lettuce plants particularly need frequent watering and plenty of fertilizer. So what’s the …

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How Can You Tell When Your Onions are Ready to Harvest?

Because onion bulbs grow beneath the soil, it can be difficult to determine when your onions are ready for harvest without uprooting them. That is if you are unaware of what other signs to look for. Harvesting your onions too late or too early comes with a number of issues as well, so it’s important …

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How Can You Tell When Your Garlic Is Ready To Harvest?

Growing garlic is super easy, but it isn’t for the impatient gardener. Garlic can take anywhere from 3-8 months to grow to maturity, and if planted in the fall will lay dormant in the winter. Garlic greens grow high above the garden bed as they reach maturity, but you won’t be able to see what …

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5 Ways to Prevent Birds from Eating Your Strawberry Plants

Strawberry crops are a summer favorite among gardeners for their low-maintenance nature, and the sweet delicious berries they produce. It’s not just us who enjoy strawberries though, birds and other pests also love to indulge in this sweet summer fruit. So how do you keep the birds from eating all of your strawberries before you …

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How To Transplant Lettuce Plants Without Killing It

Lettuce is a fast-growing leafy vegetable that comes in hundreds of varieties. While growing lettuce has its upsides, the tiny seeds and delicate seedlings can be challenged by the elements in the garden. The best way to grow lettuce in your garden for strong and hardy crops is to transplant your lettuce plants while they …

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5 Ways to Speed Up Onion Growth for a Faster Harvest

Onions are enjoyed by many gardeners as they are super easy to grow, don’t require constant care, and there are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from. However, with onions taking up to 6 months to maturate, they aren’t for the impatient gardener. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can speed up the …

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The 5 Fastest Growing Garlic Varieties

With most garlic varieties taking up to 8 months to grow, garlic isn’t the best crop for impatient gardeners. However, some varieties will grow faster than others, with some garlic growing to maturity in half the time! So what are the top 5 fastest-growing garlic varieties for impatient gardeners? Keep reading to find out! What …

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5 Bugs You Want to See on Your Strawberry Plants

Fruiting plants in the garden like strawberries will naturally attract pests. Some pests want to get to your strawberries before you do, and they could wreak havoc if not controlled. However, completely wiping out any and all bugs from your strawberries plants can be equally detrimental. There are a number of bugs that will not …

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Eggshells for Lettuce Plants? Nonsense or a Good Idea?

Lettuce is a relatively easy, and fast-growing crop. Because of the quick growth period, and endless varieties of lettuce, many gardeners enjoy making it an annual presence in their gardens. Lettuce however can be quite sensitive to the acidity of the soil they are grown in. Because of this, it’s important to keep a balanced …

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How to Tell if Your Strawberry Plants are Overwatered

Strawberries are a delicious summer treat and can be easily grown in many gardens. Strawberries are relatively low maintenance but they do typically need daily watering. Because of this, strawberries can become easily overwatered. But how can you tell if your strawberries are thirsty, or if they’ve been overwatered? Keep reading to find out how …

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Eggshells for Growing Garlic? Nonsense or a Good Idea?

With the average American consuming almost 300 eggs per year[5], that means a lot of eggshells are going to waste. Eggshells are composed of calcium, an essential nutrient for many plants. By adding eggshells to your soil you can add extra nutrients, and control the pH all with free food waste. Garlic plants love nutrient-dense …

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How Much Water Does Growing Garlic Need?

Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to grow. It can tolerate lots of sun, cold and mild temperatures, and it requires pretty infrequent watering. Not to mention, a couple of garlic cloves can go a long way, with tons of flavor, and dense in essential nutrients. Garlic is a great addition to any garden, especially …

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How Much Water Do Strawberry Plants Need? Watering Mistakes to Avoid

Strawberries are a summer garden staple and for good reason. They are delicious, relatively easy to grow, they can be grown in a number of conditions, and they typically have a great payoff. Like most fruits strawberries require specific care instructions in order to grow their best and healthiest. Strawberries require consistent watering, and their …

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Can You Grow Strawberry Plants From Strawberry Plant Runners?

Strawberries are an excellent addition to any summer garden. They are relatively easy to grow, delicious, and they have a sweet payoff. Strawberries also produce strawberry plant runners, which can see your plants grow larger in size over the years. But can you make new strawberry plants out of strawberry plant runners, and if so …

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How to tell if your onion plants are overwatered

Onions are a great addition to the garden as they are packed with flavor, super versatile, and relatively low maintenance to grow. Because onions don’t require a lot of care, they are great for beginners, however, sometimes we can overcompensate for low-effort crops by overwatering. Overwatering can be deadly to onion plants, and you could …

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How often should you clean your dryer vent?

Dryers are very hard-working machines. Because they involve a great amount of heat, they can also unfortunately be dangerous. With every load of laundry we throw in the dryer, small fragments of fabric, lint, hair, and dust can all get trapped in the filter trap, and dryer vent. If the filter trap and dryer vent …

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How long do strawberry plants last in pots? Mistakes to avoid and tips for getting them to last longer

Strawberries are an amazing addition to the garden in the spring and summer, but not everybody has the space for them. Strawberry plants require plenty of direct sunlight, but for those with a small shaded garden or no outdoor gardening space, this can be a challenge. Luckily, strawberries can be grown quite easily in pots …

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How to Get Lettuce Seeds to Germinate

Lettuce is a highly nutritious and highly resilient plant. There are many different varieties of lettuce you can grow to spice up your garden, and with a pretty quick payoff since lettuce grows relatively fast compared to other crops. While lettuce grows best in the cooler months of spring and fall, with a little extra …

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Growing Onions from Sets vs Seeds: Which is better?

Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. They can grow in small pots indoors, or in the garden, they only require watering once a week, and they typically produce a pretty high yield without too much effort. They are a greater starter crop for gardening novices. Onions can be grown from sets or …

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Eggshells for Strawberry Plants? Nonsense Or a Good Idea?

Many gardeners love growing strawberries in the Spring and Summer because they are relatively easy to grow, and have a sweet payoff. If your soil isn’t healthy though, you could be biting into a bitter berry after providing months of TLC for your strawberry plants. Strawberries love nitrogen-rich soil and planting your strawberries directly into …

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How to Tell if Your Lettuce Plants are Overwatered

Lettuce is a fast-growing, and relatively simple crop to grow, which is why so many gardeners enjoy including it in their gardens. Lettuce comes in hundreds of different varieties with varying color and flavor profiles, making growing lettuce an adventure every time. While lettuce plants can vary, their needs are rather consistent across all types. …

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How Many Times Will a Strawberry Plant Produce? Tips for Getting More Crops From Strawberry Plants and Mistakes to Avoid

Enjoying a freshly picked strawberry is one of the many joys that summer brings. But how many summers will your strawberry plant last? While growing strawberries is relatively easy, if not cared for properly you could be creating more work for yourself by replacing your plants every year. With a few special steps, you can …

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How to tell if your garlic is overwatered

Garlic is one of the most common home garden plants because of its low maintenance nature, and because it requires little water. However, like many plants, the amount of water used can greatly impact the outcome of your garlic harvest. Too little water and too much water can both cause problems and even disease. But …

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How to Grow Strawberry Plants From Runner Stems

Fresh homegrown strawberries are one of the greatest simple pleasures in life. While you can buy strawberries in-store practically year-round almost everywhere, there’s something even sweeter when they come from your own garden. They are a delicious treat after all the hard work you’ve put into your garden. While still tasty, store-bought strawberries can be …

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How Often Should You Power Wash Your Patio?

Your deck and patio furniture is subject to the elements year-round, 24/7. Rain, snow, dust, dirt, and pollution can leave your patio looking dirty and dingy. Mold and mildew can also grow on your patio if not cared for regularly. Not only does this take away from the beauty of your home, but it can …

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How to clean a mattress protector without damaging it

Just like pillowcases, sheets, and blankets should be washed, so should your mattress protector. Even though our skin doesn’t come in direct contact with mattress protectors, it can still collect oil and sebum, sweat, dead skin, dust, and dust mites. This build-up can begin to grow bacteria making your bed less clean, and even potentially …

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How often should you clean your gutters?

Gutters protect your home and landscaping from damage caused by excess undirected water flow. If your gutters become clogged, they can overflow with water which can cause damage to your home’s foundation, and your roof, and even cause leaks in your windows and basement. To protect the structural integrity of your home and keep your …

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How often should you wash a mattress protector?

Just because you don’t sleep directly on top of your mattress protector, doesn’t mean they don’t get dirty like the rest of your bedding. Your sheets and pillowcases should be washed once a week at least, but how often should you wash your mattress protector? Keep reading to find out just how often you should …

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How to clean your curtains so they look great but don’t get damaged

Curtains not only beautify the home, but they also serve a number of purposes. Curtains allow us to control the amount of light we let in, provide privacy, but most importantly, act as a filter to pollution, dust, and allergens outside. Because curtains are exposed to the elements and protect us from them, they can …

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How to Wash Your Pillowcases Properly

Pillowcases are the first thing our face hits when we go to bed. Because pillowcases come in direct contact with our skin, they can be subject to the natural oils, sweat, and bacteria produced by the skin. Because of this, our pillowcases can get very dirty pretty quickly. It’s important to clean your pillowcases often, …

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How to clean your washing machine

Unfortunately, just because our washing machines clean our clothes, they don’t stay clean. Our washing machines can grow bacteria, mildew, and musty smells which eventually make their way to our clothing. Just like your clothes, your washing machine needs to be cleaned often. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to deep clean your …

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How to properly wash your walls so they get clean but not damaged

Wall cleaning is a chore often neglected. Our walls take up a massive amount of space in our homes and can be a daunting task to try and complete. Also, you can even damage your walls if you don’t know what proper cleaning steps to take for your type of paint. But worry not! Keep …

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How often should you clean your windows?

Cleaning the windows is a task we can sometimes let slip. Instead of staring at the mess, we tend to look through it. Because we don’t have to come in direct contact with dirty windows, like countertops or floors, we might wait a little longer between cleanings than we would for something else. Dirty windows …

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How often should you clean a fish tank?

To keep your fish happy, it’s important to clean your tank often. Nobody likes to live in a dirty home, and that includes pets. However, for a fish to live in a dirty tank can be life-threatening. Keeping a balance of beneficial bacteria, nitrates, and oxygen in your tank is crucial to the health of …

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How often should you power wash your house?

Our homes protect us from all of the elements outdoors, but they are also subject to them. Sun, rain, dirt, and environmental pollution can all begin to wear on the exterior walls of our homes and begin to make them look worn. This damage can begin to affect the paint job, and mold and mildew …

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How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?

There’s nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning. It wakes us up, helps to get our day started, and tastes great. But did you know having an unclean coffee maker can actually affect the taste and quality of your coffee? Build up of minerals and organics in the coffee maker can also …

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How often should you wash your curtains?

Curtains beautify our homes, but they also serve a number of functions. They allow us to control the amount of light we let in, provide privacy, and also prevent dust and other air pollutants from entering the home. Curtains essentially function as a massive filter for our windows. Because of this, however, they can become …

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How often should you clean your kitchen sink?

The kitchen sink for many families is the heart of the kitchen. You’d be surprised to know however it is the second dirtiest space in your kitchen. It’s where we wash the cake batter off of our hands, defrost the frozen chicken, and begrudgingly clean up the dishes after cooking a nice meal. All of …

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