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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
Spring Pond Care

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

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.

Home & Garden
by Gardengates
10 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...

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
9 years ago
Cold Weather Travel Checklist

Are you ready to hit the road on a cold winter day? Make sure your car is ready, too.

by Gardengates
11 years ago
Growing Some Really Rare Plants

Acnistus australe


If you are really fascinated by growing interesting plants, why not try growing some really rare plants? If you have a greenhouse or live in a warm climate, here are some really rare and beautiful plants you can grow.

Acnistus australe has charming waxy purple bells of flowers and is...

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
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
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
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...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
Growing epiphytic orchids

Growing an epiphytic orchid in a pot (Photo of Phalaenopsis orchid by Jane Gates)


Orchids that grow in the ground are known as terrestrial. Many orchids, however, naturally grow in trees and are known as epiphytic. Most of the orchids people like to grow in pots at home are epiphytic. ...

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
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
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,...

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...

Lifestyle
by Gardengates
11 years ago
The art of surviving a cat flea shampoo


Cat sketch copyright: Jane Gates
Cats do not need regular bathing like we do. They have wonderfully adapted tongues and usually enjoy keeping themselves properly groomed without human interference.
Sometimes, however, it becomes necessary to bathe a cat, especially for medical or flea treatments. This requires bravery...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
What about Acai berry cleanse, detox and weight loss?

Acai berry courtesy of Sensational.com
The latest fashion in dieting and nutritional health centers around the acai berry. Like most diet fads, this one is advertised as a miracle cure. To sort some facts from fiction on this emotional subject, here are a few basic...

by Gardengates
11 years ago
Handling the loss of a pet

People who have never bonded with an animal may not understand the pain involved when you have to say goodbye to a pet. The loss of a buddy who was so much a part of your life needs to be cared for the same as any other injury or loss....

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