Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Find: 5 Easy DIY Easter Eggs

Spring is here! and that means that Easter is just around the bend, here are some ways to spice up your Easter egg decorating, whether it's a fun craft to do with your kids, or are just letting your inner child come out to play, these 5 ideas are sure to put a spring in your step this Easter.

1. Foliage Easter Eggs
Using mostly items grown in your own garden, you yourself can create these elegant looking Easter eggs. You can use different color vegetables in a mixture of vinegar in order to give your Easter eggs an earthy hue, combined with some flowers found in your garden or yard to give them some flare.

Credit to Country Living

2. Dye Easter Eggs with an Old Tie!
Got some funky old ties lying around, or maybe you've just been dye-ing to get rid of that ugly tie your husband likes to wear? Either way, an easy way to get some cool looking easter eggs is to cut up a tie (preferably silk) and wrap it around the egg, then wrap in another piece of fabric from an old sheet or pillow case and boil in some vinegar and water. it's as simple as that!

Credit to Our Best Bites for these awesome looking eggs!

3. Graphic Pattern Eggs
In order to make these sleek looking eggs courtesy of Martha Stewart. You just need to add different layers of electrical tape each time you dye the egg, slightly shifting them to create the effect.

4. Tattooed Eggs
Another simple yet cool way to get some creative eggs is to transfer temporary tattoos to them. You can either make your own by printing on tattoo paper, or you can finally have an excuse to be a kid again by visiting your local grocery store and getting some from those 50 cent machines after the check-out. Come on, you know you want to!

Credit to Country Living and CL contributor Jodi Kahn.

5. I also couldn't resist these mustache eggs from No.2 Pencil!


What about you? Have any creative DIY ideas for creating fun and funky Easter eggs? Let us know in the comments, and share a picture with us!

Happy Easter!
~ James
Garden Media Group

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Enter to Win a Border Dahlia Garden from Longfield Gardens

Dahlias offer a world of possibilities. Used en masse or planted alongside annuals and perennials, border dahlias, add a bold, late summer punch that no other flower can.

Beginning April 14, bulb-lovers across the country can enter for a chance to win a variety of melody and gallery dahlias in Longfield Garden’s Facebook contest, the Border Dahlia Garden Giveaway. One random grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, April 21.

The winner will be able to fill a large garden space with a premium variety of colorful melody and gallery dahlias. Spring-planted bulbs that bloom continuously summer through first frost.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day This Year with These Mighty Houseplants

This year celebrate Earth Day with a houseplant that keeps giving all year. Houseplants may be thought of as décor accents; however they’re far more than pretty faces.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. You can easily cut down the indoor pollution of your home using houseplants, as certain kinds can remove VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from indoor air. And this is just one of the many benefits of houseplants!

Reap the full power of plants this Earth Day by adding houseplants to indoor spaces where you work and live. Below, the houseplant experts at Costa Farms® outline the 5 best plants to scrub the air, de-stress areas and keep homes and office spaces beautiful!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Don't Let Stink Bugs Make You a Fool This April!


 
Stink bugs are no joke. When they wake from hibernation this spring they have only one thing on their mind: mating. Once they mate, two stink bugs become hundreds in a matter of weeks.

“April 1 is the start of the stink bug mating season,” says Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International and developer of the environmentally responsible insect control line, RESCUE!®. “This is when their numbers begin to multiply exponentially, as a single female stink bug can lay up to 400 eggs over the course of a summer.”

Experts recommend trapping emerging stink bugs now when they're most vulnerable and before they begin to reproduce and ravage flowers and vegetables this summer.

“Early action to stop them from multiplying is critical in controlling stink bugs,” says Schneidmiller. “Once baby stink bugs start to mature, they have ravenous appetites and will eat everything from tomatoes and peppers to apples and peaches.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

GMG's Friday Find: Grow Your Own - the Mighty Mushroom

Photo Credit: PA Farms CSA
Mushrooms have been digested for centuries, in fact in ancient Egypt they were reserved only for royalty and the ancient Romans fed them to warriors to confer strength. Mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients. They are a great source of Vitamin D, contain many antioxidants and B vitamins, are high in selenium and they boost your immune system.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Best New Garden Plants & Products for Spring 2014

In view of the harsh winter this year, most people are experiencing a serious case of spring fever. To get a jump on warmer weather, Garden Media Group is releasing its much anticipated list of Garden Superstars for Spring. This year’s list includes top-performing plants and flowers, stunning garden décor and innovative pest control solutions.

After all the snow and ice this winter, we’re really yearning for spring so we can get out into the garden, dig in the soil and just plant something!

The new Garden Superstars will inspire novices and seasoned gardeners alike and help them create the garden of their dreams with ease and style.

Read on to see our list of Garden Superstars for Spring 2014!

Friday, March 21, 2014

GMG's Friday Find: Plants Give Back-Learn the Bountiful Benefits

You don't have to search far to find the research on the benefits of plants.  They clean our air, offer stress relief, help us concentrate, and make us happy.  Enjoy this short video from BASFBetterPlants to discover how much plants give back and the bountiful benefits we all enjoy.


~Peggy
Garden Media Group


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Win a Spring Indoor Gardening Kit from Longfield Gardens!


The trend of indoor gardening terrariums is going strong with no signs of slowing anytime soon. Terrariums are used in home décor, as centerpieces and gifts, but they can also be used to jump start a spring garden.

Beginning March 17, bulb-lovers across the country may enter Longfield Garden’s Facebook contest, Terrarium Kit Giveaway, for a chance to win their own indoor spring garden kit. Two random winners will be drawn on Monday, March 24.

The winners will be able to get a jump start on the gardening season by starting the popular summer flower, begonias, indoors.

Friday, March 14, 2014

GMG's Friday Find: Roll Out the UrbMat and Welcome the Produce

Photo Credit: Urbnearth.com
With spring around the corner, are you starting to think about planting delicious herbs and veggies to harvest for that farm to table freshness? Are your excuses no land, no time, and no green thumb? Then roll out an UrbMat and welcome the produce.

An ingenious idea from UrbnEarth, the UrbMat is an outdoor growing system designed to take the labor and fuss out of gardening. Created for urbanites with small spaces, the 2'x3' UrbMat is exactly that, a mat that rolls out onto soil or a raised bed with a complete diagram of 12 plant types. The holes on the map are spaced and labeled so there is absolutely no guesswork. You just push the seed ball starters, called GrowUps into the holes (with your brown thumb), water, and voila!  Herbs, flowers and veggies will soon be sprouting and producing for your dining pleasure.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New and Improved: RESCUE! Stink Bug Traps


Sterling International, manufacturer of the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap, has received a U.S. patent (8,663,620 B2) for murgantiol as a stink bug attractant.
 
In testing by Sterling’s scientists, murgantiol was proven to have a synergistic effect on the original attractant used in the RESCUE!® Stink Bug Trap. By adding murgantiol, a proven attractant on its own, to the original RESCUE!® attractant, their combined effectiveness is multiplied to trap even more stink bugs.

RESCUE!® Stink Bug Traps and Attractant refills with the new & improved formulation are already on store shelves, having been part of product shipments in 2013.

Friday, March 07, 2014

GMG's Friday Find: Ditch the Soil and Pot and Get Creative with the Root Orb

Photo Credit: Kreative Gardens
The Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) is a trade event that showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in sunny Florida, and one of the standouts spotlighted this year was the Root Orb Plant System from Kreative Gardens. This patent pending product is designed to take the place of a traditional plant pot by weaving the plant's roots in organic material.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ARTiculture at the 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

The PHS Philadelphia Flower ShowCREDIT: R. KENNEDY
FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA™
The world's largest and longest-running indoor flower show is happening in Philadelphia March 1st-March 9th at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  This years theme is ARTiculture where you can experience the melding of art and horticulture in an amazing floral celebration.

For the first time the Flower Show will join with 18 exciting art museums including The Barnes Foundation, The Philadelphia Art Museum, the Brandywine River Museum and the Brooklyn Museum to name a few, in collaboration with some of the nation's finest landscape and floral designers to create a living canvas.

Catch a sneak peak in the following video and get your tickets to enjoy a most amazing spring experience at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Is Your Property Ready for Spring?

Spring is just around the corner, even if it doesn't feel like it in your area. Now is the time to assess your property for damage that may have occurred over winter and prepare it for a blooming spring.

Although your home's landscape may be dormant at the moment, grasses and trees are still very much alive and need a helping hand. Preventive maintenance, including pruning and plantings, can be the boost your property needs to welcome spring, and prospective home buyers if you're in the market.

Here are landscaping tips you can do now to prepare your property for the best spring possible:

Friday, February 21, 2014

GMG's Friday Find: Greenhouses On Mars? It Could Happen.


Photo Credit: NASA (artist rendition)
Mars - where no plant has gone before!

Now that Mars is on the radar for a NASA destination, it's time to get serious about space greenhouses. Research has been going on for decades on the International Space Station and among astronauts on Skylab, and these efforts have paid off.

Friday, February 14, 2014

GMG's Friday Find: Tips for Winter Tree Safety

Photo Credit: Davey Tree Expert Company
This winter has been challenging in many regions with snow, ice and wind resulting in power outages from fallen tree branches, and sometimes the entire tree. Not all trees can withstand the weight of snow and ice and not many people can withstand the stress of several days of no power.  It's still not too late to inspect the trees on your property to identify weak or potentially dangerous tree conditions.  Follow these tips from the Davey Tree Expert Company to help you spot the trouble before you end up in trouble.

Keep an eye out for these tree conditions during the last months of winter to spot defects:

* Deadwood - dead trees and large dead branches can fall at any time, especially during severe weather

* Cracks - look for deep splits that extend into the wood of the tree through internal or external cavities

* Decay - soft wood or cavities where wood is missing can create hazardous conditions in advanced stages

Photo Credit: Davey Tree Expert Company
* Weak branch unions - two or more branches growing too close together with bark growing between them

* Heavy canopies - excessive thick branches and foliage catches more wind in stormy weather increasing the risk of  breakage and uprooting

* Cankers - branches weaken near bark that is sunken or missing and are prone to breakage

* Root problems - trees without a good root system are more likely to be uprooted or blown over during a storm; often nearby construction may sever large roots or compact the soil and cause poor root growth

* Poor tree architecture - characterized by excessive leaning of the tree or branches growing out of proportion to the tree canopy may indicate weakness or structural imbalance

If you've spotted one or more of these potentially harmful tree conditions, don't panic.  Not all defective trees need to be removed immediately and some can be treated for a healthy future.  Contact an arborist who can evaluate the tree and recommend the proper treatment. Trees can withstand most of what Mother Nature dishes out, even if we struggle with it.  Be safe, and remember that spring is just around the corner.

~Peggy
Garden Media Group