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Light up the night

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Dollar store solar lights on plant hook - cozy and inexpensive.

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Gardening for beginners, enthusiasts and pros . . . If you enjoy this, you will love the blog: http://gardensinspired.blogspot.com
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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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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, 4:09 PM

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

Cheryl Steimel's curator insight, February 6, 10:49 AM

A gardener's spirit never dies.

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Clever back yard fire area

Clever back yard fire area | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
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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, 11:08 AM

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, 3:38 PM

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

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Reflective centerpiece in white and silver

Reflective centerpiece in white and silver | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
Centerpiece: Spray-on a coat of white primer - Pile some Epsom salt onto parchment paper (salt can be found in the first aid section of your drug store) - Spray the bottles with some craft bond spray adhesive (or Mod Podge instead of spray...
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Electric fertilizer!

Electric fertilizer! | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Following is a  list of some  main effects that can be observed in plants after they’ve been stimulated with electricity:

 

* Increased soil fertility

* Increased growth rate

* Yield increases from 20 to 400%

* Larger sized fruits and vegetables

* Protection against various diseases

 

Follow the photo-link to read more from this interesting source of information.

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:53 PM

Lightning as fertilizer? You betcha!

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Fantastic ferns

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Ferns are nothing short of gorgeous. Best of all, they are so easy to care for that most gardeners meet with success. Even those who lust only for colorful flower gardens find ferns invaluable as lush background plantings intermixed with perennials to bring form and texture to their showy beds throughout the growing season. Although the fern family is truly enormous, the gardener’s choices for deliberate cultivation are somewhat limited.


Follow the photo-link to dicover decorative fern options for your perennial gardens.

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Forcing Indoor Bulbs

Forcing Indoor Bulbs | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
How to grow forced bulbs in the winter, including paperwhites, hyancinths, freesia, and muscari.

 

Plant bulbs indoors in October for February bloom. Follow the photo-link to find instructions.

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8 Perennials for Great Fall Color

8 Perennials for Great Fall Color | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Trees haven't cornered the market on autumn splendor. Add these flowering perennials for a foliage sight to behold.  

 

Perennials that have lovely fall foliage give the landscape a carpet of color that matches the canopy in the trees above. That mix of low color and high color will give you the feeling of being surrounded by a rainbow every fall (or being stuck in a Skittles commercial). The trick for the best color punch may be to mass the perennials, which tend to be smaller in stature, airier and less full than a tree. 

 

Follow the photo-link to find a list of great fall perennials.

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Spooky plants to use at Halloween

Spooky plants to use at Halloween | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Who needs Halloween decorations when nature provides such bizarre and beautiful creations? Display these flowers and plants to add a little haunt to your house this season...if you dare.

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Life Began in a Garden….: How to Attract Birds During the Winter

Life Began in a Garden….: How to Attract Birds During the Winter | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Take care of migrating winter birds as they pass your way by providing some creature comforts, like food, water and a warm bath.


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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, 11:52 AM

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

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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, 1:34 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, 1:35 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, 1:40 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, 10:35 AM

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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Gifts gardeners love

Gifts gardeners love | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Follow the photo-link to find a list of gift ideas for the gardener in your life - or yourself!

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Build a sunflower house

Build a sunflower house | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Plant this in the Spring - it will become a full-grown play house for the children in your life just in time for Fall.

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:55 PM

What an awesome (and simple) organic construction concept ...

Pamela Hills's curator insight, February 1, 5:27 PM

This is such great  idea.

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12 Worst vegetable garden pests

12 Worst vegetable garden pests | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There's nothing more discouraging to a gardener than having a whole crop of your favorite vegetable wiped out by pests. Worse still, once those hungry insects have found your garden, they're likely to come back year after year. But don't give up hope. All is not lost. You can take your garden back from insect pests, and you don't even need to resort to using chemical pesticides.

 

These 12 garden pests cause the most damage (and the most grief) in home vegetable gardens. Conquer this "dirty dozen," and you'll have a more abundant harvest year after year. Learn to recognize each pest, as well as the signs and symptoms of an infestation. Then take action by following the control measures outlined for that insect.

 

Follow the photo-link to find the garden pest list, and control methods for each.

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Add crystals and coral to your container garden designs

Add crystals and coral to your container garden designs | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

This container was particularly well done. The succulents are faceted like the amethyst and both the amethyst and soapstone have a nice color echo bringing more life to the plants and the decorative rocks.

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Plant a lasagna garden!

Plant a lasagna garden! | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

When it comes to flower bulbs, more is definitely better.  Mass plantings of individual cultivars serve as banners for spring, while groups of three or four bulbs often look like mere punctuation.  For even more impact, distribute your bulbs in layers, like lasagna. "Double-decker" planting is really quite simple.


Follow the photo-link to read the article.

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Annemarijs's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:18 AM

Debra Anchors lijkt de term 'Lasagne-tuin' te hebben uitgevonden. Iets heel nieuws? Eigenlijk niet, maar wel de wijze waarop ze het aanpakt: niet in de tuin zelf maar in potten.

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Grow Your Own Super Fruit: The Pomegranate

Grow Your Own Super Fruit: The Pomegranate | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Pomegranates are not that difficult to grow and actual do well indoors since they are self-pollinating. They can be started from seed or cuttings without much trouble and require only the basic equipment needed for any type of plant.


Use the photo-link to find the article and discover more information.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 14, 2013 3:58 PM

My wife is a pomegranate fiend... let's see if she is up to the task!

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Everlasting Summer

Everlasting Summer | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Preserve the season’s beauty with a wreath made from dried flowers, grasses, herbs and more.

 

Follow the photo-link to find more information and a tutorial to help you make a wreath of your own.

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