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Fall Bulbs Planting Guide

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The weather is cooling off big time in Eastern Iowa and it’s about time to start planting bulbs for beautiful spring flowers like tulips, crocus, daffodils, and iris, as well as for garlic in the summer.



Fall Bulbs Planting Guide
Planting bulbs is a pretty easy task – but you’ve

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Top 12 Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow

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Houseplants are a wonderful addition to any home. Not only do they look pretty, they also help keep your indoor air clear – a very important consideration especially at this time of year when windows remain closed due to cold weather. These make great house-warming gifts for gardeners… and can

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How to Make a Terrarium in a Mason Jar

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My kids have been begging me for a houseplant, but I’ve been reluctant to give them any until now. Since I’ve started working with succulents…, though, I realized that a little plant might be a nice thing for them to have in their rooms. I’ve been kicking around

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DIY Fruit Pomander Tray

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Nasty weather is settling upon us in Eastern Iowa and it’s getting harder to kick my kids out of the house to play. A friend recently had kids making apple pomanders and I loved the idea so much, I created a DIY Fruit Pomander Tray… at my house, too. A

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Painting Rocks – Garden Art DIY

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My kids love to paint all kinds of things they find in nature, like acorns, sticks, and rocks, and I thought painting rocks for garden art might be a way to kill two (or three) birds with one stone! First, painting rocks is a fun way to add some color …

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Winterizing Your Garden and Porch

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Winter is almost officially upon us, and it’s time to one last look at gardens and porches to make sure they’re ready for snow and ice and arctic temperatures. Hopefully, you’ve already done a lot of these tasks, but if you’re a last minute person like I am, here are…

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Garden Wall Art DIY

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A quick search on Pinterest for Garden Wall Art will turn up a lot of ideas for gorgeous living art – art made out of moss, succulents, and many up-cycyled objects. I’ve got a gorgeous old up-cycled garden shed that has been begging for a Garden Wall Art DIY, and…

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DIY Plant Markers from Up-Cycled Spoons

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Made from up-cycled spoons and seed packets, these DIY Plant Markers would make a great homemade gift for the gardener in your life! Now that it’s November, I’m trying to think of creative gifts to make for the upcoming holidays. I’ve been meaning to make homemade plant markers for a…

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Homemade Succulent Container

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Succulents are all the rage right now – and these pretty plants are not only easy to grow, some of them, aloe for instance, also have medicinal purposes. Here’s an easy and fun to make homemade succulent container made from bark and up-cycled tin cans!



Make Your Own Homemade Succulent

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How to Save Zinnia Seeds

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Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers to grow in my garden. Not only are they beautiful and easy to grow, they are also a kid-friendly plant and saving their seeds for next year’s garden is really easy. Your children will not only love picking beautiful zinnias next year, but…

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