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We’ve all heard the advice to put gravel in the bottom of a plant pot, and some of us may even have done it. But gravel doesn’t improve drainage in any meaningful way, and you’re probably better off without it.

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Renowned chef/forest sprite René Redzepi has released an app called VILD MAD to help you find "delicious edibles" by using your phone. As someone who enjoys a good forage (and looking at her phone), VILD MAD seemed like an app that could definitely improve my quality of life, so I downloaded it onto said phone and set off into the wilds of Southeast Portland.

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Temperatures have dropped like a rock, now that we're in winter, so it's time to start thinking about when to bring in your potted plants. OK, that part is easy: bring your plants in when nighttime temps drop to 8°C. But before you do it, make sure you do it right.

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I am not always the most attentive person when it comes to matters of the home. "What do you mean you're supposed to clean the ceiling fan and the light switches and the oven racks? Who does that?" So you would think having houseplants around would be a disastrous idea.

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While you were chomping on Easter bilbies and eggs for a weekend, there were hundreds of plant species across the country celebrating with hearty meals of their own. They might not be able to take down something the size of a human (thank god, we don't need more things that can kill us here), but the Lovecraftian horrors trap and slowly drown insects to get the nutrients they need.

These are Australia's murderous plants.

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While it's not recommended to go wandering around the Australian bush, randomly picking delicious plant-based morsels, there is a surprising amount of local flora that is not only safe to eat, but tasty as well. Identifying the good from the dangerous? That's another story entirely.

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Terrariums are having their biggest moment since Queen Victoria was in power. A popular way to exhibit plants in the late 1800s, terrariums, called "Wardian Cases" in the Victorian era, were elaborate affairs that could take up an entire side table. These days, the smaller, simpler iterations line the windows of trendy shops and office desks. Here's how to build your own for a fraction of the cost of those fancy kits.

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"Hygge" is a Danish word that essentially means the quality of cosiness, contentment and well-being. If you want to attain hygge in your household, one simple and cost-effective way is to invest in some plants. Unfortunately, they need to actually survive for it to work. This infographic looks at the types of houseplants first-time buyers and non-green thumbs should consider.

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If you're planning a garden, you should also consider how you're going to control weeds. Our friends at the Old World Garden Farms suggest leaving behind the harsh herbicides this year and opting for these gentler treatments, from mulch to a weed torch that looks fun to use.

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Video: If you're trying to grow a vegetable garden you might not think beyond planting the specific variety of desired vegetable, but it can be very beneficial to give your plant a friend. Flowers and other types of plants will attract helpful insects and suppress weeds.