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Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small. Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden. The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. …

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20+ Plants for A Shade Garden plus My Garden Make Over

Trying to get color and interest in a shade garden can be a challenge. But there are some that don’t mind it at all . In fact, these 20+ perennial and annual plants love the shade. There is a lushness about them that I really enjoy, too. My shade garden is thriving. I planted this …

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Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

My husband and I recently attended a wedding on the coast of North Carolina.  While we were there, we took the time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens at Manteo on Roanoke Island. Seeing statues that depict characters from real life is so inspiring. For another post on this type of experience, be sure to check …

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How To Make An Easy DIY Bean Teepee

This year, I changed my vegetable garden into a combined perennial/vegetable border.  It’s a long story but basically, the squirrels got the better of my veggies last year and I swore never again. Since I will have flowers and vegetables growing in one space, I wanted some decorative and functional items in it.  This DIY …

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The Garden Charmers Combine Perennials and Vegetables

What is better than a perennial garden bed and a vegetable garden bed?  Why, a garden bed that combines them both together.  And take it a step further and add herbs to the mix.  You will end up with one fantastic garden that meets all your needs.  And that is just what the Garden Charmers, …

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Today’s Garden Flower – My Bearded Irises are Blooming

Each morning, all during the spring and summer, I start my day with a walk around my flower beds.  I just love to see what has happened from the previous day.  I’ve been waiting for my bearded irises to bloom so it was a lovely surprise today. This particular variety is one of my great early …

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Fiddlehead Ferns – Culinary Delight from the Ostrich Fern

I was born in Maine, and one of my fondest memories is the collection of fiddlehead ferns each spring.  Even though I have moved away, each year my family boxes up a whole bushel of them and sends them to me by priority mail here in NC.  It’s always a special day when that box …

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My Garden In March – Spring has Sprung (or at least it is trying to)

It’s time to check out my garden in March to see what is blooming for me. This has been the longest winter ever.    I used to live in Maine and am used to long, cold winters. But here in North Carolina, normally, I have a lot of things growing, especially vegetables, by this time in …

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Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look. …

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The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a …

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Spring Fever in my Garden Starts in Winter

Oh the weather outside is frightful, or so the saying goes.  Here in Raleigh, we are not known for much cold weather in the winter, but this year has been different in that regard. We have had a couple of days of snow and several weeks of unseasonably cold weather, with temps getting down to …

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Moth Orchids – Phalaenopsis – Great Choice for Beginners

I have often thought that orchids are only plants that you should choose if you have green house conditions.  But on a recent trip to several home improvement stores, I have seen scores of beautiful moth orchids that are sitting in normal low light conditions for what seems like weeks on end without losing their …

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Frost Flowers – Natural Beauty in Nature

Nature’s Beauty:  Frost Flowers My husband loves National Geographic nature shows and watches them often.  The other day he told me about a show that he had watched on a phenomenon called frost flowers. I had never heard of these, so I wanted to research the topic to do an article for the site.  What …

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