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Native Bee Houses

Native Bee Houses | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Native bees are important pollinators in our gardens. The more pollinators we can attract to our flower, fruit, and vegetable plants, the higher the quality and quantity of produce and flowers. We instinctively know to add nectar-filled flowers to our garden but we also should provide a place for our native bees to live. Here are some easy native bee nests you can add to your landscape.

 

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8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World

8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

As the Arctic ice opens up, the world turns its attention to the resources below. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 30 percent of the world's undiscovered natural gas and 13 percent of its undiscovered oil are under this region. As a result, military action in the Arctic is heating up, with the United States, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Canada holding talks about regional security and border issues.

 

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Re-Growing Celery

Re-Growing Celery | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Don't toss that celery base! Did you know you can use it to re-grow a new bunch of celery?

 

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French watering cans create a beautiful water feature

French watering cans create a beautiful water feature | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Water from the river below the stairs is pumped up to the top watering can and then, because the buckets are set at a slight angle, the water overflows into the watering can below.

 

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Make Chalkboard Planters

Make Chalkboard Planters | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Here is an easy-to-make idea that proves that almost everything looks cuter with chalkboard paint! Learn how to make your own chalkboard herb pots with this tutorial.

 

Chalkboard paint recipe: Mix well 1 cup of paint + 2 Tbsp unsanded tile grout. Allow painted surface to dry at least 24 hrs.

 

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How to build a strawberry tower

How to build a strawberry tower | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A strawberry tower is a great way to grow fresh fruit in a limited space, such as on a deck or patio. Here, Master Gardener Charlene Landreau shows how to build a tower out of cheap (or free!) 5-gallon plastic buckets.

 

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Kids more likely to eat what they grow - dailytribune.com

Kids more likely to eat what they grow - dailytribune.com | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

What you plant in your garden is totally up to you. If, however, you let your children choose the plants for the garden, they may be more inclined to eat the crops they/you harvest. One of the steps that Ennes’ grandchildren like to do is start their seedlings indoors. If you plant the seeds in egg cartons filled with topsoil, when the seedlings are ready for transplanting the carton can go directly into the ground. Ennes has used egg shells as mini planters. “Just break off the end. Remove the egg and fill the shell with soil,” Ennes said. “Then gently poke a hole in the soil and add a seed.”

 

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8 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Luffa Sponge

8 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Luffa Sponge | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Train the vine onto a trellis or fence to save space and to produce more rounded fruit. These gourds can reach anywhere from 6 inches to 2 1/2 feet long, and about 4 to 7 inches in diameter. They ripen to dark green in late summer, and for sponge harvest should be left on the vine until the skin begins to shrivel. When this occurs, harvest them and scrub the skin away, revealing the porous, dense network of tan-colored matter within. They will be full of seeds; just cut the gourd to desired size and shake out the seeds. They're ready to use!

 

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Here's how to work with a landscaping professional

Here's how to work with a landscaping professional | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Even if you can decorate a living area or bedeck a bedroom with the best of them, landscape design has a unique set of challenges that may leave you stumped. Not only does it require a totally different skill set from interior design, but it also changes and evolves over time — flowers wither, trees mature, shrubs grow and spread. And that's where a landscape pro can prove to be invaluable. Follow our tips for finding, hiring and working with landscapers to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

 

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Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health - MSN Health - Health Topics

Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health - MSN Health - Health Topics | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The sensory experience of gardening "allows people to connect to this primal state," says James Jiler, the founder and executive director of Urban GreenWorks, a Miami-based nonprofit that creates garden and park programs for low-income neighborhoods. "A lot of people [understand] that experience. They may not be able to put it into words, but they understand what's happening."

 

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Yoga Helps to Relieve Aches and Pains from Gardening

Yoga Helps to Relieve Aches and Pains from Gardening | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Work your garden with ease by doing this simple stretches to keep your back, knees and joints flexible and strong.

 

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