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By: Admin    April 26 2018 , 02:20 pm
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Category: Gardening , Plant Care
Looking for easy greenery? Gardening and planting are one of the most stress-relieving activities one can enjoy. However, not everyone is born with a natural green thumb. When starting your outdoor garden or indoor garden for the first time, there are a few plants that are easier to care for than others, putting you on the right track to gardening success. Hardy Plant OptionsOne of the factors that play into whether a plant will be hard to kill in your region is its hardiness. Put very basically, a plant’s hardiness is its ability to withstand hot and cold temperatures. A coneflower is a wonderful option for beginners. It has a hardiness of three all the way through nine, which means it can tolerate hot summers as well as a little frost. They are relatively drought-resistant as well! Besides being easy to care for they bring some benefits along with them. They come in a variety of colors su...
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By: Admin    April 09 2018 , 04:27 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
Plants are more than just pretty to look at.Since humans began roaming the earth thousands of years ago, plants have been vital to our well-being. Before the dawn of agriculture, humans foraged for wild plants to find food. In time, they discovered that some plants were able to cure them of certain illnesses. Today we have the luxury of nearly limitless grocery stores, over-the-counter drugs, and hospitals. Modern medicine and accessibility to food have enhanced life greatly, but have you ever wondered what wild plants could aid your survival if put to the ultimate test?Edible PlantsA lot of plants that you regularly see may be edible without you realizing it. Clovers grow virtually everywhere in North America and they are actually a member of the pea family. You can certainly eat them raw, but boiling them or making a tea out of them is a better-tasting option.If you found a cattail plant outside as a...
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By: Admin    March 26 2018 , 10:19 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Spring is for planting and rewards those who wait!With some planning and know-how you can avoid disappointment from early spring cold snaps.With spring newly arrived, we as gardeners and horticulturists cannot wait to get our hands dirty! However, to achieve success and to avoid disappointment we must be patient and keep a few key things in mind before meeting shovel to soil.WeatherWe must remember to listen to the weather, and more importantly temperature, above all else.Temperature is a key deciding factor in plant success and growth. In fact, it is wise to look out for a constant minimum nighttime air temperature of 50 degrees F for at least one week before planting tender warm-season bedding plants, vegetables, and seedlings. Planting before that temperature consistency results in stressed plants, making them needlessly prone to disease and insects. Your plants will not grow, or they may be da...
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By: Admin    March 01 2018 , 11:21 pm
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Category: Nature , Art
Nature is a wonderful source of art...Before stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby existed, people looked to nature for their craft supplies. Here are a few crafting ideas that utilize the beauty from your own backyard!Flower Petal PaintsMaking paint from flower petals is an easy and fun process. The processed paints that are in stores are far more pigmented, so flower petal paints are subtler and look more like watercolors. First, go exploring outside for colorful flowers. You will need approximately 1/2 cup of flower petals per color. Separate the petals from the flowers and divide them into different piles according to color. Individually, put the petals into a food processor or blender to break them up more. After they are ground up a bit, place the petals into 1/4 cup of hot water and let them steep for a few hours until saturated. When the paints are ready to go, drain them using a sieve or cheesec...
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By: Admin    February 28 2018 , 02:51 pm
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Category: DIY , Art
On February 28th, we honor the art of floral design! Floral Design Day is dedicated to celebrating a tradition that stems back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian times.The Egyptians used flowers for all religious temple ceremonies and funerals. You can find papyrus and lotus flowers depicted in the ancient wall art of the Egyptians. It was not just the Egyptians who used floral design, but the ancient Greeks and Romans as well! Floral Design Day was established in 1995 in admiration of Carl Rittner who founded The Rittners School of Floral Design.Floral arrangements are used to observe numerous occasions such as weddings, baby showers, Christmas, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries. Although you do not need a special date on a calendar to order flowers, “just because” flowers are usually the most exciting! There are many floral design competitions, but the Sylvia Cup Design Co...
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