Monthly Archives: February 2016

  1. The Top 10 Gardening Facebook Accounts in 2016

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    For gardening experts, enthusiasts, and beginners alike, Facebook is one of the best places to find great advice, tips, ideas, and even ask questions. We have selected our favorite Facebook accounts for gardening in 2016. Each account provides a different perspective and covers different topics.  The accounts have quite a solid following already, so you know they are doing something right!  We decided not to rank them in any certain order since each account is so specialized; it is hard to compare them.    Gardenista

    Gardenista - This site is created by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla. This site provides a tremendous amount of information and several articles about unorthodox gardening ideas and tricks. She also provides different concepts to consider when designing a garden, such as, landscaping or interior design with plants. Follow this account if you truly want some great gardening ideas!      

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    National Wildlife Federation - This site is all about wildlife. True gardeners not only think about how their plants will adapt to the physical location, but they also consider how their garden will impact the local wildlife around them. From butterflies and bees, to deer resistant plants and everything in between, this site is a great resource to refer to.  Plus, there are many great images of wildlife, which is always a bonus!        

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    BackyardGardener.com- What a great site for people just getting started in gardening! This site contains terrific photos, mostly of annual and perennial flowers; also gardening advice for landscaping, container gardening, and more. Backyard Gardener writes many plant and gardening product reviews. This way consumers can get some good advice before they purchase as well (hopefully from NatureHills.com of course!). They continue to do a great job of mixing in relevant gardening news from across the web. This is one of the biggest gardening groups on Facebook, with over 1.4 million followers for their page!    

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    Chanticleer Garden - This is a non-profit garden located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. It is open from April through October. However, feel free to follow them on Facebook for year round gardening goodness. Most of their posts are about plants growing inside Chanticleer Garden, making the growing advice accurate and images absolutely stunning.

    They give out scholarships to help with professional development called the Chanticleer Scholars. This is an opportunity for you to apply to the scholarship if you are interested!      

    A Way To Garden

    A Way to Garden - Founded by popular blogger Margaret Roach, this site is fun and inspiring. The ways she describes herself is "horticultural how-to and woo-woo" & "always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants." Her blog, awaytogarden.com, is the main inspiration shared by this Facebook account. Margaret is an expert in seed starting, so if you are looking to garden at a low cost, she is a great person to follow and learn valuable new information. She is also an author, so be sure to check out her book titled, "The Backyard Parables." 

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    Vegetable Gardening- This account is pretty self explanatory.  If you are into growing your own food, either in containers, gardens, or indoors, this is the account to follow. Its mission is "Promoting the ultimate "locavore" experience -- fresh vegetables from your very own garden."   Gardeningchannel.com is the website behind this account, which has over 800,000 followers.  So asking questions on their posts might be a great way to get quick answers from other gardeners since there are so many people in this group!  

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    Mother Earth Living - This Facebook account is actually from a great magazine! It provides reliable, in-depth information on creating a healthy home and lifestyle. They also have a digital version of their magazine if you prefer to consume your gardening content online.

    Most of their content is based around using plants for a healthy lifestyle. Either from growing food or making home remedies. This is the place to live healthier in 2016!          

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    The Association for Garden Communicators - This site is formerly known as the Garden Writers Association. If you are looking to find expert gardeners, this is a great place to start. This non-profit website has writers, speakers, and photographers who are on the cutting edge of their profession.

    They promote different events, such as, trade shows, meetings, networking, keynotes, and more. You can meet and learn from these experts. This account is truly for the experienced professional who is looking to step up their game.        

    NGB

    National Garden Bureau - This website's mission is "to educate, inspire and motivate consumers to increase their use of flowers and plants in homes, gardens and workplaces by being the marketing arm of the gardening industry." Founded in 1920 in Illinois, this non-profit Bureau tries to spread gardening nationwide, and that is something we at Nature Hills Nursery actively supports.

    This account covers everything there is to know about gardening: from vegetables, to critters around the garden, to ornamental plants, and everything in between. This is a great account to follow for gardening in all areas!      

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    Balcony Garden Web - This Facebook account does an excellent job on specific gardening. It includes small spaces, including containers, balconies, patios, rooftops and more. Their emphasis is mainly growing food and flowers in tight spaces. It is a wonderful source for people who live in apartments or just anyone who wants to be efficient with their space.

    Gardening in small spaces is a growing trend (no pun intended), and we could all learn more about this great topic. Being limited on space or time is no longer an excuse not to garden!  

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    Of course we are also on Facebook, and would love to have you follow us as well.  We try to combine our own articles, new plants, and other great resources we find on the web. You can find our page here.

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  2. Top 10 Gardeners to Follow On Pinterest in 2016

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    We know you love seeing gorgeous gardens and thrifty DIY during your Pinterest escapades, so we gathered a list of Pinners who are sure to deliver. If you are a craftsmith, a green thumb gardener, decorating a new space, or looking to charge your fantasy-landscape wanderlust, check these guys out: 



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    Katherine A

    @happysolez "Helping awesome people find awesome fashion inspiration, recipes, decor, quotes, and more! Named Top Pinner by Huffington Post + InStyle!"

    Located in Carbondale, IL

    Our Favorite Board: How Does Your Garden Grow - Lots of great pins of succulents, indoor plants and life hacks for the home gardener. This board has over 900K followers!



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    My Soulful Home

    @mysoulfulhome "Putting Heart, Mind & Soul into your everyday. Projects, gardens, recipes, thoughts & ideas…"

    Located in Southern California

    Our Favorite Board: Container Gardens - Tips and advice for container gardening for any size. From small pots, to large container gardens, Kelly is the go-to gardening expert in this space.



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    Our Fairfield Home & Garden @barbrosen "Barb Rosen ~ retired teacher, certified Master Gardener, repurposing maven, Lab lover and home improvement junkie!"

    Located in Wilmington, DE

    Our Favorite Board: Secret Garden Tours - This board is full of images of real life gardens that Barb has found. This is a great place to get inspired for your own garden!



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    Stephanie @ Garden Therapy @garden_therapy "I'm a master gardener, author, & mama to a toddler. Here you will find DIY garden projects, recipes, & crafty goodness. Gardening is cheaper than therapy!"

    Our Favorite Board: Garden Therapy - If you are like us, and having trouble getting through the dog days of winter, this is the board for you. Stephanie has created quite the collection of projects, crafts, and recipes.



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    Melissa @EmpressOfDirt.net ?

    @empressofdirt "Hello! I share creative and frugal home and garden tips and ideas to make your dream space on a low budget. See what organic + frugal + repurposed can do!"

    Located in Ontario, Canada

    Our Favorite Board: Garden Art, Junk, & Decor - This board is for people who hate throwing anything away, and love to find great bargains for re-purposing. Perfect for the DIY gardener!



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    Find whole food cooking, gardening, prepping, plus livestock care and self-sustainability here!

    Our Favorite Board: Flower Gardening - If you have never heard of this site before, be sure to check it out. This is a curated collection of articles and advice on how to care for perennials, from a network of different gardening experts.



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    Amy Renea

    @amyk "I am Amy Renea, author of Crafting With Nature and owner of A Nest for All Seasons and Looksi. Our family lives in PA at Stonecrest & in Puerto Rico."

    Located in Puerto Rico

    Our Favorite Board: Stonecrest Grounds - This board is a great collection of what is happening in the amazing & interesting life of Amy. She has two homes and a blog that gives her great content for this board.



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    California Landscape Contractors Association

    @clcinsider "California Landscape Contractors Association - 'Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." - Anne Frank"

    Located in California

    Our Favorite Board: Beautiful Backyards - This board has over 65K followers, and it is exactly what you would expect.  Great images of immaculate backyards and landscaping.



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    Kathy @ TBD•TGG•DYSS

    @kwpub DIY Blogger 

    Our Favorite Board: DIY Gardening Ideas - If you want your yard to stand out from your neighbors, then be sure to check this board out for great ideas and inspiration on projects you can do yourself. That is what Pinterest is all about!



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    JoJo Gems

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    "Antique and Vintage jewelry seller and Lover as well as an avid Animal LOVER! Love anything old"

    Located in Chino Valley, Arizona

    Our Favorite Board: Group Gardening Board - This last board comes from an unexpected place. JoJo Gems is actually a jewelry seller, but has created one of the top gardening boards on Pinterest with over 23K followers.



    Of course we are also on Pinterest. We would love to you have follow us!

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    Our Favorite Board: Animals in the Garden - Pins are all about cute animals enjoying the outdoors in nature or surrounded by some beautiful plants.

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  3. 3 Organic Plant Fertilizers You Already Have in Your Kitchen

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    Using Coffee to Fuel Your Garden:

    Many 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.  

    Unwashed coffee grounds make soil more acidic.  Do your research, because some plants hate acidic soil and some plants love it.  For those that love it, occasionally watering with leftover coffee (after it has cooled, of course) can help them get established. In addition to acting as fertilizer, coffee grounds can be used as natural pest control.  Snails and slugs avoid places where coffee grounds are present.  On the contrary, earthworms, which are beneficial to the soil, actually love coffee.

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    Eggshells In the Flowerbed:

    Eggs are a wonderful little gift from nature with a million uses in the kitchen. Their shells are useless to chefs, but handy in the garden.  Eggshells are made of calcium, an element that plants use to produce nice flowers. Adding calcium to the soil will supercharge your flowerbed. Bye-bye agricultural lime, hello eggshells! To use eggshells in your garden, first make sure they are clean and dry. Then, you can pulverize them using a food processor and add the dust directly to the soil.  Or, you can steep them in hot water for a few days and make eggshell "tea."  

    Slip In a Banana Peel: Another important element to have in your soil is potassium.  Everyone knows bananas are full of potassium, but did you know their peels are packed with potassium, too?  Roses are especially hungry for potassium.   To use banana peels in your garden, blend them into a mulch.  The best time to fertilize with banana peels is before you've planted your new roses; bury the peel mulch in the soil beneath. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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

    Sweet Life Goji Berry Bush & Good Berry Bad Berry Book Giveaway   Enter for your chance to win a Sweet Lifeberry Goji Berry and hardcover book "Good Berry Bad Berry" from award winning garden blogger and speaker Helen Yoest.  Giveaway ends on February 19th, so don't wait to enter. Get bonus entries if your friends enter through your shared URL.
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