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Topiary

Shears for pruning and making topiaries at Sensible Gardening and Living

The art of topiary, and yes it is indeed an art dates back at least to Roman times.  Topiary is the trimming and pruning of trees and shrubs to such a degree that their natural shape is hugely altered. Practiced for centuries and years to learn most people keep their distance at trying it. No one says you have to…

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Feeding Bluebirds

How to feed blue birds at Sensible Gardening and Living

Bluebirds do not require feeding, there is generally lots of food in nature and they have no problem feeding themselves. Feeding blue birds is however a lot of fun and can be helpful during particularly bad weather, or to help out a single parent feed his or her family. Best to stick to some sort of schedule once or twice…

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Growing Dahlias

Growing dahlias at Sensible Gardening and Living

Now that the dahlias are blooming I have to wonder why I didn’t plant dahlias in a few more different varieties. Every spring when all chance of frost is gone, I plant a sampling of dahlias that are new to me. There are so many choices it’s almost crazy, over 20,000 cultivars, but I decide on a few large bloomers…

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GROWING FOOD

Drying Herbs

Drying Herbs with Sensible Gardening

As we move into the latter part of summer our kitchen and herb gardens should be in full swing. Harvesting becomes a daily affair, and most likely you will have grown more fresh herbs than you can use. When it comes to herbs this is a good thing, as they dry so well for use all through the winter months.…

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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

A Bunch of Flowers

Indoor Blooms at Sensible Gardening and Living

With so many beautiful blooms gracing our gardens right now it’s time to bring some fresh cut flowers indoors. If you’ve planted a cutting garden you have lots of fresh flowers to choose from, otherwise pick and choose from your flower beds and don’t be shy. It often seems hard to pick flowers from our well studied beds but a…

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Take a Garden Break

Relaxing at Sensible Gardening and Living

Being in the full swing of gardening with all its chores and activities I think we sometimes need to remove ourselves for a day of rest. It’s good to go out and see what other gardeners are up to and enjoy some of the fruits of their endeavors. I chose such a day and first of all headed out to…

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Birdhouses

Caring for garden birds at Sensible Gardening and Living

Every year we are blessed with bluebirds. Usually 2 or 3 pair arrive in mid March to set up house in one of our many blue birdhouses that we have built over the years. In a normal season they will have 2 clutches of about 5 to 6 youngsters. Many other birds nest in our garden as well, either in…

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Heady Hydrangeas

Heady Hydrangeas with Sensible Gardening

In mid summer when the last blooms of the spring flowering shrubs have vanished, the hydrangea plant takes center stage. Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs which are generally quite hardy and bloom in shades of blue, rosy pink and creamy white. Their blossoms are bountiful and long lasting, providing wonderful color through the hot summer. The name hydrangea comes from the…

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Flowering Shrubs

Flowering Shrubs with Sensible Gardening

Why Shrubs As much as I love flowers, especially flowering perennials, a large garden comprised of only these makes for quite a lot of work. I do enjoy this work very much however my back is saying enough is enough. With a very large garden to fill I have found myself leaning towards adding a flowering shrub here and there.…

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Annuals That Climb

Easy to grow annual climbers at Sensible Gardening and Living

I imagine most of us think of woody plants like roses and clematis when we think of growing climbing vines. They are of course fabulous, but there is another group of climbers that can be very beautiful and useful in the garden. Annual vines are very useful as they are temporary, growing just the one season. You can use them to…

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GROWING FOOD

How to Plant and Grow Strawberries

How to Grow Strawberries with Sensible Gardening

Every year after strawberry season is over I kick myself for not replanting the strawberries I lost a few years ago to drought. And yes, I did it again this year, but for sure next spring growing strawberry plants will be first on my to do list. They are going back into the garden. Right now I am feasting on…

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No Deer Please

Deer at Sensible Gardening and Living

As much as we love to see the deer around our farm they can really cause a lot of serious damage to our gardens. We’ve all read a million tips on deer proofing our yards and some work a bit for awhile, but deer are very intelligent and tenacious. Before long they have figured us out and are back to…

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