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Grow a Salsa Garden

Grow a Salsa Garden

Put some sizzle in your veggie patch with the ingredients for a summer salsa - plant tomatoes, hot peppers, green onions and cilantro for a zesty harvest. Just follow these easy steps.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Providing Drainage for Retaining Walls

Providing Drainage for Retaining Walls

The life span of a retaining wall depends largely on its drainage. Dry soil places very little stress on a wall, but wet, heavy soil causes the wall to buckle or lean, and means extensive repairs can't be far behind. No drainage system can handle a flood, but a good drainage...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Create a Thriving In-Ground Garden

Create a Thriving In-Ground Garden

Creating and caring for a beautiful in-ground garden can be easy with a bit of advance planning and the right products.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Easy Composting

Easy Composting

Composting turns kitchen scraps and garden clippings into a nutrient-rich, organic soil enhancer. Here are five simple steps to backyard composting.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Maintaining Your Lawn Mower

Maintaining Your Lawn Mower

There's more to cutting a lawn than just turning on the mower. Maintenance and care can add years to the life of your mower and make the task easier. A fast, simple maintenance plan early in the mowing season can make the difference between care-free operation and costly and ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building a Landscape Block Retaining Wall

Building a Landscape Block Retaining Wall

Landscape blocks are some of the best things to happen to walls in a long time. Made of precast concrete, they have textured faces that make them look a lot more like stone than concrete. They require neither footing nor mortar, and stacking them automatically creates a wall ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Installing Rigid Liner

Installing Rigid Liner

The key to successfully installing rigid liner is to take your time. Be prepared to adjust and readjust the soil and sand to get the liner perfectly level to ensure attractive results. To that end, measure to make sure the hole can accommodate 1 to 2 inches of sand you'll...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

There are a few tips you should follow when preparing your lawn for winter. Mow grass to a height of 2-1/2 inches and leave clippings on the lawn. This simple step returns at least 25% of the turf's nitrogen back to the soil. Lawns should be put to bed over winter at the same...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Traditional Pond

Traditional Pond

Creating your own traditional pond using a pre-formed liner.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Laying Out a Wall

Laying Out a Wall

Even the most complicated wall starts out as a few lengths of mason's line stretched between sets of stakes and crosspieces-what builders call batterboards. The ability to make adjustments is especially important when you're squaring up the layout using the 3-4-5 triangle....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Create a Spectacular Container Garden

Create a Spectacular Container Garden

Nothing brightens a patio, deck or doorway more than a beautiful container brimming with colourful flowers and foliage. The key to successful container gardening is to start with an artful combination of plants and keep them healthy and vigorous throughout the season.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Building a Wooden Retaining Wall

Building a Wooden Retaining Wall

If you want to move the earth, build a retaining wall-by the time you're done, you'll feel as though you've moved half the planet. Because a retaining wall is going to be in contact with the ground, make sure you use lumber that's rated for ground contact. Your...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

 
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