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Container Gardening Basics

If lack of space is the only reason for not having a vegetable garden in your Middlesex County NJ yard, you no longer have an excuse. Plant breeders and seed companies are now offering a wider variety of vegetables and plants suitable for containers. Even apartment dwellers with only a balcony can enjoy fresh vegetables grown by their own hands.

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Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Juicy Tomatoes in Middlesex County, NJ

Whether your in Matawan, Middlesex County, or anywhere in New Jersey; sun-ripened, juicy tomatoes harvested from your home garden offer taste sensations that you just can't get from store-bought fruit. Growing an abundant crop of your own delicious tomatoes is easy if you keep the following planting, cultivation and harvesting tips in mind.

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Companion Planting Guide

Many plants have natural characteristics that can be helpful for other plants by either attracting beneficial insects or in some cases repelling harmful pests. Some companions may also enhance the growth rate of some other plants, even improve the flavor of other varieties.

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Planting Seeds

If you've ever considered or have planted seeds outdoors, you've read the directions on the seed label that says something, sow seeds as soon as soil can be worked or sow seeds after all danger of frost or 8 weeks before last frost date. But what does all that mean? How do you know when the soil can be worked?

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Garden Design Trends

Garden and landscape designers across the country forecast noteworthy ideas shaping the gardening world - thoughtful plant selection; choosing a planting scheme that matches how people want to live in their garden; and selecting a manageable plant palette, characterized by a fewer number of plants, each plant well-chosen and doing its ‘job’, i.e. easy-care blooms, multi-season appeal, etc.

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Rock Landscape Ideas

Rocks are a very attractive addition to any landscape. They make the landscape appear more natural. Besides accentuating colors, landscape rock have several benefits. A fully covered area in the landscape will have more stable temperatures because the sun heats the rocks during the day.

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Formal Garden Styles

Many of today's formal gardens were inspired from European gardens of the 17th and 18th centuries. These European gardens were inspired by the gardens of ancient Greece and Rome. Strongly defined proportions and scale of architecture was reflected in the formal gardens through symmetrical design of the surrounding gardens.

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Informal Garden Styles

Formal Gardens are an attempt to mimic the strong architectural lines of a building, Informal Garden Styles are an attempt to mimic nature. There is an irregularity and softness in informal garden lines, even though these lines are man-made, they seem to be a little bit out-of-control. Informal Gardens success depends on strong design and the firm hand of the gardener to retain a degree of order among what might otherwise become chaos.

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10 Steps to a Perfect Garden Landscape

A perfect garden should look good and make you feel good and do the same for visitors. They should be relaxing, easy to move around in and not take all your time to keep looking good. Not too much to ask.

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Landscaping with Rocks

In addition to a beautiful interior design, your outdoor landscape is also important in creating an attractive and well balanced home. Among the variety of flowers, trees, shrubs, and other vegetation that homeowners use to adorn their yard, are decorative rocks and stones, otherwise known as landscape rock.

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Choosing Outdoor Umbrellas

Nothing is more relaxing than having to sit or lie down on your comfortable chair or any other furniture on your home’s garden, patio, or deck during summer days. Whether you are having a refreshing drink, reading a book, or simply unwinding, enjoying the warm weather can be truly a worthwhile experience. However, the direct sunlight can be annoying, not to mention pose a health risk given the UV rays that the sun emits.

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Wild Grills

The Fornetto Wood-Fired Smoker, The Big Green Egg ceramic cooker and the Kamado Joe ceramic cooker represent some of the newest developments in grill technology. All of these multi-purpose cookers produce the most incredible and intense flavors ever, from the most delicious meat with mouthwatering flavor and moisture to your very own pizza creations with that wood-fired crisp crust.

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Outdoor Furniture Variety

Check out this guide to choosing long-lasting, easy-care backyard furniture that will make outdoor living even sweeter. We examine your choice of materials, including wrought iron, aluminum, wood, even recycled plastic and polymer. We also look at the fabrics, umbrellas, and outdoor rugs that stand up to Mother Nature so you can enjoy your backyard or pool furniture all summer long.

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Choosing Your Outdoor Furniture

There are many different types of outdoor furniture; in most cases, the material dictates the style. For example, teak is simple and substantial, with traditional styling drawn from English garden settings. By contrast, sleek contemporary styles are typically tubular aluminum with mesh seats made of vinyl-coated polyester fabric.

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How to Grow Annuals

Annual plants complete their lifecycle in a single season. You usually plant seed in spring or early summer (or purchase plants started in a greenhouse). The plants grow and flower through summer and die in the fall. Unlike perennials, this year's plants will not regrow from overwintered roots next spring, though sometimes seeds produced by annuals will sprout and grow the following year ("self-seeding").

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Big Green Egg Phenomenon

The outdoor grill barely quivers, without billowing any eye-watering smoke signals, and it provides the only dash of deep color on this otherwise monochrome gray deck. To someone who hasn’t watched a cooking show or attended an upper-middle-class dinner party during the past decade, it would look distinctly foreign—either prehistoric or futuristic, as if it holds the fetus of a brontosaurus or thrums like some ominous extraterrestrial pod from science fiction.

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