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Of Gifts and Guilt: Five Rules for Plant Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, and once this season ‘tis over, another one ‘tis right around the corner. So this morning it occurs to me to discuss for a minute the perfect pairing of plants and gift giving.
Is it actually perfect?

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Ultimate Outdoorist Gift Guide

Oh hello, gift giving season. Our Christmas tree is twinkling, the first ornament has been hung, and I am itching to start filling the base with treats for friends and family. I love the holidays.
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We’ve seen a lot of different holiday gift guides this season, including five that I wrote myself. But, most of those lists offer suggestions for the male outdoor enthusiast, with barely a mention of the daring and adventurous ladies in our life. Gea – source

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Oh hey December?! Where the heck did you come from? Seriously – Just like that, the fall leaves (wink wink, I live in Southern Kentucky ) are gone, the air turns to a cool wintery crisp (again, big ‘ole wink – it’s 36 degrees here today), and Will F – source

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Sonos is Speakin’ my Language

Not sure if anyone else is feeling the same at the moment but… time is flying by WAY TOO FAST!! All I want to do is press pause with my fam and enjoy every minute with them! It felt like we did just that a couple weeks ago, and it was perfect to spen 

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This is my idea of a Christmas tree. Photo credit: Humboldthead
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End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether we’ll continue to grow them for seasons to come.
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Five Things Friday

The five little things that made my week…
1. If you’re a canner, you know that little pop! of your lids sealing after coming out of their boiling water bath is music to the ears, amiright?!
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A New Trend in Gardening: The Fairy Garden

Have you heard of those adorable Fairy gardens?

They’re becoming increasingly popular and more and more people love that new addition in their house or backyard.

What are Fairy Gardens?

A Fairy Garden is basically a miniature garden made of natural materials such as pebbles, wood and living plants. It’s meant to be an enchanted green scene where live tiny magical creatures such as Fairies, but also gnomes, dwarfs, elves etc. supposed to bring good luck to your home.

They usually include several components like fantastical figurines, but also miniature benches, houses, pathways, bridges and rivers that create this unique small universe and give it a charming soul.

What setting for a Fairy Garden?

Since the Fairy Gardens are created and imagined from scratch, there is an unlimited number of different types, design and themes out there!

If they are placed inside the house, they more likely will be small and grown in containers garden such as pot plants, jars or glass containers.

If they’re part of a backyard, there is no size limitation and other themes become possible like a woodland Fairy garden (installed at the food of a tree) or the use of an existing water feature (mini boat, bridge, dock).

Fairy Garden Design

Once the theme is chosen, the different landscaping elements are gathered and assembled together in order to create the scaled miniature garden in a most realistic way as possible.

Very often, pebbles and gravel are used in order to reflect a path or courtyard just like in real life.

A different and recent decorative use for the crushed rocks and recycled coloured glass especially, that are able to suit any crazy idea!

Gravel binder comes also very handy in the project, since it can be used with any stone and holds the pebbles in place. And because it let the water come through, the surrounding small living plants can be watered without any issue!

Benefits of a Fairy Garden

Aesthetically beautiful and low maintenance, they are a great option for putting a green addition in small spaces like a small living room or a balcony.

They’re perfect for children who can be educated about nature and gardening while being inventive and having a lot of fun.

They are also loved by older people who love gardening but find it physically too taxing.

For all, it encourages imagination and creativity and brings that magical touch in our everyday lives!

Gardening Information – Choosing Your Perfect Garden

What is the perfect garden for you?

Now that you’ve been thinking of a garden for yourself perhaps your considering what type of garden to create. The choices are unlimited and the kinds of gardens are as varied as the number of gardeners. Yet you will want to think about some basic issues related to making the perfect garden for who you are and your lifestyle.

A flower garden will add color and look nice in several areas of your yard. You can choose perennial flowers which will be there next year and the years to come, or you can choose annuals which will need to be replaced every spring with new plants. The benefit of perennials is you only plant once the benefit of annuals is no commitment. Say this is kind of like dating and marriage isn’t it? With annuals you never get stuck with wort’s, start again next spring. Perennials you adjust to habits you may not be happy with, though thankfully you never have to worry about the toilet seat. Ha!

You must decide for yourself how much time you want to spend on gardening, if you haven’t gardened before perhaps just do a little as time permits till you get a small garden underway. If you find yourself with more time, energy and desire later start another garden. Next season you will have an idea of how much time and thus how large a garden you can comfortably commit to.

As a seasoned gardener you know what kind of gardener you are and what your time commitment is thus you need only decide on how to change this years gardening from what you have done in the past. Perhaps you want to grow a certain kind of plant to blue ribbon status. Tomatoes and Squash in the vegetable garden of certain flowers, roses to see how well you can do concentrating on one or two varieties.

Many folks are turning to vegetable gardens to offset the cost of food. It’s appalling to realize that nowadays the “good” food is nearly beyond the financial reach of many people with oranges running as high as $1.69 yesterday where I shopped. If you have the climate you may want to plant a few fruit trees. I have had years of enjoyment from my two, Bing Cherry, cherry trees my favorite summer fruit.

Tip: with the demise of the honey bee in our nation, I had to order mason bees and install their nest under the eves of my house closest to the cherries in order to get the blossoms pollinated. You can order them online no problem. Also with trees you need to be able to prune and harvest, I also sprayed my trees for insects such as aphids every year, some considerations for you to think about.

A benefit if the vegetable garden is the pay off of course, fresh veggies and oh my, I can just taste that fresh corn on the cob and new potatoes, oh yeah. Though perhaps more time consuming the vegetable garden is so rewarding to work in, talk about a stress reliever. Also it is place for quite conversations with family members something for everyone to do together and I have yet to meet a child or grandchild who is not interested in the garden.

I enjoy all aspects of gardening, even the weeding as I think most gardeners do. Not only to deal dirt and fertilizer, choosing a pesticide thinning out excess plants or branches, its all out doors fulfilling because you get to enjoy the results of your labor. Indoor or outdoor a garden can provide comfort and soothing release from stress, a place and time of reflection, a family project.

Whatever your reason for gardening you’ve only to decide what you want to plant, how and where to plant it and then, dig in (literally).