GARDEN INDOORS

Sowing Seeds Indoors

Sowing Seeds indoors with Sensible Gardening

I may be sitting indoors watching the snow fall around my garden, but my mind is elsewhere. My favourite seed catalogs have been arriving in the mail and I’m secretly planning what I want to grow this year. I’m sure I’m not alone. Sowing seeds indoors, usually starting in January, is what makes it possible for me to get through…

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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Great DIY Christmas Projects

Delightful Holiday Ideas with Sensible Gardening

Are you still looking for great DIY Christmas projects? In my blogging circle I am very fortunate to know and work with a great team of gals. All have interesting, quality blogs featuring gardening wisdom and ideas, home beautification and clever DIY projects. I thoroughly enjoy browsing through their blogs and always find something unique and interesting to amuse me.…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Garden Personalities

Garden Personalities with Sensible Gardening

Oh yes, there is such a thing as garden personalities, matching those of the gardeners who created them. The garden’s personality is reflected in it’s layout, use of materials and choice of plantings. What style is your garden? Here are a few main garden styles with hints on how to create them. Can you distinguish which personality your garden has?…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Daylily Blooms

How to have daylilies bloom all summer. What you need to know with Sensible Gardening.

Daylilies are the perfect perennial in many ways. Easy to grow, easy care and tough as nails. If they have a downfall it would be that each flower stays true to its name, and does just bloom for one day. Most daylilies bloom early in the morning, lasting through the day to fold up and end in the late evening. How…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Say Good-bye to Mosquitoes

Say good-bye to Mosquitoes with Plants at Sensible Gardening

Normally we have very few problems with mosquitoes in our area, but this year has been an exception. For what ever reason these little monsters are doing very well and can quickly ruin an evening sit on the veranda. You can buy many different commercial products to deter them however none of these are agreeable to my senses. In an…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Gardening in Flower Pots

Easy tricks for gardening in pots with Sensible Gardening and Living

Gardening in flower pots, or more recently known as container gardening, has become increasing popular over the last few years. Many people are now living in smaller spaces as in townhouses or on smaller city lots where space is limited.  As well, a potted flower garden adds great appeal around a small water structure or a pool area. Front doors,…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Spring Garden Cleanup

Spring Garden Cleanup with Sensible Gardening. 10 Steps to an Easy spring cleanup.

Spring has finally arrived and with it comes a busy time, spring garden cleanup. I’m alway glad that I did as much fall cleanup as I could because it sure makes the spring workload easier.  Over the years I’ve developed a system for the spring clean up to help it move along as easily as possible. Here is my game…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Yellow~They Call it Mellow Yellow

Yellow Rudbeckia at Sensible Gardening and Living

If you have a few years on yourself you will no doubt remember the song by that title. I can’t remember who sang it but it was a huge hit. The garden seems to go through stages of colour from spring through to fall. Early in the season my garden is full of softer tones of pinks and blues and somehow…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Annual Succulents in Pots

Annual Succulents in Pots with Sensible Gardening.

Succulents will be popular again this gardening season and it’s no wonder. With such a wide variety to choose from along with their easy care this should come as no surprise. With my own hot and dry exposure they are the perfect plant for me to grow in pots. I have many perennial succulents growing in the garden, but I…

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GROWING FOOD

Garden Planning for Success

Garden Planning for Success

I think most of us are so excited and anxious to get into the garden that we overlook a very important first step, that of garden planning. I know I’m guilty. When we neglect to plan we often make poor choices which end up in failures and disappointments. GARDEN PLANNING with  the SMART START GARDEN PLANNER   A great new…

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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Creative Fence Updates

Easy Creative Updates for your Unsightly Garden Fence with Sensible Gardening. If you are not liking your fence very much, you can easily and frugally change it for the better by getting creative with simple materials.

Many a garden, especially those in urban areas, are surrounded by a fence of some sort. Many fences are very attractive and other not so much and could benefit with DIY creative fence updates. Gardeners usually inherit the garden fence from previous owners. Fences are a major expense in the garden and it is often not possible to tear one…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Start Your Garden Seeds Indoors

How to Successfully Start your garden Seeds Indoors with Sensible Gardening.

Want to get a head start on the gardening season? Consider starting some of your flower and vegetable plants from seed. Growing plants from seeds makes it possible to jump the season ahead by 6 to 8 weeks. When you start your garden seeds indoors you will  be rewarded with great transplants early in the season, plus it can be…

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