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Garden Tips and Treasures

Fall is Here - Time to Think Spring!!

Donna Moyer

Fall is Here - Time to Think Spring!!

  Here in Pennsylvania, fall is a wonderful time. It’s probably my favorite season. The temperatures are moderate during the day and the cool nights make for wonderful sleeping weather.  Fall is a also a great time to prepare for spring! You see there are so many things going on in the garden in the spring, that it’s almost too much to get done. And while spring is a really inspiring time to start new things in the garden, fall is actually a better time for certain garden tasks.  If you are still looking to enjoy working in your garden,...

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Lessons from the Garden

Paula Marolewski

Lessons from the Garden

I learn a lot from my garden. For instance, you’ve probably been told, “Bloom where you’re planted!” Heck … my garden has taught me to persist and grow even when conditions are less than optimal – in fact, impossible. Such as this pink and green coleus, that sprouted from some long-lost seed buried in the dirt and grew out of the drainage hole in the bottom of my hibiscus pot! Then there’s the truth that volunteering to serve others is a beautiful thing – such as this sunflower “volunteer” that a squirrel planted for me. It was one of the...

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Gardening Oopses

Paula Marolewski

Gardening Oopses

If I was a nose-in-the-air gardener, I would say in a superior tone, “Gardening is a learning experience!” I would then proceed to get all didactic (and boring) as I told you the many rules and best practices I had learned while achieving garden mastery. But since I’m a down-in-the-weeds gardener (pun intended) and certainly no master, I would like to share with you two of my more amusing garden “oopses”! Growing, Growing, Gone! In my very first garden (I was 32 at the time), I decided to plant bright orange marigolds. I bought several market packs so that I...

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The Inorganic Gardener

Paula Marolewski

The Inorganic Gardener

I am an inorganic gardener. Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, hear me out. I’m not talking about bug spray and pesticides and all that stuff. I just mean that my garden isn’t only composed of organic – that is, living – things. It also has inorganic components to it. Namely, my garden décor. My mother says that decorations “make” the garden – and I tend to agree with her. Visitors to my garden always “ooh” and “aah” about the garden stakes, wall hangings, bird houses, wind chimes, and whirligigs that brighten my little yard. Think about...

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Container Garden Recipes

Donna Moyer

Container Garden Recipes

Last weekend was our official frost free date in SE Pennsylvania. Hurray!!! So I had lots of fun (even though it was raining) spending time in my potting shed and creating my summer container gardens for the season. This is a photo of all the goodies I use in when filling my container gardens. In case you missed my last blog post, check it out here where I share my secret sauce for creating container plantings that look good all summer without tons of tending. In this article, I thought I would share my plant combination ‘recipes’ to give you...

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