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Building Wood Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens Growing fresh vegetables is something I’ve done since I was a kid. When I was a kid we had a huge garden that took lots of hours and hard work but provide our family with all the vegetables we needed. With my family’s busy schedule a huge garden isn’t a viable…

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Applying Bark Mulch to Flower Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

How To Apply Bark Mulch To Flower Gardens I love Spring and early Summer here in New Hampshire especially when flower gardens blossom and the grass gets green after a long Winter. Mulching flower gardens not only helps control weeds but it also helps retain water and moderate soil temperatures. Applying bark mulch to flower…

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Selecting Flower Garden Mulch

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Flower Garden Mulch Each year we mulch our flower gardens with pine bark mulch. Mulching your flower gardens has several benefits including: Weed Control Reduced Watering Pest Control Added Beauty and Value To Your Home If you’ve taken a trip to your local garden center or nursery then you know there are more types of…

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How To Edge Flower Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Feature Story, Gardening

Edging Flower Gardens Edging flower gardens is an easy DIY project once you understand how to do it properly. Edging is a method of creating a clean line between your lawn and a flower garden or other landscape feature. The simplest and cleanest looking edging is just a method of “cutting” back the edge of…

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10 Tips For Saving Time In The Garden

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Today’s guest post comes from Tee Riddle, Author of Veggie Gardener. Saving Time In The Garden Just about every gardener faces a few battles while growing their favorite vegetables or flowers. Two of the most difficult battles always seem to be time and space. It is difficult to do anything about the size of your…

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Our Episode On Ask This Old House

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Ask This Old House Years ago before I left Boston to start my career in construction my wife and I were fortunate enough to be featured on an episode of Ask This Old House. It’s funny to think about these days because at the time I had no idea that today I would be writing…

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Raised Bed Tomato Garden

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Raised Bed Gardens This spring I built several wooden raised bed vegetable gardens so we could finally start growing some of our own vegetables. Raised bed vegetable gardens offer several benefits including better drainage and better access for weeding and harvesting the vegetables. Tomatoes In Raised Bed Gardens Our tomato plants are growing very well…

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Planting Phlox Above Rock Walls

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Phlox Flowers Phlox flowers are a great perennial choice in rock gardens and above rock walls. Year after year this low growing perennial comes back larger and larger until it creates a large carpet of flowers. Phlox works very well in rock gardens or planted just above a rock wall so the flowers can droop…

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