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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 · One Comment
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All About Begonias

Begonias are the stars of the shade garden, with colorful, dazzling blooms that open up in the late summer. Begonias love rich, moist soil and are perfect for containers, window boxes and small space gardens.

February 21, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · One Comment
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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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Create Your Own Honeybee Wildflower Wedding Favors

We were ecstatic when we saw Amanda’s DIY blog at Small Home Big Start. She created unique and adorable honeybee favors for her summer wedding using our Honey Bee Wildflower Seed Mix! We’ll outline how she did it below.

February 3, 2015 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Pollinator Partnership Part II: Creating a Pollinator Habitat

In last week’s blog, we talked about our sponsorship of the Pollinator Partnership. This week we’ll outline specific varieties to add to your garden to create a habitat for pollinators.

January 27, 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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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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Reflecting on the Growing Season

With winter now in full swing for most of us, it’s easy to put the garden on the back burner and forget about it until spring. But if you do that, you’re missing one of the best parts of the year! Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the past growing season while it’s still fresh in the mind and write down what went well, what didn’t, and what could be added for next year.

November 30, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Growing Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears are a gardeners’ dream; Huge, unique foliage adds drama to the garden and containers in the summer months. Native to tropical Asia, Elephant Ears thrive in full sunlight, heat and moist areas. They are happiest in damp soil, including low-lying areas where rainwater collects.

November 23, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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