GARDEN KNOW HOW

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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How to Grow Cedar Hedges

How do I grow cedar hedges? Before you spend too much time and energy on this question make sure you really want to, or should grow a cedar hedge. Growing a cedar hedge is a long term proposition and to be successful must be planted in the conditions suitable to growing cedars. Typically cedars are water hogs, so if you…

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