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101 Backyard Landscaping Ideas for Your Home (Photos)

Welcome to our backyard ideas page where we feature access hundreds of outdoor living spaces including decks, patios, balconies, porches, verandas, swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, gardens, plants, flowers, gazebos and other structures and more. To date we’ve nearly covered everything imaginable for backyards and landscaping, but we’ll likely come up with more so be sure …

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How to Plant Mint in Pots and Containers

Mint is many things to many people. To some, peppermint oil relieves irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion symptoms. The aroma of mint is said to improve brain function, help with congestion, opening the airways when inhaled. Mint has a lot of benefits and tastes delicious when added to food, salads, desserts, and drinks. Many cooks …

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How to Plant Rosemary in Pots or Containers

Rosemary is one of the most versatile herbs known for its healing properties. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, helps relieve anxiety, and promotes a good night’s sleep. Rosemary is also a chef’s friend and adds flavor to meat dishes, salads, and stews. It smells amazing too. By growing your own Rosemary in pots or containers, you’ll …

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Rustic + Whimsical Outdoor Oasis in Southern California by Kate Anne Designs

By Kate Anne Designs Photographer: Christian DuRocher Inspired by the whimsical beauty of traditional Spanish courtyards, Kate and her team brought life to the previously unfinished space, using Olsen pavingstone and roman cobblestone to complement the rustic Spanish theme and reclaimed brick (which was installed on its skinny side) to create a contemporary and custom …

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How to Plant Sage in Pots or Containers

Suppose you want to try your hand at pot and container gardening and want to grow your own seedlings. In that case, sage is one of those rewarding gardening experiences. Sage is a perennial herb that, with care, keeps on growing year after year. Beginner gardeners and novices enjoy the ease of growing sage as …

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How to Plant Oregano in Pots or Containers

The kitchen herb oregano quickly grows from seed and can be divided and planted in pots or containers. Oregano is an asset to a garden as a culinary herb in Mediterranean dishes. In nature, oregano attracts bees and butterflies. It often is planted as a companion plant to stop aphid infestations on cabbage, broccoli, and …

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How to Plant Lettuce Seeds in Pots and Containers

Patio gardening is a leisure activity with tremendous rewards. Growing lettuce in pots is a functional kitchen garden activity that is more than decorative. Planting lettuce seeds in pots take up little space and is an exciting DIY project. You can grow lettuce in a pot on your patio, and with the cut-and-come-back again harvesting …

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How to Plant Basil in Pots or Containers (5 Easy Steps)

Growing your own basil is easy and fun. Basil grows easily in pots and containers. What better place to grow it than on your patio or in a handy courtyard pot? This delicious and nutritious herb is a must in all gardens. Below we will answer how to plant basil in pots or containers. Resources: …

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How to Plant Strawberry Seeds in a Pot or Container

Planting and growing your own fruit can be very rewarding, not to mention healthier than buying store-bought fruit. If you know how to plant strawberry seeds in a pot or container and harvest the fruit later, you may find it easier and more rewarding than you thought. Resources: How To Grow Strawberries From Seed | …

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6 Reasons to Grow Oregano in the Garden

Introducing the Essential Herb It’s pretty much guaranteed that nearly every home on this planet has at least one form of oregano in it. Whether it’s dried, fresh, or coming in oil form, oregano is one of those essential herbs that’s just gotta be in your pantry. Oregano is present in so many different cultures …

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What to do with Strawberry Plants After Harvest?

Introducing Post-Harvest Strawberry Plant Care I just love the process of growing strawberry plants. Their leaves are so bushy and green, their tiny white flowers do a great job of attracting pollinators, and there is nothing more exciting than seeing those tiny red berries start to grow.  If you’ve ever grown strawberry plants before, chances …

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10 High-Yield Strawberry Plant Varieties for Huge Harvests

Introducing the Highest Yield Strawberry Plants  I have had quite the journey with my garden. Gardening takes a superb amount of work and patience, and a certain amount of grace in dealing with disappointment. Growing edible plants is incredibly exciting, but sometimes it doesn’t turn out the way you may have hoped.  There are fewer …

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3 Ways to Pollinate Strawberry Plants

Introducing Strawberry Plant Pollination  The world of horticulture is getting to be a pretty crazy place. In a world where something called an Ugli fruit exists (it’s a hybrid of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine) it’s starting to seem that the options are endless when it comes to manipulating what nature does all by itself.  If …

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5 Steps to Protect Oregano from Cold

Introducing Herb Cold Protection Methods  For anyone who has experience with it, you know that growing herbs takes a considerable amount of work. The beginning of the season requires tons of time and dirty hands, they require maintenance throughout the season, and there’s a whole other procedure when it comes to preparing them for the …

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5 Methods of Growing Strawberries in Small Spaces

Introducing Strawberry Growing Methods  There are so many great things about city life, but something that I’ve struggled with is not having the space to garden when you’re a person who is interested in gardening. I prayed for south facing windows, I experimented with balcony gardens, and finally I moved into an apartment with its …

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When the Heat is About to Scorch Your Strawberry Plants, Protect Them These 8 Ways

Introducing Methods to Protect Strawberries from Extreme Heat A couple of years ago I bought myself my very first strawberry plant. I finally had an apartment that had a south facing window which allowed me to take advantage of the very short growing season in Montreal, Canada. I was so excited. I could finally attempt …

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I Lost My Prized Oregano Plants to Nasty Pests So Now I Protect Them with These 6 Methods

Introducing Oregano, the Pests that Hurt Them and How to Protect Them From Pest-Ridden Harm Where would we be without oregano? Pizza sauce would be bland, stews would be colorless, gardens would be down a solider, and folks would be desperate for a natural cough and cold remedy. There are so many reasons to plant …

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10 Diseases that Decimate Strawberry Plants (and How to Prevent Them)

You plan your strawberry plans. You plant them. You care for them. You look forward to them maturing and growing delicious strawberries. And then some nasty diseases strikes them. They stop growing. They turn colors that aren’t right. They don’t produce strawberries. In some cases, they die.  The fun is over. This extensive article is …

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23 Overhyped Gardening Tips that are a Waste of Time (and Potentially Damaging)

The internet is awesome but it can also be a cesspool of bad information.   You gotta use discretion when following what people say and suggest. Gardening tips are no exception.  Fortunately, bad gardening information isn’t typically catastrophic but it can have some ugly consequences.  You definitely want to avoid any tips that could harm you. …

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5 Different Types of Fertilizer for Growing Bigger, Better Basil

Supercharge your basil efforts with this age-old gardening hack which is adding fertilizer. Here are the five best fertilizers for basil. 1. Nitrogen-rich fertilizers Basil is a heavy feeder and requires a steady supply of nitrogen to support its rapid growth. The solution is to use fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, such as ammonium …

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The Many Parts of a Tree – An Illustrated Guide (Leaves, Trunk and Roots)

There are three main parts of a tree: Leaves, trunk and branches, and roots.  Below we set out detailed anatomy illustrations showing all the parts of a tree; illustrations for each section of the tree. 1. Big picture tree anatomy Overview parts of a tree explained: Crown: This the top area of the tree an …

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9 Ways to Get a Much Bigger Basil Harvest (Tips)

Are you sick and tired of never having enough fresh basil? Do you find yourself running out to the store to get more basil while your plants at home grow slowly? Boy do I feel your pain! I’ve been there.  There’s nothing more frustrating than planting seeds and only getting a “meh” harvest, right? When …

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Are Fake Ferns Worth Buying? If So, Where to Buy the Best Fake Ferns?

We’re not anti-real plants. Quite the opposite. We have loads of plants, herbs, hanging baskets, flower beds and gardens in and outside our house. However, when it comes to our covered deck, which we use year-around, hanging flowers aren’t an option.  All Spring and Summer we had hanging flowers. They looked great but were a …

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Can You Compost Onions? Info-Packed Primer on Onion Composting

Can you or should you compost onions? Yes, you can but it’s best to chop them up to prevent them from sprouting. You’re composting, not planting a garden, right? We do without any problems but we follow the few simple steps and tips below. Does that mean all types of onions? Yes, it does. You …

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7 Free Shed Plans and Blueprints (PDFs You Can Download or Print)

Welcome to our free shed plans page. We worked with two architects with a keen interest in designing sheds.  We didn’t just want to provide some simple layouts but instead want to create and offer for free highly detailed shed plans that step you through every aspect of how to build a shed. There are …

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How to Build a Shed (Step-by-Step Instructions with Blueprint)

Welcome to our detailed instructions setting out how to build a shed.  The plans and instructions below were drawn up by Marie-Jo Tabet, Master of Architecture (MArch) with extensive architectural experience.  You can get all of our free shed plans here.

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29 Different Types of Fern Plants You Need to Know

Quicklist: Types of Ferns Evergreen Ferns Deciduous Herbaceous Semi-Evergreen Boston Fern Staghorn Fern Holly Fern Maidenhair Fern Cinnamon Fern Bird’s Nest Fern Australian Tree Fern Asparagus Fern Ostrich Fern Japanese Painted Fern Royal Fern Blue Star Fern Cretan Brake Fern Polypodium Vulgare Arachniodes Simplicity Asplenium Trichomanes Lady Fern Sunset Fern Kimberly Queen Fern Austral Gem …

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26 Different Types of Orchids You Need to Know When Growing Orchids

Quicklist: Orchid Types Angraecum Orchid Boat Orchid Brassavola Orchid Catasetum Orchid Cattleya Orchid Cycnoches Orchid Cymbidium Orchid Dendrobium Orchid Encyclia Orchid Epidendrum Orchid Lady Slipper Orchid Ludisia Orchid Lycaste Orchid Masdevallia Orchid Maxillaria Orchid Miltonia Orchid Odontoglossum Orchid Oncidium Orchid Paphiopedilum Orchid Phaius Orchid Phalaenopsis Orchid Phragmipedium Orchid Psychopsis Orchid Vanda Orchid Vanilla Orchid Zygopetalum …

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35 Different Types of Sheds for Your Backyard

Quicklist: Types of Backyard Sheds Gambrel (Barn-Style) Gable  Lean-to  Saltbox  Vinyl Storage Metal Storage  Wood Storage  Sheet Metal Clay Tiles Green Roofs Roofing Shingles Vinyl EPDM Rubber Small Medium Large Extra-Large Shed Flooring Materials Shed Floor Insulation Ventilation Concrete Pad Post-and-Beam Concrete Piers Gravel Pad Cement Blocks Garden Office Firewood Storage Personal Belongings Storage Tool …

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11 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Ants

Have you ever seen a 6-legged bug crawling around your house and wondered if it was an ant? Well, you’re not alone. Many people mistake these insects for ants when in reality, they are something else entirely. It can be hard to tell the difference with the naked eye. However, there are some easy ways …

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10 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Hummingbirds

Did you know that there are bugs out there that look like hummingbirds? Crazy, right? Everyone knows that insects can be a nuisance, but sometimes they can be downright beautiful – even if they’re still bugs. So, the next time you see a tiny hummingbird flying around your backyard, take a closer look. It might …

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8 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Sticks

Most of us have encountered stick insects before. These unique bugs have perfected the art of camouflage, seamlessly blending in with their surroundings to escape from predators. But scientists have actually observed hundreds, if not thousands, of these insect species! Phasmatodea, or phasmids, live all over the world and range from tiny to several feet …

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When Do Dogwoods Bloom?

The Dogwood plant typically flowers in early April in the southern part of their range, until late April or early May in northern and high-altitude areas. The similar Cornus kousa (“Kousa dogwood”), native to Asia, flowers about a month later. It is important to know more about the dogwood plant, its varieties, characteristics, and the …

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13 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Kissing Bugs

A kissing bug is a bloodsucking night crawler belonging to a group of bugs closely related to assassins. To my horror, I learned kissing bugs are not like love bugs, as I’d initially confused the names. And now I may never sleep again. Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico are the biggest harborers of kissing bugs …

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How Big Do Dogwood Trees Get? How Fast Do They Grow?

(Cornus) come in a range of sizes, from the dwarf Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa), which only grows to about 15 feet (4.6 m) tall, to the giant Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), which can reach up to 100 feet (30 m). The speed at which dogwoods grow also varies depending on the species. For example, the …

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7 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Scorpions

With lobster-like pincers, menacing tails and venomous bites, scorpions are fearsome creatures. They’re the prototype for a host of bugs that use pincers to grab prey and brandish tails as a battle cry. Their imitators are found in most climates and places, including your home. So, save yourself a fright by getting to know these seven scorpion …

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10 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Ants with Wings

You’re out in your garden or walking in the woods when you spot what looks like an ant — until it suddenly takes flight. When wings appear, you know that it isn’t an ant — but it could be one of the many insects that engage in ant mimicry. If you spot bugs that look …

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19 Houseplants that Droop or Drape

Finding the right houseplants for your home or office is important, especially if you want a certain type of plant. Some are bright, fragrant, and tropical, but there are also some that have that beautiful droop or drape appeal. They can accent bookcases, shelves, and tables because of the way they fall. Some of those …

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How to Tell if Your Strawberry Plant is Dead

Are your strawberry plants dead? That’s a good question that doesn’t always have an immediate answer. I think it’s worth taking the time to test your plants to find out if they can still produce edible fruit if you notice at least a few signs of life yet. Brown leaves don’t mean the plant is …

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How to Prepare Soil for Growing Garlic (All Ways)

Garlic requires sandy, well-drained soil. Prepare your garlic bed by loosening the soil to 12-18 inches. Mix 2-3 inches of organic matter such as compost or manure. If your soil is heavy clay, consider raised beds. Rake the bed smooth and break up any large clumps of dirt. To plant garlic, separate the cloves from …

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