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About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.

Winter Squash Roundup with the Best Soup Recipe Ever

Winter squash are some of the healthiest vegetables around and are easy to grow or inexpensive to buy. Butternut Squash soup with Calvados, Feta Cheese, and Prosciutto is a great way to experience Butternut squash. Continue reading

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Christmas Wreath-Ordinary to Extraordinary

Wreath making is easy by starting with a pre-made base and adding some additional materials found in your landscape, making a custom made wreath for your door. Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For quick last minute centerpiece ideas for the Thanksgiving table, use gourds and candles. Continue reading

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Deck the Halls-Homemade Decorating for the Holidays

Grab your glue gun, pruners, or pastry bag, and browse your favorite Pinterest boards and blogs. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and I’ll be serving up a hearty helping of crafting inspiration to get your house ready for the onslaught of family and friends. Continue reading

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Bulbs in Pots-Portable Containers for Spring

Planting bulbs in pots now in the fall ensures that you will have pots of flowers to enjoy in the spring outdoors. Continue reading

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Succulent Pumpkins for the Fall

Pumpkins and succulents are a natural pairing for indoor arrangements or porch decor. Continue reading

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Growing Gourdzilla Champion Pumpkins

Growing competitive record breaking mammoth pumpkins has become a sport among home growers. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears, goes into producing one of these blue ribbon winners. Continue reading

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Pesticide Free Nurseries and Seed Companies

Keeping an organic garden means planting seeds and plants that haven’t been treated with Neonics. Find out which nurseries and seeds companies don’t use these chemicals. Continue reading

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Dried Flowers 101

The art of dried flowers is coming back in fashion. Find out which flowers dry best with little effort to last for years to come. Continue reading

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Little Prince Eggplant

Growing veggies in containers on your deck or patio is easy using the right varieties. Little Prince is a perfect candidate for containers as it produces an abundance of small delicious eggplants all season long. Continue reading

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