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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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Make Chalkboard Planters

Make Chalkboard Planters | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Here is an easy-to-make idea that proves that almost everything looks cuter with chalkboard paint! Learn how to make your own chalkboard herb pots with this tutorial.

 

Chalkboard paint recipe: Mix well 1 cup of paint + 2 Tbsp unsanded tile grout. Allow painted surface to dry at least 24 hrs.

 

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How to build a strawberry tower

How to build a strawberry tower | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A strawberry tower is a great way to grow fresh fruit in a limited space, such as on a deck or patio. Here, Master Gardener Charlene Landreau shows how to build a tower out of cheap (or free!) 5-gallon plastic buckets.

 

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Three Sisters Garden -

Three Sisters Garden - | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

What is a Three Sisters Garden?

 

It is an ancient method of gardening using an intercropping system which grows corn, beans, and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area that is typically a rounded mound of soil, often called a hill.

 

As the corn grows the beans will begin to climb, you can help them early on by wrapping the bean vines around the corn stalks. The squash will begin to grow it's vines and the large squash leaves will soon cover the growing mound and shade its soil. On occasion help the squash continue to cover the mound by turning the ends of it's vines towards the center of the mound. Water the mound well during weeks where there has been little or no rain.

 

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Organic or Conventional Gardening?

Organic or Conventional Gardening? | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

No doubt organic gardening provides better opportunities and safe foods compared to the traditional method but each of these has some demerits as well. To put it other way, both gardening technique are good depending on certain factors while they are equally bad to some respects. A brief discussion follows covering the key differences between organic and conventional gardening . . .

 

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Create a frog-friendly garden

Create a frog-friendly garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

How do you create a frog-friendly garden? Start by installing a pond planted up with marginal, floating and submerged aquatics to attract frogs from all the different frog families. These are the plants that Ernst suggests for your frog garden . . .

 

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Sacred flower of Andes has plenty of wow

Sacred flower of Andes has plenty of wow | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Sometimes you just have to go for the wow factor - cast aside practical considerations and introduce an eye-popping flower into your garden. Fitting that bill on all accounts is Cantua buxifolia, commonly known as sacred flower of the Andes. Hailing from the mountainous regions of Chile, Peru and Bolivia, this evergreen, semi-scandent shrub will grow quickly to 10 or more feet, sometimes as tall as 15.

 

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A new begonia is introduced

A new begonia is  introduced | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A new begonia has combined the compact growth habit and extraordinary blooming power of wax begonias with the vigor and robust growth of the Dragon Wing begonia.

 

The growth habit is robust and vigorous. The plants are compact and bushy, like wax begonias, and eventually grow to be about 12 to 16 inches tall and about 10 to 12 inches wide.

 

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Honey bees need your help!

Honey bees need your help! | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Bees are responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat...and they're in trouble. Since the mid-1990s, they've been dying off in droves around the world. Colonies have been mysteriously collapsing with adult bees disappearing, seemingly abandoning their hives.

 

Take the pledge to provide a honey bee haven with access to pesticide-free food, shelter and water. It doesn't take much space — a few containers of the right kinds of plants tucked into your garden, on a balcony or front stoop, will get you started.

 

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Plantbombing - Yarn Bombing With Plants

Plantbombing - Yarn Bombing With Plants | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

In what may be the sweetest collaboration for a couple ever, urban knitter Heather Powazek Champ came up with a project that combines her love of knitting with her husband’s love of plants. Heather knits adorable little plant pockets and her husband, Derek Powazek, fills them with soil and live plants. They then distribute them around their homebase of San Francisco in a project they call Plantbombing, which is basically a grown up version of yarn bombing and seed bombing.

 

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Natural Egg Dyeing - Using herbs and spices

Natural Egg Dyeing - Using herbs and spices | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Spring has sprung - or promises to, anyway. If you're dyeing eggs in celebration, engage nature in the process this year. Natural ingredients like herbs and spices offer an endless variety of hues for dyeing eggs -- from the soft purple shades of hibiscus to the rich gold tones of turmeric. Dyeing with nature takes a bit more patience, and a bit more openness to whatever nature decides to deliver. But that's what makes the activity such creative fun -- and the results so subtly stunning.

 

 

There are two easy ways to dye eggs with natural dyestuffs. One is a hot method, which delivers the deepest colors; the other is cold. You might try each, or use them in combination.

 

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Moss Graffiti: Growing On A Wall Near You

Moss Graffiti: Growing On A Wall Near You | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

I love the idea of this art form on the streets, but what I like even better is all of the potential it has to spice up plain and boring backyard walls and walkways.

 

All you need is moss, sugar, buttermilk, water, a container, a paint brush, a blender, a great idea and you're off. Pick your favorite word, quote or create a fabulous stencil or drawing and get painting.

 

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Great Southern White Butterfly

Great Southern White Butterfly | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The Great Southern White Butterfly grows to a length of approx. 2 inches and is all white above. Its forewings have black triangular markings along veins on the outer edge. In females, the forewings have an isolated black dot in the middle. Below, it is a creamy yellow.

 

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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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How to grow a square watermelon

How to grow a square watermelon | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Have fun in your garden this year. Grow square watermelons! It’s fun and easy to grow fruits and vegetables in containers.

 

By growing these cool watermelons you can have the whole family interested and participating in your garden. It offers a great way to get your children interested in helping out in the garden. Square watermelons are very enticing! Plus watermelons are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They also provide powerful antioxidants.

 

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You might be A gardening geek if:

You might be A gardening geek if: | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

You divide your laundry up into loads of lights, darks, and gardening before you wash it. Bonus points if the largest pile is gardening.

 

You have been known to take off your clothes in the laundry room after a day of gardening to avoid tracking mud, leaves, and other garden debris into the rest of the house.

 

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Popularity of vertical gardens on the up -

Popularity of vertical gardens on the up - | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The trend, which involves using specially-designed planters that can be hung from walls and trellises, is growing in popularity in city gardens as well as a number of community gardening projects because of its eco-friendly credentials and space-saving techniques.

 

The rise is being fuelled by the big increase in food bills over the past two years with home-owners cutting costs by planting a range of edible crops, including strawberries, peppers, and other fruits and vegetables.

 

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Need Advice On Organic Gardening? Read On -

Need Advice On Organic Gardening? Read On - | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Have biodiversity in your organic garden. Increasing your plant variety will draw further variety in the wildlife around. Create a more natural environment by planting lots of varieties in you garden. A diverse garden is incredibly attractive. It’s also very rewarding and relaxing.

 

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How to make flower bombs

How to make flower bombs | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Flower bombs are seeds encased in mud, thus the planting process has already taken place. They only need to be placed on the ground and watered.

 

They are immensely pleasurable to make since it involves playing with mud!

 

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Using the Science Of Butterfly Wings To Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

Using the Science Of Butterfly Wings To Improve Solar Cell Efficiency | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Scientists are currently examining the form and function of butterfly wings with the use of an electron microscope. Their research is now focused on two specific species of black butterflies, which they chose because they are capable of absorbing a maximum amount of sunlight. In their work, the scientists noted that the wings are composed of what they said are elongated rectangular scales, pieces of which are arranged in an overlapping fashion.

 

Such scales are also equipped with steep ridges, which scientists said contain small holes on either side that lead to a second coating. As a result of such a unique characteristic, sunlight is directed to the second layer, a feature that helps bolster a butterfly's heat-trapping capabilities.

 

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Miami blue butterfly to be declared endangered

Miami blue butterfly to be declared endangered | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

"The Miami blue butterfly is on the very brink of extinction, and this finalized protection gives it a real shot at survival and recovery," said Tierra Curry, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity in California. "The Endangered Species Act is 99 percent effective at preventing the extinction of the species it covers, so we do have a hope, under the safety net of the Act, of stopping the loss of this beautiful butterfly."

 

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Growing Petunias

Growing Petunias | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

While many avid gardeners flock to new trends and innovative hybrids, there is still nothing quite as satisfying as the timeless charm of the good, old-fashioned petunia. Growing petunias is a hobby that continues to be enjoyed by gardeners who appreciate the variety, the colorful, long-lasting display of blooms, the fragrance, and the easy care of these enduring favorites. And while they may be an old-fashioned idea, new varieties of petunias continue to be developed every year, just to keep it interesting.

 

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Watch a monarch butterfly migration

In 1975, hundreds of millions of Monarch butterflies were discovered in Mexico's Transvolcanic Mountain Range. Most of them had traveled more than 1000 miles to a secluded patch of forest where the conditions are right to survive the winter, then travel north in the spring to begin a new generation.

 

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Gardening for the Blind: 

Gardening for the Blind:  | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Tips for People with Impaired Vision

 

        Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities of Americans. Many people think that vision impairment will prevent them from enjoying their gardens. Not so! The French painter, Claude Monet, was an avid gardener who loved flowers almost as much as he did painting. Although Monet eventually lost most of his vision, he did not stop painting, nor did he ever lose his love for gardening. Vision impairment does not have to spoil your enjoyment of gardening, either.

 

        In fact, with some planning, care, and a readiness to ask for help when you need it, you can have a garden that has a lot more going for it than just eye appeal. You can have a garden that appeals to all of your senses.

 

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How to Dry Fresh Herbs in a Flash

Why wait days, or even weeks, for herbs to dry the old-fashioned way? Rebeccah Marsters demonstrates our microwave method, which takes just minutes to turn fresh herbs into dried.

 

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