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Can Jade Plants Survive Winter Outside?

Jade plants are among the most popular succulents, both for their beauty and their reputation for bringing fortune to those who grow them. But what should you do with your jade plants when the winter’s chill rears its head? Can you keep them outside, or do you need to shelter them from the cold? We’ve …

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6 Zone 4 Perennials That Repel Mosquitoes

For gardeners, summer is a special time. The long days of sunlight and warmth bring out fruits and flowers that add color and perfume to our gardens. Unfortunately, summer also brings out one of nature’s greatest nuisances: the mosquito. These blood-suckers bite, buzz, and irritate wherever they go. Even worse, they can carry diseases with …

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14 Great Annuals for Zone 5B

From the Eastern-most point of Maine, Zone 5 stretches down to Lake Eerie, slips into the Michigan mitten, and spreads from Lake Michigan to Denver, where the Rockies scatter it across the Western states. This zone is divided in two, with 5B having somewhat milder winters than 5A. Knowing your zone is particularly important when …

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7 Variegated Flowering Shrubs

Shrubs can be an important element in the structure, aesthetic, and even the privacy of your garden. Flowering shrubs in particular can make your garden more appealing for people and pollinators alike. When your shrubs aren’t flowering, though, the leaves are doing the aesthetic heavy work. We’ve put together some of the best flowering shrubs …

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15 Fruit Trees You Can Grow In Pots at Home

Fruit trees offer so much to a home garden. They often feature beautiful flowers, not to mention the fun you get to have picking and eating your homegrown fruit! For those with limited space or climates that aren’t conducive to many varieties, container growing is a great option. We’ve put together some of the best …

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Can Microgreens Be Grown Outside? [And How To]

Microgreens make their way into many meals at fancy restaurants because they are aesthetically pleasing and offer an excellent flavor and crunch to many dishes. They’re also easy to grow at home, but can you grow them in your outdoor garden? We’ve done the digging, and here’s the lowdown. You can absolutely grow microgreens outside! …

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What Angle to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

For the best looking lawn on the block, you’ll need a lawnmower with sharp blades that slice through grass with ease. But what angle should you use when sharpening your blades? We’ve researched this conundrum, and here’s what you need to know: When you sharpen your lawnmower blades, follow the pre-existing angle of the blade. …

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