The Real Gardener’s Book

March 7, 2012 by Mario  
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The Real Gardener’s Book

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Tips for Finding Ideas When Visiting Other Gardens

November 30, 2010 by Mario  
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Learn about gardening with tips and topics such as visiting other gardens to look for ideas in thisfree gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Landscape Lighting & Water Features

November 24, 2010 by Mario  
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Learn about using landscape lighting and water features in your garden from anexpert in this free gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Defining your Garden Space

October 28, 2010 by Mario  
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Learn about defining your space when gardening from anexpert in this free gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Making a Budget for Your Garden

October 23, 2010 by Mario  
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Tips for creating a gardening budget from anexpert in this free gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Getting to Know Your Garden

October 18, 2010 by Mario  
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Tips on getting to know your garden so that it grows successfully in thisfree gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Use of Color in Gardening Design

October 14, 2010 by Mario  
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Learn about use of color in garden design in thisfree gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

Teachers Are Gardeners

June 24, 2010 by Mario  
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What does being a teacher mean? This was posted as a question at the beginning of our Master’s course: Seminar for the Reflective Teacher. The video created as an attempt to answer this question as part of our final project for this course.

A Gardener’s Guide to a Cottage Garden

March 21, 2010 by Mario  
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Many people dream of a cottage in the country, with roses growing around the door and a feast of color in the garden in front. Well, the good news is that you do not need to move to the country or even have a cottage to create such an attractive garden.

What is a cottage garden? It is very difficult to define a cottage garden. We all know one when we see one, but describing them is not the easiest thing to do. Generally, they have an old fashioned look. The real skill in creating a successful cottage garden is to design the borders to look as if they have not been designed at all. There is not much in the way of hard landscaping, just flowerbeds, and these are full to the brim with colorful plants.

Traditionally, the plants would be tough, hardy ones that needed little care. Most would be plants that had been grown for generations, such as primulas, hollyhocks, foxgloves and aquilegias. Today many hybrids are considered suitable, especially if they are bright and brash.

So, what are cottage plants? Plants for a cottage garden tend, as has already been noted, to be old fashioned plants that have been around for years. Many are annuals and biennials that self sow, so the gardener does not have to think about new plants, they just appear.

One reason for using these old favorites, apart from their appearance is that they are usually less prone to pests and diseases and hardier than many modern cultivars (which is why they have been around for a long time). In other words, they need little looking after. Unfortunately, some of these traditional plants, such as lupins and hollyhocks, have now developed diseases and pests, which makes them less reliable than they once were, though they can still be grown to great effect as short lived plants.

Here are some examples of plants that can be used for a cottage garden. There are Alcea Rosea, Anemone x hybrida, Aquilegia vulgaris, Aster novae-angliae, Lupinus, Viola, Primula, Pulmonaria, Lilium candidum and Geum rivale.

Websites for Do-it-yourself Gardeners

March 15, 2010 by Mario  
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Some of the best gardening and landscaping advice is available write at your fingertips – on the web. Dozens of sites boast free plans, plant encyclopedias, gardening tips and articles discussing everything from Chic Chinese Pavilions to creating a French-Country Backyard. I’ve attempted to wade through this maze of information and have provided a short list of the top four I found most helpful.

Although they’re not meant to be a replacement for an experienced landscaper, these sites will definitely inspire and give you a place to start. Happy gardening!

BHG.com

This website by Better Homes and Gardens has everything you ever wanted to know about gardens, planning, maintenance, lawns, plants, and everything green. They probably have one of the largest collections of free plans I’ve seen yet as well as some nifty tools to help you begin your landscaping journey. Their handy web tools include:

1. Plant finder – allows you to locate every plant imaginable, includes detailed description, growing info and color photo.

2. Garden plans – virtually hundreds of garden plans for every type of yard, climate, plant type (perennial, annual, container, shade, pond side, color theme, etc.). They also provide ideas for entire landscape themes such as entertaining, low-maintenance, small backyard or small front yard. Sign up for free and you can access detailed planting guides for all the plans.

3. Plan-a-Garden – This gives you an online planning guide where you can chart out your virtual garden, add plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers in relation to structures, decks, or fences on the property. You can even design walkways and add stepping stones, patio tables and benches.

GardenDesigner.com

This is a beautifully designed site providing amazing ideas for all types of garden and patio design. They feature start-to-finish slideshows of various projects, and lots of design and money-saving tips. They offer advice from architects and even discuss home security in the landscape. The only downside is all the Google ads you have to sift through on the pages.

HGTV.com

This site is full of timely articles and gardening tips and most of important of all, lots of big colorful pictures. In their article “Taking up Space” about how to fill large areas, they detail each suggested plant and include large images of each.

The section on landscaping discusses every type of garden, as well as patios, decks and paths.Where Bhg.com is the place to go for plans, this site has a lot of useful advice and “before and after” projects.

GardenGuides.com

This site isn’t as pretty as the others, but it has a wealth of gardening and plant information. You can easily look up just about any flower, herb, tree, shrub, vine, etc. and access a lengthy information sheet that outlines characteristics, and all you need to know about planting them and keeping them alive. There are tons of “how to’s” as well as garden recipes and a fairly active forum.

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