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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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Valentine’s Day Guide to Roses

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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

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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

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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

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

How to Press Flowers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Plant a Night Garden

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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

Square-Foot Gardening

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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

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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

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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

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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

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



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