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10 Tips for the Mature Gardener

10 Tips for the Mature gardener with Sensible Gardening

Life can be strange sometimes, just when we have more time to enjoy our favorite pursuits, we are often moving into our more mature years. Even in good health, our bodies are not quite the same as when we were younger. Gardening is a very physical activity, especially hard on the back, hands, knees and shoulders. With a few precautions…

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Romance in the Garden (dioecious plants)

All too often I hear people complain that they bought a particular plant specifically for its fruit or berries, only to be disappointed that they produced neither. Find out why and how to plant for success with Sensible Gardening

All too often I hear people complain that they bought a particular plant specifically for its fruit or berries, only to be disappointed that they produced neither. Even though the plant was grown in ideal conditions, there was no production, so the gardener blames himself or herself. What these gardeners didn’t realize is that some plants are “dioecious” meaning they…

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Welcoming Ladybugs

While other members of the beetle family are not so popular, ladybugs have found a place in many a gardener’s heart.

It’s hard not to smile when you think about ladybugs. While other members of the beetle family are not so popular, ladybugs have found a place in many a gardener’s heart. I’m always amazed at how many ladybugs I find inside my house from fall through to spring. Walking here and there but really not going any where. They always…

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Perennials for Winter Wow

There are some perennials however that are best left alone as they give interest to your otherwise barren winter garden.

Fall clean up is an important part of garden tending. Messy, fallen over perennials need to be cut down, finished annuals should be removed and weeds should continue to be pulled and controlled. There are some perennials however that are best left alone as they give interest to your otherwise barren winter garden. Shrubs and trees give substance to the…

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Favorite Fall Perennials

Favorite Fall Perennials with Sensible Gardening

Just as we enjoy perennials that bloom in spring or summer, there are also perennials that are in their full natural glory in the fall. Growing steadily all summer they wait until early or even mid to late fall to bloom. By planting these cultivars in your garden you will extend your garden season. When spring and summer bloomers are…

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The Unexpected Green Flower

The Unexpected Green Flower with Sensible Gardening

As much as I love the riot of color in a garden, I’ve lately become intrigued and attracted to the sophistication of the uncommon green flower. The color green is prominent in nature, usually in foliage, but quite unusual as a flower color. The green of plants is produced by chlorophyll, which converts light into energy the plant can use…

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Tips for Controlling Mint

Tips for Controlling Mint with Sensible Gardening. Recipe for Sun Tea!

All the different mints are wonderful to grow as they are excellent for making delicious mint tea, peppermint said to be good for digestion. Unfortunately the mint family can be very invasive so care should be given when deciding to add this plant to your garden. The best way to control mint is to grow it in a container. Your…

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Come Again Perennials

Come Again Perennials with Sensible Gardening. Tips on how to get your perennials to re-bloom!

Annuals are well loved mainly because they bloom all summer. Perennials on the other hand, mainly have one flush of flowers per season, then move into dormancy to perform again the following year. Many perennials will re-bloom a second time in the season if they are given the proper care. Not all are up to this trick but many are.…

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Tips for Fall Plant Sales

Tips for Fall Plant Sales with Sensible Gardening

As we move into late summer and early fall, local nurseries start to clear out their excess stock of plants. You will often see sales of up to 50% off regular prices, but is this really a good time to buy plants? Yes and no. It’s tempting to purchase sale plants but a bit of common sense and attention to detail will…

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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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