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Starting Seedings Indoors to Kick Start Your Garden

Starting Seedings Indoors to Kick Start Your Garden

Starting seedlings indoors has many benefits for gardeners and can increase the productivity and variety of your garden. It's not difficult, but does take some special considerations to be sure the seedlings can thrive both indoors and when they are transplanted. Why Start Seeds Indoors? Starting seeds indoors is a great idea for gardeners to… Satisfy winter gardening urges when outdoor gardens are not available. Extend the growing season in northern areas. Add garden variety by enjoying produce that needs more growing time. Enjoy an earlier harvest with staggered seedling plantings. Save money by buying seeds rather than plants. Choose...

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It’s January And The Crotons Are Beautiful!

It’s January And The Crotons Are Beautiful!

When driving around Sarasota, Venice or Longboat Key you are sure to see central Florida’s most popular landscaping evergreen shrub, the Croton. Single family homes, condominium communities, office buildings and grand country club entryways alike have made the Croton a mainstay in beautiful, lush landscaping.Crotons arrived in central Florida in the 1950’s and 60’s with their popularity increasing ever since. Though they thrive in heat and humidity with frequent watering, you’ll quickly know they are thirsty when leaves show signs of wilting. Colors are most brilliant with daily sunshine coupled with partial or shifting shade. And should we experience a...

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Holiday Plants – The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Holiday Plants – The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Plants are popular holiday gifts that recipients can enjoy long after festive feasts are eaten, glittery decorations are packed away and joyous carols are silent. In fact, many holiday plants can flourish for years, reminding that someone special of your caring and thoughtfulness no matter what the season. But which plants are the best to give as holiday gifts? Top 10 Holiday Plants to Give as Gifts Plants are always classic, popular options for holiday gifts, and you can find them at garden centers, nurseries and other retailers. Some holiday plants can be easily ordered online, or you might even...

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What to Do With Rotten Pumpkins

What to Do With Rotten Pumpkins

Pumpkins are popular fall decorations, but eventually they will soften and rot. They don't need to be destined for the trash, however – there are great ways to recycle rotten pumpkins and be sure they are useful even if they aren't the prettiest decorations anymore. 6 Simple Ways to Recycle Rotten Pumpkins When pumpkins start to soften and are not as attractive as decorations, try these solutions… Create Compost: Pumpkins can be easily added to a compost pile. Cutting or breaking the pumpkins up will help them decay faster, so they are ready to add rich nutrients to a spring...

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October Garden Ideas

October Garden Ideas

Fall is in full force in October, and it is a great month to be active in the garden. From wrapping up the last harvests to winterizing the garden to awesome autumn fun, there are great ways to keep busy in the garden all month long. In October, it is time to… Plant Hardy Perennial Bulbs Sturdy bulbs can be planted in fall to ensure a bright flowerbed as early as possible in spring. Tulips, daffodils, alliums, irises and crocuses can all be planted in October for a stunning spring display. Dig Up Delicate Bulbs Delicate bulbs that could be...

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