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31 Gardening Hacks

gardening hacks for beginners with Sensible Gardening

Looking for some garden tips and tricks to make your garden better. I gathered up a great selection of 31 gardening hacks for beginners 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. 31 Gardening Hacks…

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How to Grow Petunias

What are annuals with Sensible Gardening

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

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Book Review / Kyoto Gardens

Kyoto gardens with Sensible Gardening

Gardening is so much more than just a pleasant weekend activity. Historically, the roots of landscaping were attached to the nobles of a land. Gardens were used to express the noble’s personal wealth and style to the masses. Estates were displays meant to mirror the beauty and tranquility of nature. A good book called Kyoto Gardens explains this all and…

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Barrel Gardening

Container gardening in barrels with Sensible Gardening

My all time favourite 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. Container gardening…

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Primula Perfection for Spring Gardens

Growing primroses with Sensible Gardening

Primula are usually referred to as primroses. The term primrose originated 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. Growing primroses in your beds will give you instant colour in the spring. The most common colour is yellow but modern primroses come…

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15 Easy Perennials for Dry Soil

Perennials for dry soil with Sensible Gardening

Many gardeners are facing water restrictions and with that we must re-think 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. The following easy perennials for dry soil will help you in your search for ways to save water in your garden. It’s…

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The Garden Cloche

Garden cloche with Sensible Gardening

The term cloche is a French word which simply means “ bell ”. The first cloches used in gardening were bell shaped glass jars with a top handle which were inverted over the plant to be protected. This created individual, mini greenhouses. Other types of garden cloche were made of straw, which were used to protect newly planted specimens against…

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Growing Sweet Peas

Growing sweet peas with Sensible Gardening

One of my favourite summer flowers are sweet peas. Growing up I remember both my Grandmother and Mother having a lovely patch of these fragrant beauties. Unfortunately for me our garden setting is just not suitable for this lovely vining annual. Growing sweet peas in my dreams. I’ve tried just about everything but the simple fact remains sweet peas hate…

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Quick Guide for Climbing Roses

Climbing roses with Sensible Gardening

Climbing roses make a beautiful addition to any garden. Nothing looks quite as lovely as a beautiful rose climbing over a trellis, pergola, fence or arbor. Climbing roses are dense enough to create privacy, shade or to hide unsightly areas. However, to be effective they must be healthy and produce lots of flowers. Too often climbing roses are left to…

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Crop Rotation for the Urban Garden

If you garden an acre or a small urban plot practicing crop rotation is important. For premium growing results it is necessary. As far back as the 17th century the Amish practiced this discipline to ensure self-sufficiency within their communities. What is Crop Rotation in the Urban Garden Crop rotation is the simple act of changing the location of your…

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Complete Guide to Growing Dahlias

Growing dahlias with Sensible Gardening

Some gardeners are reluctant to grow dahlias as they perceive them all to be loud, large and boldly coloured. This actually appeals to me. However, the modern dahlia can also be small, delicate and softly toned. Dahlias grow from a tuber, which is a swollen stem or root which contains required nourishment. From the end of July to the first frosts…

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Create a Bouquet Garden

Cut flowers with Sensible Gardening

One of the many pleasures and advantages of growing your own flower garden is the ready resource of cut flowers for bringing indoors. A walk around the garden with a pair of snips and you have the makings for a beautiful bouquet of your own creation for a modest cost. Any flower, leaf or stem can be used in floral…

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