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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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Plant a Night Garden

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

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

Build a Teepee Trellis for Vegetables

Build a Teepee Trellis for Vegetables

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

One effective way to support climbing plants and vines is to build a teepee trellis. Flowers like morning... Read More »

How to Grow Greens in a Bag of Potting Soil

How to Grow Greens in a Bag of Potting Soil

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

  Looking for an easy method to grow vegetables like lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard? Growing leafy greens... Read More »

Make a Cinder Block Garden Bed

Make a Cinder Block Garden Bed

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

Looking for an alternative to the traditional wooden raised garden bed? Here’s an idea that is super simple:... Read More »

The Benefits of Mulching | Gardening Advice

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

There are many benefits of mulching your garden. Not only do organic mulches help plants and trees retain... Read More »

Square-Foot Gardening

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

Square-foot gardening is a way for gardeners to grow a variety of veggies in small areas such as in... Read More »

Make a Mini Greenhouse with Recycled Items

Make a Mini Greenhouse with Recycled Items

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

We all have a few small, clear plastic cartons with lids hanging around—you know the ones—those clamshell containers... Read More »

4 Ways Plants Are Beneficial to Your Health and Home

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

We all know that plants are visually appealing, and can add color, structure, balance, and even fragrance to... Read More »

4 Houseplants You Can Grow from Kitchen Scraps

4 Houseplants You Can Grow from Kitchen Scraps

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

Most people are aware that certain vegetables, such as celery, onion and lettuce, can be re-grown from kitchen... Read More »

4 Houseplants to Grow from Seeds

4 Houseplants to Grow from Seeds

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

Though taking plant cuttings and rooting them is the most common way of propagating new houseplants, it is... Read More »

Best Houseplants for Winter Foliage

Best Houseplants for Winter Foliage

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

Stunning color isn’t only found in flowers — the leaves of some houseplants also have beautiful colors and patterns,... Read More »

Caring for a Venus Flytrap Plant

Caring for a Venus Flytrap Plant

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

Native to the bogs and swamplands of the Carolinas, Venus flytraps have become popular as novelty houseplants. These... Read More »

4 Different Ways to Display Houseplants

4 Different Ways to Display Houseplants

6 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (85% score)

Here are 4 different ways to display houseplants for added interest! Driftwood: Driftwood is soft and lightweight, making... Read More »

Cyclamen Care | Grow Stunning Winter Houseplants

Cyclamen Care | Grow Stunning Winter Houseplants

5 votes, 4.20 avg. rating (83% score)

Cyclamen plants grow from small tubers and are native to the Mediterranean and parts of Europe.  Over the... Read More »

Four Ways to Water Plants

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

Overwatering and under watering houseplants are two of the most common ways well meaning folks kill their plants. ... Read More »

3 Last-Minute Gifts for Gardeners

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

Looking for a last-minute gift for the gardener in your life? Personalized gardening kits can be made easily... Read More »

Make a Holiday Container Garden

Make a Holiday Container Garden

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

Now is the time to gather the evergreen, fir, spruce and pine branches that the autumnal winds have... Read More »

Grow Alfalfa Sprouts in a Jar | 5 Easy Steps

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

Growing alfalfa and other sprouts in a jar is easy, fast, economical, and fun. Putting nutritious sprouts on... Read More »

How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

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

Whether you want to snack on them, feed them to the birds, or plant them for next year,... Read More »

Make a Pumpkin Planter | Pumpkin Crafts

Make a Pumpkin Planter | Pumpkin Crafts

3 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (84% score)

Sure, carving Jack-o’-Lanterns for Halloween is a popular pastime, but pumpkins and gourds can also be a versatile... Read More »

How to Make Mums Last Longer | Gardening Advice

How to Make Mums Last Longer | Gardening Advice

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

Nothing announces the change of the season from summer to fall in New England more than the sight... Read More »

Extend the Growing Season into Fall

Extend the Growing Season into Fall

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

Yes, the days are getting shorter and cooler, but that doesn’t mean the growing season and the joy... Read More »

Hydrangea Care | Planting Tips and Maintenance

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

Hydrangeas have been coined “natures own pH tester” as the colors of the showy blooms the shrubs produce are... Read More »

Flowers That Attract Bees

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

Regardless of whether they are the honey-producing variety or not, all bees are good for the garden. Welcoming... Read More »

Plants That Attract Hummingbirds to the Garden

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

Hummingbirds are always welcome guests in gardens. It’s fascinating to watch them flit from plant to plant like... Read More »

Weeding Tips

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

Weeding may be the least favorite task a gardener must tackle. Keeping up with weeding can be tedious... Read More »

How to Divide Hostas | Instructions and Advice

7 votes, 4.17 avg. rating (82% score)

Hosta plants—leafy, shade-loving perennials—can be found in sizes that range from about 6 inches to more than four... Read More »



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