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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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LEGO bridge in Germany

LEGO bridge in Germany | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

German artist Martin Heuwold,  transformed a train overpass in Wuppertal, Germany by painting it to seem as though the bridge was constructed of LEGO blocks.


Taking nearly 4 weeks to complete, a full construction team was onsite to oversee the development of the project.

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The Plight of the Honeybee

The Plight of the Honeybee | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

So what's killing the honeybees? Pesticides — including a new class called neonicotinoids — seem to be harming bees even at what should be safe levels. Biological threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases. As our farms become monocultures of commodity crops like wheat and corn — plants that provide little pollen for foraging bees — honeybees are literally starving to death. If we don't do something, there may not be enough honeybees to meet the pollination demands for valuable crops. But more than that, in a world where up to 100,000 species go extinct each year, the vanishing honeybee could be the herald of a permanently diminished planet.

 

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Sara G Blow's curator insight, August 11, 2013 2:18 PM

I wish we did not have to use pesticides for any reason.

Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:48 AM

Supporting bees has become a key priority!

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The Web of Life: Milkweeds, Monarchs and More - The Milkweed Community

The Web of Life: Milkweeds, Monarchs and More - The Milkweed Community | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Monarch butterflies capture our hearts with their beauty and intrepid globe trotting. We have learned that the caterpillars need milkweeds to grow into the magnificent winged creatures. As a consequence, many gardeners gladly grow these plants in their yards and welcome the arrival of the travelers. They eagerly follow the appearance of the tiny caterpillars, their growth and final metamorphosis.


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Sara G Blow's curator insight, August 3, 2013 9:32 AM

I do love these butterflies but never been able to raise one.  That would be exciting!!

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Dandelions

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Dandelions | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Dandelions are good for your lawn. Their wide-spreading roots loosen hard-packed soil, aerate the earth and help reduce erosion. The deep taproot pulls nutrients such as calcium from deep in the soil and makes them available to other plants. Dandelions actually fertilize the grass.

 

Follow the photo-link to read the other 9 things you might not know about dandelions. 

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Right here, right now: Ten ways to build community.

Right here, right now: Ten ways to build community. | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Community is not just for extroverts. For thousands of years, our ancestors lived in barrios, hamlets, neighborhoods, and villages. Yet in the time since our parents and grandparents were young, privacy has become so valued that many neighborhoods are not much more than houses in proximity.

 

Now, many activities take place behind locked doors and backyard privacy fences. The street out front is not always safe for pedestrians, and is often out of bounds for children. With families spread across the country and friends living across town, a person who doesn’t know their neighbors can feel isolated and insecure. And when the links among neighbors are weak, security relies on locks, gates, and guns, rather than a closely knit web of connections.

 

Building a community from scratch is daunting. But the good news is that vibrant communities can grow over time from existing neighborhoods.

 

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Get Lost in this Amazing Fantasy Garden

Get Lost in this Amazing Fantasy Garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The original and unique artworks of sculptor and painter Bruno Torfs continues to bring joy and inspiration to visitors from all over the world. Nestled amongst the luscious rainforest setting lives a collection of unforgettable characters lovingly hand crafted by Bruno from clay and fired onsite in his kiln. Bruno has created a world rich with fantasy and insightful beauty derived from his imagination and inspired by his intrepid journeys to some the world most intriguing and remote regions. 

 

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Grow Your Own Living House

Grow Your Own Living House | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Training trees to grow in all manner of decorative shapes is not new, it has been part of the skilled landscape gardener’s repertoire since the 13th century

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:56 PM

Love the concept except for the resale value....

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Elf house on a tree

Elf house on a tree | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Do not forget to add a little whimsy to your garden :)

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DIY Aromatherapy Room Spray

DIY Aromatherapy Room Spray | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Improve your herb know-how!  You can easily make potent anti-microbial cleaners.  Follow the photo-link to find the recipes.

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Extend Your Tomato-Growing Season

Extend Your Tomato-Growing Season | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

During high heat conditions, bottles of ice can cool the area around your tomato plants to allow the blossoms to set fruit.


Follow the photo-link to read about how frozen water in 2-litre jugs can help tomatoes to set fruit in the extreme heat of the deep South.

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Gardening and its Health, Mental and Financial Benefits

Gardening and its Health, Mental and Financial Benefits | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There are many great perks to gardening. It makes your home look welcoming, adds warmth to a bare room, and burns some extra calories. 

 

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Christine Deckert Zimmerman's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:23 PM

I especially love the therapy it provides me :)

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How to start your own square foot garden

How to start your own square foot garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Square food gardening is the perfect introduction to growing a successful vegetable garden. In a square-foot garden, plants thrive in raised boxes that are sectioned and filled with nutrient-rich soils.

 

Follow the photo-link to find these instructions, and you can start enjoying organic vegetables from your own backyard!

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Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, July 10, 2013 11:27 AM

Brilliant tips for those who don't have enough space for a regular garden.

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How to Remake Your Hens and Chicks

How to Remake Your Hens and Chicks | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

As Sempervivum usually only live two to three years, then flower, you're best to keep only the younger plants that will most likely produce chicks for another year before flowering.


Follow the photo-link to find out how to successfully raise these beauties.

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Sara G Blow's curator insight, August 12, 2013 9:49 AM

For those who have questions as to whether they die after blooming.  The mother plant probably will but the chicks will keep on going.

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Tomato cages for the serious Gardener

Tomato cages for the serious Gardener | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Instead of buying the ready-made tomato cages, which are not effective, you can make your own sturdy tomato cages by using construction wire mesh. They will make sturdy tomato cages and will support large tomato plants.

 

Follow the photo-link to read the tutorial.

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Aaron Walker's comment, August 13, 2013 1:16 AM
awesome....
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7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring

7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

I still like butterflies, but let's be honest, moths need some love. They just aren't as popular as butterflies, and they certainly should be!

 

Follow the photo-link to find the list of interesting moths!

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How to Plant Raspberries

How to Plant Raspberries | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Are you ready for a raspberry patch? Are you considering creating a raspberry patch in your back yard?

 

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Composting 101

Composting 101 | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Composting is another type of recycling only for organic materials.

 

A little iffy about jumping on the composting wagon? Consult this infographic for the do’s and don’ts of composting. Mother Earth will thank you! 


Follow the photo-link to see the entire infographic.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, July 17, 2013 6:29 AM

In a  linkedin discussion Charcoal is  a   good  nitrogen  retainer  in  compost  esp.if it's   from  bamboo

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Can You Grow Sweet Potatoes in a Container?

Can You Grow Sweet Potatoes in a Container? | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

These relatives of the Morning Glory plant are very easy to grow this way.


Incidentally, here’s one of my favorite random bits of horticulture trivia that I love to go around telling people (what can I say? I’m a garden geek.) : There are no such things as yams in America. Those yams you buy in the store are merely another kind of sweet potato. True yams are gigantic and grow in Asia and Africa.

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Sandy Pope's comment, July 24, 2013 1:44 PM
So just get a starter and plant them in a patio container and they will grow and you can then harvest them and eat them?
Sandy Pope's comment, July 24, 2013 1:45 PM
and what time of the year do you plant them and harvest them?
Debra Anchors's comment, July 24, 2013 10:26 PM
Hi Sandy! Please follow the photo-link to read the "how-to" . Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Garden Sculptures

Garden Sculptures | Gardening Life | Scoop.it
Sculpture is placed in gardens to provide pleasing forms or a way of marking and emphasising spaces and contrasts, as a focal point or surprise, and to give a sense of movement or stillness.
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Tips To Keep Pets Cool & Safe In Extreme Summer Heat

Tips To Keep Pets Cool & Safe In Extreme Summer Heat | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

It's dangerously HOT outside! Please remember to keep your pets cool by providing shelter, shade, and LOTS of water. 

 

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Seth Steven's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:21 AM

Pets have some special needs. Before I get a pet, I did a little research about how to take care of them. So that I know how to handle them really well. I also make sure that I provide them all the things that they need to keep them healthy.

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Hang a succulent garden

Hang a succulent garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Bend hardware mesh into the shape of a cone...using jute, stitch the ends together and tie it off. Line it with burlap, then window screen mesh, add your well draining soil and succulents.

 

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Rose Petal Honey

Rose Petal Honey | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

"On my last day in India, I had my first taste of rose petal honey, swirled into the yogurt I ate for breakfast as I sat on a balcony watching the Taj Mahal shimmer through a haze of humidity. Back home, I couldn't forget the taste—sensual, sublime, exotic, and familiar all at once, like India."

 

Virtually all roses are safe to eat; just make sure they're organically grown.  Follow the photo-link to find the recipe.

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5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Before reaching for the chemical sprays, try planting these easy-to-grow plants which have natural mosquito-repelling properties.

 

Follow the photo-link for find the list of these easy to grow plants.

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Fernando Hortelano Vázquez de Prada's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:53 PM

Conviene conocer, ahora que llega el verano, las plantas más rústicas y eficaces para #repeler #mosquitos: Citronella winterianum, Tagetes sp., Ageratum sp., Nepeta cateria y Monarda citriodora.

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Start Composting At Home - A Guide For Beginners

Start Composting At Home - A Guide For Beginners | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your garden is feed it with nutrient-rich compost. This mix of decaying vegetable matter, grass clippings, and leaves may not be glamorous, but it improves soil structure and provides the nutrients your plants need to thrive. And it’s easy to create your own compost in your backyard or patio, at little or no cost.

 

Follow the photo-link to find the Guide.

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