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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

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

Starting a New Lawn From Seed

Starting a New Lawn From Seed

The least expensive way to start a lawn is by seed. Starting a lawn from seed is a snap, especially on an area that is relatively flat. The biggest task is preparing the site and making sure the soil is of good quality. Choosing the right seed is a matter of looking at your yard...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Excavating for a Walk or Patio

Excavating for a Walk or Patio

Excavation simply means digging. Use the right tools to make the job as efficient as possible. A garden edger quickly cuts a straight line through sod. A shovel with a curved blade is for digging; don't confuse it with a spade, which has a flat back and is designed to cut...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

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

Create a Hanging Basket

Create a Hanging Basket

Baskets full of colourful flowers and vibrant foliage can dress up any front porch, veranda or balcony. By combining trailing, cascading and frothy filler plants in a harmonious colour scheme, you can create a no-fail hanging basket that'll be the envy of the neighbourhood....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

Flower Bulbs for All Seasons

Flower Bulbs for All Seasons

Easy to grow flower bulbs add splashes of bright colour to the garden in spring, summer and fall. By planting bulbs in layers, you can create a succession of colour, even in the smallest gardens, that will last all season long. Here's how.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Starting Sunflowers from Seed

Starting Sunflowers from Seed

Easy to grow sunflowers, with their bright, nodding heads, are versatile annuals. In country gardens, plant them in a field to form a maze children will love. In city and suburban gardens, grow dwarf varieties in containers, and larger ones at the back of a sunny border.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Fiesta Inspired Above Ground Pond

Fiesta Inspired Above Ground Pond

Installing a fiesta-inspired above-ground pond in your yard.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Board-and-batten fencing mimics the siding once applied to farm sheds, barns, and similar outbuildings. An important part of this fence is the cap rail. Without it the end grain of every board would be exposed to the weather, shortening the life of the fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Build a Privacy Fence

Build a Privacy Fence

Here's a fence that will have enormous impact in the garden. Lengths of lumber in two sizes are butt-jointed to fence posts. The grey stained planks are precisely placed in a linear pattern, creating a stunning contemporary wall that has just enough privacy without compromising...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

 
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