Jump-start the Spring Growing Season

(ARA) – If you invest a bit of time now, you can ensure a bountiful harvest and a beautiful landscape to make this your best gardening season yet. Preparing a strong spring foundation means new plantings are better able to survive the heat, drought, and pest attacks of summer. “Start your garden off right by adding several inches of organic matter to the top 6- to 12- inches of soil,” recommends horticulture expert and author Melinda Myers. “Peat moss, compost, aged manure, and other organic materials improve drainage in heavy clay soil and increase the water-holding capacity of sandy soils.” …

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New garden superstars blend charm and practicality

From hardy hybrids to stylish, smart gardens, spring 2010 promises exciting new plants and products for garden lovers everywhere. “People want easy plants and products that are attractive and good for the environment and perform well in their gardens,” says Susan McCoy, garden writer and trend spotter. “And that’s what the new plants and products this spring will deliver.” McCoy reveals a few of her favorite garden superstars for spring that will chase away those winter blahs as you get ready to get your hands back in the earth and garden. Next big thing for small gardensMcCoy loves the newest …

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Extreme gardening: What to do when the weather doesn’t favor you

If you’re a gardener, then you know that weather can be unpredictable. You might have the best intentions to get your garden started in early spring, but Mother Nature has other plans. Or maybe it’s summer and the heat is just too much for your plants to handle. Maybe it’s fall and all of a sudden there is an unexpected frost or snowfall overnight. Whatever the case may be, this article will help you make sure that your garden doesn’t suffer because of bad weather conditions! In this guide, we will cover what to do when the weather doesn’t favor …

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Spring Time Fruits & Vegetables!

As I recently blogged about Springtime flowers, I thought it would be great to follow up with a post on seasonal fruits & veggies that are at their peak in the Spring! I find myself craving lighter foods in the Spring. It is probably because that is when I start thinking about swim […]

Gardening tips to avoid injury and discomfort

(ARA) – It’s that time of year again when you can dig your hands into the dirt, spread seeds over the freshly turned earth, and smell the delicious scent of green plants growing. Gardening is very healthy, both physically and mentally. In addition to providing exercise, gardening delivers health benefits in the fresh foods […]

Create a tropic escape in your own backyard

(ARA) – Yearning to escape to a tropical paradise? This spring, look no further than your own backyard to capture the romance of the tropics and create a sense of optimism to lift your spirits. “People are craving vibrant colors to add energy and excitement to their outdoor spaces,” says James Farmer III, a hip, young trendsetter, and professional landscape designer. “It’s simple to add tropical flair and recreate your favorite dream vacation with the right plants – and few plants say ‘tropics’ as clearly as the hibiscus.” This spring you easily can transform your patio, deck, porch or balcony …

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Spring Garden

A Spring garden is a very beautiful thing.  I love Springtime because the birds are chirping, and the beautiful flowers are coming back to life.  This is one of my favorite seasons, the other being Fall.  I enjoy the mild climate and the gorgeous sites of nature. In Springtime you can expect to see […]

Prepare for winter with a rosy outlook

For many gardeners rose bushes are a prized possession. As the gardening season comes to a close, it’s time to prepare your roses for the cold, harsh Canadian winter ahead. Knowing the best feeding and prepping techniques will ensure your cherished roses survive the winter and bloom beautifully in the spring. Proper feeding is the first step in putting healthy roses to bed for the winter. Remember to continue feeding the plants every seven to 14 days with a specially formulated plant food for roses, such as Miracle-Gro Water Soluble Rose Plant Food 18-24-6. Once temperatures fall below 1°, switch …

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Growing roses is easy with these simple tips

No other flower can evoke romance in the garden like a rose. As America’s favorite flower, roses can be found adorning homes in quaint coastal villages to rural farmlands, modern cities to quiet mountain retreats. “Anybody can grow roses, no matter where they live. If you can grow grass, you can grow roses in your landscape,” says James A. Baggett, editor of Country Gardens Magazine. Whether it’s a prize-winning hybrid tea rose you’re after, the rich colors of shrub roses sprinkled throughout your landscape or containers full of blooms on your deck or patio, with a little know-how, you’ll grow …

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Ten easy ways to use roses in the landscape

Somewhere between 5,000 and 3,000 years ago, a fellow hoping to impress his lady love was the first to give a rose as a symbol of love. We can only imagine her response, but it was likely enthusiastic enough to make him think “Hey! Maybe I should cultivate these flowers.” Flash forward to today, and roses remain the enduring emblem of love and romance. Fortunately, however, modern breeding has made it easier than ever to add roses to your garden and landscaping. Traditional cultivated roses have always required a lot of work – pruning, deadheading, protecting them from disease and …

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