Outdoor

Mulching, Upcycling, and Heeling In: How to Protect Plants in Winter
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Mulching, Upcycling, and Heeling In: How to Protect Plants in Winter

So you’ve spent a great deal of time, energy, and cold, hard cash throughout the spring and summer on your garden. And you’ve been richly rewarded with a more beautiful, biodiverse, and bountiful environment. Now fall is in the air, and it’s time to turn your thoughts to colder months and how to protect your…

Container Planting Tips to Make the Most of Your Smart Pots
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Container Planting Tips to Make the Most of Your Smart Pots

Container Planting Tips to Make the Most of Your Smart Pots After a successful gardening season, you may wonder what you should do with your Smart Pots during the off-season. There are numerous options. It all depends on you as a grower how you want to care for your Smart Pots during fall and winter…

Simple Steps to Protect Pollinators with a Monarch Butterfly Garden
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Simple Steps to Protect Pollinators with a Monarch Butterfly Garden

If you’re thinking about a creating monarch butterfly garden, you’re in good company. There’s a lot of buzz in gardening circles around the topic of pollinator support, and monarch gardens are one way to bring beauty and wonder into your landscape. Plants that attract Monarch butterflies are more readily available than ever before due to…

The Sweet Taste of Success:  Growing Strawberries in Containers
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The Sweet Taste of Success: Growing Strawberries in Containers

Red, sweet, juicy strawberries are the definitive taste of summer. Not only does June kick off the summer season, it’s also the month when most strawberries hit the market. So what do you do when your craving for strawberry shortcake or strawberry mojitos hits the roof? Harvest those beautiful, organic strawberries you had the foresight…

ABC’s of Shade Gardening: 6 Shade Loving Perennials for Your Garden
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ABC’s of Shade Gardening: 6 Shade Loving Perennials for Your Garden

A shady spot can provide a soothing and enticing garden, especially in the heat of the summer. There are plenty of shade perennials and annuals that will give you all the color and texture you dream about. So hang a hammock and consider some of these colorful shade loving perennials: A is for Astilbe… This…

3 Easy Tips for Stunning and Delicious Summer Plants
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3 Easy Tips for Stunning and Delicious Summer Plants

The long, hot days of summer can bring the greatest rewards from your container-grown summer plants. The difference between summer plants for pots that are stunners instead of bummers can be summed up in these do’s and don’ts: 1. The right plants for the right place: Good summer plants for pots that receive four or…

7 Vegetables That Grow in Shade
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7 Vegetables That Grow in Shade

Not every gardener is blessed with full sun, making vegetable gardening challenging. But, by choosing shade tolerant vegetables, it’s possible to harvest plenty of fresh, homegrown produce. Different levels of shade Before you begin experimenting with vegetables that grow in the shade, it’s important to understand there are different levels of shade, and each level…

Creating a Pollinator Garden
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Creating a Pollinator Garden

Many of North America’s pollinators, including over 4,000 species of native bees, are facing dramatic population declines due to habitat loss, pesticide exposure, and various parasites and pathogens. To help these valuable insects, gardeners across the continent are creating pollinator gardens designed to offer these creatures more of the resources they need to survive. What…