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Easy & Thrifty Door Swag

How to make an easy and thrifty Christmas Door Swag in 20 minutes with Sensible Gardening

I’m finally getting around to putting up a few Christmas decorations. With several boxes of ornaments stored in the basement I decided I wouldn’t buy anything new this year. Not that easy to do as the stores are brimming with such great stuff! Rather than make my usual wreath for the front door I decided on something a bit easier…

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Flowering Teacups

Flowerin Teacups with Sensible Gardening

Part of the fun of growing flowers is having a wonderful assortment of blooms and greens for making bouquets. You can create a beautiful bouquet in just about anything that will hold water. One of my favorite things to use is a pretty tea cup. I love collecting small flowers to fill up a tea cup to the brim with…

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Forcing Spring Branches

Forcing Spring Branches with Sensible Gardening

The closer spring gets the antsier I become. I know checking for new growth everyday will not make it happen any faster but I can’t seem to help myself. My favorite greenhouse has reopened for the season and a trip there should help to take the edge off. If you are anything like me you need to find ways to…

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21 DIY Vertical Gardening Ideas

21-DIY-Projects-for-Vertical-Gardens with Sensible Gardening

Everyone loves the idea of vertical gardens and with so many unique ideas for growing upwards, it’s possible for all gardeners to enjoy. Large or small scale, in the ground or in containers, vertical gardening is available to anyone who enjoys growing. I’ve gathered up a collection of ideas and projects from my Hometalk pals to show just how easy…

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Pollinate with Mason Bees

Pollinate with Mason bees at Sensible Gardening

The Mason bee or “Blue Orchard Bee” are a solitary bee native to North America and are experts at cross pollination. They are about the size of a honey bee, but are black or metallic blue. Unlike honey bees, they do not produce honey but are more efficient when it comes to pollination. Another perk is that they are very…

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Hanging Around the Garden

French, rusty, metal garden sign at Sensible Gardening and Living

Every good garden, just like every good home, should have some things hanging around. Inside we hang up pictures, rugs, wall hangings, photos, fabric and so on, so why not in the garden too. It’s when we add these little touches that a space, whether inside or out develops it’s own character and personal style. I’m always on the look-out…

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Decorating with Flowers ~ A Book Review

Decorating with Flowers

If there was ever a picture book of fresh flower decor and decorating, “Decorating with Flowers” is it. Written by R.Caballero and E. Reyes and photographed by L. Tettoni this is truly a beautiful coffee table stlye book. I’m always on the lookout for a book of inspiration, and this is such a book, to be appreciated by gardeners and…

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Garden Tags That Last

Garden Tags that last for years. Sensible gardening shares a secret.

Finding a garden marker that is useful for my farm has become an incredible challenge over the years. Most store bought tags and those you craft yourself are great for one season, possibly two if you are lucky. Water, wind and sun are extremely damaging to most surfaces and paints.   You can purchase professional tags but the cost is prohibitive…

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Mini Cake Pan Floral Decor

How to Make a mini cake pan garden with Sensible Gardening

It is so hot here now I really can’t do much in the garden, except to keep it well watered. The weeds and perennial cut backs will just have to wait for cooler days. I ended up cleaning out a few kitchen drawers of all things and ran across some mini loaf pans that I once used to make individual…

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Homing Pigeons

White Doves at Sensible Gardening and Living

Homing pigeons are an amazing variety of domestic pigeon. They have been bred to find their way home from very long distances travelling at speeds from 50 to 90 miles per hour. They are sometimes referred to as carrier or messenger pigeons and have been used to send important information, even in war time communications. Researchers say the ability of…

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Fairy Gardens

How to make a Fairy Garden with Sensible Gardening

Last year I made a couple of mini gardens in half barrels and loved the results. It was a lot of fun and they added a special charm to my garden. I’ve been meaning to make a Fairy Garden for the porch and finally got organized and did it. HOW TO MAKE A FAIRY GARDEN:   Fairy Gardens are everywhere…

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