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Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Landscape Design Software Programs - for Free!


There are many design programs available for do-it-yourself garden designers. Some are quite complex whereas others are so simple that they lack the flexibility to get anything useful accomplished. There are expensive programs and inexpensive programs. You can even find landscape design software for free....

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Landscape Design: Using Natural Stone and Rock

Stone and rock are practical and beautiful materials to use in a garden design.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Color Design Schemes for the Garden

Make your garden pop by using the power of color.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Building a Barbecue Area

Plan out your barbecue area so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Find Free Printable Birthday Signs

Make your own free birthday decorations...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Design Seating into the Landscape

 

 

Seating in the landscape can entice you to actually USE your garden. Even a bland landscape suddenly looks more inviting when you place a rustic bench in the shade or a decorative table with chairs on the patio. A...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
10 years ago
Flower bulbs add life to the garden

Garden plants grow in all sizes, shapes and colors. One of the more fascinating creations of nature is the bulb. These are nature's little packages that allow a flowering plant to shrink down into a little safe-house during imperfect weather conditions only to energize back into life when temperatures...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Build an Outdoor Fire Pit in the Backyard

Have fun with a backyard fire pit. Here are some suggestions on how to build one.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Guide to Drip Irrigation Systems

Tips on putting together a successful drip irrigation system in your garden

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Best reasons to grow herbs in the garden

Colorful herbs on a hillside (Photo by Jane Gates)
Make natural, one-of-a-kind crafts Whether for home use or gifts, items made by hand are treasures that are no longer easily found. Crafting with home-grown herbs will allow you to fabricate healthy, safe an beautiful items with each...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Geranium plants for the house or garden

Ivy geraniums

The geranium (Pelargonium) is one of the most showy and easily grown flowering plants to grow in the garden -- or as a house plant. There are many types of geraniums. Here is some information about the plants and how to grow the geranium indoors or out. There are many types of...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Planting California native plants in the winter

California native Zaushnaria (Epilobium) blooms in early winter: Phot by Jane Gates Although some experts recommend planting California natives in the autumn, there are an equal number of experts who feel the winter is the best planting time rather than allowing for vulnerable growth started in the last...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
Recycled Glass Countertops


Move aside granite and Corian. Back off tiling and wood slabs. A new countertop surface is moving in to kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor barbecue areas and even living rooms. And this one is ecologically friendly. Be on the lookout for recycled glass countertops.

This...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Cyclamen Plants: Grow Them Indoors or Outdoors

Cyclamen photo courtesy of Desislava Vasileva The Cyclamen is a highly decorative, winter-blooming plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors if you live where winters are mild. These plants are smothered with heart-shaped green leaves traced with lacy designs. As if that isn't enough, the Cyclamen...

Technology
by Gardengates
10 years ago
Free Software Can Grow Your Business

Once upon a time businesses were run with lots of employees to keep up with all the organizing and financial demands required for efficiency. There was no shortage of labor jobs. But, for better or worse, technology has changed all that. It's difficult to be competitive today without depending...

Technology
by Gardengates
8 years ago
How to watermark photos and art on Photoshop Elements

Create your own embossed watermark for your work on the Internet.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Grow medicinal herbs for good health and healing

Flat leaf or Italian Parsley: photo by Jane Gates
Herb gardens can be decorative and produce edibles to spice up ordinary cooking. But most herbs are also good to grow for good health. Most have some health benefits and herbs have been used for their medicinal properties...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Spring Pond Care

Keep your pond the sparkling gem of your landscape design with proper care.

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Earth friendly fabrics


Fine, soft, breathable bamboo fabric used in a printed tee shirt


The world is resetting its values and fabrics are going earth friendly. Earth friendly fabrics are grown, processed and manufactured with more concern for being biodegradable, creating less waste and being more eco-friendly. Here is some information about the interesting sources that...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
10 years ago
Artificial or live Christmas trees?

What kind of Christmas tree is right for your home? (Photo by Jane Gates) Homes all over the world are decorating for the Christmas holidays and the central piece of décor is often a traditional – or not so traditional Christmas tree. Trees can be large or small,...

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