The 2023 landscape season and what to look forward to in 2024
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
2M ago
Gardening is an ever-evolving dance with nature, where each season brings its own set of challenges and delights. In Massachusetts, the gardening community experienced a dramatic shift from 2022 to 2023 as the climate swung from warmth and drought to abundant rainfall. The climate variances between these two years profoundly impacted landscapes, leaving homeowners and landscapers grappling with unexpected challenges ..read more
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What is eco-friendly gardening and why is it so important?
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
4M ago
In an era when environmental consciousness is at the forefront of global discussions, it's no surprise that eco-friendly gardens have gained significant attention. More than just a trendy buzzword, creating an eco-friendly garden is a meaningful step toward a sustainable future. In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of eco-friendly gardens and provide you with practical tips to create one in your own backyard ..read more
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3 simple steps to make beautiful and creative container gardens
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
5M ago
From glossy magazines to Main Street, we've all admired those beautiful window boxes and flower pots in spring, summer, fall, and even wintertime. Whether you possess a spacious backyard or a cozy balcony, container planting unlocks a realm of possibilities, enabling you to craft mesmerizing displays of vibrant greenery and blossoms in all seasons ..read more
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Expert tips to help beginners work smarter, not harder in the garden
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
7M ago
Kneeling and bending over as a gardener can take a toll on your body. As you get older, it starts to feel like the knees you were born with went on vacation and returned with imposters that protest your every move. And, you might start to notice your back groans and cracks like a chorus of swaying white pines, trying to outdo each other in the symphony of aches and pains.  ..read more
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The top 10 things to consider before switching to an outdoor career
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
7M ago
If you’re feeling confused about shifting careers to pursue a passion, you’re not alone.  It’s a multi-layered decision that requires careful planning and research.  I can say this with some conviction, because I made that difficult decision myself recently.  Two years ago, rather than accept a corporate job offer, I took a risk and committed to a Fine Gardening internship at The Garden Continuum (TGC).  In turn, TGC took a chance on me.  ..read more
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How to get your out of control landscape back into shape quickly
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
8M ago
You made a commitment to take care of your landscape, but life has its way of rearranging priorities. Maintaining your outdoor spaces can quickly take a back seat to everything else that’s cropping up around you.  ..read more
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How to get big results as a weekend garden warrior
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
9M ago
If you’re a weekend warrior, you know a lot can happen in your garden when you’re sitting at your desk during the 9 to 5. Blades of grass quickly grow tall enough to tickle your ankles. Weeds sprout in the middle of pathways. And, poison ivy seems to appear out of nowhere. By the time Friday rolls around, your mind is racing with all the things you “need” to get accomplished over the weekend. It’s great to have goals and all, but weekend warriors beware. In a race with nature, she’ll always win.  And, if you try to catch up with an unrealistic to-do list, you’re bound to work yourself in ..read more
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How to maintain and protect your gardening tools: a guide for beginners
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
9M ago
For those of us who ditched our tools in the shed and walked away last fall there’s likely more than a little dried soil and rust stuck to the blades. Both professionals and amateurs tend to feel exhausted at the end of a long growing season. Hightailing it inside to warm up and rest weary muscles sounds so much better than cleaning tools! So, if that was the case for you, now is the time to take the proper precautions to ensure your tools are clean and in good working order to keep plants and gardens healthy and beautiful ..read more
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The top 10 books every new home gardener should read
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
9M ago
Gardening is a lifelong quest for knowledge. Whether you’re experienced or just starting out, a good book, or better yet, a library of books can be an invaluable resource. But in a sea of gardening picture books that only express a snapshot of pretty, how do we know as professionals and amateur gardeners that we are reading books with good information ..read more
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How to save money growing fun and exciting seasonal plants
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by Monique Allen & Nina O'Brien
9M ago
When it comes to creating a sense of possibility, there’s not much in the gardening world that can compare to seeds. And, because they’re inexpensive, starting plants from seed is an economical way to experiment with unusual varieties.  ..read more
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