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)

Plants That Need To Grow Side By Side

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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)

Mental Health~ Pottering

People who garden every day have wellbeing scores 6.6 per cent higher and stress levels 4.2 per cent lower than those who do not garden at all, the research from the Royal Horticultural Society found.

Pottering in the garden can improve wellbeing as much as exercise (msn.com)

Flowers To Plant This Spring Season

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  • 1. Pansies
  • 2. Marigolds
  • 3. Petunias
  • 4. Zinnias
  • 5. Sunflowers
  • 6. Sweet Pea
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Companion Plants

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

 Many believe that certain plant combinations have extraordinary (even mysterious) powers to help each other grow. Scientific study of the process, called companion planting, has confirmed that some combinations have real benefits unique to those pairings.

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a close up of a flower garden: Companion planting uses one species' advantages to help another. Check out these 13 power pairs!