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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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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 »

Easiest Roses to Grow in New England

Easiest Roses to Grow in New England

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

Learn about the three easiest roses to grow in New England, all of which are hardy enough to... Read More »

Keep Deer out of the Garden | 5 Non-Toxic Gardening Tips

Keep Deer out of the Garden | 5 Non-Toxic Gardening Tips

9 votes, 4.44 avg. rating (87% score)

It can be very disappointing to find that a plant or plants you have nurtured from seed and... Read More »

10 Best Shade-Loving Plants | Gardening Advice

10 Best Shade-Loving Plants | Gardening Advice

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

These ten shade-loving plants are a great way to spruce up even the darkest corners of your garden.... Read More »

10 Timeless Tips to Add Visual Interest to Your Garden

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

Gardens that are in harmony with the environment lend a feeling of peace that can’t be denied. If... Read More »

Garden Cloche | Tips and Instructions

Garden Cloche | Tips and Instructions

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

A garden cloche is essentially a scaled-down greenhouse used to protect young plants against the elements. First designed... Read More »

How to Repot Houseplants | Transfer Plants into Larger Containers

How to Repot Houseplants | Transfer Plants into Larger Containers

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

Knowing how to repot houseplants is a skill that should be in every green thumb’s repertoire. It’s an easy... Read More »

Top 10 Easy Houseplants

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

Do you love the look of lush live houseplants and the homey feel that houseplants lend to a... Read More »

The 10 Best Winter Tips for Houseplants

The 10 Best Winter Tips for Houseplants

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

Houseplants make a home more welcoming, especially during our long, cold New England winters. Living plants that are... Read More »

The Benefits of Evergreen Conifer Trees

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

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus... Read More »

The Beautiful Winterberry Bush

The Beautiful Winterberry Bush

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

As its name suggests, the winterberry bush produces beautiful red berries in early winter that can add color to gardens and decorative arrangements.... Read More »

10 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

10 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Garden

10 votes, 4.30 avg. rating (85% score)

Gardeners are known to be some of the most giving people on earth.  We love to teach, share... Read More »

How to Plant a Cranberry Bed

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

Cranberries were first discovered in New England by Native Americans centuries ago. The berries were used for food,... Read More »

Fall Flowers and Plants | Seven Seasonal Ways to Display Your Favorite Fall Flowers and Plants

Fall Flowers and Plants | Seven Seasonal Ways to Display Your Favorite Fall Flowers and Plants

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

Get the most out of your fall flowers, even after the first frost by displaying them in fun... Read More »

How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns

7 votes, 4.57 avg. rating (89% score)

“From little acorns mighty oaks do grow” — American Proverb This is the perfect time of year to... Read More »

Learn How to Plant Fall Bulbs

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

Take the first steps to prepare for next year’s garden by planting fall bulbs. These simple tips and... Read More »

How to Preserve Gourds and Display Them, too!

7 votes, 4.29 avg. rating (84% score)

Displaying colorful gourds that mimic the hues of New England’s fall foliage is a festive way to celebrate... Read More »

How to Harvest and Dry Seeds

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

It’s time to gather this past summer’s seeds from your favorite flowers and veggies to save for next... Read More »

10 Mid-Summer Gardening Tips to Prolong the Life of Flowers and Plants

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

It’s that time of year when our gardens have put on their best show, produced their crops and... Read More »

Birdbaths | Installation and Maintenance

Birdbaths | Installation and Maintenance

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

A garden just isn’t quite the same without a few birdbaths dotting the landscape. Well maintained birdbaths placed... Read More »

Plants that Repel Insects and Garden Pests | Natural Gardening

8 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (93% score)

Have the summer insects and pests been “bugging” or attacking you and your prized plants? Why not introduce... Read More »

Grow Plants in Wood Pallet Garden Frames

Grow Plants in Wood Pallet Garden Frames

15 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (86% score)

Making your own wood pallet garden frame is a quick and easy way to create a healthy and... Read More »

Companion Plants | 5 Great Garden Ornamental and Edible Plant Combinations

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

when used as companion plants, edible and ornamental plants grow beautifully alongside each other and make interesting container... Read More »

Container Gardening | Grow Plants Together in Pots or Planters

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (94% score)

Container gardening can be fun when you think about using theme that are creative, beautiful or functional. Plants... Read More »

Bee Pollination | The Benefits of Luring and Housing Bees

Bee Pollination | The Benefits of Luring and Housing Bees

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

Bees buzzing around your gardens and property are a good thing, and beekeeping has been gaining popularity in... Read More »

How to Start Hydroponic Gardening

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

Hydroponic gardening is the art and science of growing plants without soil. For hundreds of years mediums other... Read More »



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