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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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Grow Your Own Super Fruit: The Pomegranate

Grow Your Own Super Fruit: The Pomegranate | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Pomegranates are not that difficult to grow and actual do well indoors since they are self-pollinating. They can be started from seed or cuttings without much trouble and require only the basic equipment needed for any type of plant.


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:58 PM

My wife is a pomegranate fiend... let's see if she is up to the task!

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Everlasting Summer

Everlasting Summer | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Preserve the season’s beauty with a wreath made from dried flowers, grasses, herbs and more.

 

Follow the photo-link to find more information and a tutorial to help you make a wreath of your own.

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Beautiful Garden Gate Ideas

Beautiful Garden Gate Ideas | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Are you looking for inspiration and ideas for a garden gate?

 

Follow the photo-link to find a collection that could enhance your landscape.

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Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:47 AM

These are some extremely creative ideas!

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Bald Birds

Bald Birds | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Have you ever spotted a bald cardinal or other bird in you backyard and wondered what was going on?

 

Each year FeederWatchers report several cases of ‘bald-headed birds,’ mostly Blue Jays and Northern Cardinals. 

 

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Laura Brown's comment, August 24, 2013 7:16 AM
My Grandmother said they had been attacked by other birds. She may have been right because they do go for the eyes when they are serious and there are farm chickens (when they aren't kept caged up and unable to interact at all) who show up bald this way too.
Debra Anchors's comment, August 24, 2013 11:24 AM
Interesting, Laura. Thank you for your comment!
Laura Brown's comment, August 24, 2013 8:30 PM
You're welcome. Thanks for the reminder. I miss my Grandma a lot. :) It's always nice to have something small pop up from my memories of her.
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15 Easy Indoor House Plants That Won't Die On You

15 Easy Indoor House Plants That Won't Die On You | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Don't let anyone fool you — indoor gardening is just as fun as having an outdoor garden. In fact, indoor plants not only help clean the environment around them, but they act as a quick decorating tool. We found 15 hardy indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving. If you've got kids or pets, do note before you buy: some may be toxic. 

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Amanda Sullivan's curator insight, March 22, 2015 10:55 AM

Great piece on which plants work best for which indoor environment

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Plants used for bee habitat might kill bees

Plants used for bee habitat might kill bees | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Back yard gardeners who plant bee-friendly plants and flowers, may actually be killing bees.

 

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Doug Thaler's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:41 PM

Use florida friendly plants and plant the right plant in the right place for a perfect 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.

 

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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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#composting #gardening
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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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Life Began in a Garden….: How to Attract Birds During the Winter

Life Began in a Garden….: How to Attract Birds During the Winter | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Take care of migrating winter birds as they pass your way by providing some creature comforts, like food, water and a warm bath.


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Plant bulbs to add rich color to your garden

Plant bulbs to add rich color to your garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

When?  Spring blooming bulbs (hyacinths, daffodils, snowdrops, tulips and crocus) are planted in the fall - any time before the ground completely freezes. They flower from January through June, depending on the variety of bulb and your growing zone.


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Making a wood chip mushroom garden

Making a wood chip mushroom garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A mushroom garden is a low cost, DIY way to increase the diversity of your home-grown produce, as well as your overall resilience. It’s also surprisingly simple to do, once you understand the basics of how and why.

 

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Sara G Blow's curator insight, August 31, 2013 11:35 AM

Mushrooms are so interesting,might be a good one to try.

Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:47 AM

I've never tried growing mushrooms myself, so this is definitely something I'm going to give a shot!

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20 Plants for garden pathways

20 Plants for garden pathways | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

There are infinite numbers of plants available to cultivate in your garden. But, there are very few varieties of plants that can be grown on pathways, because most of the plants are too sensitive to tolerate people’s feet.

 

Follow the photo-link to find a list of some very common plants which you can use to decorate the walkways of your garden.

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Lavender Wands

Lavender Wands | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Lavender favors were originally used to scent linen and other stored fabric and clothes. They were often used to mark the dozens, and the half-dozens, in piles of linen in a bride's dowry chest, and it was usually the children who were set to work to make them. Lavender wands make nice small gifts, either individually or in a "bunch" to put in a vase.

 

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Growth industry - a fun with learning project!

Growth industry - a fun with learning project! | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

These handmade envelopes are a fun and creative way to save seeds for next year's garden.  

 

The easiest seeds to harvest are from beans, peas, peppers, watermelons, cantaloupes, and flowers with large seeds, such as zinnias, sunflowers, and marigolds. Harvest the seeds from dried flower heads or overripe fruit and let the seeds dry completely before storing in a cool, dry place.


Find the seed packet template and tutorial by following the photo-link.

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Matt Sanderson's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:11 AM

Keep the kids entertained and help educate them all in one.

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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.

 

Follow the photo-link to find 10 ways to love where you live!

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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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