GROWING FOOD

How to Plant and Grow Strawberries

How to Grow Strawberries with Sensible Gardening

Every year after strawberry season is over I kick myself for not replanting the strawberries I lost a few years ago to drought. And yes, I did it again this year, but for sure next spring growing strawberry plants will be first on my to do list. They are going back into the garden. Right now I am feasting on…

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No Deer Please

Deer at Sensible Gardening and Living

As much as we love to see the deer around our farm they can really cause a lot of serious damage to our gardens. We’ve all read a million tips on deer proofing our yards and some work a bit for awhile, but deer are very intelligent and tenacious. Before long they have figured us out and are back to…

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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Daylily Names

The Dirt on Daylily Names. Grow a family named garden! with Sensible Gardening

FUN PROJECT: Plant a family or friend garden using daylilies by their names, or as close as possible. My mom is May May, my niece is Catherine Woodbery and so on. It’s a long term project that never fails to amuse visitors. It is also something which can be shared with future generations. SO…. WHAT’S IN A DAYLILY NAME?? With…

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Fragrance in the Garden

Fragrance in the garden with Sensible Gardening

Regardless of your gardening style fragrance plays an important role in your garden. Entering a fragrant flower garden seems to lift your spirits, bring back memories and over all have a relaxing benefit. Whether you garden in the shade or sun, in dry or wet conditions, to get the most of your fragrant garden your site will require some shelter.…

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Perennial Giants

Perennial Giants with Sensible Gardening and Living

I’ve always had a secret desire to play with the big boys. At last I have my chance, I can do it in my garden by growing tall perennial plants. When we think of tall perennials we usually see them placed at the back of a perennial border. You can break this rule and plan for a tall garden where…

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Old Fashioned Roses

Old Fashioned Roses with Sensible Gardening and Living

It is documented that the rose is older than human beings, with ancient fossils having been found in Europe, Asia and North America. Most likely the first garden roses were carried along trade routes from the Middle East to Europe. Roses have been cultivated in China for thousands of years and depicted in their ancient art. Rome couldn’t grow enough…

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Growing Raspberries

How to grow Raspberries with Sensible Gardening

On my usual morning stroll around the garden I was fortunate enough to pick our first ripe raspberries. Raspberries are probably my favorite berry, a close tie with blueberries any way. With the short season of availability in the stores and the astronomical prices for a little basket that is not much more than a teaser, the only way I…

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Garden Watering

Water Wise Gardening with Sensible Gardening

All living things require water for life. Water is a precious natural resource that should never be wasted, but used wisely. That’s not to say we shouldn’t garden, just that when we are watering  garden plants we need to be mindful that our plant watering is done in an efficient water saving way. Different plants have different water requirements so…

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Ground Covers

Ground Covers with Sensible Gardening. Plant varieties you might not of thought of to use as a ground cover in the garden. Info on what makes a great ground cover.

What type of plant should be categorized as a ground cover? Basically any plant that will cover the ground. Perhaps this definition  is a bit too broad.  Lets redefine by saying that this ground covering plant should also be attractive, grow quickly and thickly and be a permanent resident in your garden. Garden ground covers should not require mowing, fertilization,…

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Bare Root Perennials

How to find and plant bare root plants with Sensible Gardening

How to Find the Best Bare Root Plants Purchasing your plants through a mail order catalogue may seem  a bit odd to some but it can be an excellent way to  buy plants. Traditionally, paper catalogues full of glossy colorful pages are sent through the mail. This does of course still exist, especially amongst the larger companies.  Many excellent small growers and farms…

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Fun With Herbs

Fun with Herbs at Sensible Gardening

Growing herbs has many advantages for the gardener. First of all there are are so many beneficial uses for herbs and there is nothing like fresh cut herbs from your kitchen herb garden for cooking, nothing else can compare. Even garden dried herbs for winter use are far superior than bottled grocery store selections. Herbs can also add beauty and charm to…

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Rock Gardens

Creating a Rock garden with Sensible Gardening

I suppose the very best of rock gardens are created  within a natural slope or rock outcropping. Unfortunately most of us will not be so lucky to have this natural habitat within our garden so we must recreate it the best we can. Since some of the best plants for rock gardens are alpines, it will be important that you…

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