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6 Safe Plants to Have Around Kids

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Many favorite and beautiful houseplants adorn hallways, living rooms, and bedrooms without thought. But, did you know that some can cause irritations, swelling, or even difficulty breathing for children? When you have kids around, choosing non-toxic plants should be your number one priority for their safety. If your child touches or ingests a potentially harmful …

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6 Longest Blooming Annual Flowers You Need in Your Garden

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Annual flowers are a beautiful way to bring a burst of color to your garden. Though you do have to replant annuals each year, they are rewarding flowers to grow, and there are dozens of choices. Explore six of the longest-blooming annual flowers you need to plant in your garden this year! 1. Calibrachoa  While technically …

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How Often Should You Change Potting Soil

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Potting soil plays a huge role in the health and life of your container garden. Since soil doesn’t come with an expiration date, it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to change it. To help your plants thrive, you need to provide them with nutrient-rich, well-draining, and well-aerated potting soil. Over time, plants …

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9 Tips for Growing Zucchini in Pots

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People love zucchini because it’s delicious, hydrating, and low-calorie. It’s a highly versatile veggie as even its flowers are edible. Better yet, you can grow zucchini at home in pots! So even if you have a small space, you don’t have to miss out on homegrown zucchini. Learn these nine care tips to ensure the process …

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9 Companion Plants for Garlic

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Many gardeners and cooks alike love garlic because of its pungent aroma, delicious flavor, and how it adds zest to cooking. But do you know what companionship plants grow well with garlic? There are many including vegetables, fruit, herbs, and even flowers. Learning how to grow mutually beneficial plants together enhances the growth of all …

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How to Properly Water Your Polka Dot Plant

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The polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) is a vibrant houseplant coveted for its brightly-colored leaves. This evergreen subshrub (a woody dwarf shrub) native to Madagascar makes a wonderful addition to your home décor. It can grow up to three feet tall and wide, and its lush, bushy, heavily spotted foliage is sure to draw attention. …

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How To Get Rid of Mealybugs on Your Houseplants

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Mealybugs are tiny, white, soft-bodied insects that resemble cotton and suck the sap from plants, causing leaves to yellow and fall off. They also secrete honeydew, which attracts ants and sooty molds. If you notice that some of your houseplants are declining, seemingly without reason, the culprit might be mealybugs. Many houseplants fall victim to …

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