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Control Squash Bugs 12 ways – How to Kill Squash Bugs

Trying to control squash bugs can seem like an insurmountable task when you find them in your vegetable garden.  If you grow zucchini or squash, you may be familiar with trying to deal with a squash bug infestation. These bugs can do a huge amount of damage, particularly to new plants. Young seedlings and plants …

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Attracting Monarch Butterflies – Start Seeing Monarchs Day – First Saturday

Would you like tips for attracting monarch butterflies to your yard this year?  I’ve been seeing them in my garden for a few weeks now. The first Saturday in May is marked National Start Seeing Monarchs Day. What an appropriate national day for this time of the year!  This day was chosen to raise people’s …

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20 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year – Updated

There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the southern part of the USA, to very hardy perennials that keep coming back after a freezing winter outside. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a …

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13 Tips for Growing Liatris – Attract Bees like a Magnet!

If you want to attract both butterflies and bees to your garden this year, try growing liatris. This perennial corm flowers in mid summer with a blast of flowers that are a magnet for them. I have 10 garden beds around my home and I’m always interested in growing perennials of all types since they come …

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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – Healthy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bar

These strawberry oatmeal bars have a luscious fresh strawberry center that sits on a whole wheat pastry flour base and is topped with a buttery streusel crumble.  They are the perfect way to make use of fresh strawberries that are so plentiful right now. Every year, about this time, I come back from the Farmer’s …

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when planting. The right type of flowers and color are the key to attracting these beauties. There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, fluttering their wings the way only hummingbirds …

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Champagne Popsicles – Adult Frozen Desserts that Beat the Heat

These champagne popsicles are a boozy sweet treat that is just for mum and dad though. ] No kids allowed! I love Popsicle recipes in the summer time. They are easy to make, fun to eat and really beat the heat.  Making popsicles at home is a fun and inexpensive way to beat the summer …

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Growing Hollyhocks – A Traditional Cottage Garden Favorite-

If you love perennial plants with a long blooming season, you will likely have a fondness for growing hollyhocks. This lovely perennial is a popular garden favorite that flowers throughout most of the summer months. Hollyhocks (Puccinia malvacearum) are often found in cottage gardens.  They make a great background plant for shorter perennials and come …

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Balloon Flower – Tips for Growing Platycodon grandiflorus

Balloon Flower, or Platycodon grandiflorus, is also known as Chinese Bell flower. The common names of this pretty perennial plant come from the plump found flower buds that resemble hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns before they open. Growing Balloon Flower Perennial This hardy and easy care perennial is one of my favorite summer blooming perennials. The …

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Add A Blast of Sunshine with Yellow Flowers for Water a Flower Day

Nothing quite brightens a mood like cheerful yellow flowers.  There are loads of annuals and perennials that bring this bright splash of color to your garden. The contrast of the cheerful color against the green leaves makes a fabulous play in a garden bed. Did you know that May 30 is Water a Flower Day?  …

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Summer Garden Tips & Garden Tour – Garden Maintenance in the Summer

My gardens are the big love of my life this time of the year.  I spend hours outside tending them.  I have 10 garden beds on a block that is about 1/2 acre and I do things to improve the look of them each year.   These summer garden tips will ensure that you have …

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Astilbe Companion Plants – What to Grow with Astilbe

Astilbe is a gorgeous perennial that is right at home in a shady moist garden.  You can grow it alone, but a well designed garden looks better with more than just one type of plant. These astilbe companion plants like the same moisture and light conditions and will make a beautifully coordinated garden bed. Selecting companion …

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Creative Metal Yard Art – Bugs – Flowers – Critters

Decorating your yard with creative metal yard art can add a wonderful touch of whimsy to your outdoor garden space! I recently spent a week in a lovely cottage in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was a great get away with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. We spent the time driving around the …

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Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

This tasty double dark chocolate ice cream is dairy free, gluten free and also great for those on a vegan diet. The warm summer months are the time for a big helping of your favorite cold desserts.  It is loads of fun (not to mention tasty) to dig into a bowl of creamy, rich and …

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Best Frozen Dessert Recipes – Treat Your Taste Buds to Summer Time

These frozen dessert recipes are some of my favorites for summer. I am a foodie.  I have loved to cook since I was a teenager.  I’ve gone through just about every phase there is from raw foods to trendy and esoteric, high end cooking.  One of my favorite TV shows is Top Chef. So, it …

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