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Establish a Rain Garden!

Looking for a way to promote environmental stewardship this academic year? Create a rain garden this fall! While most school gardens are designed to be well-drained, often as a raised bed, a rain garden is planted in a depressed area to encourage water collection. This design enables rain gardens to trap stormwater and filter it before being released. Learn more about establishing a rain garden at your school: …See More
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Julia Parker-Dickerson posted a blog post

Volunteer Appreciation

How do you thank your garden volunteers? Maintaining school and community gardens is a group effort and it's tough to ask for more from the same group of volunteers again and again. Show your appreciation and attract new volunteers by offering perks like extra plants and produce and providing alternative volunteer opportunities like taking photographs, updating webpages or posting on social media. For more tips see our article on valuing volunteers. …See More
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"Watch this video to learn how to make a container water garden: http://goo.gl/3nceJe"
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"Am I the only one who gets excited when the yard waste is hauled away? 5 bundles of tree branches and 3 yard bags - the yard is growing!"
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"With summer heat and humidity in full swing, read this article on keeping mosquitoes at bay: http:// http://j.mp/1rjmeLg"
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Julia Parker-Dickerson posted a blog post

Summer Bird Feeding Tips

We're often advised to plant red flowers to attract hummingbirds. But do you know why this color is so alluring to hummers? I was surprised to learn from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that it's not because of an inherent preference for red. Turns out that other nectar sippers like bees and butterflies have an easier time finding pale colored flowers. In nature, red flowers tend to have more nectar in them because they aren't visited as often by insects. And the clever hummingbirds have learned…See More
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Julia Parker-Dickerson posted a blog post

Tips for maintaining container gardens

Container plantings often begin to look a little "peaked" by midsummer. If blossoming is getting sparse on trailing plants like petunias, cut them back to stimulate a new flush of growth and flowers. If your pot or hanging basket contains several plants, trim back any that have grown so vigorously they are over-running their neighbors. Some plants, lobelia for example, may take a break from blooming in the summer heat. Trim them back and you'll get a new flush of blossoms as the weather cools…See More
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Su Lok posted a status
"Columbus, OH is host to the American Horticulture Society's Youth Gardening Symposium - kids & gardens - love it!"
Jul 17
Head Gardener/Scotts Miracle-Gro posted a discussion

Today is Fresh Spinach Day!

Fun fact: today is “Fresh Spinach Day.” Are you growing spinachin your garden this year? If so, have you been eating it?See More
Jul 16
Head Gardener/Scotts Miracle-Gro posted a status
"Here’s a fun project for kids to beautify your garden – DIY garden stepping stones: http:// http://j.mp/1nxbcvV"
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Bee spotting

Again this year I have volunteer sunflowers in a bed next to my driveway. You can stand right next to it and watch the bees working the flowers. The flowers attract not only several kinds of bees but various flies, etc.I can't pile the camera lens onto the flower for a close-up without disturbing the bees, but I do have some ability to go to macro mode and then zoom in from a short distance away.This appears to be a honeybee, and a male green metallic bee - I had to look those up; I didn't know…See More
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Establish a Rain Garden!

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 28, 2014 at 10:21am 0 Comments

Looking for a way to promote environmental stewardship this academic year? Create a rain garden this fall! While most school gardens are designed to be well-drained, often as a raised bed, a rain garden is planted in a depressed area to encourage water collection. This design enables rain gardens to trap stormwater and filter it before being released. Learn more about establishing a rain garden at your school: …

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Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 25, 2014 at 12:31pm 0 Comments

How do you thank your garden volunteers? Maintaining school and community gardens is a group effort and it's tough to ask for more from the same group of volunteers again and again. Show your appreciation and attract new volunteers by offering perks like extra plants and produce and providing alternative volunteer opportunities like taking photographs, updating webpages or posting on social media. For more tips see our article on valuing…

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Summer Bird Feeding Tips

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 21, 2014 at 8:46am 0 Comments

We're often advised to plant red flowers to attract hummingbirds. But do you know why this color is so alluring to hummers? I was surprised to learn from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that it's not because of an inherent preference for red. Turns out that other nectar sippers like bees and butterflies have an easier time finding pale colored flowers. In nature, red flowers tend to have more nectar in them because they aren't visited as often by…

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Tips for maintaining container gardens

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 18, 2014 at 8:59am 0 Comments

Container plantings often begin to look a little "peaked" by midsummer. If blossoming is getting sparse on trailing plants like petunias, cut them back to stimulate a new flush of growth and flowers. If your pot or hanging basket contains several plants, trim back any that have grown so vigorously they are over-running their neighbors. Some plants, lobelia for example, may take a break from blooming in the summer heat. Trim them back and you'll get a new flush of blossoms as the weather…

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Today is Fresh Spinach Day!

Started by Head Gardener/Scotts Miracle-Gro. Last reply by Su Lok Jul 16. 1 Reply

Fun fact: today is “Fresh Spinach Day.” Are you growing spinachin your garden this year? If so, have you been eating it?Continue

Bee spotting

Started by Alex Silbajoris Jul 14. 0 Replies

Again this year I have volunteer sunflowers in a bed next to my driveway. You can stand right next to it and watch the bees working the flowers. The flowers attract not only several kinds of bees but…Continue

What's Your Gardens Story?

Started by Head Gardener/Scotts Miracle-Gro. Last reply by Alex Silbajoris Jul 10. 1 Reply

We’re all about transforming forgotten places into garden and green spaces. Does your garden or green space have an interesting back story?Continue

Tags: transform, stories, green, garden

Fruit for the Fourth!

Started by Head Gardener/Scotts Miracle-Gro. Last reply by Lindsay LaSala, SMG Jun 30. 1 Reply

What fruity dishes do you enjoy for the 4th of July holiday?Continue

Tags: party, recipes, celebration, independenceday, holidays

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