Tonya Lawson

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What Not to Do When Starting Your Garden: Avoid These 10 Common Gardening Mistakes

Starting your gardening journey can come with plenty of potential pitfalls. As a beginner, making these common mistakes can be frustrating and make you want give up altogether.  Here’s the thing though, seasoned gardeners can fall into these exact same situations.  Everything from planting mint directly in the garden only for it to take over …

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5 Must Have Gardening Books for Every Beginner

Introduction In recent years, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdown, many found solace in creating backyard gardens. This surge in interest has ushered in a new wave of beginner gardeners eager to cultivate their own homegrown food, but, gardening can present an array of challenges, from knowing when to plant seeds to managing pests and troubleshooting …

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Edible Sunflower Varieties

Imagine standing in the middle of your garden, surrounded by towering sunflowers, their golden heads nodding gently in the summer breeze. While these iconic blooms are a sight to behold, your interest goes beyond their aesthetic appeal. You’re intrigued by the idea of growing edible sunflower varieties, envisioning a garden that’s not just beautiful but …

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Unlocking the Secrets of Moringa: the Drumstick Vegetable Superfood

Have you ever stumbled upon a plant so laden with nutrients that it’s dubbed a ‘miracle tree’? If not, let me introduce you to Moringa, also known as the drumstick vegetable, a powerhouse of nutrition that’s probably not yet part of your garden or diet. Despite its growing popularity among health enthusiasts, the real wonder …

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Close up of blue hydrangeas - Used as an example of a plant that benefits from holly-tone fertilizer

How to Apply Holly-tone to Help Your Acid-Loving Plants Thrive

Introduction to Holly-tone Fertilizer If you want to nurture your acid-loving plants to their fullest potential, Holly-tone is the secret sauce you’ve been searching for. We’re going to look not only at all the benefits of this fertilizer, but how to apply Holly-tone to maximize plant production.  Whether you have hydrangeas, hollies, blueberries, rhododendrons, or …

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Square-Foot Garden Spacing to Get the Most Out of Your Backyard Garden

You love the idea of growing your own food, but your space is limited.  Mastering square-foot garden spacing can help you transform your backyard into a flourishing oasis ready to provide the farm-to-table experience you’ve been dreaming of. We’re going to show you how to utilize every inch of your garden space efficiently. This method …

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The Honeyberry Plant: Everything you need to know about this delightful addition to your edible landscape

What is a Honeyberry? Honeyberries, also known as haskaps, are a natural treasure from the perennial garden. These deep blue, elongated, berries are bursting with flavor, and bring a symphony of sweetness and health benefits to your home garden.  That’s because honeyberries are more than just a tasty treat, they’re a robust source of ascorbic …

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