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This guide will show you how to grow and care for hardy mums

Keep Your Fall Flowers Blooming all Season with this Essential Care Guide for Hardy Mums

One of the most frequent questions we get asked in the fall is how to care for and extend the blooms of hardy mums! Hardy Mums, Chrysanthemums, or Fall Mums are everywhere in the fall: garden centers, grocery stores, and seemingly everyone in the neighborhood’s front porch. These vibrant autumn bloomers are easy to care for and come in a …

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What a Christmas cactus needs to bloom

How to Get Your Christmas Cactus to Bloom!

A Christmas cactus is one of my very favorite holiday plants. Pops of unexpected color bloom from alien-like tendrils that creep and drape over the plant. These are attractive plants to have all year, but the real magic comes from when they bloom. There are a few specific steps you can take to ensure that you get the best show …

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Flat Leaf and Curly Parsley

How to Harvest and Preserve Fresh Herbs

Drying herbs is a perfectly fine way to store your garden-fresh flavorings for use throughout the year, but it isn’t the only game in town. You can preserve herbs in many creative ways that can add some lift to your cold-weather culinary creations. Freshly preserved garden herbs also make wonderful gifts that are beautiful and personal. How to Dry Herbs …

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finishing salt recipe with lime and rosemary

Fresh Herb Finishing Salt Recipe

A fresh herb finishing salt is a flavorful condiment and a creative way to preserve the freshness of the herb garden for use throughout the year. Herb finishing salt can be used to flavor fresh vegetables from the garden or garnish your other culinary creations. It is easy to make and packed with aromatherapy, making the preparation process a therapeutic …

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The New York Botanical Garden in the Fifth Season

The New York Botanical Garden is a sight to see no matter what time of year it is. The 100+-year-old National Historic Landmark’s museum of botanicals has interest and events listed for each season: spring, summer, fall, and winter. I had the rare opportunity to visit the garden in the fifth season. Traditional Chinese Medicine has identified late summer or a …

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Urban Wall Garden

Better Homes & Gardens’ Stylemaker 2017 Event

I’m not going to gush about New York City, but only because I’m holding myself back. I love nature and green trees and singing birds, so the big city didn’t appeal to me all that much. I’ve visited many large cities and I always find myself wishing I was on the porch of a farmhouse. Then, last week, I spent …

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