Category Archive for: ‘Gardening’

How to Grow and Use Calendula

More Than Just a Garden Beauty: How to Dry, Use, and Grow Calendula

There are a lot of great reasons to grow Calendula. In addition to their bright orange and yellow daisy-like blooms which bring cheer to the garden, Calendula attracts good insects like bees and butterflies while deterring unwanted pests. But most importantly, Calendula has a long-standing reputation as a natural anti-inflammatory skin care treatment. It’s easy to grow, harvest, and dry …

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Pretty Pollinators: Create a Butterfly Garden

Attract Pretty Pollinators with an Irresistible Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are beautiful to watch flitting about the garden and they are essential pollinators for a large number of plants. Many butterfly populations are dwindling right now, but with a few minor tweaks in the garden, we can help save these pretty pollinators, and enjoy their beauty and benefit in the garden at the same time. Read on to discover …

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Create a straw purse planter

A Thrifted Straw Purse Planter for Summer

These straw purses exude summer beauty when planted with brightly-hued annuals that bloom tirelessly all season. Straw bags are readily and inexpensively available at thrift stores and that makes them a great option for making decorative purse planters for home decorating, summer events, and fundraising. You can very easily collect a large number of purses and convert them to planters …

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Intensive planting boosts yield and saves water

Intensive Planting Boosts Yield and Saves Water

Since I began gardening, I have been an intensive-planting gardener. Intensive planting helps to solve common garden problems like soil compaction, drainage issues, and poor yield. In addition, it helps to conserve water, reduce labor, and crowd out weeds, making gardens more sustainable. If I’m being honest, I could probably label myself more accurately as a plant hoarder. I pack …

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Juniperus chinensis 'Monlep' Mint Julep - topiary process (3)

Care and Pruning for Decorative Topiaries + Giveaway!

A topiary is an exceptional garden feature that will elevate your yard with artistry. Before the topiary gets to the garden center, there is significant time spent growing, training, and pruning the shape, not to mention the thought that went into creating the perfect design to begin with. Given all that goes into creating topiary, it would be a shame …

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essential guide to lavender: bumble bee on Spanish lavender

The Essential Guide to Growing Lavender

It seems like as soon as summer hits everybody starts talking about lavender, and for good reason! Lavender is a gorgeous ornamental with a dazzling fragrance, it has a wonderful delicate flavor that adds depth to many different types of recipes, and it is one of the most popular ingredients in natural beauty recipes and aromatherapy. All of that, plus …

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