Garden Pollinators

Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystems. Approximately 80 percent of crops used for human consumption require animals like bees, butterflies, and even bats to transport pollen from one plant to another in order to reproduce. 

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a close up of a flower: For bees, colorful flowers are neon signs pointing to a rest stop.
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How To Free Up Time Spent In Your Garden

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Every gardener has experienced the moment when they wish they could spend less time working in their yard and more time kicking back and enjoying it.

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Create A Shade Garden

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Describing the specific serenity of a garden can be as difficult as choosing a favorite flower, but Stacie Abdallah, creator of lifestyle site Stacie’s Spaces, is apt to try. “There is something beautiful about watching a plant grow from a small seed into a plant that bears fruit,” she says. “As a result of having a garden, I have been able to feed my family, educate my children, and share our harvest with my extended relatives and friends. The garden has also served as a place of refuge from the world. I go out there and unwind in a way that is super fulfilling and refreshing.

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How to Create a Shade Garden—No Sun Necessary (msn.com)

July Gardening Tips

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A Kitchen Leftover That Help Your Plants

Eggshells

Eggs provide a delicious and healthy breakfast for you, and their shells provide a good “meal” to your plants as well, mostly in the form of calcium. Eggshells are loaded with this crucial mineral, which helps plants establish strong cell walls. Rinse the eggshells thoroughly, let them dry, and then crush with a pestle or a similar grinder. Then work a handful of the ground shells into the soil around your plants, whether in the flower bed or a container.

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Slide 2 of 14: Eggs provide a delicious and healthy breakfast for you, and their shells provide a good “meal” to your plants as well, mostly in the form of calcium. Eggshells are loaded with this crucial mineral, which helps plants establish strong cell walls. Rinse the eggshells thoroughly, let them dry, and then crush with a pestle or a similar grinder. Then work a handful of the ground shells into the soil around your plants, whether in the flower bed or a container.
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Garden Trick

Do a quick mason jar soil test

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Knowledge is power, in life and in gardening.  Determine if the soil composition of your garden space, is sandy, clay, or silt – even degrading compost.  Know what your soil makeup is using a mason jar “test” and then you can make adjustments as necessary.

21 Tricks That Will Change the Way You Garden (onecrazyhouse.com)

Garden Craft~Sundial

Sundials are classic garden ornaments, but they’re more than just decorative items — they’re useful and educational, too. Building your own garden sundial is a fun family project for a summer weekend, and it’s a great way for kids to learn firsthand how the position of the sun changes from hour to hour and season to season. 

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How to Make a Garden Sundial | how-tos | DIY (diynetwork.com)

Plants That Need To Grow Side By Side

a close up of a flower garden: Companion planting uses one species' advantages to help another. Check out these 13 power pairs!
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Companions help each other grow and use garden space efficiently. Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants. Vines can cover the ground while tall stalks grow skywards, allowing two plants to occupy the same patch.

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Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side (msn.com)