Gardening Tips

Spring flowers

Top 25 Earliest Blooming Spring Flowers, Shrubs & Trees

Early spring flowers - crocus

I don’t know about you, but with some of the warmer temperatures we’ve been having in Michigan, I’m starting to get impatient for spring to come! It can be hard, in these first few weeks of spring, to believe it is really coming.

Everything is brown and dull, and we’re still getting fits of snow here and there. It may be days, or it may be weeks before the tree buds start to open, and the grass begins to turn green.

But you know what? I saw some of my first spring flowers starting to poke their green heads out of the ground the other day. These indispensable beauties can’t be daunted.

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Parents teaching kids gardening

Practical Budget-Friendly Tips to Teach Kids Gardening

Parents teach kids gardening

There are many benefits to getting your kids, grandkids, or any kids you know to go outside and garden. The younger your kids are when you start, the more chance they have to enjoy gardening all their lives. However, if you have older kids, it’s not too late!

Often, a love of gardening starts with a love of good food or interest in learning how to cook. There are so many books and shows out there about good food.

Take some time to watch or read something with your kids and then talk about how you could incorporate it into your lives together!

In this article, we will cover how to move forward with creating a garden you can practically enjoy with your kids without spending hours and hours or very much money. It can be done!

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How To Get Your Kids Gardening: Creating Excitement

Kids gardening

Maybe you’re one of those rare parents or grandparents whose kids are already excited about being outdoors, digging in the dirt, and doing manual labor instead of playing video games or texting their friends. If so, you probably don’t need this guide.

However, did you know that an increasing number of children, especially in urban areas, don’t know how milk or eggs are produced, or where they come from?

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Top gardening articles 2018

Top 20 Gardening Articles of 2018

Top gardening articles 2018

Rootwell Products, Inc. is a company that is passionate about keeping the world green – wherever green things are growing. We want everyone to feel successful at growing green things in their homes, yards, fields, balconies or community gardens.

And we know this takes practice and a lot of expert advice. We strive to bring a variety of topics to you to help you to grow more green things successfully and to be informed about what’s going on with our earth.

Every New Year we round up the 20 most popular articles from the previous year according to Google Analytics. It’s fun to see what our readers liked most! It also helps us to know which articles were most exciting and helpful to you – our valued readers.

You know what else helps? Your comments and suggestions! We appreciate them all.

We hope this list also helps you find more topics you haven’t read about in one handy location. So, without further adieu:

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Field of lavender

How to Grow Lavender Anywhere – Gardening Tips

How to grow lavender tips

Don’t you love the smell of lavender? There’s nothing better than a natural lavender scent to freshen clothing and linens or to invite a sense of relaxation into a room.

Almost better than the smell of fresh lavender is the sight of the bright purple herb dancing in the sunlight or bunched together and drying in someone’s cozy kitchen.

Did you know there are many uses for lavender, beyond sachets and bath salts?

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How to Compost Leaves and Why You Should

How to Compost Leaves and Why You Should

Fallen leaves depicting how to compost leaves

Have you thought about trying to compost leaves?

Most of us think of the leaves on our trees with a kind of dread, knowing that it will inevitably require a lot of time and backbreaking labor spent raking, mowing, hauling, and burning.

Or we fear what will happen to our lawns or our relationships with our neighbors if we don’t do the yearly raking. I can remember the years of childhood spent raking leaves and getting blisters. The piles were fun to jump in for a while, but mostly it was just a lot of work!

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Food forests concept

Food Forests: What Are They and How Do They Function?

Food forests example

Have you heard of food forests? Do you wonder what they are and how they work?

Since we’ve delved into the subject of permaculture and what it is, I thought it would nice to break it down a little further and to give readers a picture of how one particular aspect of a permaculture farm, or garden, can look.

More specifically, I want to talk about one of the terms I alluded to before: the “Food Forest.”

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Wood pallet planters

10 Beautiful Wood Pallet Projects for Your Garden

Wood pallet planters

Have you ever driven by the back of a business, and noticed hundreds of wood pallets stacked there? Have you thought about what you could build with all that free wood? Do you drool over pictures of DIY wood pallet projects?

Wood pallet projects are having a moment right now. With the rise in popularity of industrial and farmhouse design, many designers and handy do-it-yourselfers are flooding the internet with pictures of their gorgeous creations made from reclaimed pallet wood: coffee tables, deck chairs, shelves, bed frames – you name it, someone has probably thought of it!

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