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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
11 years ago
Build a garden retreat

With all the demands and stresses of everyday living, your garden can help you stay healthy by providing you with an at-home place to unwind. Since you are probably paying taxes on your land anyway, you might just as well make your backyard into something that pays...

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
10 years ago
Grow your own kitchen herb garden

Lemon grass seedlings You might be surprised how simple and convenient it is to grow your own kitchen herb garden. If you check out the cost of buying fresh herbs -- if you can find the ones you want -- and combine that with the increased quality of...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Daisies for the garden



Daisies come in all sizes and colors. A daisy is a member of the compositae family -- flowering plants that are actually made up of many tiny flowers all in a central clump with rayed petals around that inside central clump. All together this configuration makes a single flower. ...

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
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
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
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
10 years ago
Cool weather gardening in the chaparral

Chaparral gardens are usually found in inland areas where there is very low humidity, lots of sun and high summer temperatures. Most chaparral areas -- whether found in California, the four corner states, Texas, Australia, Europe or any other area -- experience relatively warm temperatures even in the winter....

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
Sun-Dried Tomatoes You Can Grow on the Vine

Grow your own dried tomatoes without the usual bother.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
11 years ago
Create a live butterfly garden



Monarch butterfly on milkweed (Photo by GardenGates)
There are a number of plants that attract butterflies to their nectar or are a food source for the caterpillars. Planting some of these plants will encourage butterflies to visit your garden. Both the type...

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
Organic Tomato Gardening with a Difference

Grow your own tomatoes with a twist!

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...

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Spring Pond Care

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

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...

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,...

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Happy New Year Resolutions that will guarantee a Happier New Year

For many people the tough economic times have made this past year stressful and even made some people feel downright depressed. A new year is right around the corner. So how do you guarantee that this coming year will be happier than the last? None of us can...

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