eCollegeFinder Garden Blogs Award

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We’re celebrating Arbor Day, Earth Day, and National Garden Month by recognizing bloggers who are devoted to giving back to the Earth. The eCollegeFinder Top Garden Blogs are rich with tips and tricks for gardeners of various skill levels. We hope you will find the Top 52 Garden Blogs helpful in the garden, whether you’re planting your first seed or already possess the greenest of thumbs. Visit the Top Garden Blogs by clicking the links below!

Thanks to all of our voters and congratulations to the eCollegeFinder Top 52 Garden Blogs Award Finalists! Please email any questions or comments about the competition to awards@ecollegefinder.com.




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Mel Bartholomew

My blog is all about the simplest, easiest, least costly way to garden - Square Foot Gardening - right from the founder himself - me. I teach all the nuances and basics of the system as well as share stories of how it was started and the work we do around the world.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip is that you can start anywhere at almost any time because you don't need any tools, there are no weeds, and you can grow in as small a space as 2'x2' with Square Foot Gardening. It's for all ages and a great way to bond with aging parents or grandparents. Click here to read a post I've written for beginners to try and dispel any excuses to not start a garden.

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Tootsie Time

Tootsie Time is a place where people can come to get tips on gardening and living creatively! I share my garden and interior design adventures as they come and hope to entertain my readers along the way! I love to inspire and to be inspired by blogging!

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
If there is one thing I would say to an aspiring gardener, it would be that there are no hard fast "rules". Plant what you like. There is no such thing as an ugly garden... or one too small. Do what you are comfortable with and love what you grow!

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Sunray Gardens

This is a gardening site with photos of shrubs, trees, conifers, and perennials, both deciduous and evergreen, listed with botanical names as well as common names, tnformation on care, and how they are used in the garden.


What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Plant what you love and enjoy, even if it's difficult to find, and you will enjoy the gardening experience so much more. It will be a labor of love rather than work.

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Serenity in the Garden

A fun and informative blog on all things 'landscape' - plants, design, cool ideas, teachers, writers, thinkers, etc. Most of all it is a way to connect with other kindred 'green' spirits out there. I share what I have learned from my 40 years in the landscape design and planning profession.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Experiment – do not be afraid to try new ideas, new plants, and new products. And do not forget that the soil is the basis of all great gardens and landscapes... living, rich soil is the key.

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MySecretGarden

MySecretGarden is a blog of an amateur gardener. It has garden and travel-related stories (often humorous), interpretative reviews of tour gardens, gardening tips, and garden and travel photography.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Gardening is a source of joy and happiness. Take a break from gardening if it becomes a hard chore for you and go listen to a great gardening expert with a sense of humor! In communicating with other gardeners, I choose to meet people who can provide me with useful information, a desire to experiment, and who teach not to feel guilty if you fail. I don't compare myself with other, more successful gardeners and approach any situation with a sense of humor - it's very important to be happy. Click here to read a post from MySecretGarden on the subject.

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Mal's Allotment

An allotment, a camera, and a disorganized compulsive obssessive.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Keep records: What you have sown, when, what the conditions were and (the easy bit) how things turned out.

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AZ Plant Lady

Helping people to realize that gardening isn't difficult and that anyone can grow a beautiful, low-maintenance garden. Simple gardening tips make it easy for you to enjoy your time in the garden. No garden is perfect and it is fun to learn along the way.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Gardening is a learning process and there is no 'perfect' gardener or garden.

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The Laptop Gardener

I am hooked on plants! I just can’t get enough about plants and gardens and I love to share this crazy passion through my blog – growing, admiring, eating, smelling, reading about, visiting around the world, dreaming of, you name it. If it’s about gardens I will write about it.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Start small and focus on just what gets you excited the most about plants and gardening.

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PlantPostings

PlantPostings provides tips and ideas on plants that grow well in a northern U.S., zone 5 shade gardens. Special columns include the regular “plant of the month” and the quarterly meme “Garden Lessons Learned Through the Seasons,” which draws participation from gardeners around the world.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Get your fingernails dirty! Seriously, don’t be afraid to experiment and literally dig right in to gardening projects. Don’t be discouraged by plants that don’t survive — it happens to gardening experts and seasoned gardeners, as well. Most of all, find time to sit back and enjoy the results of your hard work.

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Dirtiest Kid in the World

My blog is about urban food gardening in the center of San Antonio. My husband is a professional gardener, but I am more of a beginner. I write to encourage new gardeners to give veggie gardening and chickens a chance and to share the things I have learned along the way.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip for new gardeners is to not get discouraged by all the complicated gardening information out there. It can seem overwhelming but people have been gardening forever. Just find some dirt and some seeds and give it a shot.

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Roses and Other Gardening Joys

A cheerful and informational blog about every joy found in gardening. Joy not only comes from blooms and harvests, but also bees, butterflies, dew drops, rain, spiderwebs, etc. There is a limitless abundance of joy to be found in a garden.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
A little research about plant zones, light conditions, and watering needs can go a long way toward success. However, the best part about gardening is the activity, not necessarily the results. Remember, every year is a new opportunity for education, experimentation, improvement, and success.

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Voice in the Garden

Voice in the Garden is about the finer things in our life: gardening, whether within our landscape or the organic heirloom vegetable garden; the birds and wildlife that choose to be here; a few hens added in the mix; cooking and sharing recipes; and enjoying it all with family and friends.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip for an aspiring gardener is to be patient and allow things to evolve. After all these years I am still in awe of watching a tiny little seed become an amazing plant; always enjoy the process.

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In the Garden

Our In the Garden blog is a team blog where my co-poster (Skeeter) and I share our experiences, trials, triumphs, challenges, and every day living in the garden. We take you, the reader, along for a fun ride with everything we talk about. Subjects range from family, plants, shrubs, landscape design, wildlife, memorabilia, happenings in the garden world, trips, garden art, and so much more!

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Never EVER stop learning and experimenting in the garden and in life!

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The Common Milkweed

The Common Milkweed is a blog about gardening, nature, thrift, living lightly, and finding inspiration, all on our central Ohio farm, wildlife haven, and folk art studio. We shape our lives around these things and gardening always tends to be at the center.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Observe, observe, observe! For example, take the time to investigate and learn about the different soils on your property before you choose your garden site. Soils can vary dramatically over short distances and a gardener can very easily choose a site with poor soil conditions for gardening when a much better site may well be within reach on the same property. A good place to start looking for soil information is your local soil and water conservation district.

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The Garden Buzz

The Garden Buzz seeks to share my adventures in gardening while providing solid science-based advice. I want people to find the joy in gardening, not the drudgery of yard work. I practice a laissez-faire, and some might say lazy approach to gardening by recommending "the right plant for the right place" to avoid problems; make sure the light, soil, hardiness zone, and site is correct and your plants will grow.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Click here to read a post about The Garden Buzz's daughter, a grad student starting her first garden.

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The Sage Butterfly

Throughout my life I have found nature to be a teacher and a respite. There are not many places I feel more comfortable than sitting among the trees and plants or working in my garden. The Sage Butterfly reflects my love of nature through photographs, garden how-to's, and the celebration of the natural world. Some past posts include: How We Built Our Tiered Raised Bed Vegetable Garden on a Slope, All About Companion Planting, and My Garden Notebook - a monthly journal of my garden.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Be patient with yourself. As you begin to garden, you will find it overwhelming from time to time. Do not fret because you are embarking on a lifelong journey of learning about the garden and nature. Before you know it, you will know enough to share with others.

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A Garden of Threads

This blog is mostly about gardening with accents on quilting. I use this hobby to get me through the long season of winter, when outdoor gardening is impossible.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Right plant, right place, and feed the soil organic matter. Feeding the soil supplies the plants with nutrients so that they are healthy and have a better chance of surviving weather extremes.

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Roses and Stuff

My blog focuses on the delightful plants that grow in my Scandinavian garden. Roses, peonies, and geraniums are amongst my favourite plants - along with many, many more. During winter - from September til March - my blog also hosts Blooming Friday, a photo challenge, with weekly themes, which is open to anyone who would like to join in.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip for aspiring gardeners is to read garden blogs in order to get inspiration and to learn - there's a world of knowledge out there!

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A Charlotte Garden

I indulge my love of plants at A Charlotte Garden. You'll see plants that grow in my shady garden in North Carolina, plants I see on field trips and garden visits, native plants I find in the natural areas near me, and the occasional book about plants, or a promotion for those who love plants!

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Plant things you LOVE. You will be more motivated to learn what you need to know about gardening if you're crazy about what you've planted. (If you kill a few things as you learn, don't worry, it doesn't mean you have a brown thumb; all good gardeners do it!)

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Plant Whatever Brings You Joy

I find the garden to be a place of beauty and respite. I also have learned that the lessons learned in the garden are applicable to all aspects of our lives. Planting what brings you joy might literally be in the garden, but might also be an investment in a loved activity, like traveling, hiking, or a relationship. Each passion adheres to the same laws of Nature in order to thrive.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip to an aspiring gardener is to remember that in order to know a plant, one needs to work with it! It's a grand experiment. Leave your judgment at the garden gate.

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BloominThyme

Organic gardening made easy and fun, along with a healthy dose of reltaionship humor!

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Remember: Plants grow all by themselves in nature. Makes sense it's a heck of alot easier when they have an extra hand in the process!

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Garden Musings

I would describe Garden Musings as a far-ranging collection of essays on gardening and life, meant solely to relieve the gardener’s daily frustrations and lamentations over gardening in general and particularly gardening in Kansas. Though I am an old gardener, I am but a young blogger (apologies to Thomas Jefferson).

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip for the aspiring gardener is to photograph and write about your garden, as discussed in my blog entry for eCollegeFinder readers.

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The Queen of Seaford

I have been a Master Gardener for a little more than 14 years; gardening is my passion. Using a camera to document the progress of the garden was an easy way for me to track growth, view structure, and make identification of unknown plants. Photography is a hobby and the two meld quite nicely together. Blogging has opened a wide world of plant material, knowledge, and new friends. The experience that others offer through their posts has helped me continue to grow and learn as a gardener.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Information is key; be well informed - know your zone, your soil, your plant material (and its needs), and know what kind of garden you want to create.

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Lemon Verbena Lady's Herb Garden

My blog is an interactive journey through an herb garden, adventures with the Herbal Husband, and travels around the globe. It is all about herbs for me and I will be learning about herbs until I go to the great herb garden in the sky!

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
I think if I had to tell an aspiring gardener something, it would be to start small, whether with herbs, flowers, or vegetables. I think starting with a pot or two of herbs at first would be a good idea. You can get overwhelmed too easily; always have a plan going forward. Click here to check out the post I wrote about basic ideas for the beginner herb gardener.

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Gardens Eye View

Gardens Eye View is a little about gardening and a lot about life. My journey through life has been enriched and influenced by my gardening experiences. This blog is about discovering my life and soul through lessons learned in the garden.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Education is the most important thing to remember as an aspiring gardener. Looking at gardens and reading garden books and blogs will help you decide what kind of garden you want. You can then further educate yourself about the basics of sun, soil, drainage, and habitat before you plan to plant anything. Never be afraid to ask another gardener for advice and help, as we love to mentor aspiring gardeners.

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Garden Thyme with the Creative Gardener

I would describe my blog as an educational blog dedicated to the joy of gardening. I enjoy sharing information on plants, growing and gardening tips, books, design ideas, answering questions on gardening and much more. I include information on my garden and even many public gardens that people may want to see and visit. My blog is for the experianced gardener and those who are just starting out in gardening.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip for the aspiring gardener is to contact your county extension office and sign up to take a Master Gardener class. In gardening, there is a right way and the wrong way and it is better to learn the right way from the beginning. The gardener who is properly trained will have a wonderful garden, be knowledgeable on how to maintain their garden, and be environmentally conscience of the life that lives in the soil and the animal and plant life that makes the garden their home. Once you learn about gardening in an MG class you will understand how Mother Nature really works.

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East Side Patch

The East Side Patch is an Austin Texas blog that tracks the antics of a family in the garden. We experiment, discover, and document our collective experiences with nature and the creatures that share our urban habitat with us. The East Side Patch comically documents adventures, potential Darwin awards, and a host of experiments that continue our own personal journey, development, and growth inside our own garden.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip is just to start. The sooner you start, the sooner your obsession with gardening will begin. Put a shovel in the ground, plant in a plant, and let your own personal journey begin with nature... you will not be disappointed.

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Cowlick Cottage Farm

Carolyn Binder is the author of Cowlick Cottage Farm, a garden and lifestyle blog. Carolyn transitioned from urban to rural living several years ago when she quit her high tech job and along with her husband, bought a 1912 bungalow to restore in rural Monticello, Florida . The move was life-changing and Carolyn's lifelong passion for ornamental gardening branched into growing and cooking edibles from the garden.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Carolyn's number one tip for the aspiring gardener is to learn to care for and heal the soil. Rich, healthy soil provides the essential support structure and nutrients that are the basis of all successful gardening.

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A Suburban Farmer

A Suburban Farmer in a nutshell is predominately about home agriculture, "home ag" as opposed to "big ag", and how to provide some fresh and healthy food for our own families. The website has morphed into a broader scope which is modern homesteading and how to keep old traditions in today's world.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip is not to worry about "knowing how" to grow plants; the plants know how to do it. All you need is a spot that you can resonantly dig or a container with drainage. Grab a plant that catches your eye, some soil, and plant it. If something goes wrong, just ask. Just like that, you're a gardener - it's exactly how we all do it!

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Gardening with Grace

In a word: Inspiration. I created my blog to inspire gardeners through prose and pictures. With a plethora of how-to information already available on the Internet and in fine tomes, my blog is about the lighter side of gardening, the humor, and just enjoying the goodness of plants and nature.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Gathering as much information as you can is a good idea but at some point, you just have to go for it. Start small but don't be afraid to just do it. You'll learn as much from your blunders as you will from your hurrahs. In no time, you'll be hooked.

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Ewa in the Garden

Ewa in the Garden is about sustainable gardening efforts combined with top design that is attractive to young generations' gardeners.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
The garden is not only about plants and keeping them healthy, it goes far beyong phisical existence. Garden is about our life, internal integrity, and spiritual health. This is why we need to keep garden practices as organic as possible.

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From Seed to Scrumptious

My blog posts are usually about my backyard vegetable and flower gardens, or my plot at the community garden at a local state park. I try to write posts that are informative and helpful, yet not overly technical as to be tedious. My gardens are a mix of veggies and flowers, for aesthetic reasons as well as to attract beneficial insects, birds, bees, butterflies, and especially humming birds.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
No till gardening. Make a garden design of permanent fixed beds and walkways. Never till the beds, just keep adding leaves and mulch, which will eliminate weed disasters. The worms will do the tilling for you, creating light, loamy, and very fertile soil.

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Three Dogs in a Garden

Ideas and inspiration for both the novice and experienced gardener.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Start with an overall plan or vision for your garden, even if the details are vague. Begin with hardscaping, garden structures, trees, and shrubs. Then, fill in the garden with a range of perennials.

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Cow Patty Surprise

This Ozark Farm Chick's blog is filled with the life we live here in these hills and hollers on our workin' cattle/crop farm I call the Missouri Ponderosa. I have redeveloped what I'd lovingly named OCFD (Obsessive Compulsive Flower Disorder) at a very tender age. I use my Granny Walden's Ozark twang and heaps of humor, filling my posts with memories, family, and the many excitements 'round these Ozark Mountains.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Keep on keepin' on. Believe me when I say I began with marigolds. Seemed to be the only flower that would flourish for me. Today Farm Boy has enlarged my acre yard three times to accommodate more flower gardens and my addiction. Just keep plantin', waterin' and fertilizin' and soon your paradise will be filled with everything like my 38 rose bushes, orchids, and Crepe Myrtles.

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The Pothole Gardener

The Pothole Gardener is a blog charting the antics of Steve Wheen as he creates tiny moments of happiness in the Potholes that are East London.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Get out there and give it a go! You learn from your mistakes.

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A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii

My blog covers the exciting world of exotic and unusual plants that grow in a tropical environment. Usually I like to focus on ornamentals, but I also like to discuss edible fruits and vegetables, sustainability, and green living, along with visiting some amazing tropical gardens and growers in Hawaii.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My advice would be to get your hands dirty and not worry about trying things or making mistakes. Read some of the great blogs out their for inspiration and advice.

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Signature Gardens

This is a blog with tips and information for successful gardening in Zone 7/8. Here you will find photos of good garden design and plants that work with minimal maintenance.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Be willing to invest time and effort in soil preparation to ensure success with plants. Plant a 50-cent plant in a $5 hole. Design and plant anticipating mature growth of plants, allowing enough space between plants so they can grow to their potential and require minimal pruning.

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The Galloping Gardener

This blog outlines garden visits in England, Europe, the USA, and further afield, together with photographs of what you can expect to see when you visit for yourself. This is a growing list of gardens, reviewed by Charlotte, aka Galloping Gardener, who is passionate about gardens and gardening.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
The greatest aspect of gardening is the joy it brings, whether you're novice or expert. Plants grow and bring pleasure when they bloom. Try it and see for yourself - you'll soon get hooked!

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Backyard Gardening Blog

Ultimately I strive to be educational. For many, a blog is like a diary, and that is a reasonable use. I, however, like to make each post educational; if I don't feel as if I have something to teach, I tend to not post. So I post less frequently than others, but I like to think I provide more information with less filler. My blog covers most anything to do with your yard, from landscape design to edible gardening.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Plant in full sun, if the plant needs it. Many new gardeners sometimes treat it as an option, but sun guidelines really should be followed. If a plant can handle full sun then generally the amount of sun will be the single determining factor in growth, it is a big deal. The second thing I would say is plant in improved soil. A bag of composted cow manure is usually around $1.50 at the store. It is cheap - buy some, plant in it.

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Central Texas Gardener Blog

My blog is a timely tour around my garden that I started from scratch with close to zilch as a budget. I still garden on the cheap, with a focus on plants that fill my life with wildlife up close. I sprinkle in edibles and herbs, along with fragrance, for something in bloom all year. Each week I share what I’m doing (and what’s up on Central Texas Gardener) to guide the new gardener about plants, insects, wildlife, and DIY tips.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Just do it! Sure, it helps to know what the plant wants (light, soil type, moisture) and when to plant it. That information is easy to find—and on Central Texas Gardener! I fell in love with gardening when I bought three little plants for my student balcony. Even when stressed with exams, I totally relaxed to watch them grow right before my eyes. It’s powerful!

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Grounded Design

The blog is about the form, meaning, and expression of designed landscapes. It focuses mostly on a discussion of creating ground-breaking planting designs.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Never be conventional.

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Tidy Gardens by Jane

My blog is a fairly random weekly posting of ramblings from a passionate & slightly barking mad gardener. All photography is from my own garden or clients' gardens that I have helped to tidy. If anything I hope you leave my blog with a smile on your face.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Break the rules. If you don’t try your way, you’ll never know.

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Busy-at-Home

Busy-at-Home is food, family, & home on a frugal budget. I love sharing recipes, tips and DIY ideas with busy women, just like me. Like me, my readers' first concerns are their family and home. We are women who are inspired to make our homes a warm, welcoming haven for family and friends, who work hard to make use of or repurpose what we already have, and who stay busy raising children and even homeschooling. We love to entertain and take pride in what we can create for our homes and families, on our own. Busy-at-Home is for women who enjoy and invest time cooking and baking from scratch, sewing, gardening, canning, decorating their homes, working on crafts and DIY projects, and focusing on being wise stewards of their resources. Reviews & giveaways of products relevant to busy women and their families are also a big part of what Busy-at-Home has to offer.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Just DO it! Get started, even if it’s only a pot on your deck. So many people miss out on the joy of gardening and the fabulous taste of home-grown produce because they’re afraid to start. You can definitely do this - there is so much information available online and in books, so go for it. (Keep checking back at Busy-at-Home. We have lots of simple ideas and tricks to share.) One tomato plant in a pot on your patio can bring you immeasurable happiness and deliciousness. And I promise, next year, you’ll want TWO pots!

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Fennel & Fern

Fennel & Fern is a stylish, organic gardening blog based in the UK. It was set up in 2008 by a 22-year-old graduate and has grown into a bustling team of eight writers. We feature real gardens from around the world, as well as practical features on allotment gardening and how to make a balcony stylish and productive.

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Garden by the Sound

In my blog, I chronicle my experiences gardening here by the Long Island Sound beaches in Connecticut. I am a southern girl who had to learn all new plants and skills here in our northern zone.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip is to just start planting. Plant anything that you like and learn from your own experience. You will fail a lot and you will succeed a lot, and, hopefully, in time you will grow to love the dirt and all of its inhabitants.

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John Grimshaw's Garden Diary

My Garden Diary is a record of my activities, observations and thoughts about the plants and gardens I see during the course of a busy life at the centre of British horticulture. It's entirely original in content and independent of any organization I'm involved with. The blog is illustrated with my own images taken with a hand-held SLR camera.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Get to know your plants. Treat them as individuals: learn their characters and charateristics by close observation at all stages of their lives. Knowing how a plant grows and functions enables you to use it effectively in the garden.

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Laguna Dirt

I started my blog to celebrate gardening and outdoor living. I love to hike, garden, surf, cook, do yoga, hit the flea, go bird-watching, gaze at stars, and spend as much time outside in nature as possible. From my hometown in Laguna Beach, California, I seek out and share my favorite ideas and inspiration for enjoying and sustaining the planet!

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
I am not a professional gardener. In fact, I fail at many of my gardening projects. But that doesn't matter. I love the process! That would be my best tip, to focus on the enjoyment and satisfaction that you get just being in touch with nature, plants and animals, and the beauty of the world. With that approach, you can't help but want to do more to keep it that way!

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On Botanical Photography

My blog is about telling stories with images. I try to portray the vast collection of botanical life in the area I live: seasonal flowers, plants, and trees. I also try to show the importance of taking good care of nature by designing sustainable gardens and parks that make the best use of resources. There is a special chapter for a project about botanical gardens. As they are both research and repository centers for botanical life, botanical gardens are places for learning and need to be protected. Many are working on seed banks to bring new possibilities to horticulturists in the future.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
To be conscious of how important it is for us to care about nature and learn as much as possible from books, courses, and especially from master gardeners, who have the experience of many years of working. Also, to be passionate and committed to the task, but be patient, because although it is very rewarding and your life becomes a more accomplished one with gardening, it may take some time to develop the skills that are definitely worth it!

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Our Life in Idaho

Our blog is a mixture of our interests: gardening, knitting, backyard chickens, winter yurting, and general life in the state of Idaho.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My one tip for the aspiring gardener: Do what makes you happy!

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Sub Rosa Gardens

My blog is about my passions of food, wine, science, and of course gardening, which I explore through my travels and experimenting on my own garden. Through my blog, I seek to accumulate and share knowledge to make it easy for even a newbie to be inspired to enjoy wine, home grown food, and making our environment a better place.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
My number one tip for the aspiring gardener is to use what you have in the garden and tread lightly. The garden is a complex ecosystem with every organism making its own place in the environment to form an equilibrium. This often works to control all sorts of pests and diseases naturally, so be considerate of the impact that using chemical controls for problems has, as it may have unintended consequences in throwing the system out of balance for a time. The best and safest solutions are natural ones that work with the environment, so go organic where possible, particularly when growing your own food.

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UrbanGardenCasual

Urban Garden Casual is gardening for the urban dweller. We help city dwellers reclaim the pleasures of non-city living within the confines of urban space by bridging traditional gardening with the special needs of urban and small-space gardeners in the modern world. So, shed your work clothes, pick up your iPod, and join us on a journey through the world of gardening done urban and gardening done casual.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
Nothing beats a homegrown tomato (especially as a makeup present to a neighbor for a party that just went a tidge too long).

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Vertical Veg

Vertical Veg is for those of you who want to grow food but don't have a garden. It offers ideas, inspiration, and practical advice on growing in containers and tiny spaces. The blog was inspired by my own experience of growing food on a 9'x6' balcony and window sills - I managed to grow about $1,000 worth in a year.

What is your number one tip for the aspiring gardener?
If you're new to gardening, I'd recommend starting with a fast maturing (but still incredibly tasty!) crop like pea shoots or bean shoots. It's rewarding and encouraging to get a quick success and it boosts your confidence. Click here to read more about fast maturing crops.

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