GARDENING LINKS

What to plant, how to plant, how to landscape, gardening tools and equipment. Everything you need for a green thumb.

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These are some nice nature sounds with music.
You can pick which track you want to listen to, or just let it play random tracks.
If you don't want to hear it, just hit the off button, which is a nice feature.
And you can make your own Playlist at , using other people's music.



GARDEN LANDSCAPING AND DESIGN

There are many interesting articles about many gardening things.

They have an interesting plant selector. You select the plant type, your zip code (for hardiness), lighting (sun/shade), plant height, color and season of color. Up pops all of the plants that fit into those categories. Very, very handy.
- Use special coupon # G5666 for 3 free Peacock Orchid Bulbs with any purchase! I am not sure how long this offer will last.

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"Providing the information needed to create, maintain, and cultivate a variety of different types and styles of home gardens." From Home Improvemenrt Steps.

"Let NWF be your guide as your transform your ordinary backyard into a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat site."

This site help you create your own backyard wildlife habitat that you and your family will be able enjoy for many years. From Wildlife Gardens.

Learn how to enjoy the beauty of bird life around your home, improve the "habitat" in your yard so that more birds will visit your property.
After clicking on the link above, go to "Backyard Birding" on the right, then go to "Landscaping for Migrant Birds. There isn't a normal link. ???

For home owners who desire to make the exterior of their homes as lovely and as comfortable as the interiors. From Improve Your Landscape.

Articles about landscaping with: container, bio-diversity, mulch, solar and spot lights, patio makeover, trellis, watering systems, ponds and water gardening. And much more. Very nice site. From Gardeners.com.

Among the most delightful visitors to the backyard garden are the hummingbirds. What and how to plant to attract the beautiful and mysterious birds.

Create your own wildlife habitat with this Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden. Buy the perennial plants here.

A nice article and a large list of links to Butterfly Gardening sites. It is easy to attract the butterflies if you plan your garden around them and these sites offer plenty of ideas, including: What type of plants, Where to locate the garden, How to provide shelter, How to help the caterpillars pupate

Experienced gardeners have no problem deciding when to plant their peas, how deep to put their tulip bulbs, or how much to water their geraniums. But when it comes to garden design, even the most seasoned gardeners begin to sweat.

YARD WORK - AS VIEWED FROM HEAVEN (overheard in a conversation between God and St. Francis):

God: Francis, you know all about gardens and nature; what in the world is going on down there in the U.S.? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistles and the stuff I started eons ago?
I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought, and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees, and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of color by now. All I see are patches of green.

St. Francis: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. They are called the Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

God: Grass? But it is so boring, it's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, bees or birds, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want grass growing there?

St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it has grown a little, they cut it....sometimes two times a week.

God: They cut it? Do they bale it like hay?

St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

St. Francis: No sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

God: Now let me get this straight...they fertilize it to make it grow and when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

St. Francis: Yes, sir.

God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

St. Francis: You aren't going to believe this Lord, but when the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

God: What nonsense! At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep the moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves become compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

St. Francis: You'd better sit down, Lord. As soon as the leaves fall, the Suburbanites rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

God: No way! What do they do to protect the shrubs and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

St Francis: After throwing the leaves away, they go out and buy something called mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

God: And where do they get this mulch?

St. Francis: They cut down the trees and grind them up to make mulch.

God: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. Saint Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

St. Catherine: "Dumb and Dumber," Lord. It's a really stupid movie about...

God: Never mind -I think I just heard the whole story from Saint Francis!

From http://www.MountainWings.com




GROWING THE GARDEN

How to grow a beautiful and bountiful garden in harmony with nature. Many comprehensive how-to articles on basic gardening skills and techniques, innovative ideas and success stories. Products for sale. Very nice site, Gradeners.com.

Many, many comprehensive tips and techniques to help your garden grow. Includes flowers, vegetables and herbs.

Identifying the problem is the first step in finding an earth-friendly way to reduce —or even eradicate—the damage caused by garden foes. Many articles and pictures.

Of the more than 1,000 species of begonias known to man, the tuberous begonias must be considered the most stunning. With up to 8-inch, showy flowers that bloom from summer to fall, tuberous begonias provide non-stop color when planted in containers and beds.

Lilies are loved by gardeners everywhere. These big, bright, and dependable flowers have an elegance that's unsurpassed. If you plant several different varieties, you can enjoy blooms all summer long.

Perennial plants are the backbone of nearly every flower garden. Unlike annual plants, which must be replanted each spring, herbaceous perennials die to the ground at the end of the season, and then regrow from the same roots the following year. People grow perennial flowers because they are such easy-care, dependable performers, and because they offer an enormous variety of color, texture and form. Here are the basics of perennial garden design, plant selection and care.

Growing in containers saves space, but it's also a smart alternative if you are restricted by too much shade, poor soil, too little time, limited mobility or a difficult climate. Container gardens can be much more productive than a regular garden while allowing you to avoid most pest and disease problems. Best of all, it brings your garden right up close, creating a sense of intimacy that you don't get in an ordinary backyard garden.

A great site that offers inspirational quotations, e-mailed to you each day. They will lift you up and get you moving. We enjoy this one daily, also.






CULTIVATED WILD FLOWERS

"In a world dominated by red geraniums, pink begonias and yellow marigolds, wildflowers possess a sweetly simple grace and elegance. Almost any landscape or garden, is enhanced by their presence." A very comprehensive article. Nice site.




GARDEN FURNITURE AND DECOR

Nothing livens up the backyard like a fire pit on a cool evening. Firepitsinc.com has hundreds of outdoor firepits and chimeneas to enhance your outdoor decor!

Shop for lawn and garden decor and outdoor garden accents like bird houses, bird feeders, statues, water fountains, suncatchers, windchimes, lanterns, candles, hammocks, and more at affordable prices.

They carry a large selection of unique and exquisite garden decor at discount and wholesale prices. You'll find water fountains, garden sculptures, garden furniture, birdhouses, bird feeders, plant stands, wind chimes and a host of garden accents.

The "Best Nest" sells wild bird feeders, including hummingbird feeders, squirrel proof bird feeders, and window bird feeders. Offers purple martin houses, bluebird houses, wood duck and songbird houses, bird baths, butterfly, bat, and ladybug houses. Satisfaction guaranteed.

They offer a huge selection of garden art, including: sun dials, fountains, statuary, globes, bridges, arbors, trellis, stepping stones, etc. There is also info on Bird Seed Facts, Selecting Bird Houses, Bird Feeders and Bird Baths. Click on "Wild Bird Care", then go down to "Wild Bird Information". I have not seen anything like the Bird Seed info. And the Bird House info is interesting. What ever it takes to attracts those little birdies.


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