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    In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In December

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your yard to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  Keep in mind that we are writing from zone 7b and our experience lies in zones 6 and 7, but the majority of these tasks will be applicable for most gardens, especially those that experience the change of seasons.  Here are the top 5 things you should do in your garden this month: 1. If the ground isn’t frozen where you are, you can feel free to still plant perennials, shrubs, and trees. 2. Prune and…

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    In the Family,  In the Garden

    Gardeners Will Love These Gift Ideas

    Are you shopping for a gardener?  This time of year it is hard to look outside and get inspiration and ideas for gardeners. Luckily for you, gardening is what we do year round, so we’ve got some gift ideas for gardeners in your life! NOTE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, which means if you click on these links and make a purchase, Garden Shack Farm will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  We only recommend items we love, and we appreciate your support in this way! MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION A gardening magazine is a wonderful tool for inspiration and education, especially in…

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    In the Garden

    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly

    Each month we will focus on a must-have plant that we recommend to our readers. This month, we are loving the Winterberry Holly!     Ilex verticillata is also known as black alder, false alder, fever bush, coralberry, Canada holly, and winterberry holly. It is native to eastern North America and in the wild, you will find it growing happily in wetlands areas. If you have a wet area where not much else will grow, this could be a great option. It can also grow in average soils. Winterberry holly can grow anywhere from 3 feet to 15 feet tall, and the width varies widely as well. It is easy…

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    In the Garden

    How To Keep Perennials Alive Over the Winter

    Want to keep your perennials in containers alive through the winter?  They are definitely easier to kill than their counterparts in the ground. The ground insulates and protects plants more than a container does. If you would like to keep your potted perennials for next year we’ve got tips that should help you. Choose the right pot for perennials The bigger the pot, the more likely you will be successful overwintering. This is because there is a larger volume of soil in a bigger container to help insulate the roots, which protects them from freezing and desiccating. Be sure the container material can withstand freezing temperatures. Water plants before the…

  • In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In November

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your garden that month to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  It can be a source of stress when your yard is overrun with weeds or leaves, but your outdoor space should be just the opposite. One of our main goals here is to inspire and help you to make your outdoor space the place you want to spend the most time, the place you can get away from all the mind pollution the world is throwing at you, your escape. We also want it…

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    In the Garden

    7 Reasons Why You Need To Have A Garden

    Can you believe it’s the middle of autumn?  Looking outside at my brown garden I can!  Perhaps you, like me, welcome the change of all the seasons, and you are ready to relax in front of a fire and not worry about weeding. Maybe you have never considered having a garden to begin with and you have no idea what you’re missing. Possibly gardening is your favorite activity and/or you are already missing homegrown vegetables (I am!)  Or, perhaps, you’ve tried to grow a garden and feel like you’ve failed miserably. Whatever situation you are in, you should start thinking about having a garden as soon as Mother Nature will…