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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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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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The Garden Cloche

The 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 creating individual, mini greenhouses. Other types were made of straw, which were used to protect newly planted specimens against sun scorch and wind…

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Growing Sweet Peas

Growing Sweet Peas with Sensible Gardening

One of my favorite summer flowers is 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. I’ve tried just about everything but the simple fact remains sweet peas hate my garden. I’ve tried growing the…

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Quick Guide for Climbing Roses

Quick Guide for 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 but 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

Crop Rotation with Sensible Gardening

If you garden an acre or a small urban plot, crop rotation it not only important but necessary for premium growing results. As far back as the 17 th. century the Amish practiced this discipline to ensure self-sufficiency within their communities. What is Crop Rotation Crop rotation is the simple act of changing the location of your vegetable crops from…

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