5 Resources for the DIY Garden Designer

If you decide to DIY your own garden design, you're still going to need a little help! Fortunately, in this day and age you have access to SO MANY resouces via the Internet! Here are a few that will get you started creating your own garden design.

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Inspiring Edible Garden Designs

Edible garden design is a great way to combine the pretty with the practical! By replacing lawn with mixed beds of edible plants and ornamental plants, you're breaking up monocultures, adding interest to your garden beds, and providing food for yourself, your neighbors, and even the insects and animals who share your yard! 

Stepping away from the "vegetables in the vegetable garden" mindset can be a challenge, though, so here are some video tours of 4 great edible garden designs to inspire you! As you watch, note how the homeowners and designers are using plants to solve problems, like compliance with HOAs, hillsides, and tiny spaces!

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DIY Garden Design Ideas for Unusual Spaces

If you're thinking about designing your garden or landscape, it can help to see what others are doing, and to hear from the experts! This is especially true if you have an unusual space, like a long, narrow yard, or a balcony, or maybe even a community garden.  If that's the situation you're in, check out these videos for some ideas!

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10 Tools For Backyard Bug Detectives

All sorts of insects (and spiders and all the rest) share our outdoor spaces, and knowing what they are and if they're helping, harming, or just hanging out in our gardens is pretty important!

Doing some backyard detective work is the first step in earth friendly pest control, and in creating a more ecologically balanced garden!  But before you head outside, here are some tools I recommend that'll make the job easier and safer. 

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Resources to Help You Master Pruning

Pruning can definitely be one of the more intimidating gardening tasks, especially since many homeowners fear that if they do it wrong they'll kill their plants.  The good news is that plants share similar characteristics, and if you understand some basics about how they grow and when they bloom, you'll get a good sense of how to prune almost all of them.  

Below you'll find videos that explain basic pruning techniques, and also how to prune specific plants to get the best results!

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How to Capture & Re-use Water in Your Garden

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans use up to 48 gallons of water per day maintaining their lawns and gardens! That's a lot of water, and a lot of money.  And the hard truth is that much of that water is lost to evaporation before it does any good for our plants.

One solution? Capture water that might otherwise go to waste, and divert it into the garden so it benefits our plants.  No matter if your goal is to capture rainwater, or re-use grey water from inside your home, here are some projects that homeowners can DIY!

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DIY Soil Tests

Knowing your soil texture--the percentage of clay, sand, and silt in your soil--can help you become a better gardener! That's because soil texture play a big role in how quickly water moves through the soil, and how long it's available to plants to absorb. As a result, you can figure out how often to water and how often you may need to add nutrients to your soil.

Fortunately, you can determine soil texture in your yard with two simple DIY tests!  Here's how:

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Winning the War on Weeds

As gardeners, we wage a never ending war against weeds! And although it may seem simpler and quicker to use herbicides to "win" the war,  the potential damage done to you, or your pets, or your garden's ecosystem may not be a worthwhile price to pay.

Fortunately, with the right technique and the right tools, you can definitely start winning the war without herbicides!   

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