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  • 3 Organic Plant Fertilizers You Already Have in Your Kitchen

    Using Coffee to Fuel Your Garden:

    Using coffee as fertilizerMany of us enjoy that daily cup (or two!) of coffee. If you frequent a local coffee shop, you might remember seeing bags of used grounds left out for gardeners. If you make yours at home, you should know that you have an on-hand organic fertilizer to use in your garden.

    Coffee grounds are all-natural organic material that can bring friendly microbes to your garden’s soil.  As the microbes snack on the coffee grounds, they gradually produce nitrogen and other nutrients for the plants. Some commercially available nitrogen additives can be too concentrated, and the quick change in soil composition can shock your plants.  When possible, it is better to use naturally sourced, slowly accumulating nitrogen.   Continue reading

  • Giveaway For Sweet Lifeberry Goji Berry Bush & 'Good Berry Bad Berry' Book

    Sweet Life Goji Berry Bush & Good Berry Bad Berry Book Giveaway

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  • The 5 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Eastern United States in 2016

    Botanical Gardens to Visit on the East Coast

    #5 New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)

    This little oasis is a great place to bring the family for a day of adventure, relaxation, and discovery. With a whopping 27 distinct garden exhibits across their 250 acres, this garden is likely to have just what you’re looking for. Roses to orchids, crapapples to conifers, and conservatory, adventure garden, or wetlands trail: why choose? New York Botanical Garden has is all.

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  • The 6 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Southern United States in 2016

    6 Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Southern United States in 2016

    stowe#6 Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Charlotte, NC)

    Open year-round, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the premier botanic garden of the Carolinas. Its mission is to connect its visitors with nature for purposes of enjoyment, education, and the promotion of conservation. This 380-acre garden hosts a wide variety of plant species. Walking paths provide a direct immersion into nature, and some of them feature fountains and lakeside views. Also, don’t miss out on the conservatory’s tropical plants and collection of orchids!

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  • The 7 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Western United States in 2016

    Top 7 Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Western United States

    #7 The Huntington Library (San Marino, CA)


    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a massive research institution in San Marino, CA. Its mission is education and research, and on its grounds you can find dozens of collections serving that mission. The botanical gardens contain over 15,000 different plant varieties in twelve distinct garden exhibits. Included in these is their Conservatory and Children’s Garden, a Desert Garden, and multiple Eastern-hemisphere cultural exhibits. Also, their Rose Garden contains hundreds of cultivars of roses, a vast variety.


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  • The 7 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Midwest in 2016

    7 Botanical Gardens to Visit in the Midwest

    Is your New Year’s Resolution to travel more? Living in the midwest, sometimes it’s easy to feel as though there’s nothing worth visiting for miles around. But what is a better destination for a gardener than a lovely garden? The following seven botanical gardens, spread across the midwest, are host to vast collections of interesting plants and gardening techniques, and receive visitors from around the world!
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  • 5 of the Biggest Trees You Can Plant at Home

    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

    Every tree is different.  Some are little more than bushes at their tallest, while others are meant to grow gigantic and form canopies in the sky.  If you’re looking for a tree that will tower over your yard for decades to come, check out these varieties:

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    1. Northern Red Oak: avg. 90 ft, exceptional specimens taller than 140 ft


    Sometimes called the champion oak, the northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is native to North America and can be found growing wild almost anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. In the forest, they grow over 100 ft tall. Grown in an open yard, they are likely to be more stout, but with heights still averaging about 70 ft tall.  In spring and autumn, the red oak earns its name with bright red foliage.  This tree puts down deep roots quickly, and is not easy to relocate once it’s been planted.  However, a healthy Northern Red Oak may have a lifespan of 500 years, according to the USDA.

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  • Top 8 Gardeners to Follow on Twitter in 2016

    Twitter Awards

    TwitterHave you resolved to be more connected to those who share your interests?  Or maybe you’re new to gardening and want to learn from seasoned masters?  

    No matter what your reason, if you’re looking for quick 140-character bursts of gardening advice, we have some new friends for you.


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  • Top 10 Gardening Blogs to Follow in 2016

    Gardening Blog AwardsTo start of the new year, we wanted to select 10 of our favorite gardening blogs to highlight. We think you will like them too. We tried to select a diverse group of blogs, who write (and film) about different subjects and from different areas in the country.

    These blogs are in no particular order, because ranking them was an impossible task. Without further adieu:


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  • New Plant Species Discovered! Facebook Sundew 'Drosera Magnifica'

    Facebook Sundew ‘Drosera Magnifica’ Credit: Reginaldo Vasconcelos 2015

    Of all the strange places, a new species of plant has been discovered on Facebook. It should come as no surprise; botanists are everywhere.


    PhD student Paulo Gonella was browsing Facebook, as he often does, when he stumbled upon a photo of some wild-growing plants shared by a friend and fellow plant enthusiast. His trained eyes saw what others had been missing: one of the plants in the photo was an undiscovered species!


    “The plants in the photo looked much larger and had very distinctive leaf and flower characteristics when compared to all the other [sundews] I know,” Paulo told Discover Magazine. “I immediately showed this photo to Fernando Rivadavia, who also studies this group of plants, and he was astonished as well.”


    The new species, Drosera Magnifica, is a carnivorous plant in the sundew family, native to southeastern Brazil. It is the largest species of sundew native to the Americas and the third largest overall.  Right now, it is considered critically endangered. Thanks to Facebook, it may have been saved from the brink of extinction!

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