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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.

The Monarch Diaries-Rearing Monarchs Egg to Adult (Part 1)

Raising Monarch Butterflies inside can be a fascinating activity for kids and adults. Milkweed and a few supplies is all you need to get started. Continue reading

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Easy Tomato Tart

Tomatoes are coming in fast and furious and I look for delicious ways to use them. Tomato Tart is a winner, easy and delicious. Continue reading

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Rearing Monarchs – Start With Milkweed

Rearing Monarchs in my house was one of my goals this year. But I needed a ready source of milkweed so I planted a milkweed and nectar meadow. Continue reading

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Butterflying

“Butterflying”, the hobby of observing and photographing butterflies is on the uptrend. Find out the best way to attract butterflies, the best places to see them in the wild, and tips to photograph them. Continue reading

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From Plot to Plate-Squash Sex in the Garden

Increasing your squash harvest is easy by using hand pollination and to recognize which flowers are male and which female. Using your excess flowers for stuffed squash blossoms is a great summer time food. Continue reading

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Squash Birth Control- Squash Blossom Recipes

The best part of growing squash is the blossoms that are so tender and versatile in summer recipes. Continue reading

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Healthy Fruit-Infused Water

Healthy infused water is an easy way to keep hydrated in the heat of summer. Using herbs, berries, and other fruits, and vegetables, you can whip them up in a few minutes. Continue reading

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Bee Balm-Pollinator Superstar

Commonly known as Bee Balm or Monarda, Bee Balm is “balm” to all flying insects and enjoyed by humans in teas and potpourris, and easy to grow. Continue reading

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National Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week, June 20-26, has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Continue reading

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Bee Catnip-Pollinator Superstar

If you possess at least one square foot of sunny or partially sunny garden space, you should plant Catmint, or better known in the trade as Nepeta, for longevity of bloom, ease of maintenance, and attraction to pollinators. Continue reading

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