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Keyhole Gardening: a Drought-Tolerant,... | Wallace Gardens

Keyhole Gardening: a Drought-Tolerant,... | Wallace Gardens | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Keyhole Gardening: a Drought-Tolerant, Compost-Style, Sustainable Concept 


The key hole garden concept is quite simple. A circular planting bed (with a “keyhole” to allow access to the center) is constructed with bricks, stone, gabion-style walls, or even aluminum siding. In the center of the keyhole is a circular compost bin in which kitchen scraps and household “gray water” are poured.   Layers of soil inside the circular walls slope slightly outward to encourage positive drainage away from the central compost bin. As kitchen and garden waste breaks down and gray water is added, a natural “compost tea” soaks into the surrounding soil providing nutrients to plants growing within the circular wall. More information and instructions at the link. 
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2013 Nominee | Martha Stewart

2013 Nominee | Martha Stewart | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
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Authentic Haven Brand Nominee is a nominee in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. VOTING BEGINS: AUGUST 26, 2013 

What makes this organic tea so different from others? It is harvested ONLY from the by-products of Haven-owned livestock. It has no odor (a common concern for people inquiring about the product), and it is easily “brewed” in a bucket with water from the garden hose. 


I use this tea on all my clients' container gardens, specialty ornamental trees, and roses. 

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DO NOT EAT FLOWERS UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THEY ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC A…

DO NOT EAT FLOWERS UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THEY ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC A… | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Organic Edible Flowers - DO NOT EAT FLOWERS UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THEY ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND SAFE TO CONSUME.
Eat all edible flowers in moderation.
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A list of edible flowers, and how to use them in the kitchen. 

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Garden Roses: Types, Roses, Favorites - Bombay Outdoors

Garden Roses: Types, Roses, Favorites - Bombay Outdoors | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Horticulturist Nancy Wallace comments on Garden Roses, which got our attention when they won our Facebook poll on what flowers gardeners love most!

Via Chris VanCleave
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Everything is coming up roses! June is National Rose Month. 

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Growing dahlias and other summer bulbs--Red Dirt Ramblings

Growing dahlias and other summer bulbs--Red Dirt Ramblings | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Dahlias and other summer bulbs are important to the landscape.

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Lovely! Dahlias Dahlias Dahlias for the summer garden. 

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Annie Haven's Photos | Facebook

Annie Haven's Photos | Facebook | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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Read all about it! 

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Spring Fever

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Spring fever is a term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring says Wikipedia. It isn’t mentioned here, but I can tell you that at my ho...

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Happy Spring! No such thing as too many daffodils. 

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Off with their heads! (When and how to prune roses.) | The Dirt Diaries

Off with their heads! (When and how to prune roses.) | The Dirt Diaries | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it

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Great instructions for pruning and feeding of roses. 

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Chris at the BHG on the Garden Stage

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Chris Van Cleave, aka the "Redneck Rosarian," is a great Friend of BPL and a great teacher of all things roses. For more on him, visit redneckrosarian.com.

Via Chris VanCleave
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Winter - perfect time to plan for summer roses, and who knows roses better than the Red-neck Rosarian. Great resource for southern gardeners.

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Preserving Herbs for Best Flavor

Preserving Herbs for Best Flavor | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Preserving herbs from your garden is easy, whether you freeze or dry them.
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Simple, practical steps for harvesting herbs, so they maintain the most flavor in the pantry or the freezer.  

 

Cut the herbs just before flowering, when their essential oils are at the highest level, thereby offering the best flavor for preserving. 

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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year


Perennial Plant of the Year™ has chosen one of my personal favorites this year: Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ - more commonly known as Variegated Solomon’s Seal.
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This plant is a real work horse in the shade garden. No pest or disease problems, naturalizes beautifully. I also use it in container gardens because of its lovely arching branches. 

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Garden Giveaway: The DeWit Potting Scoop — J Peterson Garden Design

Garden Giveaway: The DeWit Potting Scoop — J Peterson Garden Design | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
I’ve decided to host a monthly giveaway here at JPGD, and I’m very excited about my first one, the Potting Scoop by DeWit Tools (also affectionately known as the “Shawna Trowel” by friends)!

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I've used this wonderful tool designed by Shawna Coronado for DeWit Tools. It's destined to become an heirloom garden treasure.

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ManureTea Since 1924's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:22 AM

Check it out: it has a rounded scoop so soil won’t fall out (I hate that), a notched edge for cutting open soil bags (brilliant) and a sharpened bottom edge to cut through roots or anything else you want to cut through. DeWit Tools and Shawna generously sent me two trowels — one to try out for myself and one to give away to someone super lucky!

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Tulip Trading…..   Flora, the Goddess of Flowers

Tulip Trading…..   Flora, the Goddess of Flowers | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it

Flora, the Goddess of Flowers, is depicted in the painting Flora’s Wagon of Fools by Hendrik Gerritsz Pot (1640). Tulip traders referred to the tulip-trading phenomena as “windhandel” (wind trade), so named for the mania associated with the coveted tulip bulb because the bulbs never actually changed “hands” ~ they merely changed “ownership.”  

 

Flora’s tulips are of the striped variety, the most coveted tulips of the day. The term “Tulip-break” was coined at this time when solid-colored tulips “broke with stripes,” in that the petals had highly unusual flame and feather patterns. (In actuality, the bulbs were infested with a virus transmitted by aphids which caused the striping.) 

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Tulip Mania ~ so what's all the fuss about? 

Bulbs infested with a virus, spread by aphids, almost brought down the economy in Holland during the 1630's.

 

"Toxic assets" ~ now where have we heard that phrase before?  

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Free cookbook Friday! | Dirt Du Jour

Free cookbook Friday! | Dirt Du Jour | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it

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Maryjo Koch's new book. The vegetable garden, the artist, and the cook. 

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I have been to Mary Jo's studio in Santa Cruz, and have several of her "bird and nest" books. She is an extraordinary talent and a lovely person.
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Nature - Katt Frank Illustration

Nature - Katt Frank Illustration | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
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Artist statement: "A series of illustrations based around foraging and what nature gives us."

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5 Most Popular Flowers, U.S., Garden, Outdoors, Poll - Bombay Outdoors

5 Most Popular Flowers, U.S., Garden, Outdoors, Poll - Bombay Outdoors | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
What are the 5 most popular flowers in the U.S. garden? We polled 30,000 gardeners and found out. Here are the results, and insights by Nancy Wallace.
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Take a Tour of P. Allen Smith’s Garden - Seasonal Wisdom

Take a Tour of P. Allen Smith’s Garden - Seasonal Wisdom | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
P. Allen Smith's gardens are nationally renowned for their beauty and creativity. Recently, Seasonal Wisdom joined bloggers nationwide for a special tour.

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Sneak peek! 

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Voice Your Victory by LaManda Joy : We Can Grow It

Voice Your Victory by LaManda Joy : We Can Grow It | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it

Via Katie Ketelsen
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Victory Garden Series !!

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Plant Whatever Brings You Joy

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Happy Birthday, Kathryn! 

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Why Victory Gardens Still Matter -- Bonnie Plants

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Victory Gardens, created during World War II to encourage people to grow their own food, are making a comeback -- and for good reason.

Via Katie Ketelsen
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A 1942 neighborhood Victory Garden photo hanging in a Chicago butcher shop. 

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Growing Great Roses in Alabama

Growing Great Roses in Alabama | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
Chris VanCleave, "The Redneck Rosarian" to speak at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show Feb 14-17 at the BJCC in downtown Birmingham, Alabama
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Great list of roses for the southeast!

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A Truly Regal Cardinal Flower?

A Truly Regal Cardinal Flower? | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it
If you followed the news much in the past week, you undoubtedly heard about archeologists confirming the remains of Richard III. A team had found his skeleton under a parking lot in the middle of England last summer.
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Another plant for the Black Plant List: Lobelia 'Black Truffle' is a new selection bred by Peter Heus.

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Life Box

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The Life Box: a Tree-Nursery-in-Waiting


A "life box" is a growth medium for seed-starting trees. Using a cardboard box as a palette, eco-artisans (or any student of the earth) can cultivate their own personal ecosystem. Once the plants inside the life-box-nursery have matured, they can be set out into the garden. 

The Life Box was developed by Paul Stamets and Planted Planet Productions. The line will include ready-to-grow boxes of wildflowers, vegetables, grasses, and herbs.

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The Geraniums of Cordoba, Spain

The Geraniums of Cordoba, Spain | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it

The common geranium becomes extraordinary when planted en masse. Ivy-leaf geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) grow like vines, up to three feet or more in length, making them an ideal selection for hanging baskets and window boxes. 

 

Scented geraniums (Pelargonium graveolens) have edible flowers and fragrant leaves, and work well as house plants. Flower production is more modest than the ivy-leaf geraniums, but the soft, fine-textured leaves make up in fragrance for the lack of showy flowers. Choose from rose, lemon, nutmeg, peppermint, or apple-scented geraniums. 

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Geraniums may seem commonplace to some gardeners, but it's all about how you use them, and which varieties you choose.

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Super Food for the Edible Garden: Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)

Super Food for the Edible Garden: Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum) | Anything Goes in the Garden | Scoop.it

The Edible Garden: Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum) 

Have you met the new Super Fruit? It is commonly known as The Wolfberry or Matrimony Vine.

Goji is hardy in zones 5 to 9, and because it is a cousin of the tomato, it also requires full sun.

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Another item to add to the ever-expanding edible garden: the Goji Berry! 

 

New for 2013 from Proven Winners is Goji 'Sweet Lifeberry' is suitable for Zones 5-9. 

 

Look around for recipes that include Goji Berries. They can be used fresh or dried in a number of ways, including: salsas, smoothies, salads and condiments, or as a garnish in Chinese soups.  

 

 

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