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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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Create a Big Splash of Color in Your Garden

As fall planting approaches quickly, many of us are planning on adding new garden beds or filling in existing ones that may need extra color. I wanted to share an extremely simply garden tip with you that can go a long way: Limit your plant selections!

September 16, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Fall: The Perfect Time to Get Gardening!

There are a variety of reasons why fall is an amazing time to garden. The cool, crisp weather is wonderful to work in, it extends your gardening season significantly and many bulbs and plants prefer being planted in the fall. I’ll highlight several of my favorite reasons to get you excited about fall planting!

July 27, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · One Comment
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Have Wet Soil? No Problem!

Do you have a hard-to-plant area that has poorly-draining soil? Turn this troublesome spot into a colorful landscape feature by planting Perennials and Bulbs that thrive in wet soil.

March 8, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
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Turn your Winter Blues into Spring Blues!

There is no better way to cure the ‘winter blues’ than starting to plan your spring planting! Although some claim that there can never be a true “blue” flower, gardeners and growers have worked to come as close to blue as the human eye can tell…

January 17, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Hummingbirds are on Their Way!

Hummingbirds are on their way back. It’s time to get ready for them. This is my 5th year photographing hummingbirds. Planning my hummingbird area is always a time for me to get creative. Not only do I have to think like a hummingbird but I also need to think like a photographer.

April 30, 2013 · Garden Writer · Comments Closed
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Paula’s Ever-Changing Garden

When I tell people that I actually don’t like to garden, they stare at me as if I’m crazy. Looking at my landscaping, you would think that I lived for it, but there are really only two parts of gardening that I look forward to: the actual growing of things and the planning.

November 30, 2012 · Paula Haskell · Comments Closed
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Gardening for the Birds

Birds are one of the most fascinating creatures to watch and their chirps are often the first sign that spring has arrived. As a gardener, there are several ways to create an environment that will both attract and help our winged friends. By planting a garden that provides food and shelter for birds, you will create a beneficial, lively habitat in your own outdoor space.

April 6, 2012 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Think Spring: Preparing Your Soil

Like children, plants need a healthy environment to thrive and mature to their fullest potential. As spring is just around the corner, or already here for many, it is time to prepare your soil for planting. This is a simple and fulfilling process and your plants will thank you (with their beautiful blooms or delicious crops) when they have just the right environment to grow.

March 16, 2012 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Get Happy about Dahlias and Glads

This week we conclude Charlie Nardozzi’s guest blog series with a piece about his favorite show-stopping bloomers – Dahlias and Gladiolus. Charlie is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. Stay tuned throughout the gardening season for more guest bloggers from the gardening world.

February 15, 2012 · Charlie Nardozzi · One Comment
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