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6 hours ago

Easy care gardening trends for holidays - Troy Daily News



By Melinda Myers

For the Troy Daily News

Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year.

Terrariums. These mini greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small tropical plants, moisten the soil, close the lid and you have a self contained growing chamber. Show off your green thumb with a modern, classic or vintage style vessel.

Use the Gazebo Tabletop terrarium, classic bell jar or other mini garden as a centerpiece for the dining table or buffet. Or create a miniature garden in glass to give as a hostess gift. When the party is over, its a great memento of a fun holiday gathering.

Succulents. Growing succulents is another low maintenance garden trend that is perfect for busy gardeners during the hectic holiday season. Just place them in a sunny window and water whenever the soil is dry. Its truly as easy as that.

The small scale cacti and succulents provide a multitude of opportunities for incorporating them into your holiday celebrations. You wont need much space to enjoy the subtle colors and dramatic form of these drought tolerant plants. Just select containers that complement, but dont overpower their charm.

Consider buying a few extras for guests to take home and enjoy for years to come.

But first, use them to dress up the table by making them into place cards for your guests. Simply add a name to the decorative pot. Or display them all together in a copper plant tray (gardeners.com), terra cotta saucer or other shallow container to use as a centerpiece throughout the evening. When the party is over, each guest can pick their own plant to take home.

Air Plants. Unique and amazing air plants are all the rage and could certainly be described as the definitive easy care plant. Many are native to rain forests where they grow in the canopy of trees, gathering water and nutrients that pass by. No soil is needed for these versatile plants. Just hang them in a bright location and soak in tepid non-softened water once every week or two.

Display them in an open terrarium, shell, or another decorative container. They make great centerpieces or stunning displays.

Pothos, Philodendron and Ivy. These plants have long been low maintenance favorites of the indoor garden. This year, consider dressing them up for the holidays with sparkling garland, artificial flowers, berries and greens.

Or display them in unique containers, baskets or hangers. Go retro and macram a colorful hanger for your favorite hanging basket. Or place the pot in an earthy woven basket, sleek plastic pot or classic Round Copper Wire Globe hanging basket. Add some fairy lights for a bit more sparkle on long winter nights.

Make this holiday season warm and memorable with the help of these low maintenance garden trends and plants. You, your family and friends will enjoy their beauty, charm and easy care nature throughout the new year ahead.



Gardening expert Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardeners Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melindas Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers website is www.melindamyers.com.

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2 months ago

Colorado Master Gardeners: Gardening with beneficial friends ... - Steamboat Pilot & Today

Im nearing the end of my second summer in a passive solar house with an 80-foot expanse of south-facing windows. At 7,000 feet, where the outdoor gardening season can be fickle and short-lived, the idea of stuffing our large window planters with vegetables and enjoying vine fresh tomatoes at Christmas held huge appeal. Little did I know I was starting a whole new gardening adventure.

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5 months ago

Local Senior Couple Gets Needed Home Repairs Thanks to Volunteer Effort - ARL now

A senior couple who lives in Arlingtons Glencarlynneighborhood received free home repairs today thanks to a group of volunteers.

More than 30 volunteers from the localRebuilding Togetherorganization and Lowesworked throughout the day today to fix up the couples home inside and out. The couple was for the volunteer work based on need.

We bring volunteers to peoples homes to make repairs, said Patti Klein, executive director of Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church. They tend to be lower income homeowners that are seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and families with children.

The couple was having a very hard time getting up and down their front stairs, according to Klein. The husband also had heart surgery a few months ago.

The repairsincluded the installation of railings for both sides of the front steps, the installation of 16 storm windows, replacement of an A/C unit, and the installation of a carbon monoxidedetector, among many others.

Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church is one of 150affiliates across the nation. Nationally, the organization does10,000 projects a year. The local affiliate does 70 projects a year.Lowes has been a national partner since 2007 and donated$15,000 for todays repairs.

We got a great group of people here and we are going to do a lot of great stuff, said Tony Reyna, manager of aLowes store in Fairfax.

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8 months ago

Digging deeper into gardening - Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS Blooming flowers helped shoo away winter blues Thursday at the fourth annual Celebrate Spring Gardening event.

Attendees came from miles around to get their hands on vendors newest and latest trends in gardening and take advantage of an exclusive buying experience offered by area nurseries.

Master gardeners and other experts from Central Community College-Columbus and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension office in Platte County taught classes for experienced and newer green thumbs to have a bountiful season.

Ten classes were also offered to more than 140 gardeners in attendance who were looking to dig deeper into their hobby.

This years turnout was the highest since the event started in 2013.