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A Few Winter Gardening Tips to Keep You Warm

By: Lisa Briggs | January 16th, 2020 What a wacky couple of weeks it’s been weather-wise! A week ago today, the high temperature was 49 degrees. Today, many of us didn’t see anything above 20 degrees. And let’s think about snow totals for a minute. Despite the...

Early Early Early Seed Starting Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | January 16th, 2020 Did you know that the average grocery store’s produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator? That nearly 40% of our fruit is grown or produced in other countries? And that, even though...

Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By: Lisa Briggs | December 30th, 2019 Did you know that over eighty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions? I make a few gardening resolutions every year and don’t manage to keep any of them. Life and weeds get in the way of our best intentions every time....

Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

By: Lisa Briggs | December 30th, 2019 Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s a relief to direct our energy inward for a little while and focus on some new projects. Winter is such a great time to make plans for the future. You can gather the courage to put those...

The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

By: Lisa Briggs | December 5th, 2019 Every family has its own holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head get to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same holiday...

Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

By: Lisa Briggs | December 5th, 2019 There isn’t much now, but we’ve had a little snow. And it’s cold, so winter is definitely here. Some of us are missing the accumulation, but we’re probably in the minority. Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is...

How To Choose The Perfect Christmas Tree

By: Lisa Briggs | November 20th, 2019 Close on the heels of our Thanksgiving celebrations, comes one of the most harrowing of all the winter holiday experiences-the Selection of the Christmas Tree. Luckily, we live smack in the middle of tree central.  Of the 13,000...

Holiday Houseplants Make Excellent Gifts for Gardeners

By: Lisa Briggs | November 20th, 2019 Gardening in late November? Are we crazy? Most everyone we know is consumed with holiday decorating, shopping and entertaining, but you can still squeeze in a little winter gardening to satisfy your green thumb. And beautiful...

Holiday Christmas Tree: To LED… Or To Not LED…

By: Lisa Briggs | November 7th, 2019 Even though we’ve had some very early snow, there will be a few nice November days that are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday by hanging your Christmas lights. There’s no rule that says they need to be lit right away...

Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

By: Lisa Briggs | November 7th, 2019 Wow. Only November 7th and it has snowed three times already. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting above-average snowfall for the lower Great Lakes region, so the past week is a portent of weather to come. The snow will make it...
Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Given the interest in growing our own food, one resolution that many gardeners are considering is to start a compost pile. Not only will composting reduce your carbon footprint, but using the homegrown stuff will save you money.

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Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s a relief to direct our energy inward for a little while and focus on some new projects. Winter is such a great time to make plans for the future. You can gather the courage to put those gardening lessons learned last summer into practice.

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The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

Have you ever wondered how some of them got started? The origin of the Christmas tree is well documented. The modern version originated in Germany and spread to the United States in the 1820s with the influx of European immigrants.

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Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and happy in rooms sparkling with bright lights, views of any impending storms softened by steamy windows. This time of year we gather together to celebrate family and friends. But don’t forget your indoor gardening chores.

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Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting above-average snowfall for the lower Great Lakes region, so the past week is a portent of weather to come. The snow will make it difficult to get those bulbs in but stop into the Garden Center to save 50% on remaining tulips and daffodils and ask the Plant Information Desk for bulbs forcing instructions.

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