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How To Drill Drainage Holes In Ceramic Pots, Planters And More

You can find a variety of ceramic containers at most thrift stores, garage sales and outlet stores. Many of them can be used as decorative planters. And they will work fine indoors, as long as you do not over water them. Try using them as planters outdoors on your deck or patio and there is a good chance that rain will drown your plants. […]

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Sunday Garden Quote: Plant Happiness In Your Garden

He who plants a garden plants happiness.” — Chinese Proverb — Can spending time in a garden give you a feeling of happiness? I saw this quote shortly after we visited with some friends.  Friends who are also gardeners. Gardeners who are state fair winning gardeners. Best of show, best of division sort of folks. Sitting for […]

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Freshen Up Your Outdoor Space with Watering, Weeding, and Mulching

  You say that you want to invite some friends over to sit a spell in you garden? And it’s the heat of summer? Before you do, take a look around you garden. Looking kind of sad and worn out? Maybe it is time to freshen up your outdoor space with watering, weeding, and mulching. Our gardens […]

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Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most common orchids.  You find them in larger grocery stores, big discount stores and the big box home improvement stores.  Fully blooming plants can bring fairly steep price tags of twenty to thirty dollars or more. Five or six months ago, I accidentally found a way to get some […]

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Sunday Garden Quote: Mother’s Day

A mother’s love is like a garden. Her children are the seeds.And as they grow, she tends to them. Fulfilling all their needs.Her kindness is like sunshine that warms them as they flower.Her nurturing, like springtime rain, a soft and gentle shower.A mother’s love is like a garden, reflecting tender care.For wherever there is beauty, […]

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Echinocereus pectinatus rubispinus – Rainbow Cactus

Echinocereus pectinatus rubispinus. Huh? I know…that’s a mouthful. We went to a Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society’s sale last summer and brought home a couple of trays of those little 2″ pots, full of unusual cacti and succulents. One of those finds was this green and raspberry colored cactus. The plants were potted up […]

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Bird feeder battles: Winning the war against squirrels

Last weekend, I was speaking with some gardeners about their bird feeder battles with squirrels. The general consensus was that the squirrels always win. But today I learned that we might be able to help the birds in the fight to keep bird seed just that….bird seed, not squirrel food. How about some spicy hot bird seed? Or […]

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DIY Water Bottle Wasp Trap

Wasps can be a big nuisance. Some folks can ignore them, but most people jump, dodge or even run at the sight of wasps. You could live with a can of chemical wasp spray in your hand every time you head to the yard or you could hang up some wasp traps. How about a DIY water bottle wasp […]

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2012 USF Botanical Gardens Spring Festival

Spring is for plant shows! In our area, the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens have their Spring Festival. This year’s event is April 14th and 15th. Spend a fun day with like-minded gardeners at the USF Botanical Gardens. And take it from us……only carry in only as much cash as you want to spend because […]

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Ingenious Gadgets Keep Smart Gardeners Playing In The Dirt

Garden gadgets can make yard work so much easier. If you have found yourself weeding, lifting, kneeling or raking, then you might be interested in a few of these simple ideas below. I’ve been especially impressed with the Pot Lifter and the Ground Hog Circular Rake. (ARA) – Gardeners who like things easy, have mobility […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Something is watching you.

When you are shooting pictures of your flowers… do you ever get the feeling… that something is watching you? Happy Gardening, Dave and Trish

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Sunday Garden Quote: Garden Serenity

“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.- Lindley Karstens The hobby of gardening offers so many things that can enrich one’s life. From working  in the sunshine and fresh air, to cutting […]