Trees in Spring: Hungry for Growth

For those of us living in regions with distinct seasons, trees’ sprouting buds are certainly a welcome sight after a long winter. While you wait impatiently for their lush greenery and the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze to return, you might wonder how trees actually grow. The gardening experts at Jobe’s explain the […]

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Fire Pit Garden

A Fire Pit Garden

Weeks spent at summer camp as a kid fueled a love of bonfires and fire pits. As I grew into adulthood, I became a camp counselor and camp director, all the while looking forward to sitting around the campfire with the people around me. Outdoor fires (in both warm and cold weather) have a way […]

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Creating a Pumpkin Topiary

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Because I live in such a hot, dry area of the country, I look forward to the relief of the crisper, cooler weather and all that goes along with it. Family gatherings, bonfires, pumpkins, and cozy food are the thoughts that keep me going during the hot summer […]

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Simple Halloween Décor

Every year as the weather starts changing, we awake to brisk, beautiful fall mornings, and my attention turns away from the garden to the front of my house. My household enjoys celebrating the season with fun, seasonal décor but I personally prefer to avoid collecting whimsical yard art. This season I decided to pull out […]

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Revive your Summer Garden

There is no doubt about it — we’re in the dog days of summer. And while I love summer, our gardens can take a real hit about this time of year. High heat, low rainfall, muggy air — you name it, and the garden will feel it. So how can you revive your summer garden […]

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Easy Flowers for Your Cutting Garden

As gardeners, we tend to focus on keeping the outside of our homes loaded with flowers for the whole world to admire. Still, there’s something to be said for growing plants specifically designated for the inside of our homes, as well. If you don’t already have one, you will never regret planting a cutting garden […]

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DIY SUCCULENT GUTTER GARDEN

A few years ago, I saw pictures for a gutter garden online. I was instantly smitten with this industrial vertical planter — first, because I love repurposing materials; and second, because I’m always looking to add dimension to my garden with vertical elements. So recently, we decided to create our own version of the Gutter […]

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Kitchen Herb Garden

I have a good sized vegetable garden at the very back of my 1-acre property where I grow all manner of edibles, but I don’t always want to trek more than ½ acre to harvest some herbs for dinner. So I created a kitchen herb garden off of my back patio — this is an […]

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Help for floppy perennials

Pruning can be intimidating, even for experienced gardeners. Where to make the cut, when to make the cut, and how to make the cut are all factors to consider and it is often different, depending on what you’re cutting back. The reasons for pruning can be as varied as the methods, but it helps if […]

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How to Prune Azaleas and Camellias

If you grow azaleas and camellias, at some point you’ll need to prune them. Azaleas are universally viewed as hardy, easy-to-grow plants. Camellias, for some reason, have the reputation of being delicate flowers. That is hardly the case. Unless it is a variety that stays small (and there are a few of those) a happy […]

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