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Why Do Snapdragons Come Back Each Year in Different Colors?
Why Do Snapdragons Come Back Each Year in Different Colors?

Megan is a writer and mom of two. She enjoys cooking, running, and gardening. I have lived in my house for several years. I have planted a lot of flowers, shrubs, and other plants since moving in, but I have never planted snapdragons. Yet, somehow, two little snapdragon plants mysteriously appeared near my downspout and water meter.

How to Start Bleeding Hearts From Root Cuttings or Seeds
How to Start Bleeding Hearts From Root Cuttings or Seeds

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM. Root Cuttings vs. SeedsIf you know someone who has a beautiful perennial bleeding heart plant that would give you some root cuttings; or if you already have a bleeding heart plant and want to have more, you might be a very lucky person, as you can get a specimen to transplant much faster using a root cutting.

Blackberry Plants: How to Grow and Propagate
Blackberry Plants: How to Grow and Propagate

I grow Sweetie Pie blackberries, a great thornless variety, and here& 39;s what I& 39;ve learned. Blackberries aren& 39;t only delicious, they are also extremely healthy. Packed full of antioxidants and fiber, they& 39;re one of the top super-foods. Blackberries are expensive to buy in the store but so easy to grow.

Amazon Mattress Frame Review: The Zinus SmartBase
Amazon Mattress Frame Review: The Zinus SmartBase

Why I Chose the Zinus SmartBase Mattress Frame on AmazonI just moved into a new apartment and was in need of a great bed frame. As an Amazon Prime member, I decided to check out their selection of bed frames with free shipping. I was looking for a few different things in my purchase.A Great Price: After all my moving costs, the last thing I wanted to do was break the bank on something as simple as a bed frame.

Wagner Paint Eater Review
Wagner Paint Eater Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Paint Eater Pros and ConsThe Wagner Paint Eater is a rotating disc sander that does work well for removing peeling paint, but like most power tools, the sander isn& 39;t without its flaws.

Microclimates Are in Your Yard
Microclimates Are in Your Yard

Juli has been gardening in her yard for 18 years. She has almost run out of room for bushes, yet looks for small ones to fill in spaces. What Is a Microclimate?Microclimates are just a smaller version of the everyday climate where you live. Microclimates are made up of temperature, rainfall, wind, and sunshine, to name a few parameters.

How to Plant Asparagus Beans: From Seed to Harvest
How to Plant Asparagus Beans: From Seed to Harvest

In addition to being a certified herbalist and aromatherapy consultant, Gina finds the unrelenting allure of gardening very strong. What are Asparagus Beans?The scientific name for asparagus beans is Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis, which is a legume cultivated to be eaten as green pods. It is also known as theyardlong beanborabodilong-podded cowpeaasparagus beanAsian long beanpea beansnake beanChinese long beanDespite the common name, the pods are actually only about half a yard long; the subspecies name sesquipedalis (one-and-a-half-foot-long) is a rather accurate approximation of the pods& 39; length.

How to Clean a Birdbath (and Why You Should)
How to Clean a Birdbath (and Why You Should)

Charles Meadows is passionate about providing readers with the best information about bird baths on the web. Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining BirdbathsClean birdbaths are essential for the health and well-being of birds and of humans. Standing, stagnant water can encourage algae growth, attract breeding insects, and worse, promote the spread of dangerous pathogens such as the Zika and West Nile viruses.

The Easy Way to Grow Green Onions
The Easy Way to Grow Green Onions

Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.Onions are the most widely cultivated allium species in the world, and they have been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Experts from archaeologists to botanists believe they originated in central Asia, although there is some evidence to suggest they first grew in the Middle East.

4 Easy Steps to Plant a Flower Bulb
4 Easy Steps to Plant a Flower Bulb

Juli likes fall but is sad to think that winter is next. Writing about gardening keeps her spirits up. Flowers for SpringHere& 39;s a riddle. They bloom in cooler temperatures. They defy the cold when the rest of us are ready for warm weather. Their flowers are so bright and beautiful after a lack of color in the landscape.

Growing and Caring for Knock Out Roses
Growing and Caring for Knock Out Roses

Megan is a writer and mom of two. She enjoys cooking, running, and gardening. Knock Out® roses are a new variety of hybrid roses that was introduced in the early 2000s. They are designed to be considerably maintenance-free compared to traditional roses. They come in a variety of colors and look great either as a stand-alone accent shrub or when planted in masses.

Coming Home After a Disaster: Things You Need to Know
Coming Home After a Disaster: Things You Need to Know

Jody has written about emergency management and disaster topics for first responders for over 7 years and researched the topics for 19. The Secondary Disaster: Debris Clean-up and MuckWhen I wrote this article, Hurricane Irma was barreling toward Florida. Most South Floridians heeded the warnings and left after many Caribbean islands were badly damaged.

How to Repair Torn or Damaged Air Conditioning Duct
How to Repair Torn or Damaged Air Conditioning Duct

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida.A damaged duct system greatly reduces a heating and air conditioning system& 39;s energy efficiency. Ideally, every bit of conditioned air goes directly from the furnace to the living space. In extreme cases, the energy lost from torn or damaged duct costs more in a single season far exceeds the price of the repair materials.

How to Grow Cauliflower
How to Grow Cauliflower

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. If you are planting a fall garden, cauliflower should be at the top of your list of must-haves. It is a cool-season plant that can be planted in either spring or fall but does best in the fall with its cooler temperatures.

How to Get Rid of Roaches: DIY Extermination
How to Get Rid of Roaches: DIY Extermination

Roaches are unbelievably common, and they are one of the hardest things to get rid of. In warmer areas, they live outside and seem to constantly find their way indoors. In areas that get colder, they seem to come inside by the hundreds the second the temperatures drop.As if that weren& 39;t bad enough, there are so many products on the market that claim to work it can be a nightmare to find something to actually exterminate the roaches at an affordable price.

Simpson MegaShot Power Washer Review
Simpson MegaShot Power Washer Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Simpson MegaShot Pros and ConsThe Simpson MegaShot model I own is gas powered, producing 3,100 PSI (pounds per square inch) and 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute). I use this power washer to clean wood in preparation for paint or stain.

How to Get Rid of Crows in Your Yard or Garden
How to Get Rid of Crows in Your Yard or Garden

KA Hanna is a retired engineer who enjoys gardening and conducting performance tests on garden products.When Unwanted Crows Invade Your YardThere is a reason they call it a & 34;murder of crows.& 34; A noisy gang of 100-300 crows in the neighborhood is not pleasant, nor is it a mild nuisance. It turns the neighborhood into a virtual dead zone, unfriendly to songbirds, lizards, and other benign garden influences.

How to Dry Clothes in Humid Weather
How to Dry Clothes in Humid Weather

I& 39;ve lived in humid climates and know first-hand how to dry clothes faster. Here are my tips and tricks.Having lived in the UK for many years and for a short time in Colombia, I can empathize with anyone living in humid weather. In such conditions, drying clothes is a nightmare—you can’t just leave them overnight on a drying rack and hope for the best.

What You Should Know About All-in-One Paint and Primer
What You Should Know About All-in-One Paint and Primer

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Paint With Primer in It—Is It Real?Practically every paint manufacturer now sells a product that supposedly primes the surface while painting. Behr was the first company to successfully market and sell these products through a massive marketing campaign in 2009 that eventually led other paint manufacturers to add & 34;self-priming& 34; or & 34;paint and primer in one& 34; to their paint can labels.

Eucalyptus: Growing Tropicals for Your Home
Eucalyptus: Growing Tropicals for Your Home

Kim has been gardening and growing her own food for over 27 years. She is a Master Gardener and loves to explore agricultural challenges. The Amazing EucalyptusFood isn& 39;t the only reason I garden. Some plants I have chosen to propagate made the list for their benefits in health and beauty products and in first aid.