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Welcome to The Good Blog, our collection of tips, ideas, and general recommendations whether you are looking to add a little goodness to your landscape or garden. Dig in!

4 (More) Garden Styles to Inspire Your 2017 Garden

Monday, December 26, 2016

You may be stuck inside with no immediate gardening tasks to do, but you can start dreaming up a plan for your 2017 garden! We'll help you out with 4 more unique garden styles you can try. Check out part 1 if you missed it.

Tropical Style - for the Adventurous Gardener

4 Garden Styles to Inspire Your 2017 Garden

Monday, December 19, 2016

You may be feeling a bit lost in the winter months without a garden to play in. But with the winter rain comes time cuddled up indoors planning your 2017 garden. We'll help you get inspired with our list of unique Garden Styles. (Check our blog next week for part 2)

English Garden - for the Tireless Inspiration Seeker

A History of Thanksgiving Plants

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ever wondered how we ended up eating certain plants on Thanksgiving? Here’s a look into the origins of 4 fruits and vegetables that commonly show up at the Thanksgiving meal.

Potatoes

While turkey is undoubtedly the star of Thanksgiving dinner, the side dishes that show off the individual talents of the holiday chef are the celebrity supporting cast.

Planting A Green Fence

Monday, November 14, 2016

What, exactly, is a green fence? In England, country roads are lined with tightly woven hedgerows. In NYC, containerized tapestry hedges establish the boundaries between rooftop gardens. Both of these are green fences, created with living plants.

Deer Resistant Plants

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Remember the day you first saw a deer through your kitchen window? Thoughts of beauty and peaceful country living probably echoed through your head, re-affirming your decision to dwell out of the city center. Compare that to the last time you saw a deer delicately nibbling a blossom off your favorite flowering plant - chances are, all those warm and fuzzy thoughts about them are gone. How do you keep deer away from your favorite plants, you ask?

An Ode to the Gardening Dad

Saturday, June 18, 2016

It’s that time of year again - the greeting card aisles are filled with cards ranging from mallards flying over a picturesque lake to failed DIY attempts. Stores everywhere have eye catching displays in the entry, filled with manly colored gadgets that no one really needs, but we are tempted to buy anyways, because we’ve run out of ideas for Father’s Day.  

Gardening: Start Them Young

Monday, June 13, 2016

Early morning, the first day after school let out for the summer, I would be wide awake before 7am, my body still in school schedule mode. I would tiptoe out to the kitchen to find a note from my dad, an early riser like myself, already gone to work for the day.  

The content of the note varied from summer to summer, as I got older and shouldered more responsibilities, but for every year we had a garden, my dad always reminded me to go check for fresh berries to go with breakfast.  

9 Alternatives To Grass

Monday, April 4, 2016

Have you ever considered ground-covers as a substitute of grass? Learn about 9 different native Oregon plants that you can grow in parts of your yard that are either difficult to reach with a mower, or are adding hours of extra mowing in the spring and summer.  Not only are they non-invasive and beautiful, but some are also good friends to bees and other precious pollinators.

Parsley, Chives and Lavender, Oh My!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Spend this weekend planning an herb bed for cooking and for creating a unique and interesting landscape. 
Choose herbs such as parsley, chives and lavender and start these plants inside. You can feel safe to transplant them to a sunny spot outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. 
Bon appetit!

Stretch for Gardening Strength!

Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s ideal to get and stay in good shape, not only for optimum health, but also for good gardening well being. Make sure you stretch your legs and hips and work on strengthening the lower back, knees and arms. You can also work on your endurance and maintain stamina by walking, riding a bike or enjoying fun activities with your family and friends!

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