DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Delightful Holiday Ideas

Delightful Holiday Ideas with Sensible Gardening

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. I have gathered up a few of my favourite…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Garden Personalities

Garden Personalities with Sensible Gardening

Oh yes, gardens do have 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? URBAN GARDEN Often the…

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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 in the garden. 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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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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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. Last summer I potted up a couple of containers with succulents…

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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 planning. I know I’m guilty. When we neglect to plan we often make poor choices which end up in failures and disappointments. A great new book has hit the shelves which is designed to lead…

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Cheerful and Cheap Garden Containers

Cheerful and Cheap Garden Containers with Sensible Gardening. Recycle, go junking, bring out the paint can and get creative.

Growing plants in containers is effective for all types of gardening endeavours. Naturally ideal for smaller gardens, balconies and decks, containers are also highly effective in larger plantings to fill in gaps with a punch of colour, create interest in off seasons, hide an eyesore area, add tender plants that are difficult to grow in the ground, or add light…

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