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Hauling heavy garden hoses is fatiguing, but installing a proper irrigation system can be expensive. Narrow-gauge coiled garden hoses are much lighter than traditional garden hoses as well as less likely to kink – they tangle quickly, but they untangle … Continue reading

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Planning a fall or winter vegetable crop? Depending on the variety and your climate, it may be time to get your seeds in the ground. Plant as closely to your doors as possible to limit the time you spend outside … Continue reading

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Installing raised beds or table gardens can eliminate much of the stooping and bending involved in traditional, in-ground gardening. The higher the growing surface, the more easily you can work in the soil. Note that raised beds are perfect for … Continue reading

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Central sensitization can increase the pain of insect stings and bites – but many fibromites are also sensitive to common chemicals. Look for insect repellants that contain essential oils and follow manufacturer directions; if these won’t work for you, try … Continue reading

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A canning funnel makes it easier to fill even wide-mouthed jars and containers. Equally versatile for transferring flour to a storage caddy or for storing leftovers, these inexpensive utensils help prevent many messes. Keep a second funnel with your gardening … Continue reading

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When selecting a new wheelbarrow or wheeled cart (and these are wonderful additions to any home, not just great gardeners’ aids) make sure to choose one with two wheels and two legs. That way, the cart won’t roll away from … Continue reading

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Give yourself permission to have a messier yard. For instance, maybe you don’t really need to deadhead spent flowers: they could provide food or habitat for beneficial insects. Reconsider the amount of time and effort you spend on your lawn: … Continue reading

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Applying a lightweight mulch can drastically reduce your weeding and watering needs while helping your garden look neat and organized. Some great choices include those made from the hulls of cocoa beans (although be wary if you have pets), hazelnut … Continue reading

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If you are sensitive to certain chemicals, inspect the labels on your favorite lawn and garden supplements (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and so on). Check your grass seed, too, if it contains anything besides seed: many brands offer seeding products that … Continue reading

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Planning to transfer your houseplants back outside for the summer? Consider using a wheeled cart, pot mover, or even a skateboard to help take some of the load from your body. If repotting plants into larger containers, try using lightweight … Continue reading

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