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Guerrilla gardeners visit Irish ghost estates

Guerrilla gardeners visit Irish ghost estates | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Sneaking onto derelict housing estates to plant trees and commit other crimes of beauty may sound a little odd, but mounting frustration with the eyesores left over from Ireland's construction boom has finally reached a tipping point.

 

Ireland's "ghost estates" -- empty shopping malls, abandoned hotels, unfinished housing projects, skeletal office buildings and half-completed golf courses -- are a vivid reminder of the profligacy of an Irish property rush which imploded more than four years ago, bringing down the rest of the economy.

 

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Living Seed company takes root from heirloom seeds

Living Seed company takes root from heirloom seeds | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

From their home in a quiet stretch of Marin County near San Geronimo, two entrepreneurs are hoping to take gardening back to a time when an abundance of plant diversity was the norm.

 

Matthew Hoffman and Astrid Lindo grow, source and sell seeds of rare and heirloom edibles. Their young business, the Living Seed Co., hung up its virtual shingle just last year.

 

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Garden starlings in 79% UK decline

Garden starlings in 79% UK decline | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The starling, famous for its winter displays known as murmurations involving up to hundreds of thousands of birds, has seen a steady decline in numbers since the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch survey began in 1979.

 

This year's survey of garden birds by members of the public revealed an average of just over three starlings per garden, compared to 15 in 1979, a fall of 79%, the wildlife charity said.

 

The RSPB also warned that the numbers seen in the murmurations, when the birds gather above roost sites at dusk and fly in patterns before settling down for the night, are also dropping.

 

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Attract the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Attract the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The list of plants which will attract this butterfly caterpillar can be found by following the "read more" link below.

 

Be sure to view the video at the end of the article - children will especially love it!

 

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How to Grow a Pest Repellent Herb Garden

How to Grow a Pest Repellent Herb Garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Growing your own pest repellents is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy gardening, create beauty and have a functional result that spares you from being the target of pests!

 

This article will start you out on growing such a garden.

 

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How to Make a Fire Pit

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

Warm up to the idea of a simple, stacked-stone fire pit with this easy project.

 

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Learning to read nature's cues can help a gardener

Learning to read nature's cues can help a gardener | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Phenology is the science of appearances, or knowing which plants can tell you when to start weeding, planting, fighting insects or tackling any other gardening priority.

 

Once the forsythia begins to bloom, for instance, it's time to renew your war against crabgrass.

 

When to fertilize the lawn? Think apple blossoms falling. Time to set out tomatoes? Yes, if dogwood trees are in flower.

 

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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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Prairie Garden Design – Tips for Creating a Prairie Style Garden

Prairie Garden Design – Tips for Creating a Prairie Style Garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Creating a prairie style garden is an excellent alternative to a traditional lawn or landscaping scheme. Plants for prairie gardens may be annuals or perennials and span flowering or grassy types. Caring for prairie gardens is a low maintenance project, where most simply self-seed annually or arise anew from stolons or roots.

 

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Attract toads to your garden

Attract toads to your garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Do you need insect control in your garden? Toads survive on insects and can devour thousands of them.

 

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Boxwood Fungus Blight Invades North America

Boxwood Fungus Blight Invades North America | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A boxwood blight, caused by an aggressive fungus disease, has started to invade the North American continent, after it had spread throughout Europe and New Zealand.

 

The boxwood blight, caused by the Cylindrocladium fungus, was unknown before the year 2000. By mid-January, the fungus has turned up in at least five more states in the US — Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon — and in British Columbia in Canada.

 

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Vertical Gardening Techniques

Vertical Gardening Techniques | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Rigid livestock panels do double-duty as a fence and support for tomatoes, plus they can be bent to create an arched entry.  

 

Saplings or bamboo poles are easy to use for pole bean tee pees; pea tendrils love to cling to twiggy brush; and so-called “tomato” cages work better to support peppers and eggplants.

 

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36 Things you can Compost

36 Things you can Compost | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

 

Compost is like liquid gold to gardener, it amends the soil and is its own form of recycling. We are big fans of composting . You don’t need a lot of room to compost either. Even we lived in a little townhouse and only had a patio I practiced a form of composting, (much to my husband’s chagrin).

 

 

What can you Compost? the following is a list of things that I may have composted at one time or another. 

 

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Tropical Plants – The exotic garden

Tropical Plants – The exotic garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Even in cold climates, tropical plants can transform beds and borders from the hottest temperatures in summer until frost.

 

When combined with hot-blooded annuals such as tithonia, amaranthus, scarlet sage and various celosias, the garden pulsates with tropical drama right through the fall.

 

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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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