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July 9, 2010 4 min read

photo courtesy of Green View Companies

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LOW-MAINTENANCE GARDENS -- Gardeners who are short on space can grow bags that contain several plants in one small area. Made of feltlike fabric that won't suffocate plants, they're ideal for herbs and strawberries.

Creators.com photo courtesy of Gardener's Supply Co.

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WEEDS WITH BENEFITS -- Weeds can do wonderful things. Stinging nettle (left) makes a tasty side dish. Yarrow (center) is prized as a medicinal herb. Clover (right) delivers beneficial nitrogen to nearby plants.

Creators.com photos courtesy of Green Spiral Herbs

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CREEPY-CRAWLIES (A) -- This bee, Osmia ribifloris, is an effective pollinator and a "good" bug.

Creators.com photo courtesy of Jack Dykinga

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CREEPY-CRAWLIES (B) -- The Mexican fruit fly is among the most devastating insects to gardens and crops.

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THE SOIL IS ALIVE -- Crop consultant scouts field for pests as part of an integrated crop management system.

Creators.com photo courtesy of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

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BULBS (A) -- Planting spring-blooming tulip and daffodil bulbs can be an easy and fun family project.

Creators.com photo courtesy of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

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BULBS (B) -- Now is the time to plant flower bulbs so you can have blooms like these tulips next spring.

Creators.com photo courtesy of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

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BULBS (C) -- Firm bulbs are generally healthy bulbs. Give tulip bulbs a squeeze -- the way you would when choosing fruit or onions -- to make sure that they are firm. A torn tunic is OK.

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PLANTING FOR SECURITY -- If you plant prickly things near ground-floor windows, it will deter would-be burglars.

Creators.com photo courtesy of Joseph Toris

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LAWN MOWERS -- If you have the money to splurge on a lawn mower, the Automower is a good option.

Creators.com photo courtesy of Husqvarna

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