Gardening – Gets Better!

by on May 19, 2011

Bring On the Bats and Butterflies

Free garden help is hard to come by. So why not find some new ways to rake in the hired help?

Bat bungalowBat bungalow

Bats get a bad rap, but the truth is they’re a huge help to gardeners. In a single night, one bat can consume thousands of mosquitoes, as well as other pests that harm our favorite plants. How can you repay the favor? Put up a bat bungalow! Place it in the sun about 12 to 15 feet off the ground, and those hard-working bats will enjoy a great new home.

Butterfly feeder

Butterfly feeder

Beautiful and busy helpers, butterflies pollinate the garden and put on a gorgeous show. Keep them energized with a butterfly feeder. Just fill it with nectar or overripe pieces of fruit to keep the show going.

Try This Pretty Garden Theme for Your Spring Bunch

Brunch and spring go hand-in-hand. Graduations, wedding and baby showers, and spring birthdays give us plenty of reasons to celebrate.

On these happy occasions, wouldn’t it be nice to spruce up the table with something extra special—especially something that reflects the beauty of our spring gardens? We think so, and we’ve even got some ideas for you.

Sprout and Vine Tea Towels

Sprout and Vine Tea Towels

Too pretty for drying dishes, these garden-inspired towels add a luxurious touch to any serving tray. Or use them to cover warm rolls or muffins.

Arbor Felt Coasters

Arbor Felt Coasters

These oak-shaped, double-sided coasters are made from natural wool felt and look great under a glass of champagne.

Blue Ribbon Flower Holder

Blue Ribbon Flower Holder

Create your own arrangements with fresh, dried, or artificial flowers using this easy-to-use holder based on a tried-and-true 1936 design.

Delicious Recipes for Your Garden Harvest

There’s nothing more fun than growing fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits in your garden. But being stuck with a fridge full of edibles and not knowing what to do with them? Not so fun.

Next time you’re at your local bookstore or library, check out this crop of new books that combine solid gardening advice with creative recipes for your harvest.

Growing at the Speed of Life

Growing at the Speed of Life

gives you practical growing advice in an accessible, conversational tone. It features more than 100 recipes, including a delicious-sounding one for pureed roasted turnips.

The Kitchen Garden Cookbook

The Kitchen Garden Cookbook

is a gorgeous full-color collection of recipes for everything from rhubarb to rutabagas. Helpful sidebars give expert tips on harvesting and preserving.

The Complete Kitchen Garden

The Complete Kitchen Garden

goes a step beyond recipes and plant care—it also provides plans for specialty gardens such as a family garden, a garnish garden, and a patio garden.

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