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How to Hide a Well Head

You are probably saying to yourself, so what is a well head? A well head is a big ugly pipe sticking out of the ground about 2 feet high with a large metal wellhead cover cap on it. If you use a drilled well for private well water supply you will know what I am talking about. When we installed…

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How to Grow an Amaryllis

Amarylis in bloom at Sensible Gardening and Living

A yearly New Year’s tradition at our house is to plant a new amaryllis bulb. Growing amaryllis is so much fun to watch, with their rapid growth, as though they are on steroids. The growth of the bulb from beginning to bloom takes us nicely through the dreary months of January and February. For indoor plants, not much beats a…

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Last Minute Garden Gifts

Winter Garden at Sensible Gardening and Living

With just a few weeks left before Christmas most of us probably have the bulk of our gift shopping completed. However, every year the need arises for a few last minute gifts. Home crafted gifts are wonderful and well appreciated, and if you can use supplies from your own garden all the better. If you collected seeds from your garden…

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A Tree for the Birds

Make a tree to feed the birds with Sensible Gardening. Recycle your Christmas Tree!

After the Christmas celebrations are over and you’ve undecorated your tree, rather than hauling it to the dump or chipper right away, why not make it into a tree for the birds. If you already plan to feed  birds in your garden over the winter this is a project you will enjoy. Take your tree outdoors and stabilize it in…

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Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh

Tips for Keeping your Cut Flowers Fresh with Sensible Gardening

One of the great benefits of having your own garden is all the beautiful blooms you have at your disposal. Whether it’s just for your own enjoyment or you want to decorate for a special occasion,  just gather up your garden and put those flowers to work. Your own blooms can be used in vases, jars, baskets and even bridal bouquets. With…

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Lavender Gift Giving

Crafting with Lavender at Sensible Gardening

Hopefully you remembered to harvest some of your lavender this summer for future projects. There are many different projects to do with lavender such as sachets, soap making, lavender cookies and so many more.   Each year I try to seek out something different to do with my lavender and this year I plan to try the following. All make great…

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Changing Seasons

Christmas Angel at Sensible a Gardening and Living

Way up high in the mountains we are beginning to see the first sprinkles of snow. That’s our warning that within the next month or so the white stuff will probably be blanketing the vally floor. We don’t always have a white Christmas, but I prefer it when we do. Must be a throw back to my prairie roots. Seeing…

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Pumpkin Projects

Crafting with Pumpkins at Sensible Gardening.

Pumpkins are really fun to grow if you have the space. There is just something about pumpkins that make you smile, even if they’ve been carved into scary faces. If you have had a successful harvest you might be wondering what to do with them all. You can only eat so much pumpkin pie and by tomorrow Halloween pumpkin jack…

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From Gardener to Carpenter

Cold Frames with Sensible Gardening

With the gardening season coming to an end there will be more time for other projects. A simple project to make is a cold frame. Basically a cold frame is a structure which helps to control the weather conditions to extend your growing season. This allows the gardener to start earlier than the weather allows, end later and is also…

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The Mini Pond

There is no doubt that a water feature adds a great deal of charm and interest to a garden setting. Large water ponds and streams are dynamic and even small ponds add the dimensions of movement and sound, not to mention all the wildlife they attract. Water features however are not inexpensive and they also can take up a fare…

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Forcing Paperwhites

How to force Paperwhite bulbs with Sensible Gardening

At this time of year when I am out buying a few more bulbs to plant for blooms next spring, I always pick up a few extra bulbs for forcing indoors. My favorite and probably the easiest to grow are paperwhite narcissus. Potted up in beautiful glass containers, these make great gifts for your gardening friends. HOW TO FORCE PAPERWHITE BULBS Paperwhites…

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Picture Perfect

Mini loaf pan garden with Sensible Gardening and Living

Taking good floral pictures in the garden is not that easy. There are so many variables that you have no control over. We are fortunate to now have digital cameras that we can click as much as we want trying to get that perfect shot. Also with many computer photo software programs we can fix our mistakes. There area a…

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