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Plant a hidden pathway

Plant a hidden pathway | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Brenda Gousha planted Carolina laurel cherries (Prunus caroliniana) from 1-gallon pots, spacing them in a row; 2-1/2 feet apart. Where they overlap, the two hedges are planted 4 feet apart.

 

It worked. From other areas of the garden, the two hedges visually merge, creating an unbroken line and maintaining the larger hedge's beautiful symmetry. Gousha says walls of foliage also make the perfect outdoor room. "When my husband and I sit out here, we're just a few feet from the street. But we have complete privacy."

 

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Build a rustic tipi for climbing plants

Build a rustic tipi for climbing plants | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

For a quick, inexpensive support for climbing plants, build a simple tipi of natural materials you may already have.

 

Because they are easily moved, tipis lend themselves to vegetables such as runner beans, which may not occupy the same spot next year. Not only does the structure put the veggies at a convenient height for harvesting, it creates a focal point on its own.

 

Find out how to make a tipi of your own, here:  http://goo.gl/87B5p

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Make your own outdoor shower

Make your own outdoor shower | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Like a sprinkler is for the kiddos, a garden-hose shower is for adult cooling off.

 

Learn how to make an outdoor shower by following the easy step-by-step instructions. This simple outdoor shower project takes only 4 hours, making it a perfect weekend project.

 

Find the "how-to", here:  http://goo.gl/9mE9J

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Hummingbird favorites – Plants hummingbirds love

Hummingbird favorites – Plants hummingbirds love | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Hummingbirds see colors the same as we do, but they have no sense of smell. They’re drawn to bright colors like red, hot pink, fire orange, and gold, but they explore other colors of flowers, too. Hummingbirds visit both large and small flowers; wherever there’s nectar.

 

Read about some of the hummingbird's favorite plants, here:  http://bit.ly/MUt7ja

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How to make a porch swing

How to make a porch swing | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The average woodworker can build the swing in a weekend; staining and sealing will add several more days, due to drying time between coats.

 

Most cuts can be made with a circular saw, handsaw, or saber saw, but the angled back support would be more easily cut with a table saw. A full-service lumberyard can generally do this for you.

 

Download the free porch swing building plan and instructions from the source, here:  http://goo.gl/8p1W7

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Modern DIY Outdoor Planter

Modern DIY Outdoor Planter | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

When I saw this great modern planter idea filled with easy to grow succulents, I was intrigued.

 

Read more about how to create this DIY project here: http://goo.gl/I1ulf

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School Garden Checklist

School Garden Checklist | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Finding the best location for your garden project will require some investigation. Tarmac, dry earth, mud, and empty fields can be turned into green grounds, outdoor laboratories, vegetable plots, herb gardens, play spaces and study areas. Use these questions to guide your thinking, and then decide on the garden location accordingly.

 

Find the School Garden Checklist, here:  http://goo.gl/MfpJ2

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Picture perfect succulents

Picture perfect succulents | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Miniature living walls, or vertical gardens, framed like art!

 

Make one or two of your own! Find out how, here:  http://goo.gl/uHUAn

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Gardening in May: Is it plant or beast?

Gardening in May: Is it plant or beast? | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

“Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back is used to it.”

 

As you are well aware, this is the month of weeds. Rains and longer sunny days mean all your foes gather pace. Hoe, mulch and pull out any weed that was determined enough to escape the above process. And keep in mind, a weed is anything you consider not belonging in your garden.

 

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Guidelines for organic and reduced-risk lawn care

Guidelines for organic and reduced-risk lawn care | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

University of Wisconsin-Madison turf experts are getting a lot questions about how to grow a healthy lawn with minimal risk to the environment and human health. The questions come from both homeowners and lawn-care professionals, says Doug Soldat, a soil scientist and UW-Extension turf specialist.

 

Choose your grass carefully if you want a low maintenance lawn, says UW-Madison soil scientist Doug Soldat, author of a new factsheet on alternative lawn care. Dandelions have overwhelmed this narrow strip of perennial ryegrass but not the tall fescue that surrounds it, despite the fact that the two received similar treatments. Tall fescue is a relatively uncommon grass in Wisconsin that performs well in low maintenance situations.

 

 Read more UW suggestions for reduced-risk lawn care, here:  http://goo.gl/Q1jUN

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A Happy Song About Global Warming

A Happy Song About Global Warming | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Miss Sobule’s tongue-in-cheek approach isn’t just for laughs. None of us want to see flies that are the size of our heads or experience an over-heated, premature summer in January in Manhattan or Tokyo.

 

Listen to Jill Soluble's song, here:  http://goo.gl/jmZZd

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Plant delicious backyard strawberries

Plant delicious backyard strawberries | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There are four types of strawberries: June-bearers, Ever-bearers, Day-neutral and Alpine. Why not try them all in your garden?

 

Read about the many varieties of backyard strawberries, here:  http://bit.ly/IptVdn

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Natural garden recipes for pest and disease control

Natural garden recipes for pest and disease control | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Many natural mixtures work just as effectively as chemicals in deterring pests and preventing diseases in the garden.

 

Read more about natural recipes, here:  http://goo.gl/AIfhl

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How to build an outdoor adobe oven

How to build an outdoor adobe oven | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

This backyard adobe oven is modeled after mud-brick ovens used around the world, from the Southwest to Mexico, Italy, and France.

 

Building it takes about two days of grubby work, but the reward: wonderfully rustic pizzas, roasts, vegetables, and crusty loaves of bread from your own backyard.

 

The instructions for building an oven of your own are here: http://goo.gl/yXPQu

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An easy-to-make green roof garden

An easy-to-make green roof garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Most rooftop gardens are too heavy to be practical, but this green roof is made up of lightweight moss and comes together easily.

 

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How to Make a Concrete Fire Pit Bowl

How to Make a Concrete Fire Pit Bowl | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

It is a little known fact that you can make your own fire pit bowl to sit around on nice summer evenings.  With a few materials and some space, you can design a fire pit bowl that will decorate your backyard while providing a nice place for a crackling fire.

 

Find the instructions, here:  http://goo.gl/DbAXN

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Recipes for natural sunburn relief

Recipes for natural sunburn relief | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Often we are so excited to be outside enjoying summer’s activities that we forget to protect our skin. What may start out as a relaxing afternoon in the garden can turn into a night of tender, painful sunburn.

 

To alleviate the discomfort of red and inflamed skin, try the following recipes. To determine your skin’s sensitivity, perform a “patch test”, first. The ingredients in these natural home remedies are fresh and unpreserved so can be unpredictable on an individual basis. Always use clean equipment and ingredients that have been thoroughly washed. Remember to discard each of these recipes after the amount of time specified.

 

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Colorful butterflies increase their odds of survival by sharing traits

Colorful butterflies increase their odds of survival by sharing traits | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

An international consortium of researchers at UC Irvine and elsewhere discovered that different species of the Heliconius butterfly are crossbreeding to more quickly acquire superior wing colors. They also have a surprisingly large number of genes devoted to smell and taste.

 

The use of color to attract mates and fend off predators is widespread in daytime-loving butterflies, while night-flying moths are famous for having large antennae to sniff out potential mates’ pheromones. Thus, researchers predicted that because they’re such visual creatures, the butterflies would not be able to smell or taste very well.

 

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Old shovels, repurposed

Old shovels, repurposed | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Old shovels are arranged into clever conifer cone sculptures.  By artist, Patrick Plourde

 

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Protecting pets from poisons in your garden and yard

Protecting pets from poisons in your garden and yard | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline would like to keep pets safe this spring and summer by informing pet owners of potentially harmful substances, flowers and plants that are dangerous to dogs and cats.

 

“Many of the calls that we receive at Pet Poison Helpline this time of year involve pet ingestions of yard and garden products that may have harmful chemicals or ingredients,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “Additional yard-related emergencies involve pets that have dug into and ingested the contents of compost piles, or consumed various plants and flowers that can be poisonous.”

 

Some of the most common potentially harmful dangers for pets that reside in many yards and gardens are listed in the article from Souther Illinois 14 News, here:  http://goo.gl/VajsD

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Eco-friendly wedding ideas

Eco-friendly wedding ideas | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Almost everything now has a “Go Green” counterpart making it not only easy to save the planet, but also trendy. One of the largest trends coming out of the green movement is eco friendly wedding ideas.

 

For an event that only lasts a day, the waste created from a wedding can take longer to decompose than most other events. Think about it; plastic cups, champagne bottles, electricity used for DJs and lighting as well as gasoline used to get from the ceremony to the reception. There’s a lot of energy and natural resources that go into a wedding. If you or someone you know is getting married soon, here are a couple of ideas that can make the event a bit more eco friendly.

 

Read about how to plan an eco-friendly wedding, here:  http://goo.gl/HSbfI

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Tropical flowers for containers

Tropical flowers for containers | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

No need to miss out on growing tropical plants when you live in the northern, colder gardening climates. There are many beautiful plant varieties that can easily be grown in containers. Passionflower, Gardenia, Mandevilla, and Star-Cluster are beautiful when nurtured in northern container gardens; but the three stunners below are some of my favorites.

 

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Use a ground cover to suppress weeds

Use a ground cover to suppress weeds | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There are several ways to keep weeds out. In Paris, people leave the dirt bare and pull weeds continually. Many people in this country tend to spread mulch in the vacant spaces between plants.

 

Another option is to place low, spreading plants referred to as ground cover in between the feature plants or shrubs. These rambunctious growers reduce or eliminate the need for mulch and help keep out weeds.

 

Commonly used greens are myrtle and pachysandra. However, using slightly more exciting specimens can perform the job sufficiently and increase garden interest. The following plants can begin going to work in your garden with just a few bits picked from a friend's as long as roots are still attached.

 

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Study: Gassy Dinosaurs Contributed To Global Warming

Study: Gassy Dinosaurs Contributed To Global Warming | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The next time you go to see the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, just be glad you can’t smell ‘em.

 

A new study suggests that dinosaurs may have helped keep an already overheated world warmer with their flatulence and burps 200 million years ago.

 

Read this CBS-New York article, here:  http://goo.gl/4f8xi

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