Today’s Solutions: July 25, 2024

5 essential characteristics of

5 essential characteristics of outstanding gardeners

Gardening success is more than just yields; it is a harmonic combination of personal characteristics and horticultural practices. Spring is just around the corner, which means more of us will be getting ready to get back out into our own gardens. To encourage us on this journey, let’s discover Read More...

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Ditch the rake and discover the benefits of leaving fallen leaves in your yard

The annual ritual of raking and disposing of fallen leaves has been engraved into the autumn dance for generations. But, in reality, those vivid plant layers offer more than just a gorgeous backdrop. They are an important part of nature's cycle, providing numerous advantages to our lawns and Read More...

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Embrace the buzz by attracting beneficial bugs to your garden

There's more to a successful garden than just the plants you pick out; it's also about the beneficial bugs that call it home. These modest beings are critical to the health and balance of your garden environment. They are nature's allies, from pollinators to pest predators. Your garden may become Read More...

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4 health hazards hiding in your garden (and how to avoid them)

Here at The Optimist Daily, we are big fans of gardening. We’ve shared articles about how cultivating a garden is a wonderful practice for maintaining mental health and for supporting our environment. However, that doesn’t mean we want to gloss over the risks that go hand in hand with this Read More...

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The case for growing nectar-rich plants in your garden this spring

The nectar created by flowering plants is a significant food source for many of the critters we share our environment with. Those of us who want to attract wildlife to our gardens understand the importance of having flowering plants in bloom for as long as possible. Selecting nectar-rich plants Read More...

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7 money-saving tips for new gardeners

It’s finally happened—after reading countless articles about the benefits (for both yourself and the planet) of growing your own food and spending time in nature, you’ve decided to give gardening a go. But you’ve heard from others that creating a new garden can be quite costly, and you’d Read More...

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New study shows gardening alleviates depression and anxiety

In a new study from the University of Florida, researchers proved that gardening can improve the mental well-being of even healthy people.  “Past studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have existing medical conditions or challenges. Our study shows Read More...

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How to keep your garden snake-free

We decided to dust off this older story which offers some great solutions.  In many parts of the world, the summer is also snake season, and now is the time to be wary. There are plenty of different kinds of snakes. Some are harmless and actually help out their hosts by providing free pest Read More...

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A garden designer’s top 6 tips for rewilding your own garden

Rewilding is a progressive form of ecological restoration and conservation that returns a region to its natural, wild, and “unkempt” state. Here at The Optimist Daily, we love to spotlight the amazing rewilding initiatives that are taking off worldwide, and exactly how each project helps boost Read More...

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Simple tips for making homemade fertilizer

Making fertilizer at home is a great option for home gardeners who want to find ways to repurpose their waste and reduce their consumption habits. Making your own fertilizer is the more environmentally friendly choice as it could save you a trip to the store and you avoid the bags and plastic Read More...