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Gardening: Our Favorite Hobby

Janaury is National Hobby Month! We might be a little biased, but gardening is our favorite hobby for a number of reasons: 1. Great family activity! Gardening can help kids learn responsibility, learn new skills and is a great science experiment for them. They can not only learn about parts of a plant, but what they need to grow, practice their colors, measuring, and more. Gardening can also help teach your children about sustainability and conservation. 2. Benefits your physical health! Gardening is a great physical exercise. From tilling and planting to watering and weeding, there is always something to do in your garden to help get you moving. 3. Benefits your kitchen! When planting edible crops, you will harvest home-grown, organic produce...

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Indestructible Houseplants

Houseplants are not only a decorating trend for 2022, but they offer a variety of health benefits for you in your home. Knowing the tpye of light you have, how much water to give these plants and the containers they should be planted in are all necessary for a successful houseplant.  Here are ten low-maintenance houseplants that we recommend:  Sansevieria: Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or the Snake Plant, this plant has foliage that come in a variety of colors and patterns.  They are a succulent and are very forgiving, making them a great plant for when you leave on vacation for a week. Philodendron: The key to this beautiful green-leafed plant is light.  They thrive in nearlyto fully direct sunlight.  There are...

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2022 Garden Trends

Each year, industries try to predict what will be the new trends for the upcoming year. After a year of uncertainty and the unexpected occurring, this year's trends are a reflection of how our world has changed.  PANTONE  For 2022, Pantone has announced that its color of the year is Very Peri (PANTONE 17-3938). This beautiful color helps us embrace a time of transition, from a time of isolation and quarantine to a new world of possibilities and hope.  "Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression." (pantone.com) If you want to incorporate this color into your garden, you can look to annuals...

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Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas came quickly this year! Need a few last minute gifts and stocking stuffers?  Or maybe something to bring to the hostess of that holiday party? Here are a few ideas that will help you mix it up and keep your loved ones thinking of you as they enjoy their gift:  Amaryllis, Paperwhite or Hyacinth Bulb Kit: These kits come with everything you need, the bulb, the pot and the soil.  All they’ll have to do is plant it, water it and watch it grow. Measuring the growth each day makes a great project for kids during the winter months.  Cyclamen: These beautiful flowers have a great history to them with this holiday, being that they were the original Christmas flower.  In the 1950s, poinsettias became more...

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Extending the Life of Your Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a staple decoration for your home during this special time of year. The beauty is still the same as it has always been, however, the choice is now a little more difficult. While years ago, one might have only seen red and white varieties, there are now well over 1000 different varieties to choose from.   Choose from brilliant reds, pinks, whites, rich maroon, marbled and speckled colors. For a modern twist on the classics, try one called Tapestry.  This poinsettia has variegated leaves with red flowers.  Or try a new color this year, like Sparkling Punch, which is a pink poinsettia with splashes of white on the blooms.  Poinsettias are also available in a variety of sizes.  From the small 4½” pot...

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