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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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Hydroponics gardening and its benefits

Hydroponics gardening and its benefits | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The fame of hydroponics gardening has absolutely increased because a lot of people are patronizing them for their advantages and simplicity and easiness in handling. Whatever the purpose for growing the plants, this technique does not need soil and big spaces for growing the plants and also, the management needed for the growing of the plants is lessened. There are multiple techniques to do hydroponics gardening. With just the correct needed materials for growing plants, the plants are grown simply in containers by the small scale gardeners or the gardeners in ones home. Tents are made so that the plants grown hydroponically will grow well and they be protected from any damages.

 

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Galerucella beetles to combat purple loosestrife

Galerucella beetles to combat purple loosestrife | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Since 2002, Golden Sands has sponsored a project that helps residents grow beetles, the natural predator of the loosestrife. Participants are given small plastic swimming pools with small stands of loosestrife covered in nets and several beetles to put in the pools. Later, when the beetles reproduce, they are put on strands of loosestrife growing in the wild.

 

 

Stushek said the practice, which has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after years of testing, works because the beetles only eat loosestrife. As the loosestrife starts to disappear, so will the beetles, she said.

"The goal is to contain the loosestrife," Stushek said.

 

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Palm-leaf mistflower attractive to butterflies

Palm-leaf mistflower attractive to butterflies | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The palm-leaf mistflower is bringing in so many butterflies, it's hard to get the visitors inside at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. The visitors get out of the car and then have a speechless look as they sit and stare at hundreds of butterflies that seem perched or are swirling about every blooming flower stalk.

 

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Gardens Inspired: Planting bulbs in layers

Gardens Inspired: Planting bulbs in layers | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

For even more impact, distribute your bulbs in layers, like lasagna. “Double-decker” planting is really quite simple.

 

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Safety Alert- Spider and Snake Awareness Tips

Safety Alert- Spider and Snake Awareness Tips | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Know the environment where you are adventuring and the kinds of snakes and other natural hazards. Avoid dense brush, stacked firewood, rock piles, etc. – Think before you leap!

 

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12 Important Reasons to Have a Home Vegetable Garden

12 Important Reasons to Have a Home Vegetable Garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Just one of the reasons given in this entertaining article, "You can rub your friends’ faces in it. You will be a superior human being. Your friends will coo with admiration and jealousy. You will know you are doing your part for mankind, heck…for Mother Earth herself! Make sure you post photos of your harvests on Facebook."

 

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Wedding seating - a touch of the "unexpected"

Wedding seating - a touch of the "unexpected" | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

According to Jessica, "Ceremonies don't last that long in the scheme of the whole wedding. But they are the important bit. And they often set the tone for the rest of the day/night. I think it's a part that often gets neglected in the styling sense, but has lots of potential to be fun, different and special."

 

Wouldn't it be a nice idea to add a few straw or hay bales like these? They can be dressed up to look cozy and comfy and will add an imaginative touch to the big event.

 

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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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Science for Kids – Soda Bottle Compost

Science for Kids – Soda Bottle Compost | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

This simple kids science activity uses an empty 2 liter soda bottle and some things you have around your house and yard to teach kids about how compost is made.

 

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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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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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TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): A "tidal wave" of Red Admiral butterflies

TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): A "tidal wave" of Red Admiral butterflies | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Much of eastern North America is experiencing a sudden abundance of a particular butterfly - the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta). Population "explosions" have been reported in the past, but the current one is awesome in its size.

 

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Nasturtiums from seed easy for any gardener

Nasturtiums from seed easy for any gardener | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The nasturtium is one of those flowers that anyone can grow with even little experience as a gardener. As spring unfolds, nasturtium seeds are available in packets everywhere.

 

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Gilbert woman invents portable gardening system

Gilbert woman invents portable gardening system | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

In a nutshell, DiMaggio’s invention is an upright cart that holds three or four rows of gardening pans. It has nearly 12 square feet of growing capacity with a footprint of just 32 by 34 inches. The ultra-compact design allows apartment dwellers and others with limited space to enjoy growing flowers, vegetables and herbs.

 

The patented system (a photo and description of which appeared in the April issue of Phoenix Home & Garden) is available online. But DiMaggio expects gardening and home-improvement outlets to carry the product soon.

 

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An inspirational moss maiden

An inspirational moss maiden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

As I go through my photographs, I thought I would share a few things which inspire my gardens. How do you get your inspiration?

 

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How to make an easy stepping stone

How to make an easy stepping stone | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The instructions to make stepping stones will be found by following ther link below - "The stepping stones come out in a nice big size and just the right thickness! Set them down in a square pattern or diagonally like diamonds."

 

 

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Coral Bells are Hot!

Coral Bells are Hot! | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There are nearly 50 species of heuchera inhabiting woodlands, prairies, and mountainous regions. Before the new wave of hybrid heuchera, many coral bells claimed a heritage that included only one species, H. sanguinea; the coral bells of your grandmother. Today, however, in order to give gardeners stronger, prettier plants, breeders are combining species so the newest coral bells provide a mix of outstanding characteristics.

 

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Build a simple birdhouse - GardenFork.TV

Build a simple birdhouse  - GardenFork.TV | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Here’s simple birdhouse you can build that is perfect for a parent – child project using simple tools. This kind of birdhouse is used for ledge nesters, these birds are looking for a protected flat surface where they can build nest.

 

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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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11 Ways to Make Gardening Extra Fun for Kids

11 Ways to Make Gardening Extra Fun for Kids | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Gardening helps families spend time together outdoors, take pride in growing our own food, and connect to others who have lived on the land before us. Even though gardening offers a bounty of simple wonder, beauty and fun for even the smallest children, it doesn’t hurt to employ a few methods for getting and keeping them especially engaged.

 

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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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