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What you need to know about watermelons

Watermelons probably originated almost 5,000 years ago in the Kalahari Desert of Africa where botanists have found its wild ancestors still growing. Watermelons migrated north through Egypt, and during the Roman era they were cultivated and prized. Hieroglyphics on the walls of Egyptian buildings tell stories of their harvest. Watermelons were buried in the tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife. Melons spread across the European continent and...

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How to create amazing pots

This spring, before you head out to buy plants for your porch, deck or patio, learn what it takes to create planters with style. Chances are, the gardener who planted up that beautiful pot may have shopped at the very same nursery as you. They may have traveled down the same aisles and may have chosen among the same 200 kinds of plants and 10,000 possible plant combinations. Plan the...

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Sowing seeds directly into the soil

Some vegetables really can be sown directly in garden soil and produce a flavorful addition to the dinner table. No indoor seed-starting, no lights, no transplanting. Just sowing seeds in the soil and caring for them. These are great crops for introducing gardening to children. Children are overjoyed to see the results of their planting and watering, and a child will eat the most amazing things if they grew them...

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The best roses for your garden

Miniature and Miniflora Roses Miniatures come as short as 6 inches or as tall as 3 feet, with small, hybrid tealike blooms that grow solo or in clusters. Miniflora roses feature compact plants—up to 3 feet tall—but grow full-size flowers as wide as 3 inches. Miniatures tuck well into the edges of flower borders and do well in pots. The term “patio rose” refers to any type of rose compact...

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