Sensational Container Garden Designs

What makes some container garden designs sing and sparkle, while others seem to fizzle out? For answers, Seasonal Wisdom turned to horticulturist and garden designer Nancy Wallace, who designs more than 300 containers a year for her clients in the Atlanta-Metro… [Continue Reading]

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How Long Will Vegetable Seeds Stay Viable?

Each year, I end up with many more vegetable seeds than I could possible plant in my garden. So, I give them to friends. Or, I save them for the next growing season ... or, the next growing season after that. As a result, some of my seeds are several… [Continue Reading]

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Growing Food From Seeds

Growing food from seeds is easier than you may think. This Seasonal Wisdom mini-guide gives you quick tips and resources for seed starting this growing season, as well as some of my favorite foods to grow from seeds.… [Continue Reading]

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Eight Easy Steps to a Wonderful Winter Garden

It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn't mean you can't have a lovely winter garden too.  Now is the perfect time to consider how you can make your winter garden more attractive. Here are eight easy tips to consider. Photo copyright pcgn7 on… [Continue Reading]

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At Home With P. Allen Smith

My mother used to say that when she died, she imagined heaven would look like Charlottesville, Virginia. She really meant Monticello, the famous country estate that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, with its Neoclassic architecture, orderly kitchen gardens… [Continue Reading]

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The Treasures of Flora Illustrata

by Seasonal Wisdom on December 8, 2014

Chinese temple in Flora IllustrataImagine having access to one of the most comprehensive libraries about plants and gardens anywhere in the world. Well, that feat is easier now with a gorgeous new book called Flora Illustrata, which spans more than eight centuries with illustrations of rare manuscripts, iconic books, engravings and botanical drawings.

One example is “Vue de Tour Porcellaine a Nancking en Chine.” Shown above, it displays a pagoda in a Chinese garden-landscape, which greatly influenced the development of landscape gardening in Europe with its irregular layout and exotic decoration. The colored engraving is after a print in Johannes Nieuhof, An Embassy from the East-India Company to … the Emperor of China, London, 1673. Art and Illustration Collection, EKR 379.

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Tips for a Water-Wise Garden

by Seasonal Wisdom on December 2, 2014

Succulents used in water-wise garden in Santa BarbaraAt the end of a quiet leafy street in Santa Barbara, California, lies a small home garden that doesn’t need much water, but is loaded with charm. You won’t find flowering annuals here, but you will find brightly colored foliage and stems. Take a tour of this attractive water-wise garden, and get tips for your own outdoor spaces.

All photos are copyright Nell Foster, JoyUsGarden.com.

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United States School Garden Army of WW I

October 28, 2014
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With kids back in school now, Seasonal Wisdom reflects back on an inspiring World War I program that made millions of children “soldiers of the soil” in the United States School Garden Army – and growing your own food educational and patriotic. Nearly 100 years later, Seasonal Wisdom sits down with University of California academic […]

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Vegetable Garden Tips for Healthy Foods

October 10, 2014
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What started as a weedy patch in a California backyard is now a healthy, thriving vegetable garden with plenty of homegrown food to share with neighbors and friends. Take a mini-tour of this vegetable garden and learn how this clever gardener created her own DIY kitchen garden.

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Writing for Craftsy

July 29, 2014
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If you’re looking for more gardening ideas and projects, be sure to check out my new feature articles at Craftsy. You’ll find my gardening tips on everything from planting succulents to growing roses organically on this popular online educational platform.

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Find the Power Spot in Your Garden

June 30, 2014
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Gardens are magical places, which can restore our spirits and bring us closer to nature’s miracles. Often our gardens have a “power spot,” which is a just a bit more special and noteworthy than other places in our yards. To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom turned to Jan Johnsen, author of Heaven is a Garden – […]

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Sensational Container Garden Designs

June 5, 2014
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What makes some container garden designs sing and sparkle, while others seem to fizzle out? For answers, Seasonal Wisdom turned to horticulturist and garden designer Nancy Wallace, who designs more than 300 containers a year for her clients in the Atlanta-Metro area (Zone 7B). This stunning full shade container is one example. It features Carex […]

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73 Ways to Design Food Gardens

May 18, 2014
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Growing vegetables, fruits, grains and herbs at home can be done with an amazing amount of style. That’s quite clear from the 73 edible garden designs in the new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour. If you’re looking for creative ways to grow food, this book is a wonderful resource. You’ll find food garden […]

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Tomato Tips

May 3, 2014
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It’s easy to understand why tomatoes are the most popular food to grow in the garden. Tomatoes taste so much better straight from the vine. Store-bought tomatoes just don’t compare. To get your homegrown tomatoes off to a great start, here are some of Seasonal Wisdom’s favorite tomato tips and recipes…

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Grow Your Own Popcorn

April 23, 2014
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This summer, why not grow your own popcorn? And not just any popcorn either. We’re talking untreated, organic and non-GMO popcorn, which is getting harder and harder to find in grocery stores … and seed catalogs. Seasonal Wisdom teamed up with Angie’s Popcorn and Fiskars to make it easier for you to grow popcorn in […]

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