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Gardening in New England

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.

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How to Plant Concord Grapes

How to Plant Concord Grapes

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

Learn how to plant Concord grapes, plus how to care for them and even how to build a... Read More »

Are Lady Slippers Endangered? | Lady Slipper Facts

Are Lady Slippers Endangered? | Lady Slipper Facts

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

Are lady slippers endangered? Because the plant takes many years to grow from seed to maturity, special rules... Read More »

Window Boxes | Tips and Advice

Window Boxes | Tips and Advice

5 votes, 3.40 avg. rating (69% score)

Window boxes are an easy and attractive way to garden throughout the seasons. These 5 window box tips will... Read More »

How to Test Your Own Soil

How to Test Your Own Soil

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Knowing the makeup of your soil is an important part of gardening. When you know what your soil... Read More »

How to Make Hanging Moss Ball Planters

How to Make Hanging Moss Ball Planters

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Suspended from string and used as hanging planters, hanging moss ball planters are easy and fun to make, and look... Read More »

How to Grow Pussy Willows

How to Grow Pussy Willows

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

A New England springtime favorite, pussy willows look lovely as a centerpiece or woven into spring wreaths. Learn how to... Read More »

Sun-Loving Houseplants | 5 Windowsill Choices

Sun-Loving Houseplants | 5 Windowsill Choices

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Windowsills receiving full light exposure provide an optimum environment for sun-loving houseplants. Here are 5 sun-loving varieties that... Read More »

Shamrock Plant Care | Year-Round Tips

Shamrock Plant Care | Year-Round Tips

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Don’t throw your Shamrock plant away after Saint Patrick’s Day! These whimsical, living good luck symbols can be... Read More »

How to Grow Ginger Indoors

How to Grow Ginger Indoors

3 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Love cooking with fresh ginger and wish you could grow your own ginger for a permanent in-house supply?... Read More »

Make Seed Tape Rolls for Spring | Winter Gardening Project

Make Seed Tape Rolls for Spring | Winter Gardening Project

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Ready for spring? Here’s a fun winter gardening project. Using newspaper and homemade paste, you can make your... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Guide to Roses

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

From the meaning behind rose colors and the number of blooms in a bouquet to tips on caring for... Read More »

Make a Marimo Garden

Make a Marimo Garden

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

Marimo is a tiny living ball of solid algae which requires minimal care and can live up to... Read More »

5 Houseplants That Bring Good Luck

5 Houseplants That Bring Good Luck

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Are you looking for a few new plants to perk up your home, office or garden this new... Read More »

Christmas Poinsettia Care | Year-Round Tips

Christmas Poinsettia Care | Year-Round Tips

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

The poinsettia plant, a longtime Christmas favorite in America, is native to Central America and was introduced to... Read More »

How to Press Flowers

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

With the end of the growing season fast approaching, pressing and preserving flowers is an inexpensive and fun... Read More »

Decorate with Christmas Tree Branches

Decorate with Christmas Tree Branches

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

It’s not unusual for live Christmas trees to need to be trimmed a bit before they’re decorated. Whether it’s to help fit... Read More »

5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

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

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

5 Ways to Incorporate Gardening into Holiday Decor

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

The growing season may be over, but a gardener’s thoughts are never far from the love of nature’s... Read More »

The 5 Best Air-Purifying Houseplants

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

NASA studies over the years have proven what many people have long suspected — that houseplants can filter toxins... Read More »

5 Hard to Kill Houseplants

10 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (87% score)

Attention self-proclaimed “black-thumbs.” If you haven’t had luck keeping plants alive in your home or office, don’t give... Read More »

Make an Indoor Succulent Garden

2 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (72% score)

Do you love the interesting textures and shapes of succulents? If so, why not make an indoor succulent... Read More »

Favorite Fall Flowers and Plants

Favorite Fall Flowers and Plants

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

When it comes to enhancing your garden and outdoor planters throughout the autumn season, chrysanthemums, marigolds and ornamental... Read More »

September Gardening Projects

September Gardening Projects

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

The end of summer is a great time to putter around the garden, gradually doing end-of-summer chores and... Read More »

4 Beneficial Weeds Found in New England

1 vote, 3.00 avg. rating (69% score)

We think of them as pests, but many weeds play an important role in gardening. Their benefits include... Read More »

Quick and Easy Money-Saving Gardening Tips

4 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (71% score)

Quick and easy money-saving gardening tips are always appreciated by thrifty New Englanders. With a good few months... Read More »

Plant a Sensory Garden

Plant a Sensory Garden

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Although most gardens are first and foremost designed to be visually appealing, when stimulating all the senses is... Read More »

Plant a Night Garden

3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (89% score)

By transforming your flower garden into a magical nighttime wonderland, you can get the most out of not just... Read More »



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