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Plant Alyssum to Help Naturally Protect Lettuce Crops

A new study by horticulturist Eric Brennan, from the Agricultural Research Service, shows that organic lettuce growers in California are using Alyssum (Lobularia maritime) as a companion plant, to help naturally protect their crops from destructive aphids.

March 1, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · No Comments
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Plant for Monarchs this Season

We’re excited to announce the introduction of two new seed packet collections for spring 2015. We’ve created a Monarch Perennial Wildflower Seed Collection and a Monarch Annual Wildflower Seed Collection. Each collection contains five packets of Wildflowers that attract Monarchs and give them a place to eat, rest and reproduce.

February 12, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Pollinator Partnership – Part I

We’re excited to be sponsoring the Pollinator Partnership in 2015. This non-profit is the largest organization in the world that is dedicated to the protection of pollinators and their ecosystems.

January 18, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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5 Reasons to Plant Wildflowers This Year

It’s not surprising that most of us here at American Meadows are wild about Wildflowers. With the Seed Man leading the way, we’ve all added Wildflowers to our gardens – big or small – and still can’t get enough. With many of you making New Year’s resolutions, why not make an easy, positive resolution to plant Wildflowers this year?

January 12, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Perennial Plant Association Names Geranium Biokovo as the 2015 Perennial of the Year

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association awards one perennial variety as the “Plant of the Year.” This year, Geranium Biokovo has earned the award!

January 4, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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2015: The Year of the Gaillardia

Each year, the National Garden Bureau chooses a variety of plants to feature. They explain on their website, “Each year we select one annual, one perennial and one edible as our “Year of the” crops. Each is chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile.”

December 28, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Bee Helpful By Gardening

Honeybees are integral to our food system; they pollinate many fruits, nuts and vegetables, helping crops grow and produce. Recently, the bee population has been declining worldwide, which can be harmful to our eco-system in many ways. Agricultural agencies, environmental workers and farmers have been trying to solve the bee problem for several years, and it really starts with you – the gardener.

December 22, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Anemones (or Windflower): A Colorful Sight

Also known as windflower, Anemones are colorful, delicate and unique, offering a variety of uses in almost any garden.  Depending on the variety, they can bloom in the spring, summer, or fall, offering a season-long interest of spectacular blooms.

December 15, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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How To Store Your Seed for Spring Planting

With the fall Wildflower planting season in full swing, many gardeners ask us what to do with their leftover seed. Storing seed for next season is extremely easy and effective; simply place the seed in a ziploc bag or tupperware, making sure to label it clearly, and store in a room-temperature area.

November 5, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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The Three Most Important Steps to a Successful Wildflower Meadow

We’re frequently asked to go over the step-by-step process of planting a Wildflower meadow with gardeners. In fact, it’s one of the most common questions I received while working in customer service for over 3 years. Although all of the steps are important, I wanted to highlight the three most important steps so you’ll know to take extra care to do everything right during these parts of the process. You’ll be thrilled that you did when your meadow is bursting in blooms!

October 21, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · 4 Comments
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