Gather Flower Seeds and Spread the Beauty

Apr 10 4:25pm Ramblings from a Desert Garden
Did you know that some flowering, desert perennials are grown easily from seed? It’s true. Many of the plants in my garden are volunteers that grew from seed from my established plants. I have several ‘parental’ plants in my front garden along with their babies that have come up on their own with no assistance... The post Gather Flower Seeds and Spread the Beauty appeared first on Ramblings from a Desert Garden.
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Meet Brian Blum, The Sustainable Dad in San Diego

Apr 10 3:25pm Urban Organic Gardener
“Meet Brian Blum, a busy dad with a full time corporate job, who still makes time to create a sustainable paradise in San Diego. He has a small house on a small lot, but manages to do a lot with it. He grows healthy, organic food for his family and has planted close to 20 […]...
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6 Perfect Plants For Your Window Boxes

Apr 10 12:00pm Epic Gardening
The post 6 Perfect Plants For Your Window Boxes is by Craig Scott and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Window boxes are a popular choice for urban gardeners due to their small size and efficient location. But the options for what to plant window boxes can overwhelming to you, so we are here to help! Window boxes serve multiple purposes, from pure decoration and aesthetics to practical gardening. In this article, we’ll look at […] The post 6 Perfect Plants For Your Window Boxes is by Craig Scott and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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Staff Story: The Tickle Bees of Sabin Elementary

Apr 10 10:31am The Xerces Society
In the summer of 2009, my family and I moved into a house across from the Sabin Elementary School in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Our daughter started kindergarten at the school that fall. As other school parents learned of my work in pollinator conservation, they would occasionally ask me if I’d ever seen the “tickle bees.” Read more ...
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Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, April 10, 2017

Apr 10 6:18am Gardening with Confidence, Plants with Benefits, & Good Berry Bad Berry with Helen Yoest
Today, in my second daughter’s birthday, Lily Ana Philbrook. She is 17 <3 THE WEEK THE RAIN Monday, 0.6 in. Wednesday, 0.5 in. THE DEEDS MONDAY Still working on the Roost seating area. I haven’t done a complete renovation, but made some major changes. So far: Removed a few non-native azaleas for three hybrid azaleas, […]...
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In a vase on Monday: Epimediums

Apr 10 5:16am The Patient Gardener
This week’s vase is a simple one.  The ‘vase’ was made for me by my eldest son today.  It is essentially a log which he has carved out and filled with an old spice jar.  It is a prototype for... Continue Reading →...
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Planting Sweet Peas in My Garden

Apr 10 4:56am The Martha Stewart Blog
Everyone at the farm is looking forward to gardening season. My outdoor grounds crew has been very productive - removing the burlap surrounding my boxwood shrubs, mulching the [&hellip...
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A hint of summer

Apr 9 2:15pm The Patient Gardener
We have been truly spoilt this weekend with temperatures more akin to June than early April.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to get on and sort out seedlings that have overwintered in the cold frame which in turn has... Continue Reading →...
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The Essential Guide to Hydrangeas

Apr 9 12:25pm Garden Therapy
What’s not to love about hydrangeas? These showy shrubs are the delight of summer blooms. They are long-living shrubs that bloom most of the summer and well into fall. Here is a guide to all things... Please see the full article on http://GardenTherapy.ca...
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Singing the Song of Spring

Apr 8 7:00pm Garden Walk Garden Talk
Here we are a few weeks from winter, but I can hear the faint songs of spring off in the distance. It won’t be long again, birds are on their way to summering grounds. Many birds remain in our area … Continue reading →...
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tree peonies, with jeff jabco of scott arboretum

Apr 8 10:44am A Way To Garden
APPARENTLY I’M the kind of person people give tree peonies to, because over the years I have been gifted four [read more…] The post tree peonies, with jeff jabco of scott arboretum appeared first on A Way To Garden.
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Planting David Austin Roses at My Farm

Apr 8 5:43am The Martha Stewart Blog
One thing I love is the intoxicating scent of a garden rose - especially an English rose. Gardeners everywhere know rose hybridizer, David Austin, for his stunning English [&hellip...
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List of lutein rich vegetables and foods

Apr 7 1:21pm Gardening Channel
Are you getting enough lutein in your diet? If not, you should be, because your healthy vision and your heart could depend on it. Lutein is one of more than 600 different carotenoid antioxidants.  What are carotenoids?  They are the yellow and orange pigments found in many fruits and vegetables.  You will know which ones when you […]...
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The Best Plant Humidifiers For Your Indoor Garden

Apr 7 12:00pm Epic Gardening
The post The Best Plant Humidifiers For Your Indoor Garden is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. If you’ve ever walked into a botanical garden or been fortunate enough to travel to a tropical area, you’ve been blasted by warm, humid air. When I first got into houseplants and tropical plants, I was shocked at how much humidity some of them needed to thrive. Taking care of my new plants seemed simple […] The post The Best Plant Humidifiers For Your Indoor Garden is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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Plants for Pollinators: Violets

Apr 7 10:04am The Xerces Society
This post is part of a series highlighting some of the best plants for pollinators from coast-to-coast. Drawing from our books 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, Gardening for Butterflies , and our Monarch Nectar Plant Guides. Common Blue Violet Viola sororia Violets are often bemoaned as “weeds” when found in lawns, and otherwise impugned for Read more ...
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Review: Fresh From The Garden by John Whitman

Apr 7 9:14am Big Blog Of Gardening Update
Big Blog Of Gardening In Fresh From The Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold Climates, John Whitman shares his vast knowledge of gardening with growing... Click on link to read more...
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The Orchid Show and The Orchid Lunch at NYBG

Apr 7 5:26am The Martha Stewart Blog
If you haven't already, there is still one weekend left to see The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden - the event runs through this Sunday, April [&hellip...
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Tips for Growing Both HOT & SWEET Peppers!

Apr 7 12:30am Urban Organic Gardener
When to Plant Pepper roots don’t like to be disturbed, so plant them indoors in Seed Starting Soil Pods about two months before your last frost date, usually three or four seeds to a pod. How to Plant Peppers love full sun, but don’t plant peppers where tomatoes or eggplants grew previously, because all three are members of the nightshade family and […]...
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Growing Winter Lettuce to Produce Early Spring Harvests

Apr 6 9:49pm Veggie Gardening Tips
Winter Lettuce is one of my favorite crops for fall planting even though it doesn’t yield a harvest until the following spring. The name is a bit deceiving because this isn’t a single plant variety, and it isn’t a crop that is harvested during winter, at least that isn’t how I use it in my […]...
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Miniature Fairy Gardening : What They Wont Tell You But I Will

Apr 6 7:46pm The Mini Garden Guru – Your Miniature Garden Source
Miniature Fairy Gardening : What They Won’t Tell You But I Will Ugh. It’s a pet peeve of mine. I should be a consumer advocate. I just hate seeing people set up for failure – especially in our beloved miniature garden niche. A customer emailed the other day and complained that her moss smelled musty. […]...
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The Brand New Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market | The Opening Day

Apr 6 7:01pm Flowerona
If you watched my Instagram Stories at the beginning of the week, you’ll have seen that I was at New Covent Garden Flower Market in London on Monday morning for the opening day of the brand new Flower Market. There was such a wonderful buzz! Not only is it SO much lighter inside than the old Flower Market (so, as one... View Article...
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Are you ready for the hummingbirds?

Apr 6 4:20pm clay and limestone
Trumpet honeysuckle and Eastern Columbine have bloomed just in time for migrating Ruby Throated Hummers and that's no coincidence. Hummingbirds and certain flowers have coadapted over millions of years to form a mutually beneficial relationship. Hummingbirds migrate thousands of miles annually and they're movement north typically coincides with the blooming of these preferred flowers. Check out the map below to get a sense of the magnitude of their migration north and you'll understand why they need nectar rich flowers all along the route. By the time they reach our gardens they are hungry and searching for food. Hummers hover below these flowers to feed on nectar  The red tubular and trumpet-shaped flowers of both columbines and trumpet honeysuckles hold more nectar than other flowers and are irresistible to hummingbirds. Their coadapted/mutually beneficial relationship is pretty cool. The long bill and tongue of these hummers fits into the throat of preferred flowers like columbines and trumpet honeysuckle flowers to easily reach the nectar, and while feeding, grains of pollen spill onto the head of the bird and is carried to other Columbines and Trumpet honeysuckle.It's a marvelous dance that happens in gardens all over the Eastern United States and it's show time in Middle Tennessee.'Cedar Lane' Trumpet honeysuckle/Lonicera sempervirensIt's not difficult to attract migrating RTH to your Middle Tennessee garden. Like all bird visitors and residents they need food, shelter, water, nesting sites and perching sites. Columbine/Aquilegia canadensiJust plant more flowers and shrubs with nectar bearing flowers. The following is a list of plants that you might consider adding to the garden. red buckeye jewelweed columbine trumpet creeper red morning-glory wild bergamot/bee- balm   trumpet (or coral) honeysuckle cardinal flower royal catchfly and  round-leaved catchfly fire-pink four o’clock (e) phlox  salvia and scarlet sagelilies aloes penstemons  There may not be as many nectar sources available with this crazy up and down spring we've had, so please consider hanging feeders. It's fun to watch the hummers up close and it's an easy way to supplement their nectar needs. You don't have to buy nectar, make your own, it's just sugar and water! There are recipes on...
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The Best Potting Soils: How to Choose The Right Potting Mix For Your Plants

Apr 6 12:00pm Epic Gardening
The post The Best Potting Soils: How to Choose The Right Potting Mix For Your Plants is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. If you're growing in containers, chances are good you're using some kind of potting soil for your precious plants.But what if I told you that the soil in your pot isn't technically soil at all? What if I told you that it's a mix made of composted tree materials, peat moss, and a myriad of […] The post The Best Potting Soils: How to Choose The Right Potting Mix For Your Plants is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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The Dirt on Edible Flowers (and the Top Ten You Must Try!)

Apr 6 11:15am Garden Therapy
Who doesn’t love to get a beautiful bouquet of blooms or gaze upon a field of wildflowers? A flower’s sole purpose is to be pretty; they need to attract pollinators in order to produce seeds. Not... Please see the full article on http://GardenTherapy.ca...
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Spring Baking on Facebook LIVE

Apr 6 4:10am The Martha Stewart Blog
If you’re looking for something fun to bake for your family and friends this weekend, why not make some buttermilk biscuits or a delicious orange-barley pound cake? I [&hellip...
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Best Management Practices for Pollinator Habitat Health in Roadside Rights of Way San Diego, CA

Apr 5 7:21pm The Xerces Society
April 12th, 2017 12:00 PM ICF San Diego Office San Diego, CA This Lunch and Learn presentation will focus on the application of new US Federal Highway Administration Pollinator Roadside Best Management Practices to Southern California Highway and Roadway Rights of Way. Please join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation as he discusses ways in which Southern California roadsides can be managed to benefit bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators. Scott will introduce the new US Federal Highway Administration Pollinator Environmental Toolkit developed by The Xerces Society in collaboration with ICF. The toolkit includes handbooks and guidance documents that incorporate current science on pollinator habitat restoration and management to combat the decline of important pollinator species; state-of-the-art integrated roadside vegetation management practices; and expert knowledge from interviews with US state DOTs and other scientists who are leaders in roadside restoration. These best management practices in the toolkit identify key steps that roadside managers can easily and economically take to improve the quality of roadside habitat for pollinators including 1) adjusting the timing of roadside vegetation management techniques to enhance pollinator resources, and 2) enhancing and restoring native roadside vegetation to include plants that improve pollinator habitat. The presentation and discussion will provide insights in to how these practices can be adopted on roadsides in Southern California. Please RSVP for more details and to register.
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Introducing The Martha Stewart Wine Co.

Apr 5 10:30am The Martha Stewart Blog
I am thrilled to share our special news! Beginning today, wine lovers can turn to Martha Stewart Wine Co. for a collection of wines from some of the [&hellip...
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Houseplant of the Month Banana Tree

Apr 5 5:51am Flowerona
With the houseplant trend continuing to grow at an incredible rate of speed, I’m delighted today to re-introduce my monthly Houseplant of the Month blog posts. And to start off the series is the wonderfully exotic banana tree! Apparently, the Victorians gave pride of place to this tropical plant in their warm, light conservatories. And there’s now a... View Article...
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Defending the Dandelion: Its Not Just Another Weed

Apr 5 3:00am Garden Betty
The ever-pervasive dandelion. It’s one of the first plants to sprout in spring, when the ground is barely free of frost, and remains steadfast through the season with vibrant pops of yellow and downy balls of seeds so nostalgic of childhood wonderment. Somehow, somewhere along the way, this humble plant that has fed and healed humanity for thousands of years became a blight on our landscape. Dismissed as a weed, eradicated at all costs, cursed and scorned for its stubbornly long taproots that often refuse to give from the earth, it’s earned a reputation for invasiveness and uselessness. But I’m here to make a case for the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), which you might be eyeing right about now, weeder in hand, as a galaxy of yellow blooms starts spreading across your Kentucky bluegrass. While you might consider it the bane of an otherwise perfectly manicured lawn, here are a few reasons why the lowly dandelion is the unsung hero of your yard. Dandelions are not as invasive as commonly thought. Though they’re non-native to North America (originally hailing from Europe), dandelions are not considered invasive by federal agencies. An annoyance, perhaps, but far from being aggressively spreading plants that […] The post Defending the Dandelion: It’s Not Just Another Weed appeared first on Garden Betty. We have an official release date! The New Camp Cookbook comes out on July 1, 2017, and is now available for preorder! I can't wait for you to see it! More From Garden BettyChecklist for Your Spring Garden Tune-UpSleep-Promoting Fruits and Vegetables That Help You “Spring Forward” EasierMallow: The Everywhere Edible Weed...
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Nitrogen Toxicity: Understanding and Preventing It In Your Garden

Apr 4 12:30pm Epic Gardening
The post Nitrogen Toxicity: Understanding and Preventing It In Your Garden is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Hydroponic gardening is wonderful for so many reasons, but we growers still run into problems from time to time. In fact, as a beginner there can be more problems than gardening in soil! Nitrogen toxicity is one of these annoying problems. Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for plants, but too much can cause […] The post Nitrogen Toxicity: Understanding and Preventing It In Your Garden is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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Dont spring into garden cleanup too soon!

Apr 4 10:55am The Xerces Society
Spring is here. A time when warmer weather naturally turns a winter-weary homeowner’s thoughts towards tackling outdoor chores. The first warm weather of the season may coax us out into the yard, but pollinators in your garden aren’t ready to take a chance on the first warm day. Chrysalides still cling to last season’s dried Read more ...
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Garden Photography Tips to Capture Natures Beauty

Apr 4 8:07am Garden Therapy
The availability of high-quality cameras for a relatively low cost and digital image capturing has changed the game of photography. If you love nature, a garden can be one of the most satisfying... Please see the full article on http://GardenTherapy.ca...
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"A New Way to Bake" on The Today Show

Apr 4 5:20am The Martha Stewart Blog
I am so excited about my latest book, A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-For-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry . Have you gotten your copy [&hellip...
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Troy-Bilt FLEX Chipper Shredder Attachment Review

Apr 3 9:10pm Veggie Gardening Tips
It’s been a couple of years since I began using the innovative Troy-Bilt FLEX System that employs a shared “power base” engine that connects to a variety of attachments to perform assorted tasks around the home and garden. Today I will share my experiences with a new addition to the FLEX line of equipment; the […]...
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5 Reasons Your Garden Spigot Will Love a Water Wigot

Apr 3 8:38pm HomeJelly
Have you noticed, that every great once in a while, something so simple, yet so handy comes along? An idea that leaves you asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Well,  the Water Wigot is just that thing. It’s my garden tool version of a perfect pop song. Easy enough to learn on the first listen,...Read More...
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Fight Stress with Plants & Start Your Own Urban Garden

Apr 3 12:54pm Urban Organic Gardener
“It’s therapeutic in a way,” Sioco explained. “Psychiatrists recommend this type of hobby to depressed patients, kasi looking at green things make you more calm.” “…maintaining even just a small garden for people with more hectic schedules. Watering and sunlight, he said, are the usual problems. “Usually they don’t have time to water every day.” […]...
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5 Best Seed Starting Mixes For Explosive Plant Growth

Apr 3 12:00pm Epic Gardening
The post 5 Best Seed Starting Mixes For Explosive Plant Growth is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Whether you’re planning for spring or just getting a head start on your gardening tasks in general, starting seeds can be one of the trickiest parts of being a gardener. If you’re used to buying seedlings from your local nursery and haven’t ever started seeds before, it can be daunting to figure out exactly what […] The post 5 Best Seed Starting Mixes For Explosive Plant Growth is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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Zebra Plant Care Growing Aphelandra Squarrosa

Apr 3 12:00pm Epic Gardening
The post Zebra Plant Care – Growing Aphelandra Squarrosa is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. The zebra plant is a finicky houseplant that is growth both for its striped foliage and beautiful golden flowers.In this guide, you'll learn exactly how to care for, troubleshoot, and propagate this wonderful houseplant. Quick Navigation Zebra Plant OverviewZebra Plant CareLightWaterSoilFertilizerRepottingPruning​PropagationProblemsIs the Zebra Plant Toxic?PestsDiseasesFAQs​ Zebra Plant Overview Common Name(s)Zebra plant Scientific NameAphelandra squarrosa FamilyAcanthaceae […] The post Zebra Plant Care – Growing Aphelandra Squarrosa is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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Flower bed before and after & plant shopping 101

Apr 3 10:10am Red Dirt Ramblings®
After returning home from Italy last week, I found the garden in better shape than I expected. Ornamental gardens are forgiving. In spring, my garden is always covered in leaves and debris. I live at the axis of the shortgrass prairie and the beginning of the deciduous forest in the hills of east central Oklahoma […] The post Flower bed before and after & plant shopping 101 appeared first on Red Dirt Ramblings®.
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Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, April 3, 2017

Apr 3 6:42am Gardening with Confidence, Plants with Benefits, & Good Berry Bad Berry with Helen Yoest
THE WEEK THE RAIN Friday… a long soaker yay! 1.2o in. THE DEEDS MONDAY At Fearrington, I’m in charge of order shirts for the gardeners and landscape crew. I introduced the staff of a product called Coolibar. It’s what I use in the garden. Good quality and SPF50. My husband turned me on to Coolibar. […]...
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My 'Great Wall of China' at Skylands

Apr 3 5:29am The Martha Stewart Blog
So many of you love reading about Skylands, my home in Maine - it is growing more busy there as we prepare for the coming season of entertaining. [&hellip...
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Growing Garlic? Use the Greens to Flavor Your Favorite Dishes

Apr 3 12:39am Ramblings from a Desert Garden
Do you grow garlic in your garden? If so, you know that it takes a long time to grow with planting in October and harvesting it in May.  During the long growing period, the leafy green tops of the garlic plant are all that is visible while the garlic bulb is growing below ground. But,... The post Growing Garlic? Use the Greens to Flavor Your Favorite Dishes appeared first on Ramblings from a Desert Garden.
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9 Great Vegetable and other Plant Based Sources of Iron

Apr 2 6:10pm Gardening Channel
Up to 20 percent of women in the United States are iron deficient, and as many as 2 of every 100 men. You could be one of them. There are four primary causes of iron deficiency: blood loss, lack of iron in your diet, an inability to absorb iron and pregnancy. Because of monthly menstruation, […]...
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An eccentric English day out

Apr 2 2:15pm The Patient Gardener
The long term readers of this blog will know that I have a quiet appreciation for fast cars particularly of the vintage type so I’m afraid you will need to indulge me today while I share some highlights from today’s... Continue Reading →...
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extend your clematis bloom season to spring through fall, with dan long

Apr 2 9:25am A Way To Garden
DO YOU HAVE CLEMATIS blooming in your garden from early spring to late fall—or does that sound like a worthy [read more…] The post extend your clematis bloom season to spring through fall, with dan long appeared first on A Way To Garden.
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Whimsical Foraged Fairy Houses You Would Think Were Actually Made By Fairies

Apr 2 8:12am Garden Therapy
Foraged materials like mushrooms, pine cones, and branches make little woodland houses so realistic looking for that you would think they were made by fairies. Using natural elements, the Fairy House... Please see the full article on http://GardenTherapy.ca...
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Ponderosa & Thyme Workshop Dorset, England April 2016 | flowerona TV

Apr 2 6:51am Flowerona
In this week’s video, I share with you behind the scenes footage of a Ponderosa & Thyme workshop, which took place in Dorset last April. And if you missed it first time around, here’s a link to my blog post featuring lots of beautiful images of the workshop. I understand that there are just a few... View Article...
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The Surprise That Was The New Camp Cookbook Cover

Apr 2 3:00am Garden Betty
After having the luxury of shooting my first book at home (or in various relatives’ homes) with easy access to a dishwasher, hot running water, and electricity, my second book was a true test of faith and patience. Forget the beautiful filtered light through the windows and being able to walk barefoot on soft carpet. Think glaring midday sun and waiting for the light to move over the trees. Think dusty feet in flip-flops crunching across a pine needle-littered campsite. The entirety of The New Camp Cookbook cover (plus a handful of other meals) was crammed into a cooler and a few plastic bins. Dirty dishes went into a collapsible sink filled with water that we’d carried back to camp from the communal spigot. Headlamps illuminated the evening clean-up after a full day of cooking, styling, and shooting. Trash was strung from the trees each night and hauled out at the end of the week. Despite the challenges that came with cooking outdoors, we had some amazing moments as well. These were moments that we could never replicate in the comfort and convenience of home: balancing on a granite boulder under majestic oak trees while a warm stream of water […] The post The Surprise That Was The New Camp Cookbook Cover appeared first on Garden Betty. We have an official release date! The New Camp Cookbook comes out on July 1, 2017, and is now available for preorder! I can't wait for you to see it!...
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12 Top Vegetable and Food Sources of Potassium

Apr 1 1:06pm Gardening Channel
Did you know that an estimated 98 percent of Americans do not get the recommended amount of potassium in their diet? Why does your body need potassium? Your body needs potassium to maintain an adequate balance of electrolytes. Potassium is important because it helps your body maintain the hydration it needs. Your body needs many […]...
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April Inspiration

Apr 1 6:14am Gardening with Confidence, Plants with Benefits, & Good Berry Bad Berry with Helen Yoest
With a fast start after a warm winter, the birds are scratching, singing, and suggesting I pay attention. I am. There’s a feeling of joy. They feel spring; as do I. The temperatures may not say spring, but the songs do. In my garden, Helen’s Haven, everything is two to three weeks behind. What already […]...
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Decorating with Houseplants

Apr 1 3:35am The Martha Stewart Blog
Whenever I entertain, I always fill my home with beautiful houseplants. Houseplants bring life to any room. I love all kinds of container plants, and over the years [&hellip...
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the april garden chores

Apr 1 12:48am A Way To Garden
IM STICKING to what I said last year at this time: We are not powerless over April–even though in most [read more…] The post the april garden chores appeared first on A Way To Garden.
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Heres to the First Year

Mar 31 9:00pm Garden Betty
Above: Gemma at one day old. Every morning, I take the first nap with the baby. I always wake up an hour before she starts stirring, but rather than getting up and going about my day, I like to lie in bed with her and simply watch her sleep. The sweet sighs. The rise and fall of her round belly. I love the way her lips pucker under the weight of her chubby cheeks, and I love to bury my nose in her soft tuft of hair, breathing in that milky baby smell. Gemma at three months old. These are the moments that bring me calm after a rough night with a teething baby (six teeth coming in at the same time!) and they’re the moments that remind me it takes a special kind of strength to love someone so fiercely through the everyday, the unknown, and the highs and lows of parenthood. How is it possible that I’m so relieved and thrilled to be able to put her down for a nap, finally, but suddenly start missing her an hour later and hope she’ll wake up soon? It’s the everlasting dichotomy of child-rearing, I think. Gemma at five months […] The post Here’s to the First Year appeared first on Garden Betty. We have an official release date! The New Camp Cookbook comes out on July 1, 2017, and is now available for preorder! I can't wait for you to see it! More From Garden BettyHow to Dress Adventure Babies for Cold Winter WeatherFour Months, Four ThoughtsAdventures in Parenting: Camping With a Newborn...
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More Miniature Gardening at the HUGE Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

Mar 31 5:33pm The Mini Garden Guru – Your Miniature Garden Source
More Miniature Gardening at the HUGE Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! Whew! I’ve been catching up on everything since our whirlwind tour to Florida earlier this month. I came back exhausted and hit a bottleneck of work so it took a couple of weeks for me to recover, decompress and collect my thoughts. So, not only did […]...
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No Dig Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Mar 31 4:56pm Gardening Channel
Intimidated by the thought of starting your first vegetable garden? Starting from scratch can be a daunting task for any gardener. Where should I put the garden? Do I have to clear a space in my yard? These are all questions I asked myself before making my first venture into vegetable gardening. The one thing […]...
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Prayer Plant Care Growing The Maranta Plant

Mar 31 12:00pm Epic Gardening
The post Prayer Plant Care – Growing The Maranta Plant is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog. Prayer plants are some of the most beautiful houseplants you can find. They're great in hanging baskets as they spread low and wide.Whether you're just starting out with houseplants or an an expert grower, the prayer plant is an excellent choice. Quick Navigation Prayer Plant OverviewTypes of Prayer PlantPrayer Plant CareLightWaterSoilFertilizerRepottingPruning​PropagationProblemsGrowing ProblemsPestsDiseasesFAQs​ Prayer Plant Overview […] The post Prayer Plant Care – Growing The Maranta Plant is by Kevin and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.
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Write Your Rep! Less Mowing, More Monarchs

Mar 31 11:25am The Xerces Society
We’ve made the case that roadsides can be managed for pollinators, while maintaining erosion control, keeping roads safe, improving water quality, and saving money! Now it’s time to make the case to lawmakers, so that they can change the way their state manages roadsides for multiple benefits, including helping bees, butterflies, and other insects. We’ve Read more ...
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Pop In Color: Two Lovely Perennials for the Garden

Mar 31 10:09am Ramblings from a Desert Garden
<a href=”http://www.linqia.com/”><img style=”background-image: url(‘http://linqia.ooh.li/disclosure/625139359.png’) !important;width:400px;height:50px;background-repeat:no-repeat;border:none;display:inline-block;padding:0″/></a> Talk to most homeowners about what they want in their garden and they will usually reply “color”.  I am no different and when given the opportunity to work with the folks at Monrovia again, I jumped at the chance to showcase more examples of their plants, which are available at... The post Pop In Color: Two Lovely Perennials for the Garden appeared first on Ramblings from a Desert Garden.
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End of Month View: March 2017

Mar 31 7:41am The Patient Gardener
The front garden is beginning to come into its own with the small narcissus and Euphorbia flowers bringing some real zing to the border.  You may recall that last month I said I was thinking of filling the bigger border... Continue Reading →...
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Spring Cleaning in the Equipment Barn

Mar 31 2:42am The Martha Stewart Blog
My outdoor grounds crew is busy with springtime chores. Here in the Northeast, March is usually when we get a lot of our outdoor grounds work started here at [&hellip...
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