Gardening

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

by Seasonal Wisdom on 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 Rose Hayden-Smith to discuss these early school gardens and her acclaimed new book Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I.  Surprisingly, these historic programs are more relevant than ever today. Read the full article →

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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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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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Unusual Vegetables for Small Gardens

April 7, 2014
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Whether it’s their small sizes or strange colors, these four unusual vegetables for small gardens – and all gardens really – will make you smile. These four rare foods have performed well over the years in Seasonal Wisdom’s gardens.  So, if you’re looking for something special to grow in your own kitchen garden this season, […]

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Spring Garden Guide

March 10, 2014
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Spring is right around the corner.  I know it’s hard to believe in some parts of the country. But it’s not too soon to start sowing seeds for spring and summer food harvests … or at least, thinking about what you might want to plant when the soil finally thaws. To get your garden off […]

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