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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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How to Grow Petunias

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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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Growing Annual Containers

Bright orange dahlias at Sensible Gardening and Living

I promised myself this spring that I was going to try much harder to make my container plantings a success. I started with fresh soil, fertilized regularly and hardly ever let them get dry. This was a big deal for me as I get so side tracked and busy out in the main garden that I often forget about the…

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15 Tips for Buying and Planting Annuals

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Spring has finally decided to grace our area and I have to say it’s about time. In response the garden centers are gearing up for their busy season with daily shipments of plant material landing on their shelves. Even though we are still several weeks away from planting temperatures the annuals are arriving in all their glory. In an effort…

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EASY ANNUALS TO GROW FROM SEED

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You can save money and yourself a lot of work by direct sowing annuals into your garden. Many annuals prefer this meathod of seeding and nothing could be easier on the gardener. In this VIDEO I introduce you to many different beautiful annuals that you can use this way.  There is something suitable for every location in your garden. Click on…

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Gardening with Annuals

Petunia at Sensible Gardening and Living

Annuals are generally loved by most gardeners as they are not only in great abundance but are relatively easy to grow and lend themselves to annual experimentation.  Growing and flowering for just the current gardening season, they are not demanding on the garden real-estate. Annual flowers can be great fun, try new introductions, create new combinations, change the design of…

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How to Grow Annuals

Nasturtiums at Sensible Gardening and Living

Annuals are not difficult to grow, but they do have a few basic requirements of climate and soil types. It will be important that you know what these needs are for each plant you grow in order to plant them in the right situation. You may be planning to sow some annual seeds directly into your garden soil, have already…

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What are Annuals

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Everyone is talking about starting flower seeds indoors, a very hot topic in January and February. My last few posts talked about this process, from seed selection, through seed planting and growth to transplanting out into the garden. Although any type of flower can be grown from a seed of some sort, most of us will be planting up annual…

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Annuals That Climb

Easy to grow annual climbers at Sensible Gardening and Living

I imagine most of us think of woody plants like roses and clematis when we think of growing climbing vines. They are of course fabulous, but there is another group of climbers that can be very beautiful and useful in the garden. Annual vines are very useful as they are temporary, growing just the one season. You can use them to…

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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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