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Winter doesnít have to be a time for your garden to sleep. A winter flowering wonderland can be one of the many faces of your garden. As things slow down and fall comes to an end, many gardeners hightail it inside to pore over catalogs and sulk for the winter; just waiting for those first green shoots to emerge. You donít have to spend the winter wishing and hoping. Stop counting down the days until the Old Farmer's Almanac says, ''It's safe to garden again; the last frost date has passed.'. You can create a winter flowering wonderland.
Have you ever wondered how plants get their common name? Have you ever been curious as to why some old-time gardeners do the things they do? Oral traditions and folk lore are a big part of gardening culture. Many plants get their common name from an old wives' tale or a story that has been passed down. Old-time gardeners follow the rules of local stories and lyrics about planting more than the back of the package. How many stories do you have growing in your garden?
In the dead of winter when those pretty catalogs start pouring in, you begin dreaming of a rose garden. After weeks of looking and planning, you decide that roses may be too much work. Have you actually gone through with your impulse only to have a rose languish through the first few seasons then never come back? Have you sworn off roses after suffering such disappointment? Well don't throw in the towel just yet. Earthkind roses might save the day.
There are two reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle. The first one is obvious: we are ruining the earth with all the items we thoughtlessly throw away. The second reason is the increasing expense of everything we buy. Now is the time to put to use all the great ideas our frugal friends have been using for years.
Water gardens don't have to be large in-ground koi ponds. Many of us don't have the room or money to dig up our yard and build a pond. Maybe your health keeps you from being outside as much as you like. Or you want to bring the joy of water gardens into your house for constant enjoyment. Here is a basic overview of fancy goldfish and indoor water-gardens.
My main goal in life is to keep crab grass out of my flower beds without spending a fortune on edgers and pavers. The things you can use for borders are only limited by your imagination. I'm going to talk about two styles: natural and artistic. Not that natural isn't artistic, it very much is. What i mean by artistic is reusing and repurposing things to serve as borders. It's fun and creative and soon everything you see will seem like it is useful in the border.