GARDEN KNOW HOW

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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GROWING FOOD

Growing Awesome Carrots

Growing Awesome Carrots with Sensible Gardening.

Carrots have come a long ways from the wild carrot Daucus carota. Breeders have focused on developing a carrot with better flavor and color. We now have carrots in all shapes and sizes and a color range from yellows to oranges and burgundy. Most modern carrots have a very small central core, are sweet, crunchy and packed with nutrients. Where…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

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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GARDEN KNOW HOW

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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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Forcing Spring Branches

Forcing Spring Branches with Sensible Gardening

The closer spring gets the antsier I become. I know checking for new growth everyday will not make it happen any faster but I can’t seem to help myself. My favorite greenhouse has reopened for the season and a trip there should help to take the edge off. If you are anything like me you need to find ways to…

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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

21 DIY Vertical Gardening Ideas

21-DIY-Projects-for-Vertical-Gardens with Sensible Gardening

Everyone loves the idea of vertical gardens and with so many unique ideas for growing upwards, it’s possible for all gardeners to enjoy. Large or small scale, in the ground or in containers, vertical gardening is available to anyone who enjoys growing. I’ve gathered up a collection of ideas and projects from my Hometalk pals to show just how easy…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

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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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Pollinate with Mason Bees

Pollinate with Mason bees at Sensible Gardening

The Mason bee or “Blue Orchard Bee” are a solitary bee native to North America and are experts at cross pollination. They are about the size of a honey bee, but are black or metallic blue. Unlike honey bees, they do not produce honey but are more efficient when it comes to pollination. Another perk is that they are very…

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GARDEN KNOW HOW

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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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Complete Guide to Growing Dahlias

Complete Guide to Growing Dahlias

Some gardeners are reluctant to grow dahlias as they perceive them all to be loud, large and boldly colored. 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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GARDEN KNOW HOW

Create a Bouquet Garden

Grow a Bouquet Garden with Sensible Gardening

One of the many pleasures and advantages of growing your own flower garden is the ready resource of 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 bouquets…

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GARDEN INDOORS

Bountiful Bonsai – A Book Review

Bountiful Bonsai with Sensible Gardening / A Book Review

Bountiful Bonsai written by Richard W. Bender, describes a whole new twist to the traditional ancient art of bonsai. You could say that he is reintroducing bonsai to the modern gardener by giving instructions on how to simplify and make bonsai more accessible to most of us. The author’s “instant bonsai” techniques revolve around the use of common, affordable and available…

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