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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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Eagle resurgence good news at Great Swamp near Morris Twp.

Eagle resurgence good news at Great Swamp near Morris Twp. | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The bald eagle is no longer an endangered bird in New Jersey and Laura Nally has firsthand evidence of the growing health of the majestic raptor.

 

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Clearing out the garden for a spring that’s already here

Clearing out the garden for a spring that’s already here | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

We are still a week away from the equinoctial start of spring, which is a bit of a joke if you look about the garden: Spring has been quietly raging for weeks. The hellebores are in full flight, the rhubarb has begun to sprout and the early daffodils are hoofing it off the stage.

 

Put in the work now to clean up last year’s detritus, and you’ll be rewarded with a garden that’s ready for when party really gets going.

 

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Butterfly conservation project success

Butterfly conservation project success | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A conservation project underway in Cornwall aimed at securing the future of one of Britain's rarest butterflies is proving to be a success, thanks to the creation of special 'butterfly corridors' and the revival of traditional woodland management.

 

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Gardening Dr. Cheryl Stanley-Brown offers safety tips

Gardening Dr. Cheryl Stanley-Brown offers safety tips | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There’s no better time than spring to get out and garden, but gardeners getting ready to dig in might want to do a few limbering-up stretches before they get started.

 

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Master Gardeners | What to do in a March garden

Master Gardeners | What to do in a March garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Too cold to work outside? Gather up all your house plants and give them some attention. Take cuttings from some that have become long and lanky and either put into water for rooting, or plant. To start in soil, be sure it is potting soil. Use a rooting compound, create a hole for planting with a pencil, plant, water and put into filtered, not direct, sunlight. When plants have rooted, re-pot and give as gifts. Check to see if some of your houseplants have become root bound and need re-potting. This is a good time to give them a bath to rid them of dust and check for diseases and insects.

 

Choose a sunny day, brew a cup of tea and invite the gardener from next door over to visit in that welcomed sun. All gardeners love to share ideas, plans, dreams and plant material, too.

 

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Options are endless for growing fruits, veggies from seeds

Options are endless for growing fruits, veggies from seeds | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

One of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of gardening is starting your own plants from seed. The varieties of vegetables and flowers you can grow are endless.

 

Seed-starting supplies include clean pots and planting flats, finely milled sphagnum moss, sterile germination mix – made of peat moss and perlite or vermiculite – and grow lights or a sunny spot to set the containers.

 

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Add some blue sparkle to a shady garden

Add some blue sparkle to a shady garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Consider adding a little bit of blue-ribbon pride to your shade garden in the spring.

 

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost,’ also known as a false forget-me-not for the delicate flowers it produces, has shown that beauty can thrive in full shade. It was recently named 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Hilliard-based Perennial Plant Association.

 

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It's the perfect time to undertake a landscape rehab project

It's the perfect time to undertake a landscape rehab project | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Don't delay this renovation project one day longer. Hardy plants can be added to the landscape year-round and late winter or early spring is always a good time. The weather is still a bit cooler so the work is easy to do and the plants can begin growth with less stress. Do remember to keep the soil moist and give the plants a first feeding in 4 to 6 weeks. Only cold sensitive plantings might be delayed a few weeks longer.

 

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Butterflies at Meijer Gardens

Butterflies at Meijer Gardens | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

This is Meijer Gardens' most popular annual exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation. From now until April 30, you can mix and mingle with more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

 

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Music and flowers at Epcot garden festival

Music and flowers at Epcot garden festival | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Haiti’s art and culture will be showcased in Haiti: Garden of Many Colors at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which opens Wednesday, March 7.

 

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Indian Pipe: Is it a fungus or plant?

Indian Pipe: Is it a fungus or plant? | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Ghost Plant and Corpse Plant is found in the forest understory associated with a rich soil high in organic matter and surface litter. Its height ranges from 4 to 10 inches and it can be found growing singly or in clusters. The bell-shaped flowers are present from June through September and are pollinated by small bumblebees that feed on the nectar.

 

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Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Parsley is one of the main food sources for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. They're usually found in curly parsley but I had a few in my Italian flat leaf parsley last year.. Soak the seeds overnight in warm water and scatter them across the soil, barely covering them with loose potting soil. They need a short period of cool, moist weather to germinate so spring is perfect. . .

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12 Principles of Design

12 Principles of Design | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

These universal principles have become the set of tools I use to create gardens that embody all the key elements of the world's greatest landscapes but are scaled to each individual's site, taste and budget. When woven into the plan of the garden, they are unifying components that magically transform the space into a place of enchantment and beauty. . .

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Master Gardeners Spring Offerings

Master Gardeners Spring Offerings | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The 17th annual Master Gardener's Spring Conference is coming next month.

 

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How to Start an Edible Garden

How to Start an Edible Garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Spring is around the corner, and for those who have been chafing at the bit to get going and start munching on your home grown edibles, here are recommendations for putting in your Spring Edible Garden.

 

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Flowering trees announce the arrival of spring season

Flowering trees announce the arrival of spring season | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

With the Easter season around the corner, April 8 this year, spring is waking up earlier than usual. It's like Mother Nature took out her magic wand and waved it overnight.

 

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Pay extra attention to your garden's border plants

Pay extra attention to your garden's border plants | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Garden design is an art, not any kind of exact science. The "best" design is the one that satisfies you. But there are certain guidelines that have been proven over the years to be more or less universal when it comes to creating pleasing gardens.

 

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Moss Recipes - How to grow moss

Moss Recipes - How to grow moss | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The best time to plant a moss garden is when evaporation is low; usually in the spring or fall (in seasonal areas). Mosses can withstand drought better than grass; moss suspends its growth while waiting for water. A shady area in your garden, where flowers and shrubs have difficulty growing, is a perfect spot for a moss garden. Moss does require some light for growth. Mosses cannot grow in full sunlight nor can they grow in deep shade.

 

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New zone maps may change what grows in your garden

New zone maps may change what grows in your garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Divided into colored zones, the map represents the average annual lowest temperature at any location. These average lows are a crucial factor in the survival of hardy plants for any given place.

 

The extreme annual low temperature in a winter is often the most important stress factor for a perennial plant, especially in the colder zones.id not come up last year.

 

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Book inspires creativity in garden design

Book inspires creativity in garden design | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

"To me the garden is mostly about joy," writes W. Gary Smith. "The gardens that are most memorable are those that make me smile, where I can lose myself in the creative spirit of others"

 

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Container gardens-easy to maintain and a joy to look at

Container gardens-easy to maintain and a joy to look at | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The upshot is to plant your container with some perennial plants that will remain in the container after the colorful spring annuals have withered. A few great combos are a flowering hydrangea, planted with a dwarf evergreen and annuals of New Guinea impatiens or petunias. When the impatiens and petunias need to be pulled, replace with dianthus or snapdragons for a fall and winter show.

 

A tall urn looks dramatic planted with ponytail grass, geranium, petunias and licorice vine. The ponytail and geranium are near perennial and should continue to grow.

 

You'll be seeing more hanging baskets this spring that are planted with several flower varieties. This makes for an explosion of color as in a basket planted with coral geranium, ornamental, purple peppers, blue fanflower and white with rose-colored calibrachoa. We are seeing lots of calibrachoa in many colors in our garden centers. This plant can take weather, both hot and cold.

 

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Recognize the healing powers of a garden

Recognize the healing powers of a garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The legend of healing gardens is not a myth, but rather historical fact. Research by the National Garden Bureau found the Chinese were using medicinal herbs as early as 3,000 B.C. Colonists in Virginia felt a deep attachment to nature. They believed gardens were a place of creativity for the mind and body.

 

In recent times, the medical community has rediscovered the healing power of gardens. Hospitals and health care facilities are incorporating green spaces, flowerbeds and views of gardens into their environs. Healing gardens can be found at substance abuse centers, outpatient clinics, and retirement homes.

 

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The best herbs have to be grown from seeds, sometimes started in heated greenhouses

The best herbs have to be grown from seeds, sometimes started in heated greenhouses | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Most herbs germinate easily and as most of them have aromatic leaves they are unpalatable to pests. Their main enemies are heated airing cupboards and kitchen windowsills where amateurs usually grow them. A dark, heated airing cupboard will encourage herbs to germinate but it is a hindrance as soon as the first seedling leaves start to show. The absence of light draws up the seedlings and in only a day or two makes them spindly and unusable. Unless you are extremely vigilant you will ruin the entire crop. Instead of cheating in an airing cupboard. . . 

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How to Grow Money Plants

How to Grow 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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Ask your doctor? Maybe not

Ask your doctor? Maybe not | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
The most common recommendation given to people when they are offered information on an herb, a food, or a novel therapy, is “ask your doctor.”  But is that always the best course of action?
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