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Flower Seeds to Plant at Summers End

Flower Seeds for Fall Planting with Sensible Gardening. Why some seeds need the cold treament and what plants should you sow in the early fall for next years blooms..

When we think of growing flowers from direct seeding into the garden we tend to think of early spring after all danger of frost has passed. There are however many ornamental flowers that you can direct sow at the end of summer or just before a hard frost. Many seeds benefit from a period of cold before they sprout and…

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The 1 Pot Herb Garden

The 1 Pot Herb garden with Sensible Gardening

Not everyone has a big garden to grow rows and rows of vegetables and herbs. Many gardeners grow what they need on decks, patios and balconies where space can be at a premium. It’s nice to grow a wide selection of herbs but too many pots possibly means there is no place to sit, or to have a small table…

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Too Hot For This Gardener

Tips for keeping your cool in the garden with Sensible Gardening

It happens every year. I start out with a great burst of energy in the spring and carry on pretty good until the hot weather of our summer months. I garden in a semi arid area where the summers are long and sizzling hot and dry. Everyone loves to come here to soak up our sun and play in the…

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Six Steps to Amazing Zinnias

Six Steps to Amazing Zinnias

Zinnias are a great garden annual that anyone can grow. Loving full sun and a fertile sandy soil, they bloom all summer in beautiful shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, white and multi colors. Zinnias grow quickly and can be very heavy bloomers, effective in borders, as edgers and even in containers. They also make an excellent cut flower…

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Growing a Cut Flower Garden

Growing a CutFlower Garden with Sensible Gardening

Nothing beats having fresh flowers throughout your house. Grocery store bouquets get quite expensive after awhile and should maybe be saved for the winter months. It’s very easy to have your own cutting garden where you can grow and harvest beautiful flowers all summer. How to Plant a Cutting Garden Find a full sun position in your garden. Most cutting…

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31 Gardening Hacks

31 Gardening Hacks with Sensible Gardening. Lots to learn and lots of useful information to help with your gardening.

Looking for some garden tips and tricks to make your garden better. I gathered up a great selection of posts from friends at Hometalk to help you with everything from growing garlic to learning how to properly prune your clematis. Visit my Hometalk Board Great Garden Tips for more garden know how and gardening info.

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How to Grow Petunias

Petunia at Sensible Gardening and Living

One of the most rewarding annuals to grow is the Petunia. Readily available in all tyes of colors, petunias are not a difficult plant, but a few quick tricks will keep them looking their best the entire season. In this short video you will see how easy it is to have beautiful petunias all summer long.  

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Vertical Modular Gardening

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I love country living and wouldn’t change it for anything, but when it comes to growing a veggie or herb garden it can be a challenge. With so many critters lurking around night and day, it’s very difficult to beat them at their game. I’d pretty much given up on growing herbs out in the veggie patch and decided to…

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Book Review / Kyoto Gardens

Gardening is so much more than just a pleasant weekend activity. Historically the roots of landscaping were attached to the nobles of a land, used to express their personal wealth and style to the masses. Estates were displays meant to mirror the beauty and tranquility of nature. Many of Japan’s landscape techniques were imported from China, with adaptation to suit…

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Barrel Gardening

Barrel Gardening with Sensible Gardening

My all time favorite container to use in the garden is the modest wooden wine barrel. Here in the Okanagan Valley we are home to hundreds of wineries and vineyards. Wine barrels are numerous and once they are no longer useful in the winery operations they are often cut in half and sold for planters at reasonable prices. What makes…

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Primula Perfection for Spring Gardens

Primula Perfection with Sensible Gardening. One of the best plants for the early spring garden and so many types to choose from. How to grow these beauties.

Usually referred to as primroses, the term primrose originates from the Latin word “primus”, which means “first”. An appropriate name as often primula are one of the first flowers to bloom in our spring gardens. Primula auricula ( solid colour with contrasting eye, dusted with mealy white ‘farina’ with evergreen foliage ) Primrose are certainly cheery blooms, mostly smaller low…

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15 Easy Perennials for Dry Soil

15 Easy Perennials for the Dry Garden with Sensible Gardening

Many gardeners are facing water restrictions and with that we must rethink our gardens a bit. Even if you are not on restrictions, many of us are simply choosing to conserve and use less water in our landscapes. It’s not all doom and gloom as there are many plants that do exceptionally well in drier soil conditions. They do however…

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