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Shelley Wigglesworth

Biography:

Shelley Fleming-Wigglesworth is a certified Maine Master Gardener and award winning newspaper columnist from Kennebunk, Maine. She has been writing for the York County Coast Star for more than a decade as a freelance columnist and features writer. In 2010 she began writing her own gardening column “The Master Gardener’s Notebook” for Tourist News. She also teaches gardening classes at local schools and colleges
Make a Stump Planter

Make a Stump Planter

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (93% score)

Do you have an old stump or log from a fallen tree on your property? Why not use... Read More »

Blue Flowers | 5 Popular Varieties for the Garden

Blue Flowers | 5 Popular Varieties for the Garden

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Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning summer flower gardens. When thinking about colors, consider blue—one... Read More »

The 10 Best Low Light Houseplants

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

Not all plants require bright light to flourish; in fact, some plants do best in low to medium... Read More »

Ferns | General Care and Tips

Ferns | General Care and Tips

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Ferns can add a lush, tropical feel to an inside space, making them a popular choice for houseplants.... Read More »

Tiny Plants and Planters | Miniature Houseplant Ideas

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Miniature houseplants are sweet, fun and whimsical. Displaying these tiny plants and flowers in miniature, makeshift plant pots... Read More »

Sun-Loving Houseplants | 5 Windowsill Choices

Sun-Loving Houseplants | 5 Windowsill Choices

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Windowsills receiving full light exposure provide an optimum environment for sun-loving houseplants. With just a bit of effort,... Read More »

Make a Miniature Terrarium

8 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (84% score)

Not only are terrariums the simplest way to connect with nature and bring the beauty of the outdoors... Read More »

Flowering Houseplants | 5 Favorite Varieties

Flowering Houseplants | 5 Favorite Varieties

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (93% score)

Flowering houseplants are a sure pick-me-up during the long, grey months of winter. Not only do they add... Read More »

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Garden in Winter

4 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (91% score)

New Englanders know that the hands-on growing and nurturing aspect of a garden is virtually out of the... Read More »

5 Simple Ways to Make Bird Feeders

5 Simple Ways to Make Bird Feeders

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Bring a little life back into your frozen garden this winter by attracting non-migratory birds using one (or... Read More »

5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

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Rather than simply throwing your Christmas tree out when the season is over, why not try something different... Read More »

Tips to Care for a Live Christmas Tree

7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)

Using a live Christmas tree during the holidays has been steadily gaining popularity over the years. Depending on... Read More »

Gifts for and from the Garden | Top Ten Local Products

Gifts for and from the Garden | Top Ten Local Products

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

Products made and/or grown and harvested by New England gardeners make great gifts for friends and family members.... Read More »

How to Care for Orchids to Help Them Re-bloom

How to Care for Orchids to Help Them Re-bloom

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

With a cluster of delicate-looking blooms clinging to one or two extended stems that are flanked by elongated,... Read More »

Recycled Plant Containers

Recycled Plant Containers

6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)

Looking for fun, unusual and fresh ideas for vessels in which to start houseplant cuttings or seedlings this... Read More »

Potatoes | Uses for the Versatile Spud

Potatoes | Uses for the Versatile Spud

7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)

Thousands of different varieties of potatoes are grown worldwide in a broad range of shapes, sizes and colors... Read More »

The Teaberry Plant | A Native to New England

The Teaberry Plant | A Native to New England

7 votes, 4.43 avg. rating (87% score)

Teaberry plants are almost everywhere in New England and are usually at their peak in mid-October! If you... Read More »

5 Winter Squash Winners | How to Identify, Prepare, Store, and Serve Winter Squash!

7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)

New Englanders have utilized winter squash for centuries. With its thick and tough shell, winter squash can be... Read More »

Apples | How to Pick, Store, and Prolong the Life of New England’s Favorite Fall Fruit!

Apples | How to Pick, Store, and Prolong the Life of New England’s Favorite Fall Fruit!

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

September is the time for apples!  A trip to an apple orchard is a New England tradition for... Read More »

Fall Planting | 5 Things to Plant Before the First Frost in New England

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

Fall is a great time to work in the garden—bright sunny days paired with cooler temperatures make for... Read More »

Flowers That Reseed Themselves | Garden Advice

Flowers That Reseed Themselves | Garden Advice

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

Do you love the natural and free-flowing look of wildflowers and meadow flowers? One of the reasons that... Read More »

The Best Medium for Your Gardening Needs | The Difference Between Dirt, Soil, and Compost

The Best Medium for Your Gardening Needs | The Difference Between Dirt, Soil, and Compost

7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)

Do you know the difference between dirt, soil, and compost? Do you know what makes up Vermiculite and... Read More »

Hosta Plants | Planting, Care, and Pest Advice

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Hosta plants have been a favorite foliage plant in New England gardens since the early 1800s. Originally from... Read More »

Daylilies | A Lovely, Low-Maintenance Perennial

Daylilies | A Lovely, Low-Maintenance Perennial

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Common daylilies are stunning flowers in their own right and are also very adaptable to most surroundings. Once... Read More »

Moss Garden | Advice and Recipe to Age Pots

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Lush, woodsy, musky, earthy green moss. It’s hard to believe that some folks actually try to rid nature’s... Read More »

Grow Microgreens | Harvest a Salad in 2 Weeks

Grow Microgreens | Harvest a Salad in 2 Weeks

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Dazzle your summer guests with Microgreens! Microgreens are leaf vegetables that are grown and harvested before complete maturation... Read More »

Rhododendron Care | Planting and Maintenance Tips

Rhododendron Care | Planting and Maintenance Tips

7 votes, 4.71 avg. rating (92% score)

The stunning and stately rhododendron plant — native to Asia — is a popular and well-loved landscaping element in New... Read More »