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Include summer blooming shrubs like this Blue Satin Rose of Sharon to brighten up the summer garden. (Photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com)

Designing Gardens for Year-Round Color and Protecting Your Investment

Create a colorful year-round garden filled with flowers, greenery, colorful fruit, fall color, winter interest and a few surprises. Consider seasonal interest when planning a new garden or landscape. Adding a few key plants to existing gardens can help boost your landscape’s seasonal … read more

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metal raised beds

Ideas for Expanding Your Planting Space

When your plant list is longer than the available gardening space, it’s time to expand your planting options. Create new gardening space by adding raised bed gardens, elevated planters and containers wherever space allows. Convert the end of the drive or edge of … read more

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dog friendly plants

A Guide to Dog-Friendly Garden Plants

Picture this — spring hath sprung, and you’ve finished your tedious cleaning jobs. As the days are getting longer and warmer, you grab sun cream and spend your weekend giving the garden some much deserved TLC. When shopping for plants, remember to consider … read more

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Maidenhair Fern

Celebrate a Wedding Anniversary with a Themed Indoor Plant

Anniversaries are important, and you can celebrate each wedding anniversary in a memorable and meaningful way by finding that “perfect” gift. The tradition of giving gifts for a wedding anniversary extends back to medieval times. During the time of the Holy Roman Empire, … read more

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green beans

The Garden Bean Gets Its Due in 2021

There are many species of beans in cultivation around the world, yet it’s the common garden bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, that takes on celebrity status as National Garden Bureau’s vegetable focus for 2021. One of the earliest cultivated plants, garden beans can trace their … read more

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Include habitat features in your garden and landscape that are needed to attract and sustain the wildlife you are trying to attract. (Photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com)

Designing a Wildlife-Friendly Landscape

We love watching the bunnies hopping across the lawn or ground squirrels scurrying away with a cheek full of seeds. That is, until they dine on our favorite shrub or take just one bite out of each red, ripe tomato in the garden. … read more

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exercise gardening

Top 10 Reasons to Garden

Mobile phones, tablets and apps have become the tools of modern lives. But it wasn’t that long ago that a shovel, a patch of soil and a bag of seeds were the only tools needed to provide sustenance and satisfaction. With the 2020 … read more

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victory garden

Tips for Seed Starting Success

You created your wish list, ordered some or all of the seeds you will need, and they are beginning to arrive. Make the most of your investment with a bit of planning. Starting seeds at the proper time, indoors or directly in the garden, … read more

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kids in the garden

6 Tips for Engaging Your Children with Gardening

Growing your garden is a rewarding experience, and it’s even more rewarding when you can include your children in the gardening process. While your children might not be too keen on weeding, there are a number of ways to engage them with gardening. … read more

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