Gardening News and Updates

The September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
September 12, 2017

The penultimate raffle of the year, with another great lineup of prizes! Get your acorn stash out!

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Voting Open for National Garden Bureau’s 2017 Therapeutic Garden GrantVoting Open for National Garden Bureau’s 2017 Therapeutic Garden Grant
September 4, 2017

Grant aims to build and enhance therapeutic gardens across North America.

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Organic Farmer and Gardener Apprenticeship in Ecological HorticultureOrganic Farmer and Gardener Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture
August 30, 2017

Aspiring organic farmers and gardeners are invited to apply for the 2018 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Apprenticeship is the longest running university-based organic farming training program in the U.S. Deadline to apply is September 30.

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Announcing the new Garden.org Ask a Question: KnowledgebaseAnnouncing the new Garden.org Ask a Question: Knowledgebase
August 24, 2017

We have launched a brand new Q&A feature for our members to enjoy. Ask questions, give answers, post comments on existing answers, and vote on your favorite items.

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The August 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The August 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
August 12, 2017

Another great raffle is all lined up!

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All-America Selections Now Accepting Herbaceous Perennial Entries for TrialingAll-America Selections Now Accepting Herbaceous Perennial Entries for Trialing
August 11, 2017

All-America Selections, the only non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout all of North America, is now accepting entries into their 2018-2021 (three winter) Herbaceous Perennial trial.

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Bloomberg Reports Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse DisorderBloomberg Reports Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder
August 10, 2017

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday.

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spoga+gafa 2017 - Garden Trade Fair in Cologne, Germanyspoga+gafa 2017 - Garden Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany
August 3, 2017

From September 3rd through 5th, in Cologne, Germany, over 2,000 exhibitors from around 60 countries will be presenting their innovations for the green oasis to almost 40,000 international trade visitors. Free tickets are available to interested members of NGA.

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All-America Selections announces first Three AAS Winners for 2018 seasonAll-America Selections announces first Three AAS Winners for 2018 season
August 2, 2017

All-America Selections announce three new and exciting national AAS Winners. Each of the following varieties was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grew them next to comparisons that are considered best-in-class.

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Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble BeesRecovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees
July 24, 2017

Bees are in big trouble. The good news is that virtually all ecologically literate North Americans will tell you that. The bad news is they’re worried about the wrong bees — honey bees.

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Dave Reviews the New CobraHead "mini" Weeding ToolDave Reviews the New CobraHead "mini" Weeding Tool
July 12, 2017

We are quite excited about this new (and we think improved) version of the CobraHead weeding tool. In this video, Dave demonstrates the tool and gives his opinion. The raffle going on right now features this tool as one of the prizes!

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Overview of Pterostylis Pollination (Orchidaceae) in VictoriaOverview of Pterostylis Pollination (Orchidaceae) in Victoria
July 11, 2017

Rudie Kuiter, a professional wildlife photographer living in Victoria, Australia, has devoted much of his current time to recording the pollination of native orchid species. Here is his latest publication.

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The July 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The July 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
July 6, 2017

Another great raffle this month! Get your acorns out and take a look at what's being offered this time.

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The Best PesticideThe Best Pesticide
June 30, 2017

Everyone wants to get rid of garden pests, but what is the best pesticide? Read more to find out!

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Repurposing a Prefabricated PondRepurposing a Prefabricated Pond
June 29, 2017

What to do with a leaky prefabricated pond? Repurpose it into a large garden container or small garden bed!

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Over-wintered peppers, thinking ahead.Over-wintered peppers, thinking ahead.
June 28, 2017

Last year I dug up my pepper plants and overwintered them in a greenhouse. I like being the first among my garden neighbors to have big healthy tomatoes and peppers in the garden AND I can also say I started them from seed. I plan on overwintering these peppers again but there has to be an easier way. A way that can keep them happy all spring and summer but doesn't hurt my back in fall. So I had an idea. And I'm feeling pretty positive about it.

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Dress up your Doggie Yard with Container PlantsDress up your Doggie Yard with Container Plants
June 27, 2017

If your dog's fenced in yard is attached to your favorite deck, it can be a boring view as the months go on. I found a way to make me and doggie happy.

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So THIS is "Harvest?"So THIS is "Harvest?"
June 26, 2017

Given any length of time spent in garden forums, YouTube or social media, certainly you have drooled over documented mounds of brightly-colored, fall garden harvests or the splendid spring baskets spilling nasturtiums and zucchini . . .but, that's NEVER how harvest happens for me and my "plodding" garden.

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Harvesting Potatoes from Ornamental Sweet Potato VinesHarvesting Potatoes from Ornamental Sweet Potato Vines
June 25, 2017

Many of us are familiar with rooting cuttings of ornamental sweet potatoes to to make more vines, but why let the end of summer be the end of your vines? Use this easy method to harvest sweet potatoes (made by your own ornamental vines) to propagate next season's plants, and save money by turning this annual into a perennial.

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Battling Pesky Garden Bugs: My Worst ThreeBattling Pesky Garden Bugs: My Worst Three
June 24, 2017

There are subtle things in nature we overlook when cultivating our own gardens. We know what we want and what we want to grow but a garden based solely on desire will have its flaws. To grow a healthy ecosystem, we have to take a few notes from the wild. Incorporating knowledge in a desire makes dreams a reality.

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Building Pergola type structures for your garden.Building Pergola type structures for your garden.
June 23, 2017

I thought I would share one way of building some type of pergola structure for use in your yards/garden. For this application, I'm making a swing out of an outdoor papasan chair for my wifes upcoming birthday. I have also used this same building technique for a large privacy panel near the fence. This is very adaptable to most projects, so follow along if you'd like.

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Love My Vinegar!!Love My Vinegar!!
June 22, 2017

The majority of us are well aware that distilled white vinegar has more uses than we can fathom, right? After all, there are plenty of books written on the subject! Well, in the Summer of 2011, I discovered a new, genius (if I don't say so myself), use for distilled white vinegar that will save you a little more time for your backyard R&R!! So what is my, best-thing-since-sliced-bread-and-insect-screens new use for distilled white vinegar?

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Watering Tips and Tricks For Potted Plants -Revised-Watering Tips and Tricks For Potted Plants -Revised-
June 21, 2017

Spring is here. Which means summer is right around the corner. Last year our region suffered a record breaking drought. And in areas where water is limited, one has to get creative when it comes to keeping potted plants from drying out in the harsh winds and baking temperatures of the season. A little bit of planning ahead can save you time and water in the future.

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Simple DIY Handyman Projects for Your Summer GardenSimple DIY Handyman Projects for Your Summer Garden
June 20, 2017

Most DIY handymen spend a long winter of stacking on garden catalogues, the entire spring in bringing outdoor space to life, while the summer is finally the time you get to actually enjoy fruits of all handy work. Whether you use your garden as your private spot for relaxation, a playground for children, or the neighbourhood party venue, it is always refreshing to add various small to not-so-small home improvements that let you, your family, and your guests enjoy the warm summer days and breezy evenings. Here I’ve set up a list of simple handyman DIY projects every garden would really use in the hot summer months.

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Raised bed gardeningRaised bed gardening
June 19, 2017

I live in zone 8, in WA and decided to use raised beds as my soil was very clay heavy and full of rocks.

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