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Rain Garden

memorial garden

Summer in Florida means daily afternoon showers. If you have a low spot in your yard where water collects after a good rain it would make the perfect spot for a rain garden. What is a rain garden? A rain garden is a low-lying area that you plant with native plants that allows rainwater runoff from nearby roofs, driveways, lawns

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Here Fishy Fishy…Your Guide to Koi Feeding

feeding frenzy

One of the most enjoyable parts of pond keeping is watching your graceful Koi gliding in the water. Koi, although often mistaken for goldfish, are in the Carp family. With hundreds of categories of Koi in many different colors and patterns it is no wonder they are referred to as living jewels. Many pond keepers are confused about how much,

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Floating Salad Bar

aquatic plants

Have you ever thought about growing your own veggie & herb garden but decided against it because you thought it would be too much work or you wouldn’t have time to care for it? Aquatic gardening is just the answer. Aquatic plants are some of the easiest plants to grow & just think you never have to water them. A

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Caring for an Earth Bottom Pond

lake fountain

Is there algae & weed growth in your earth bottom pond? Are mosquitos an issue? Treating an earth bottom pond is not that different from treating your water garden. Before you treat it is important to see what is causing the problem, for example: Is the pond in full sun? Is there not enough plant life or aeration? The following components

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Tropical vs Hardy Water lilies

water lilies

Of all the water garden plants to choose from the Water lily is the most popular.  They help to shade the pond, protect the fish from the sun and predators and the blooms are amazing. Water lilies are divided into two main types, Hardy and Tropical and their differences are more than skin deep. The biggest difference is how they

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Re-Potting Water Lilies

re-potting water lilies

To me a water garden isn’t a water garden without Water Lilies. There are so many choices…Tropical, Hardy, day bloomers, night bloomers, pinks, purples, blues, yellows… that one is never enough. Water lilies & aquatic plants are easy to grow as long as you follow a few basic steps for potting and repotting. The most asked lily question I receive

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Growing Up! Vertical Gardening

Individuals have been gardening since the dawn of time, using plants for food, medicines, building materials, clothing & simple decorative purposes. Although lately it is gaining in popularity, vertical gardening is not a new concept. Vertical gardens are found through out history. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, is one of the

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