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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 · No Comments
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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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New Perennials For Spring 2015

One of the best pastimes during the colder months is planning and dreaming of spring. This year, we have over 40 new perennial varieties for spring planting and are excited about the wonderful diversity and dependability of our selections. We’ll highlight a few of our favorites and you can browse through them all here.

November 16, 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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Create a Wonderful Spring Display with Tulips and Daffodils

Ahhh, fall at last.  It has been a wonderful year.  You worked hard in your garden, and it showed.  You had beautiful color from your many flowers, scrumptious vegetables to eat, and appreciative neighbors who loved the gift of seeing a beautiful garden every day. 

October 3, 2014 · Garden Writer · Comments Closed
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