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Gardening for beginners, enthusiasts and pros . . . If you enjoy this, you will love the blog: http://gardensinspired.blogspot.com
Curated by Debra Anchors
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I hope you will sit back and enjoy my magazine. Please share it with friends on your favorite social media network - many thanks! -Debra

I hope you will sit back and enjoy my magazine. Please share it with friends on your favorite social media network - many thanks! -Debra | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Thank you for visiting; please return often.

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The Down and Dirty Guide to Soil (For the Average Gardener)

The Down and Dirty Guide to Soil (For the Average Gardener) | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Guide to the biology of soil, types of soil, what soil to use, and more.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, October 23, 8:42 AM

Important information.

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Growing Bird Seed

Growing Bird Seed | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Plants that offer seeds for the birds, like this liatris attract bluebirds and other winged wonders.


Plants have a lot more to offer than just beautiful flowers. Why not get the most out of your garden by growing plants to feed birds? Here, you’ll find 8 great blooms that offer seeds for birds.


Follow the photo-link to find the list.
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Pine cones

Pine cones | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Floyd Elzinga makes objects to give dimensionality to ideas.  I think he brings beauty, as well. Amazing.

Follow the photo-link to view other creations by this artist. 

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, June 19, 7:47 AM

After  watching  Drew  on  Salvage  Hunter  yesterday  with  his  giant  clam shells  I  thought  I  share  this  picture  of  giant  Cones 

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Urban garden ideas

Urban garden ideas | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

What can you do with a city yard so compact you can reach out and touch your neighbors? How about borders thick with irresistible roses and flowering perennials? Why not consider a deck, perfect for living in the garden and watching the world go by? What about a pond large enough for a growing family of goldfish as well as plenty of aquatic plants?


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Use ollas to irrigate your garden - DIY

Use ollas to irrigate your garden - DIY | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Ollas are a great way to water plants, and are equally at home in the vegetable or flower garden.  Roots grow deeper, there is no need to water as often, and no water is lost to evaporation or runoff.


This old-fashioned watering method has been used throughout history. Follow the photo-link to discover how to make your own olla at a fraction of the cost of buying one at retail.

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Keeping dogs out of flower beds

Keeping dogs out of flower beds | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Save your pine cones for bedding, which will keep pups and cats out of your plants.

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Ivan Logvenoff's curator insight, May 15, 4:50 AM

Une idée pour éloigner les animaux des plantations récentes en milieu urbain. A tester plutôt sur des massifs de plantes acidophiles.

Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, May 17, 1:08 PM
Cats do love plants, but you don't want them ruining your hard work. Some ways to detract them from digging up the gardens or flowers.
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Kids in the garden - DIY clay pot bird bath

Kids in the garden - DIY clay pot bird bath | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Here's a great project for you and the kids! Attract wildlife to your garden by making this DIY clay pot bird bath!


Follow the photo-link to find the tutorial.

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Vertical Strawberries Grown in a Rain Gutter System

Vertical Strawberries Grown in a Rain Gutter System | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Most of us have seen Strawberries grown in pots, bricks, but have you ever seen Vertical Strawberries Grown in Rain Gutter System?  How 
ingenious is this?

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A gardener's spirit

A gardener's spirit | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Beautiful. And so true.

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Elaine Rakoczy's curator insight, February 1, 7:09 PM

This is great!  I hope to be like her but with a big smile!

Cheryl Steimel's curator insight, February 6, 1:49 PM

A gardener's spirit never dies.

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Clever back yard fire area

Clever back yard fire area | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
Debra Anchors's insight:

Doesn't this look comfortable? I love this very creative and clever idea!

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, January 17, 2:08 PM

An absolutely inviting backyard firepit area complete with an open pergola design and swings for everyone!

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Prevent winter damage to evergreens

Prevent winter damage to evergreens | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

In winter, when plants are dormant and snow covers the ground, we appreciate the evergreen foliage of conifers such as a juniper and the twigs and bark of deciduous trees and shrubs.


Follow the photo-link to discover how to protect your evergreens from winter damage.

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, January 7, 6:38 PM

How to protect you evergreen winter color and foliage from long-term damage!

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How to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins for Wildlife

How to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins for Wildlife | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

After the trick-or-treaters clear away, and Halloween is officially over, don’t trash your pumpkins! There are several ways to recycle them with wildlife and your garden in mind. 

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How To Preserve Basil | Growing Basil

How To Preserve Basil | Growing Basil | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Learn 2 great ways to preserve your basil including freezing and making basil butter.

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Pamela Hills's curator insight, October 13, 7:08 AM

 Growing and preserving your own herbs  is a great thing to do  <3

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Building a Birdhouse? The size of the entrance matters.

Building a Birdhouse? The size of the entrance matters. | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

When you’re ready to build a birdhouse, one of the most important considerations you must make is the birdhouse hole diameter. While the floor space, entrance hole height and roof height are also important dimensions, it is the diameter of the entrance hole that will most accurately determine which birds find the house attractive.


Which feathered friends would you like to attract? Follow the photo-link to discover the size of entrance preferred. 

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Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant

Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A continuous, sustainable supply of garden seeds — no harvesting, storing or replanting required? Oh yes, we're for real! Some crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower, mature and set seed, you'll always have free plants growing in your garden. Check out 34 self-seeding herbs, veggies and flowers and how to manage them:

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, July 2, 5:05 PM

There's nothing better than letting God grow a garden the way He intended. Here's 34 self-seeding herbs, veggies, and flowers you'll almost never have to mess with again!

MsWard's curator insight, July 11, 9:34 AM

Maybe some good choices for WSD . . .

 

Eric Larson's curator insight, September 3, 9:54 AM

Not have to re-plant????

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How to make butterfly nectar

How to make butterfly nectar | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Make a quick and simple butterfly nectar recipe to draw butterflies into your garden.


Follow the photo-link to discover the recipe.

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Sara G Blow's curator insight, June 5, 10:48 AM

This is interesting, I had not thought to use sponges.  Thanks.

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11 Plants that repel mosquitoes

11 Plants that repel mosquitoes | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Using chemical products to keep mosquitoes away is not on the top of anyone’s wish list.


Follow the photo-link to find some ideas of plants that repel mosquitoes – naturally!

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Eric Larson's curator insight, September 3, 9:55 AM

Do you need to get rid of the mosquitoes in your yard?

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Create a Butterfly Puddler

Create a Butterfly Puddler | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Apparently, butterflies are quite the beer drinkers!.


Follow the photo-link to discover how to make one of your own.

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Who knew? The underground global seed vault located in Svalbard.


The purpose of the vault is to store frozen duplicates (back ups) of all seed samples from the world’s crop collections, making the vault the ultimate insurance policy for the world’s food supply.


Follow the photo-link to read this fascinating article.  

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, March 3, 2:52 PM

Did you know about this global frozen seed vault stashed away underground in Svalbard? Pretty darned interesting ... 

Eric Larson's curator insight, September 3, 9:56 AM

The next step after our seed libraries.

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DIY paved patio

DIY paved patio | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

If you like the idea of a cobblestone path but don’t think you’re up to it, think again. Use a concrete stencil! Use it for new surfaces or to resurface old. You can pigment your concrete for earth tones or leave it natural.

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Richard Spencer's comment, February 18, 4:34 AM
I really like this idea strange & wierd at the same time but really effective bringing the outdoors into your house .
Richard Spencer's comment, February 18, 4:35 AM
looks pretty easy to do your self with moulds and clay but i bet its a messy so i wont recommend you do this indoors
Richard Spencer's curator insight, February 18, 4:40 AM

This looks  pretty  effective   if  you  want  that  outside  indoor  look.& Easy  to  use  but  all  to  messy   with   these  plaster  cast  or  moulds  but  if  you  just  want  a  cobble  stone  look  around  the  bench  outdoors   with  out  looking  at  the  cost  of  laying  real  cobble  stones  these  can  be  a  cheap  alternative  

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Grow a few money plants

Grow a few money plants | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Throughout the season, gardeners count on the dependable moonwort to enhance bouquets and potpourri mixtures (separate the pods and use them singly). Cleaned and dried, money plant pods can be enjoyed year-round in dried arrangements.

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Gardening Jones's curator insight, February 15, 1:35 PM

How well I remember these from my youth. Time to bring them back to the garden!

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Mosaic birdhouse DIY

Mosaic birdhouse DIY | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
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Find a basic (or an elaborate) birdhouse frame, and then set your imagination free!

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Is your garden fertilizer organic, or inorganic?

Is your garden fertilizer organic, or inorganic? | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Does the fertilizer label at your garden center mention plant or animal based ingredients, like manure or seaweed? It’s probably organic. Does it sound more like a chemistry class? Then it's probably a synthetic or inorganic fertilizer.


Follow the photo-link to find information to help you decipher differences between organic and inorganic.

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The man who plants flowers in potholes

The man who plants flowers in potholes | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Cyclist Steve Wheen decided to plant cyclamen, narcissus and polyanthus in the holes after becoming fed up with the state of roads.


". . . if I can draw a cyclist’s attention to a pothole so that they don’t hit it, and put a smile on their face, that is enough for me."

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