Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Unique Gifts for Holiday 2016 #DmHoliday16

Half the fun of shopping for the holidays is selecting gifts for everyone on your list that they will love and enjoy throughout the year. You may want to find a gift that embodies their personality, hobbies, or passions. When you do, unique gifts are often the ticket for the most excitement during the holiday season. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique gift ideas to help make finding the perfect gift easy.

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Best Bulbs for Fall Planting

Fall is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning your garden for the months ahead. Dozens of flowers must be planted in the fall to provide appropriate time for the roots to set before producing blooms the following spring.

We’ve talked with plant expert Craig Jenkins from Topiarius to put together a list of bulbs that you should consider planting before the first frost hits. Use the next couple of months to plot out exactly how you’d like your spring garden to look and make a plan to purchase the bulbs you need with plenty of time for planting. 

Your local garden center will begin to stock fall ready bulbs specific for your region and can provide recommendations on how to best set up your yard for success. 

Ordering online may save money and can help create a foolproof planting plan. Fall bulbs are shipped when they should be planted in your area regardless of what time of year you make the purchase. For the best chances of success plant the bulbs within one week of their arrival, or store them in a cool dark place for up to two weeks.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading

Times seem to be changing drastically all around us. Millennials are proudly sporting beards and using words like “Lumbersexual” to describe a whole different genre branch-off of hipsters. Across the U.S., people are selling their downtown loft apartments and yearning to take a step backward in time, and kick it old-school style by taking up a lifestyle probably similar to that of their grandparents. We’re talking about homesteading, and whether you live on a half-acre suburban plot, or out in the boonies on 20 acres, it’s possible to achieve that lifestyle, and become thriving, self-sufficient homesteaders.

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Eco-Friendly and Unique Ways to Garden

Even in an urban or suburban setting, you can have an amazing garden in your yard with minimal space. That garden can be eco-friendly and you can reap the benefits of caring for your garden. A garden in a small space like a backyard doesn’t have to be a few potted plants that you forget to water. You can have a garden that is full of life and that contributes to your life, your home and the planet in a positive way.

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The Best Flowers For Spring Gardens

Spring is in the air and as the weather turns warmer it is time to start planning what improvements you’d like to make to your yard. Starting with a spring plan will help ensure that your garden is bright and beautiful during the peak summer months.

Traditional spring flowers like tulips, daffodils and crocus are planted in the fall, but if you haven’t planned ahead it’s not too late to create a beautiful spring garden using other options that are best planted after the ground has thawed.

Today we’ll share some easy tips and plant recommendations from experts that you can use to improve your curb appeal and create a beautiful landscape you are proud of. 

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Eating Organic on a Budget

Eating Organic on a Budget

It seems now a days that more and more people are going organic when it comes to their food. If you have ever bought anything organic, you know that it can cost 50% to 100% more than regular foods. The cost of food is rising, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic diet. It’s also no secret that non-organic food can contain cancer causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. We understand that it may be impossible to eat everything organic all of the time, but we have dug deep to find some tips on how you can eat organic on a budget.

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10 Ways to Garden with a Toddler

You’ve been waiting all winter long to whip out your green thumb, to visit the nursery and pick out your favorite flowers and seeds, to feel the cool soil between your fingers, and to let the sun warm your back. It’s finally time, and you’re just about to drop the exact number of microscopic seeds into a perfectly measured hole when you’re startled by a happy yell and an ice cold stream of water pummeling your back, knocking you over and sending the organic seeds flying through the air. In your garden zen, you forgot for a moment that you have a toddler.

Whether you have a half acre garden or a raised square foot bed, one toddler or three, you can still happily tend to your garden this year with your toddler underfoot. Here are some ways to garden alongside your little one with less stress and less mess.

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Got Worms? All About Vermicomposting

Chances are you haven’t given much thought to worms as anything other than fish bait or on rainy days when they congregate on the sidewalk.  Did you know that worms can make tea??  No, not the kind of tea that anyone would want to drink, but a very useful and nutritious drink for your garden.  Read on to find out more about how you can put those little creepy crawlers to work toward beautifying your yard and making your garden grow.

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Grow Greener! 3 Garden Ideas From Repurposed Household Items

Grow Greener! 3 Garden Ideas From Repurposed Household Items

Did you know that gardens can grow so much more than pretty flowers and tasty vegetables? Gardening is shown to reduce stress, elevate your mood, and provide gentle exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. Kids who help in the family garden are more likely to eat their veggies, and more likely to try a variety of produce. Digging in the dirt may help boost natural immunity, and above all it is loads of fun! But there is no need to spend a fortune on supplies: here are 3 ways to get a great start on your garden, just using things from around your house.

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