DIY Ladybug Planter Yard Art

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Every gardener knows the superstition that seeing a ladybug will bring good luck. It is hardly surprising that these beautiful creatures are so welcome in the landscape: one ladybug will eat thousands of bugs that harm vegetables and flowers. Their stylish coats- bright red wings with distinctive black dots- charm both young and old alike. You don’t have to rely on Mother … [Read more...]

Making The Garden Last All Winter Long

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By Snickers The summer bounty of vegetables in my garden has started to slow down. In these last weeks the tomatoes have been ripening at a steady rate. So this busy gardener has been canning, freezing, eating, then canning, freezing and eating some more, until I feel like a tomato! I use a variety of ways to preserve the harvest. I generally can or freeze tomatoes. There … [Read more...]

Herbs to Grow for Making Your Own Spice Mixes

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Being able to grow the herbs that you can use to create spice mixes is the best way to control the flavor of your dishes. Creating custom spices is the preferred choice for so many cooks, especially when you know what flavors and rubs your family likes that most. Herbs are a huge part of traditional spice mixes, and they can be combined to create customized mixes too. Add … [Read more...]

Freezing the Bounty Of The Sweet Corn Harvest

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"O that fresh sweet corn that the Lord sent down so we know how heaven will be. No grief, no tears, just the young golden ears. Plenty for you and for me." By Snickers If you grew up in the Midwest, you know about the days of putting corn up for the winter months. It's always the dog days of summer when the sweet corn is ready. The temperature outside is usually hot, the … [Read more...]

Growing Clematis in Containers

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Growing clematis in containers is possible when you choose the right plant, pot and space to grow it in. When you don’t have the garden space to add these beautiful vines directly in the soil, pots are the next best thing. Several different clematis varieties have now been introduced that were bred specifically for growing in pots, making the job even easier. If you love the … [Read more...]

A Craft Project to Dress Up Your Flower Pots

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By Lily Doe If you are looking for a fun and frugal way to dress up your yard, look no further than these bouncy ball mushrooms. With just a few supplies from your dollar store, you can make these whimsical mushrooms perfect for tucking into your flower pots and flower beds. They only take minutes to make, and children will love this craft as will adults. Take a … [Read more...]

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Flowers to Plant

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When it comes to gardening, many people are not born with green thumbs. It takes knowledge and perseverance to have a great looking garden. With some patience and know how you can have a garden that will make your neighbors envious. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when you are buying flowers for your garden. Choosing Flowers in Full Bloom- People often make the … [Read more...]

How to Grow a Dog Friendly Garden

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Dogs are not only our beloved pets but often times, a member of the family. They like to follow us all over the house and especially when we go out to the garden they can always be found close at our heels. I don’t know about you, but I always try to make sure our garden is as dog-friendly as can be and that I am not planting things that would be toxic if my dog were to eat it. … [Read more...]

Garden Update Plus a Yummy Cauliflower Recipe!

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By Snickers Let me tell you, mistakes can be tasty! I was at the nursery stocking up on plants for my garden and bought a lovely bunch of snowball cabbage seedlings. I took them home and planted them in my garden. Imagine my surprise when I realized about a week later that I didn't have cabbage but cauliflower - the flat had been mislabeled! I found out two things. Young … [Read more...]

Garden Talk ~ Dish The Dirt

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  It is that time of year again! Time to talk about your gardens and flower beds. This is your place to share and give ideas to others or ask for help. Snickers sent in a few pictures of her flower bed and garden and we are posting them here to get the conversation started. Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it ~Author … [Read more...]