It is a lot of fun to decorate clay pots with your kids. Begin with a clean, smooth pot and then add imagination. You can paint the outside of the pot with acrylic paint. If you want to achieve a “color wash” look, you can either thin the paint (craft stores carry products for this purpose) or apply the paint and then gently wipe some of it with a paper towel while it’s still wet. Another option is to glue and seal some photos, magazine clippings, or paper drawings to your container. This can be done with Mod Podge—a glue, sealer, and finish all in one. It comes in different finishes including a “sparkle” version to add some glitz to your craft. Use one coat to glue-on the material and another to seal over the surface. For more information, click here for a more extensive article on Decorating Clay Pots. SOURCE: http://www.kidsgardening.org/node/13761
Did you know you shouldn't shake the snow off your plants? Snow is an excellent insulator against the cold and the wind. Most plants, especially evergreens like boxwood, benefit from the thick blanket snow can provide. Now, in a super wet and heavy snow its a good idea to remove some of the snow. You don't want branch to start breaking under the snow load. But under normal conditions the plants can cope perfectly with snow. Their branches will flex and conform to the snow's needs, and when the snow melts in spring the memory within the branches will return them back to normal. #LetsGrowGreenTogether #winter #tips
The gardening trend we expect to see most in 2016 is: "Syncing With Nature."
Connecting with nature for your health
Take it from us, gardening is great for your spiritual, mental and emotional well-being. This year, while spending time in your garden, be sure to inhale deeply and savor all the fresh air around you. When your hands are covered with dirt after a hard days work, think about how dirt sustains life.
Incorporate more native plants in the garden
When planning your landscape this year, try to utilize as many plants and shrubs that are native to your area as possible. They are critical for maintaining biodiversity, which is what ensures a well-rounded environment for other plants, insects and wildlife to not only enjoy, but flourish in.
Create a hardier landscape: More trees, shrubs, and evergreens; fewer annuals.
While annuals need to be replanted yearly, using a majority of trees, shrubs and evergreen will create a landscape that will last year after year when cared for properly. An established landscape will also do wonders for your home or business' drive up appearance.
Tiny gardens for tiny spaces.
No matter how much or how little space you have, you can create a garden best suited to your needs. There are countless DIY instructions out there for container gardens and raised beds. Get creative!
Reducing chemical use in the garden.
We recommend using as many natural gardening products in your landscape as possible. While chemical treatments might seem to be more efficient, they are actually more harmful to our environment in the long-run. Using natural products will protect your plants without causing unnecessary harm to their surroundings.