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Raise it up?

While planning my vegetable garden for the spring, I have been debating about whether or not to build a raised bed. I decided to weigh out the benefits and drawbacks, and make a logical decision (the best kind of decision, right?). For your benefit, as I’m sure there are other gardeners trying to make this same decision, the pros and cons of raised beds can be found below, along with my decision.

January 16, 2012 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
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Planning for Spring: Think Pink!

The color pink represents so many wonderful causes and feelings, I thought I would take the time to highlight and celebrate it as one of my favorite colors in the garden. Pink blooms, depending on the shade, can create an endless variety of statements in your garden. When the weather gets cold, I start planning ahead for spring and thought I would help you do the same with some of my favorite pink flowers.

December 28, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Reflecting on Fall: How Did Your Garden Grow?

After you have finished all of your fall planting, it is always a great idea to reflect on your garden from the past season and evaluate how everything did. I like to take “inventory” of everything I planted in the spring and summer and keep a garden journal with their progress. It is important to note what did well and what may not have met your expectations. For those plants that grew, bloomed, and wowed – make note to plant more next spring.

December 7, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Garden Design Basics: Using Color to Set a Mood

Whether you’re a planner or an impulse buyer, you can have beautiful gardens if you stick to some basic garden design principles. Here are some thoughts on using color to set a mood.

February 3, 2011 · Suzanne DeJohn · 2 Comments
Tags: , , , , ,  · Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos, Perennials