Gardening Tips

5 Alternatives to ‘New Gold’ Lantana

by Jenny Peterson on June 19, 2014

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All of us in Texas and in other drought-stricken areas are familiar with lantana (Lantana spp.) — it’s that drought tolerant, deer resistant, colorful and nearly-always blooming tough-as-nails perennial that we all use in our gardens. When a plant is as bulletproof as lantana, you’d be crazy not to use it. BUT. There’s always a […]

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5 Easy Steps to Planting Strawberries

by Jenny Peterson on June 12, 2014

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A few weeks ago, I was a guest at P. Allen Smith‘s Moss Mountain Farm for an event called “Garden2Blog” — every year in the spring, Allen invites about 20 garden bloggers from around the country to gather, meet industry sponsors, learn about new plants and products and network with our colleagues. I’ve been honored […]

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Spring Online Gardening Reading

by Jenny Peterson on April 4, 2014

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I’m poppin’ up all over the place lately, and I didn’t even plan it this way! As a writer, I simply hand in things when my editors say they need them, and wait (im)patiently until they are published. I’m not gonna lie; it’s always fun to see something I’ve written in print, whether it’s online […]

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Tips for Year Round Veggie Gardening

by Jenny Peterson on April 3, 2014

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Just in time for spring planting is this cool infographic on veggie gardening from my friends at The Spigot. We gardeners are visual people, so I always love graphics like this one. Remember to check with your local County Extension Office for a more specific list of what to plant and when for your area! […]

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When I was a young gardener (in my late 20s/early 30s; I got a late start), I had no idea what I was doing. Married and a stay-at-home mom with two little boys and a tight budget, I began to garden. I started a vegetable garden and even tried some flowers. We lived on a […]

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January Garden Checklist

by Jenny Peterson on January 2, 2014

in Gardening Tips,Monthly Checklist

Welcome to 2014! Think there’s nothing to do in the garden this month? Pffft! We live in the South; there’s always something to do. Check out my garden chore list for January to keep you on track! Texas and Desert Southwest Gardener’s January Checklist Remodeling, decorating, and more ∨Hire a top interior designer, residential architect […]

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October Garden Checklist

by Jenny Peterson on October 1, 2013

in Gardening Tips,Monthly Checklist

I know it’s still the dog days of summer here in Texas, but can’t you feel the change coming? Recent mornings have been refreshingly cool (even though we are still hitting the upper 80s-lower 90s most days), and it makes me wanna get out in the garden in do all kinds of tomfoolery. If you […]

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We’ve Got A Winner for Indoor Plant Decor!

by Jenny Peterson on September 23, 2013

in Book Reviews,Gardening Tips

Last week my co-author Kylee Baumle and I decided to celebrate National Houseplant Week by hosting giveaways of our book, Indoor Plant Decor, on our blogs. I’m happy to say that I got many comments on my blog — thank you to all who entered! — and we have a winner. It’s Melissa Jones! Congratulations, […]

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Independent Garden Center Show: Favorite Product

by Jenny Peterson on August 29, 2013

in Gardening Tips

Last week, I attended the IGC (Independent Garden Center) trade show at Navy Pier in Chicago. I’ve been to this show before, and it’s a huge gathering of the best products, plants, soils, amendments, artwork — anything garden related — for the garden center buyer to buy or the garden writer to write about. I […]

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Bonnie Plants Container Contest

by Jenny Peterson on July 12, 2013

in Garden Design,Gardening Tips

A couple of months ago, I attended P. Allen Smith’s Garden 2 Blog event at his Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas. All of the participants were encouraged to create a container garden concept before the event using Bonnie plants (Bonnie Plants being one of the event sponsors) and three containers in graduating sizes […]

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