Determining Seed Viability

I have started receiving seed catalogs in the mail recently. I am always excited to see the new varieties of vegetables that I would like to try. I also reminisce on those vegetables that my husband and I traditionally grow. One of the problems we face is whether the seeds we have saved from year…

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Feeding backyard birds in winter

To attract the greatest number of species in the winter, it is important to have a number of different birdfeeders available. While easy birdfeeders such as hopper and platform types are popular, the feeders in winter should have several things in common. Cover: Feeders will be most useful in the winter if they have a…

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Evergreen planter ideas

Boughs are abound here at the greenhouse for the DIY’ers. If you need help on a more creative level — here’s some inspiration photos that I did. New this year are the birch logs! COOL.. From the container designer guru.

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The transitional planter

I do a seasonal change of this planter on a regular basis.  As many of us, we still like to preserve a little of the fall till Thanksgiving. Here is a thought for that in between time until Thanksgiving. I left springeri (asparagus fern) in the planter from the summer look. It is a good…

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Here is the other planter I promised to show you from the previous Blog.  A closer look at a clay pot on its side with gourds elevated  out of the pot. From your container designer Guru!

Want to gussy up some planters yet for Fall/Halloween?

How ’bout this novel idea: Cleaning out pots, window boxes, ect..  I left the English ivy that was planted. It had long branches from the season growth, worked the strands around clay pots. Added some small pumpkins and gourds inside the clay pots and out.  Artificial fall leaves, strings of berries….    Walla! To keep…

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A Winter Windowsill Garden

Unless you live in zone 10, your outdoor garden will be beginning a well deserved rest. With the impending holidays – Halloween around the corner, followed in too-rapid succession by Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you have a bright window, or even just a shelf and a light socket, fresh bits of green can be yours…

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Vertical Gardening

I am always inspired by the creative ways people overcome gardening issues. One of the groups I follow on Facebook, Resilient Communities, posted a photo of gutter gardens on their page this morning. I thought it was a great way to use a small space for growing small vegetables like lettuce, radishes, or even strawberries!…

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Fall Lawn Care Part 1

As many of you know now is the best time to take care of your lawn so that it comes back green and weed free next spring. I found this great youtube video that i wanted share with you guys. This is step 1 of the video serious that the “Lawn care Nut” will release….

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