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Five Ideas for Green Gardening

Planting a home garden is a step in the green direction, but how the plantings are tended can make or break the green start you've made. Use some or all of these easy ways to go green in the garden and keep your eco-friendly ball rolling.

* Select plants that are suited to your climate's moisture conditions. In areas that have limited rainfall, select drought-tolerant plants. In cold climate, select cold-hardy plants.

* Plant moisture-loving plants together near a source of water. This will enable you to use less water in the garden and less effort watering thirsty plants.

* Make rain barrels a part of your landscape and recycle the captured water in the garden.

* Mulch all plants to help retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth. A layer of mulch also helps the soil remain cooler during the heat of summer.

* Plant wet-land plants to create a rain garden in low-lying landscape areas and in locations where rain run-off tends to collect. A rain garden will capture the run-off water, filter it and channel it back into the ground, keeping it out your city's drinking water.

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Alexandoy wrote on April 6, 2015, 7:04 PM

I am a backyard farmer and my only concern with soil is it gets too dry as months go by. To remedy, I buy potting materials like coco coir or dry fern and mix it with the soil.

MelissaE wrote on April 6, 2015, 8:14 PM

I'm thinking about getting my husband and son a rain barrel for Christmas this year.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:50 AM

How lovely to meet another avid gardener. Please post pictures as I and many others would love to see your garden I´m sure .-)

Deema wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:58 PM

My mother has always wanted a garden of her own, maybe i could surprise her...

Thanks for the tips and the post, because I just realised that it would make for a wonderful gift!

iwrite28 wrote on April 23, 2015, 4:35 AM

This is an excellent piece for a beginner at gardening. Thank you.