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  1. 6 of the Best Summer-Bearing Apricot Trees

    6 of the Best Summer-Bearing Apricot Trees

     

    What could be better than strolling out into your backyard and picking a handful of apricots, golden spheres kissed by the summer sun, and enjoying them with coffee for breakfast? Not only do you get delicious fruit, but apricots can be a great edible addition to your landscape. Read on to learn about their history, care, and varieties.

     

    History of Apricot Trees

     

    The apricot originated in China and slowly made its way west to Europe along the old spice road. It was brought to the US in the 1700s and spread across the continent as the country grew.

     

    You can count on a good harvest, especially if you plant more than one variety to help with cross-pollination. The fruit has many uses:

     

    • Eaten fresh
    • Canned
    • Frozen
    • Dried
    • Baked
    • Turned to jam or jelly

     

    Not

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  2. Lilacs and You: Planting and Care

    Lilacs and You: Planting and Care

     

    Are you looking for a fragrant, easy to grow shrub that will add beauty to your yard? Look no further than the old fashioned (or should we say “timeless”) lilac. They are easy to grow and covered with wonderfully scented blossoms during the spring. Plus, lilacs are a great long-term investment–they often last longer than the house that they are planted near.

     

    A Brief History of Lilacs

     

    In Greek mythology, a nymph named Syringa was pursued by Pan, the half-man, half-goat god of groves. She found that she could not get away from him, so she turned herself into a flower–the lilac.

     

    Lilacs were introduced to Europe in the 16th century and to America about 200 years later. They are in the olive tree family and will grow to 20 to 30 feet high and usually have shoots growing from the base so that they form a dense bush. Most are various shades

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  3. The Complete Guide to Hydrangeas

    The Complete Guide to Hydrangeas

     

    Hydrangeas are both beautiful and easy to grow, which is why they are so popular. They come in a wide variety of colors, from blue to purple to red to pink, and there are even some white and off-white varieties. And don’t overlook the fact that they are mostly disease and pest-resistant, meaning there is less work to do in keeping them happy and healthy.

     

    A brief history of hydrangeas

     

    Hydrangeas were first cultivated in Japan and came to the US via Europe in the early to mid-1700s. Although, some sources suggest early hydrangea forms date back millions of years. These likely were not the plant we now recognize as the ornamental beauty we now know. The name was coined by the botanist, Grovonius, based on the Greek words for “water pitcher.” 

     

    Why

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  4. Watering Tips for Hanging Flower Baskets

    Watering Tips for Hanging Flower Baskets 

     

    Summer is near, and as you move outside, you might want to move your hanging baskets outside too. Whether inside or outside, you will need to water your hanging baskets properly to keep your plants happy and healthy.

     

    Types of watering cans for hanging baskets

     

    The first thing you want to consider is the watering can. There is a wide variety out there, so you will want to find the right can or cans for your needs.

     

    Styles

     

    There are generally two styles of watering cans: free-flow and rose. Free-flow will have long narrow spouts and usually works better indoors because you can put the water exactly where you want it, and the rose variety has a wider spigot with a lot of holes, which is more appropriate for outdoors.

     

    The watering can’s handle should feel comfortable in your hand because water is heavier t

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  5. 5 Ways Landscaping Can Improve the Value of Your Home

     

    While landscaping isn’t the most important thing you can do to enhance your home’s value, it can surely help someone who is already interested to place an offer, and all things considered, might be the point that gets them to make you an offer on your home instead of someone else.

     

    You wouldn't put your home on the market if plumbing needed work or rooms needed to be painted, and the same goes for your landscaping. Your yard is the first thing that people will notice, so you need to put your best trees and scrubs forward.

     

    Plant a Tree

     

    Trees can do a lot for your home's curb appeal. If the buyer doesn’t like the color of a room or the carpeting, that is easy to change, but you can’t just drop a 30-year-old oak tree in the front yard to provide instant shade, so you need to think long-term as you are considering adding trees to your landscape.

     

    Look for trees that grow well in your

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  6. All About Crape Myrtles

    Explosions of Color: All You Want to Know about Crape Myrtle

     

    The crape or crepe myrtle is a beautiful, sun love, drought-resistant deciduous tree that is popular with homeowners. 

     

    And it’s no wonder so many people love these bountifully blooming trees! The crape myrtle is small to medium-sized and has flowers that range from yellow to orange to red to lavender. They are easy to care for, and many are disease resistant. They grow quickly, up to 2 feet per year, and are loved by pollinators and birds.

     

    What else should every gardener and homeowner know about these beauties? This article covers all the colorful facts about crape myrtles!

     

    History of the Blooming Beauty

     

    Crape myrtle, also called “crepe myrtle” originally grew in south and southeast Asia but has spread around the world to wherever the climate is suitable. They range in size from a 3-foot variety suita

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  7. Fertilizing Your Citrus Tree

    Citrus is a genus of tropical and sub-tropical trees that are known around the world for their tasty fruit. They originated in Southeast Asia and have been carried around the world because they are so delicious.

     

    They are popular with both commercial farmers and family hobbyists because they are not too difficult to grow, and they provide a wealth of healthy snacks and can be used in a wide variety of recipes.

     

    But once you have them planted, and they are growing, how do you fertilize them to keep them happy and productive?

     

    What do you need to know?

     

    If you know when to fertilize, what fertilizer to use, and how to apply it, you will be in great shape and have a good crop to share with your family and friends.

     

    When do you need to fertilize?

     

    If you want a bumper crop, you need to feed your citrus. It varies depending on the species and location, but

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  8. You've bought a lemon tree. What now?

    What could be better on a hot summer afternoon than an ice-cold glass of lemonade made from freshly squeezed lemons from your own tree? 

     

    If that puts a smile on your face, you can make it happen! As long as you have a little room in your yard, patio, deck, or apartment. Depending on the size of the tree that you start with, you can enjoy the deep green foliage, the beautiful blossoms, and the tangy fruit in a couple of short years.

     

    To Pot or Not to Pot?

    If you have plenty of yard space and you live in zones 9-11, you can plant yours outside! 

     

    If you don’t have the outdoor space and live in zones 9-11, you can p

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  9. Square Foot Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide

    Tired of buying limp, dull vegetables from the supermarket? Don’t want to pay high prices at the local farmer’s market? Don’t want to eat produce that was sprayed with chemical fertilizers or pesticides?  

     

    With a little sweat and some easy-to-find supplies, you can be growing your own veggies that are just minutes from your backyard to your table. And grown just the way that you want them.

     

    What Is Square Foot Gardening?

    To understand how to start a square-foot garden, it’s important to understand exactly what this unique garden form is. This will also give you a clearer idea of whether or not square foot gardening is the right choice for you–before your shovel ever hits the dirt.

     

    Th

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  10. Bird Feeding: What, When, Why & How?

    When you look out your window, do you see nothing but snow? Then, you notice a chickadee or warbler in a nearby tree and wonder if it is hungry. 

     

    You are not alone. Millions of people feed the wild birds of their neighborhoods. If you are considering this, there are a few things that you should know.

     

    What You Should Know About Feeding Birds

    Feeding birds can be both a simple and complicated task. Most of the complication comes at the decision phase of the process–that is, choosing the best feeder, knowing where to place it, and what kind of seed works best for the season. To make things a bit easier, keep these tips in mind. 

     

    Be Consistent

    Before you start feeding the w

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