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  • Water with fertilizer splashing onto plant leaves

    Fertilizer basics for the smart gardener

    Published on January 15, 2020

    Fertilizers can be applied to enhance growth in plants that exhibit a deficiency or require higher nutrient levels for success.

  • Landscaping stones used as a frame for growing garden crops

    Starting a raised bed garden

    Published on January 7, 2020

    An alternative to growing plants directly in the ground with boutique soil and better drainage.

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