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grow your ownSpring is here and the longer days and warmer weather provide the ideal time to start thinking about the edible garden. With dining in more popular than ever and more of us wanting to know the provenance of our food, lots of us are deciding to flex our green fingers and grow our own produce for the table.

There’s nothing more satisfying that growing your own. Home grown vegetables are much easier to produce than you might think. Even with the minimum amount of equipment and space, you can grow all sorts of delicious foods. It’s important to grow things that you like and that you have a plot in mind that offers some sunshine – even if it’s your front garden or an apartment balcony! Beetroot, squashes and even peas can look great in an ornamental garden so don’t be afraid to use any space you have. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Cutting A Christmas Tree

If you intend to cut the Christmas tree yourself this year you must understand that freshness is extremely important.

Most critical part is to select a healthy Christmas tree. Don’t purchase a tree that is losing green needles or has dry, brittle twigs or a sour, musty smell.

Needles should be resilient and slip through your fingers. Needles should adhere to the branches and not fall off in your hand. They should be flexible, not brittle.

As soon as you cut the Christmas tree ensure that you do not leave the tree lying in the sun for long periods of time, especially if the weather is warm.

If the tree cannot be immediately displayed, make a fresh cut at the base and stand it in a bucket of water in a cool, shady location indoors or out. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Create A Gorgeous Side Yard

Side yards are normally overlooked by the homeowners and gardeners.You will easily spot the “side yards” with their tall fences or dense-growing evergreen screens between homes as some of the most underutilized areas in the landscape.

Side yards are those tricky areas between a house and its property line. Most of us use these areas merely as passageways between the front and back yards, a place for the air-conditioning unit or the storage of trash and recycling containers.Generally, grass doesn’t grow well there, and the scraggly bits that do are a nuisance to cut.

Many homeowners simply put their blinders on and resignedly tolerate the area. But one must understand that every square foot of outdoor property is horticulturally valuable. Read the rest of this entry

Community Gardeners Remain Healthier For Long

A new study led by University of Colorado scholars shows that community gardeners harvest better health, as well as stronger connections to their neighborhoods.

Community gardeners eat more vegetables, exercise more, weigh less and feel healthier than non-gardeners — and even home gardeners — in the Denver-metro area, researchers found. Read the rest of this entry

The essential gardening tools include digging forks for digging out all the root crops , hand clippers (scissors) and harvesting knives for cutting all the greens.Japanese knives and putty knives for weeding are also very useful community gardening tools.  Hand trowels for transplanting; big salad spinners for drying greens; pitch forks and shovels for making compost and lots of love, patience and acceptance around the weather that mother nature sends our way are some of the really essential community gardening tools and elements.Even if you are taking care of a small garden in your backyard, there are a few essential gardening tools that you still need to have:

  1. A shovel to dig holes, move piles of debris, place compost in the right place, get leaves into the wheelbarrow and turn soil. It is an indispensable tool for beginning and season gardeners alike! Read the rest of this entry
SEEDS OF CHANGE an organic food and seed company, announces the launch of the “Sowing Millions Project,” a campaign to give away 100 million certified organic seeds to individuals, community groups and non-profits who are passionate about growing fresh organic food. The effort is designed to inspire individuals and organizations to use organic gardening to make an impact in their communities.
At Seeds of Change, we believe in fresh food’s ability to bring people together and grow communities,” said Tricia Lang, Seeds of Change brand manager. “Through the Sowing Millions Project, we aim to make a difference by helping people to know where their food comes from and how it is grown by giving people the tools to grow their own organic food from the seed, to the ingredients, to the plate.”

How to Get Your Seeds
Individuals, community groups and organizations are encouraged to visit the Seeds of Change web site to sign-up for a portion of the 100 million seeds. Within two weeks, individuals with backyard or rooftop gardens will receive 6,250 seeds (25 packets) and groups with a larger need will receive 250,000 seeds (100 packets). Read the rest of this entry

The Oregon Association of Nurseries wants Oregonians to “buy local” when it comes to plants and supplies for the garden. Just in time for spring, gardeners in search of quality plants and gardening supplies — and helpful, professional and knowledgeable advice — will want to get their hands on the latest edition of the Retail Nursery Guide.

Published by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), the free gardening guide features 182 retail garden centers, specialty nurseries and suppliers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. It also highlights nurseries involved in catalog or Internet sales, and 22 public gardens.

Detailed maps of Portland, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Springfield, and Vancouver, Wash., show exact locations of gardening resources. The state-view map includes general locations of gardening resources from Astoria to Klamath Falls and from Brookings to Enterprise, all of which are members of the OAN.

New this year, the enhanced guide lists OAN members involved in the landscape trade, including landscape designers, contractors, architects and arborists. The information can also be found online at www.oan.org under “Gardening Community.” Read the rest of this entry

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