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Composting in the Garden

Composting in the Garden with Sensible Gardening

We’ve always been told that money doesn’t grow on trees but I beg to differ. Composting  garden waste along with kitchen waste does indeed result in gold, garden gold that is. Compost is the end product when organic matter decomposes. Yard compost consists of grass clippings (no chemical fertilizers please), garden debris and kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps. It is…

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Attracting Butterflies

How to Attract Butterflies with Sensible Gardening

When you attract butterflies into your garden you have a win win situation. For your own pleasure, butterflies or as I heard a man from South Africa say,  flutterbies, are beautiful little creatures to observe. They are graceful, colorful and fanciful as they meander throughout your garden. Butterflies also have a very practical use, they are great pollinators, second only…

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Naturalizing Bulbs

Naturalizing Bulbs with Sensible Gardening.

As we enter into the fall gardening season, our thoughts turn to what bulbs to plant for next spring’s garden. Naturalizing is probably one of the most attractive ways to grow bulbs. Basically you group your plants of the same type and plant them informally in patches or drifts. For the best success choose naturalized plants that are very hardy…

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Mulching Flower Beds

Mulching Flower Beds and why you should go Organic with Sensible Gardening

Mulch in flower beds is really nothing more than an a covering spread on top of the soil in your flower bed.  This covering can consist of natural organic materials such as wood chips, straw, grass clippings, pine needles or leaves. Then again flower bed mulch can be synthetic such as black plastic, landscape fabrics or any other man made…

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Attracting Birds to your Garden

Attracting Birds to your Garden with Sensible Gardening and Living

Attracting birds into your garden opens up a whole new dimension to it. Birds are lively and musical offering hours of entertainment if you choose. Often people do not realize what  great diversity of birds live in their area until they open the garden doors with a welcome sign. The birds in your yard are also hard workers, they are wonderful…

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Kitchen Herb Garden

Tips for Growing Herbs with Sensible Gardening and Living

The kitchen herb garden is not only practical but can also be very attractive. It need not only contain herbs, the herb garden can also have vegetables and flowers. Most vegetables and herbs require lots of sun to grow well so be sure to give your herbs the best spot for sun that you have in your garden. Herb gardens…

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Annuals

Getting started with annuals with Sensible Gardening and Living

What are annual flowers? Annuals are plants that live for one season only. They grow from seeds, mature and produce a great supply of flowers. As the plants only reproductive system is through seed, it feels an urgency to  produce as much seed as possible. By dead heading your annual flowers you force the plant to produce more flowers as…

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Gardening Advice

Garden Advice - Take it or Leave it? with Sensible Gardening

When it comes to getting gardening advice there is no shortage of options. From gardening advice websites, radio and TV shows, a gardening advice forum, magazines, books and of course other gardeners. Many questions gives for many answers and all will not always agree. Advice on gardening that works great for one area may not be suitable for another and…

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Gardening in the Shade

Gardening in the Shade with Sensible Gardening

Why is it that us humans always want what we can’t have? I live in a very hot and arid  area, where the sun shines and it hardly ever rains. People come to vacation here to enjoy this climate with the lakes and beaches. I like it too for the most part. Unfortunately for me when it comes to gardening …

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Nurseries

Shopping for plants with Sensible Gardening and Living

In recent years there have been great changes in the manner in which  nursery plants are sold. Unfortunately many of the big box stores have entered the trade, and with their huge buying powers have made it almost impossible for many small private nurseries to stay alive. The big stores flood the market with mostly “same o same o” boring…

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English Gardens

English Gardens with Sensible Gardening and Living

The term English flower garden tends to conjure up for most of us a free flowing, random abandonment of plants. Although there are many much more formal English garden styles, I think I will concentrate on the more free spirited style of English cottage garden flowers. The English flower garden is an informal combination of many plant types. Annuals, perennials…

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GROWING FOOD

Growing Tomatoes From Seed

Growing Tomatoes with Sensible Gardening and Living

Lets face it, there is nothing like the taste of  homegrown tomatoes. Possibly more than most other vegetables, store bought tomatoes just do not cut it. Tomatoes ripened on the vine are full of flavor and vitamin C that lasts long after harvesting. There are many different varieties of tomatoes and choosing a variety suitable to your growing conditions and location…

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