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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.

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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Some Like It Hot-Tomatoes Do Not!

The hottest year on record has slowed down tomato production in the vegetable patch. Strategies for growing tomatoes are growing heat tolerant varieties and giving your plants a little afternoon shade. Continue reading

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The Monarch Diaries-Adult (Part 3)

The last stage of Monarch raising is the most magical-transforming into a butterfly! This generation of butterfly will make the 3000 mile journey to Mexico of California. Continue reading

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The Monarch Diaries-Caterpillar (Part 2)

Raising Monarchs inside to observe their incredible transformation is simple if you have a good supply of Milkweed and an easy to make enclosure made out of a tomato cage. Continue reading

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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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