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Blackberries are the ultimate easy to grow super food for your yard. Ease of culture, picking, and eating, makes this berry a win win for anyone. Continue reading
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Pink Zazzle Gomphrena is a unique garden worthy plant that will add loads of color to the edge of the border and last for months as a dried flower for fall and winter arrangments. Continue reading
Sarah Nixon of ‘My Luscious Backyard’ in Toronto, made a compelling demonstration that you can grow your own flowers and foliage to make your one-of-a-kind floral arrangements with very little space and time. Continue reading
Drum roll please!……..It is National Pollinator Week starting today and you need to start counting those bees. Go to my post Pollinator Week to see the drill, but it is real simple. Name the flower, and then do a quick count, … Continue reading