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The Historical Reason We Associate Apple Pie With The Fourth Of July

Here’s an interesting article on the historical signifance of Apple pie and Independence Day by Emily VanSchmus for Better Homes & Gardens.

A recipe for apple pie was included in the very first American cookbook in 1796.

For many of us, there’s nothing more American than eating a slice of homemade apple pie while watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July. But have you ever wondered why we associate the fruit-filled pastry with the birth of our country? It turns out, apple pie was one of the first desserts to be made in America, and there’s a pretty interesting story about why the colonists began baking it. The patriotic origins of the classic dessert date back to the 1600s, when the colonists first arrived in America, long before the first Independence Day.

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15 Almost-Free Ways to Create a Chic Outdoor Entertaining Space

Here’s a good article on outdoor space by HGTV.

You don’t have to buy all-new stuff to create the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining; just use what you have! We’ll show you how to decorate for three alfresco occasions — a dinner party, a casual brunch and a movie night — using items you likely already own.

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Why, When, and How to Dethatch a Lawn

Here’s a good article on lawn dethatching by the Garden Editors for Better Homes & Gardens.

Restore your grass so it is lush and green for the long-term by learning why, when, and how to dethatch a lawn. These lawn dethatching tips will help you become an expert in no time.

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5 Houseplant Trends That Will Be Hot in 2020

Here’s another good article on houseplant trends by Andrea Beck for Better Homes & Gardens.

Indoor gardening is more popular than ever across the country and around the globe. Here’s what we predict to be trending in the coming year. Now that winter is here and many of us have bundled up our outdoor gardens until next year, it’s the perfect time to focus more attention on our houseplants. Of course, they’ve been getting plenty of love all year long, too. According to a trend report released by GrowIt, an app that helps users connect to a digital community of plant-lovers, houseplants made up 30% of all the plants uploaded to the app in 2019, and that percentage continues to increase each year. While certain plants like monsteras and split-leaf philodendrons are still super popular and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down, we’ve got a hunch that these five indoor gardening trends are also going to be big in 2020.

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Sweetheart Hoya Is All We Want for Valentine’s Day

Here’s an article on Sweetheart Hoya plant by the Garden Editors of Better Homes & Gardens.

This plant is so easy to love, both for its cuteness and because it’s easy to grow.A glance at sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii) takes us right back to Valentine’s Day in grade school when we’d cut out little paper hearts for all our classmates. But this adorable green heart is alive! Also known as Valentine plant, this heart-shape hoya makes the perfect alternative to a bouquet of flowers to give (and definitely get!) for Valentine’s Day this year. You don’t have to be a gardening pro to enjoy this cute little houseplant either—we’ve got Hoya kerrii care tips that will help you keep it alive until the next Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Especially around Valentine’s Day, you’re probably most likely to find sweetheart hoya as a single potted leaf that’s only a few inches tall. That leaf is thick and fleshy, and similar to other varieties of hoya, it will eventually grow vining stems with lots of heart-shape leaves spread out along its length. It can even produce small clusters of flowers, too!

Luckily, sweetheart hoya is easy to care for. It loves getting plenty of indirect sunlight, so give it as bright a spot as possible like a table near a south-facing window. As this lovable living decor slowly grows its long vines, it’s perfect for a hanging basket. Valentine plant can tolerate low light, but it’ll grow even more slowly.

As for watering, sweetheart hoya can handle a missed watering here and there. We wouldn’t recommend letting its soil dry out completely, but it can get by on just one or two waterings per month. Water when the soil is dry to the touch, but be careful not to flood it with water (especially if your plant is in a decorative pot without drainage), because overwatering can cause the leaf to rot. A terra-cotta pot with good drainage will help keep this hoya happy.

If you’re looking to put a smile on your Valentine’s face this year, sweetheart hoya will surely do it. As it’s grown in popularity, this plant has gotten easier to find, and you’ll likely see it everywhere around Valentine’s Day. Otherwise, you can order one online or even a whole bunch to gift to your entire brunch crew.

5 Essential Tools You Need for Dealing with Snow This Winter

Here’s a good article on winter tools by Andrea Beck for Better Homes & Gardens.

Slick sidewalks and snow-covered driveways are no match for these highly-rated products. Wondering how to get rid of snow fast when winter weather hits? Whether you’ve endured a record-breaking blizzard or just enough of a dusting to turn the world into a winter wonderland, you’ll need to have the right snow removal equipment at your fingertips. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite tools for powering through the first snow of the year all the way to the final ice storm before spring. When you need to get your driveway and sidewalks cleared off, these are the best snow removal tools for making the job quicker and less back-breaking.

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Best Plants for Slopes

Here’s a another good article by Jenny Crane for best plant ideas for sloping terrain from Better Homes & Gardens.

Sloped yards can pose planting and landscaping problems. Incline issues are easily remedied with the right plants that are built to thrive on slopes.

Very few yards are perfectly level, and most have ditches or hills that make landscaping a challenge. Flower beds on sloped areas often suffer from erosion that displaces the soil and exposes the delicate roots of plant. There are many plants that are able to fill in the open spaces and have strong and deep roots that will hold plants in place. Here are some of our favorite plants for slopes.

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Keep Insect Pests Out Of Your Vegetable Garden

Here’s a good article on keeping pests out of your vegetable garden by Maria Iannotti for The Spruce.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Insect Pests Out of Your Vegetable Garden

While nothing can guarantee you won’t have pest problems in your vegetable garden, there are some low effort ways to cut down on the pest population. Basically, you want to avoid the conditions that invite pests into your garden in the first place. These five tips will help keep your plants healthy and problem free.

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Waterproof Outdoor TV Enclosures: DIY Ideas

Here’s a good article on outdoor living from Great Day Improvements.

Our backyard is a nature-blessed sanctuary of peace and beauty. But there are times when—I’m embarrassed to admit—we’d like to watch TV in the midst of all that natural goodness. After we researched the possibilities, though, we realized that water- and weather-proof outdoor TV protectors have yet to catch up with the high-tech qualities of the televisions we’d like them to protect.

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The Landscape Revisited – My Most Valuable Lessons Of 2018

Here’s an interesting article by Monique Allen of The Garden Continuum on landscaping lessons of 2018.

The 2018 growing season is coming to a close. Thanksgiving is behind us and the next holiday season is closing in. In Massachusetts, we’ve already had eight inches of snow dumped on us. At my company, as we’re valiantly struggling to keep working through the snow, rain, frost, and mud, I realize the mixed blessing that garden making is for me, my staff and our clients. Full of ups and downs, successes and failures, working in the landscape and with nature is not a task that anyone should take on if they expect a predictable, repeatable work environment. That isn’t a good description of the outside work life…at least not where I live.

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