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Common Gardening Mistakes

Common Gardening Mistakes

Gardening is a fun and rewarding task, but it can be incredibly stressful and complicated too. No gardener is perfect just like there is no such thing as the perfect garden, so, whether you’ve been gardening for six days or sixty years, we all make the odd mistake here and there. Of course, making mistakes gives you the opportunity to learn, but it’s always better to learn beforehand and avoid them when you can. Keeping that in mind, here are four common gardening mistakes everyone makes. Planting Way Too Early Once you’ve bought your seeds, soil, and everything else you need, it can be tempting to get planting right away. We all get impatient now and then, but you have to hold yourself back and resist the urge to start planting.… Read Full Post
How to Help Your Lawn Look Its Best This Summer

How to Help Your Lawn Look Its Best This Summer

If you would like to impress your guests this summer and make your garden look amazing then now is the time to focus on your lawn. This greenery is a great space for kids and pets to run around, but  – if not looked after – it can turn into a depressive green and brown patch. To make the most out of your garden space this summer, you should look after your lawn to look its best. Below you’ll find a few tips on getting started. Get Rid of Weeds Before you start organizing your garden and tidying up your yard, it is important to look out for the signs of damage. In the winter when the ground had little or no chance to dry out, moss might have started to grow in your lawn, and it is hard to kill.… Read Full Post
What Will Make The Most Difference To Your Yard Today?

What Will Make The Most Difference To Your Yard Today?

If you’re someone that tends to look out into your yard and sigh, then you may find that you tend to get frustrated with the state of your outside space. And it happens. Because our yards always seem to take a lot of work and maintenance to look and feel great all of the time. But when you’re busy it’s not always easy to prioritize your yard maintenance – particularly when you’re just trying to stay on top of your interiors. So, instead, find a few things to make a difference right away. If you don’t want to wait forever or put too much time and money into your yard, but you want instant results, here are five things that can make a difference in your yard today.… Read Full Post
Building The Right Boundaries For Your Garden

Building The Right Boundaries For Your Garden

When it comes to the garden, there’s a lot you can do to make sure it stays looking fresh, growing food, supporting any animals you have, and simply remaining your own at the end of the day. However, if you’re building a boundary for yourself, there’s a lot of things you can do wrong that means your plants and trees will spill out, and you won’t have any security from the rest of the outside world. Thankfully, this post is here to bridge the gap for you. So if you’re out to make the garden of your dreams, work your way from the outside in.   Trim and Edge Your Lawn This is more of an inner boundary of course, but it still matters quite a lot when concerning both the look and functionality of your backyard space.… Read Full Post
Using Pinterest for easy garden design

Using Pinterest for easy garden design

Today I am writing a short article on how I use Pinterest for easy garden design tools. Yes, Pinterest can become a black hole of time spent looking endlessly at home decor, gardens, plants, pets and everything else I never even knew I wanted.  But, it can also be inspirational, insightful and help you organize your thoughts. I swear, Pinterest really can help with easy garden design and especially plant selection. Plant Selection Okay, I admit that some direction is needed. Do you have an idea in mind? One of my projects last summer was adding a new mixed perennial and shrub bed outside of our kitchen window and near our back deck. One new bed a year has been my self imposed limit! … Read Full Post
Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Spring

Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Spring

Winter isn’t over but do you wonder what has become of your lawn and garden? After winter,  grass, trees and shrubs are hungry and weak. Your lawn and garden lay dormant and was entirely covered of snow and ice. They need to be brought back to life but how can you go about preparing your lawn or garden for spring?   It is important that your lawn and garden needs to be prepared for spring. If you do not do so, they will be in poor health and you will need to deal with a lot of problems in the coming years. In order to avoid those problems, here are ways on preparing your lawn and garden for spring.     Prepare Your Equipment  A few weeks before spring check your lawn care equipment.… Read Full Post
Too late to plant tulips?

Too late to plant tulips?

In a word, No! Now is a great time to get out there and plant tulips before the ground freezes. Until recently the weather was really warm and although the calendar said it was a good time to get these planted, my shorts and t-shirt indicated it was a little early. Well that has certainly changed and the time to plant tulips can’t be put off much longer. When to plant tulips? When your elephant ear bulbs quit looking like this… And instead start looking like this: My bulbs from Colorblends arrived in mid September but the warm weather was keeping all of my tropical plants looking great. I tell myself that they actually do better with a hard freeze to knock down the growth, but that may also be because I just don’t have it in me to remove these really great looking plants.… Read Full Post
Baby Robins… Throwback Thursday

Baby Robins… Throwback Thursday

Our busy spring included many changes and one of the things I really enjoyed was watching this clutch of baby robins. The beautiful blue eggs are like little jewels in the spring months and I was so excited to see these inside an electric panel box near our house. With a small opening about two inches round, this was a perfect protected space for these baby robins to grow.  So for this Throwback Thursday (perhaps I should call it “catch up on things you forgot to share” Thursday?) I hope you enjoy these images of “my” baby robins.   Baby Robins May 1: Robins usually lay one egg per day, creating nests of 3-6 eggs. The Iowa DNR says, “She then sits on the eggs for 16 to 17 days and spends another 16 to 17 days at the nest feeding the little hatchlings.… Read Full Post
Moving plants to our new home

Moving plants to our new home

Moving plants, or should I say, moving with plants?  Moving itself is a torturous experience, but combine that with fretting about how you will move your great plants collected over the years and you’ve got your hands full. I am happy to write that Mike and I are now settled in to our new Zone 5 (okay, maybe 4) home in Iowa.  It was very tough to leave our friends and careers in Florida, but we are excited about this new adventure. I know this sounds crazy, but I was very stressed out about my plants and what would be able to move with us and what would have to be left behind. I established very early in our moving process that I would require one large Tupperware container to go in the trunk of the car we were driving.… Read Full Post
Golden Trowel Award from LawnStarter

Golden Trowel Award from LawnStarter

I am so happy to share this with our readers! MissSmartyPlants has been named with some of the Top Gardening Blogs as one to follow!  Do you follow other gardening blogs? This list includes some really great writers and gardeners. Enjoy the full list of top gardening blogs here. There are thousands of incredible bloggers who share stories, photos and knowledge about gardening and sustainable living. LawnStarter’s editorial team scoured the internet to put together a list of winners for LawnStarter’s Top Gardening Blogs of 2016, taking into account blog posts and other online activity during the year. Winners were judged on their reputation on Google, influence and popularity in social media, and quality and consistency of posts. So without further ado, in no particular order, allow us to announce the winners of our first-ever Golden Trowel Award.… Read Full Post

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