Grow Your Own Garden Giveaway – US/Canada – 3 Winners!

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Have you been bitten by the gardening bug?  Maybe it’s because you were looking for a hobby, perhaps you’re trying to save a little money.  Maybe you’re one of the people who are trying to eliminate pesticides, GMOs, and other naughty things from your life.  Well, then this is the giveaway for you!

We are giving away seed collections from Bentley Seed Co.  Bentley Seeds is a family owned company that takes great pride in their products.  Their seeds are guaranteed to germinate, they’re all non-GMO, and Bentley Seeds practices green initiatives.  Most of their seeds are also Heirloom varieties.  Awesome, right?

Winners will receive their choice of Vegetable, Herbs, Flowers, or a Mix.  There will be THREE winners who each receive 50+ packs of seeds!!

Enter in the Rafflecopter after the jump.

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How to Make Seed Bombs

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Gardening can be fun and exciting.  Personally, I’ve always been kind of jazzed by it, but my parents met at college – an Ag college.  And they’re both free spirits.  Sooo…my childhood experiences are kind of different than most peoples. 

While I think it’s exciting to know that the seeds that are sown are going to turn into tasty veggies, vivid flowers, and flavorful herbs and spices, some people need a little more instant gratification.  That’s where thesefun garden projects from Miracle Gro come in. 

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Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

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It’s Spring Time again!  Seriously, where does all this time go when it’s flying by so crazy-fast?  Anyway, Spring signifies a time of renewal and  a time of rebirth.  The trees are budding out, and, in my area at least, the Dogwoods and Magnolia trees are in full bloom.  I’m planning my vegetable garden.  Life is good.

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Growing the Garden and Preserving the Harvest

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Alright, I’ve gone and done it now.  What’s “it” you ask?  I committed to a community garden!  I think it’s going to be a ton of fun. And super awesome.  Of course, the idea is still somewhat new, but we’ve always had gardens.  Unfortunately, in my current place, there is just absolutely no space to have any type of garden. 

So my  community garden plot is just a big ol’ rectangle of tilled up earth right now, but it has tons of potential!  I have visions of tomatoes and zucchini and radishes dancing in my head.  One of the other features that drew me to this group was the fact that they donate a portion of their harvest to the local food banks.  We all know how important it is to eat fresh produce, how expensive it can be, and how difficult produce can be to purchase.   

We’ll be doing posts about the garden, recipes, and gardening tips.  We’ll probably also do some preserving and canning tips and recipes.   If you have a related company or product  that you’d like to see featured in our Growing the Garden and Preserving the Harvest series, contact me!  You can use the contact form, or the direct email address on the press page. 

The Perfect Easter Flowers – A Guide

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Easter is the perfect time to surprise a loved one with a beautiful bouquet, thanks to the fact that it heralds the arrival of spring and the wonderful flowers it brings with it. If you're thinking about doing just that, read our guide for some inspiration when it comes to the particular blooms you can choose at this time of year.

Tulips

Tulips might have a long association with the Netherlands, but they're also an incredibly popular flower for both growing and giving in the UK. One of the great things about tulips is the sheer number of varieties and colours you can choose from, meaning it should be easy to create the perfect bouquet incorporating the recipient's favourite shade, although yellow would be particularly good for Easter.

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Container Gardening with Miracle Gro

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I live in an apartment and don’t have much space for a garden, but I love to have green plants growing around me.  One of these days, I will have a yard and a place to plant in the ground but for now, container gardening fills the gap.
 
I was looking at the videos on the Gardenieres site, and found one about growing plants in containers.  When I found it, my first thought was, literally, ‘that is right up my alley!’ I have a couple of plants on my patio that I want to try to keep over the winter, and would like to start a little herb garden.  The video was full of information and gave me the knowledge to try my green thumb.
 
 

 
The video pointed out the importance of having the right sized pots, as well as making sure you use the correct potting mix and fertilizer.  Miracle Gro makes a couple of great Potting Mixes, the Standard Miracle Gro Potting Mix, which contains a slow release plant fertilizer that will feed your plants for up to six months; or the new Expand n Gro Potting Soil, which expands to three times its original size when water is added.  This means that it has superior water and nutrient retention.
 
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They also make a couple of fertilizers that are ideal for container gardening; Miracle Gro LiquaFeed that is mixed with water, or “the lazy man’s fertilizer” Shake n Feed fertilizer that is sprinkled on the soil once or twice per year.  This definitely sounds like my kind of gardening!
 
Between the video guidance and Miracle Gro’s products, I know that container gardening is going to be a win-win situation.  With the weather getting colder outside, it’s really time to move those plants indoors; and maybe even get some new plants for the holidays!
 
Have questions about your own garden?  Connect with experts and fellow gardeners on the Miracle-Gro Facebook page
 
 Container Gardening with Miracle Gro

 Container Gardening with Miracle Gro

Freshening up with Mums for Fall

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!  I love it when the leaves start to change, the days get noticeably shorter and the kids go back to school.  I also adore the fact that we get to start breaking out sweaters and jeans and scarves and boots.  I always Find beauty in the Fall

 Freshening up with Mums for Fall

I spent most of my life on the West Coast, where we didn’t have such a distinct changing of seasons.  After living in the Midwest for a few years, I’m all about the seasons!  One of the things that really threw me for a loop, though, was all the people planting mums when autumn rolled around.  I mean, people that rarely cut their grass are out there transplanting these huge, gorgeous mum plants and doing Fall gardening.  

 

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Container Gardening

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We’ve always grown a lot of our own food.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to it this year, as the spring season was so weird. It was blazing hot for most of the cooler months, then cold when it was supposed to warm up.  What’s up with that?  Anyway, I kind of forgot to start my seeds.  It looks like I’ll have to make a trip to the nurseries to see what kind of vegetable plants they have in stock. 

Since moving last year, I have to grow everything in containers, too.  While that’s not the worst thing in the world, it’s not always super convenient.  Container gardening does require a little more care, making sure that you have adequate water and soil nutrients.  I try to buy organic soil when I can. 

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