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If you’re like me and have some plants inside of your home, it can be hard to know how to keep pests away from your plants without spraying chemicals everywhere. Some of those pest control products can even be dangerous to children and pets. Luckily there is another way. Instructables user iPodGuy made this amazing how-to to create an organic pest control product at home. It’s as easy as making a soup! To make this pesticide, you will need: an empty & clean gallon jug (such as a milk jug) a spray bottle with spray nozzle a funnel a piece…

Ah succulents. Perhaps the absolute best plant to have around the house—minimal attention needed and effortless beauty all year round. Nonetheless, even the most skilled gardeners can find their succulents losing some luster. If you’re anything like me, you hate to see your favorite succulents start to wilt or just stop growing as quickly. Luckily, there are some very easy ways to preserve your succulents and ensure they stay as gorgeous as you are for as long as possible. First, you have to determine whether your succulent needs some love. The tell-tale sign is when the plant begins to etiolate, which is…

By planting certain types of greenery, you are much more likely to attract butterflies to your garden. A butterfly garden should be placed in a sunny area with an assortment of sweet-smelling, nectar-producing flowering plants. For best results, research the butterflies that live in your area and the plants they like best.

Many bird species begin nesting in springtime and continue on into summer. Some species may lay several clutches of eggs before the cooler fall weather arrives. You can add variety, color and life to your garden by erecting bird houses to make it bird-friendly. Whether you affix them to the side of your house, hang them from trees or dig a hole for a freestanding pole bird house, just be careful that the placement is good for the birds but not for squirrels, cats or other natural predators. If bird houses don’t work in your space, add bird feeders and…

Whether you live in a space-precious community or you simply want more green at eye level, summer is a great time to create a “living wall” inside your home or erect a backyard trellis for flowering vines. If you choose to take your garden indoors, a warm, damp area like the bathroom often provides the perfect environment for a living wall. Outside, you can often get good results in short order by erecting trellises and anchoring the young plants so they have some extra support as they grow upwards.

If there is one golden rule of backyard spaces, it is this: everyone must learn to share and share alike. With this being said, why not build playtime right into your summer garden? Whether you cut your lawn into hopscotch squares, dig small holes in hidden alcoves as a mini-golf course or paint a chess board on an abandoned tree stump, gardens that encourage play and joy tend to stay and grow!

Micro-farming is fast taking root in crowded urban areas where open green spaces come at a premium. All you need to bring the great outdoors inside is a bit of soil and a handful of seeds. One great way to begin micro-farming is to grow a windowsill herb garden. You can use an old egg carton as a seed-starter or buy already-sprouted herbs you line up inside an old shoe box.

Succulents love hot, sunny weather! And unlike many green things, they can flourish with very little watering. This makes summer the perfect season to create your own succulent garden. Succulents range in size from teensy greens that can fit into your open palm to giant living sculptures that can command a full lawn’s attention. But here, keep in mind that many succulents also have spiky exteriors, so plan the location to avoid contact with pets and small children.

Do you have an old chair or wagon you don’t need but also don’t want to throw out? With a little paint or stain, that unused chair can become a great stage to showcase lovely blooming potted plants. The same holds true for that vintage wagon that brings back such fond memories. You can fill it full of potted plants or add topsoil directly into the wagon bed and grow a sweet scented herb garden. Summer garden ideas represent just a handful of the many creative ways you can bring new life to your garden space and create fun for…

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