Good watering practices are essential for growing lush healthy gardens and containers. If you don’t have the right equipment, it can be a nightmare! Dramm is a leading manufacturer of premier quality watering tools including hoses, water wands, sprinklers, hose nozzles and accessories. Dramm has long been my choice for superior watering devices. I especially…

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Protect your plants from devastating damage from deer, rabbit and other chewing critters this spring with Plantskydd, an organic repellent that also fertilizes (it contains nitrogen). This #1 rated repellent lasts up to 3 – 4 months during the growing season (note: new growth must be sprayed to maintain effectiveness). Check out this brochure for…

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Now is the time to boost the floral and fruit production from your rhododendron, azalea, holly, blueberries, blue-flowering Hydrangea, dogwood and other acid loving plants with an application of organic, slow-release Holly-tone. Espoma offers many other outstanding organic fertilizers for non-acidic plants such as roses, perennials, trees, tomatoes and other flowering shrubs. I love their…

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There is a tried and true saying in the gardening world: Don’t put a $5 plant in a $1 hole; put a $1 plant in a $5 hole. Actually, this sentence doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is you will save a lot more money on plant purchases over a much greater period if…

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It is always interesting and eye-opening to read predicted horticultural trends for the New Year. These ‘forecasts’ are compiled by the Garden Media Group that studies global consumer trends to see what’s happening in gardening, landscape design and green living. As stated on their web page “In our first report in 2001, we predicted outdoor…

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I recently attended an inspirational and motivating IPM (Integrated Pest Management) class at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. The 6-hour program amazed me with the new information I learned about insect and disease management concerning edible and ornamental gardens, as well as tree care. (Photo of beneficial ladybug larvae. Both ladybugs and the…

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Yummy berries for birds come in so many brilliant colors, including red, blue, purple, orange, pink, and yellow. The display is further enhanced by those with striking fall foliage. The icing on the cake is watching excited birds feasting on these tasty treats. Below are a few terrific natural ‘bird feeders’ to consider adding to…

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One of the easiest ways to add three seasons of color to a landscape is with foliage. Let’s face it, leaves require a lot less maintenance than most flowers. Yes, we need flowers for their beauty and as a food source for pollinators, but if we introduce more color from leaves (other than various shades/tints…

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Garden Design’s recent blog titled 10 Lessons from Famous Gardens is riveting and thought provoking! It is packed with so many awesome suggestions. I already knew about some of these design enhancing ideas before BUT I still gained a fresh perspective from seeing these implemented in noteworthy gardens!  I loved the tip about using color in the garden. …

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I’m a huge fan of repurposing and recycling. Just ask my husband (no, I have not recycled him). So what should you do now with your Christmas tree that has brightened your home for weeks? Googling the internet will generate dozens of interesting, if not wacky, ideas. One head-scratching suggestion was to carve it into…

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