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6 Chemical-Free Strategies for Keeping Pests Away From Your Vegetables

Like other members of the health-conscious community, you see the value in growing your own produce. The last thing you want to do is off-set the myriad of health benefits that come with growing your own vegetables with a toxic pesticide. Recent news reports expose pesticides as having extremely negative effects. Furthermore, authors Hall and Arnette both discuss the link between pesticides and cognitive issues and prenatal motor functions. Ongoing studies continue to reveal the harm in conventional pest control. In reality, there is no need to use these toxic chemicals; there's just a need for innovative thinking, trial, and error. Below you'll find some natural, harmless alternative methods for keeping pests out of your vegetable garden. Roaming Chickens A...

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Peppermint: Why You Should Grow It

Why Grow Peppermint? Peppermint, first cultivated in England around 1750, as an experimental hybrid between watermint and spearmint. Now, you can find this plant nearly anywhere in the world. Growing peppermint isn’t too hard, though the plant will need lots of water (as it's often found by streams or rivers). It doesn’t tolerate dry conditions well, and while partial sun is recommended, planting it in full sun could help it increase the potency of its effects. Addition To Tea Instead of plain tea that you might not want to drink, add a few drops of peppermint oil or a small stick of peppermint to your cup. It's better to add peppermint to warm tea because it diffuses easier than if...

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How to Take Care of Your Tree Like a Pro

Trees are an attractive asset to just about any property. Learning the basics of tree care will give you the tools you need to make sure they look their best. Read on to find out how to keep your trees healthy and strong. Selecting and Planting Research different species of trees before purchasing seedlings. Make sure the ones you choose are well-suited to the local climate, appropriate for your soil conditions, and meet your preferences for height and appearance. Choose a planting site that will allow ample room for the roots to spread over time. Depending on the type of tree, you might be able to accelerate the growth of it - for example, fruit trees could really benefit from...

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How Gardening Can Help Veterans With PTSD Find Peace

Veterans with PTSD are often at a loss for things to do when they return home. Moreover, the needed focus may be missing from their lives. As warriors, they had that focus but when they return home they find that they no longer have that to rely on. Gardening can help alleviate some of the stress and symptoms associated with PTSD, and if you are a vet, you should consider it for its therapeutic benefits. Secret friends Since plants are non-judgmental and respond quickly to care, it is often easier to help veterans to connect on some level with plants that show the result of watering, weeding and concern. Results can be measured by merely by watching the growth happen....

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4 Warning Signs Your Plant Isn't Going To Make It

Not everyone's got a green thumb. Despite your best efforts, there are times when plants you care for might just die. Given the propensity for most plants to lose their leaves and appear dormant for long stretches of time, though, it's not always easy to tell what the reality is. To get a better idea of what a dead plant looks like, here are four warning signs your plant isn't going to make it. Look at Leaves An easy way to tell whether something might be wrong with your plant is to check the condition of its leaves, as they're the best indicator of plant health we have. Plants that shed their leaves out of season are usually not in...

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