9 Gardening Tasks for the Month of January

January Gardening TasksIf you live in a part of the country anything like mine right now, you might be sitting inside watching a white blanket of snow cover everything in sight. Gardening can feel like it has to sit on the back burner in months like this one.

While a January in Austin, Texas is going to be much different than in Seattle, Washington, or Detroit Michigan, there are some great ways to keep your gardening spirit alive even in these low key months. Here are 9 of our favorite gardening tasks that any climate zone can accomplish in the month of January.

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Recycling Christmas trees

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Recycling Christmas Trees

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Recycling Christmas Trees

It was my first Christmas as a young adult on my own, and I was so excited about having my first live Christmas tree in my own home. Growing up, my family always used artificial trees, so when I was able to experience that amazing evergreen aroma in my living room during the holidays I was hooked.

However, when it came down to tearing down the tree and finding a way to recycle it, I felt a little lost. In fact, I had no idea what to do, I had missed our garbage Christmas tree pickup dates and found myself with my tree hanging out in my backyard for the rest of winter. At that point, I needed to get creative to find other ways to recycle a dead Christmas tree.

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Decorating Christmas tree branches

Creative Ways to Decorate with Christmas Tree Branches

Decorating with Christmas tree branches

A Christmas tree is the center piece of all Christmas decorations. There is nothing like the amazing aroma of evergreen filling your home. However, it can also be a great source of extra stunning decor that you can spread throughout your home, or give as gifts.

Using evergreen branches can be a great way to spread the Christmas tree love throughout your house. Here are 7 fun and easy ways to decorate your home with Christmas branches and how to care for them.

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Ivy – The Christmas Magic and History Behind It

Ivy Christmas Wreath

What are Christmas decorations without some beautiful ivy wrapped around a stairway or wreath? Many people have used this delightful greenery as a Christmas decoration, but have you ever wondered why? Maybe you are familiar with the old 17th – 18th century Christmas carol, The Holly and the Ivy. How did this unique plant make its way into Christmas songs, traditions, and decorations?

When you begin to study the characteristics of plants, you begin to see what sets them apart from others. There is always more than meets the eye, and ivy is no exception. This climbing plant stays lush and green even when the weather outside is frightful.

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The Secrets Behind the Mistletoe

The Secrets Behind the Mistletoe

Have you ever found yourself under a mistletoe and wondered what it is and how did we came to practice this strange holiday tradition that involves kissing?

Washington Irving’s words in the 1800s describes it best by saying, “young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under [mistletoe], plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.

But, why the mistletoe? Is it just another clever way for boys to steal kisses from their crushes? What does it have to do with Christmas? Let’s take a moment to step back and try to understand the mystery of the mistletoe – what is it, where did it come from, and how it came to be a holiday tradition today.

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5 Tips for Picking the Best Real Christmas Tree

5 Tips for Picking the Best Real Christmas Tree

Tips for Picking the Best Real Christmas Tree

Are you considering a real Christmas tree this year?

It’s that time of year when stores are filled with every Christmas decoration imaginable. Blinking lights, miniature mangers, and Christmas trees deck the isles. While some families decide that they will go the fake route when buying their Christmas tree, many want that fresh smell of evergreen filling their home.

Whether your family makes picking out their Christmas tree an annual tradition, or you are trying it out for the first time, it can feel like an overwhelming process. Here are 5 great tips to help you in your process of finding and maintaining the perfect real Christmas tree.

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5 Great Holiday Plants to Gift

Holiday Plants to Gift

With the holidays approaching fast, you might be starting that long process of trying to find the perfect gift. A list can get lengthy when you want to share with teachers, friends, neighbors, and family how much you appreciate them. Or, maybe you want to find a special way to say thank you to a special host.

Look no further, because you will never go wrong giving a gift of nature.

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What You Want to Know About Planting Flowering Bulbs

Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Are you thinking about planting flowering bulbs?

Planting bulbs in the fall is a great idea if you want spring flowers. Snowdrops and Scillas are one of the earliest flowers to bloom and will be a welcomed sight as the long winter months come to close. Remember last spring time when all your neighbors had beautiful daffodils and bright yellow, red, and purple tulips popping up everywhere? Well, if you want to add those stunning beauties to your landscape, now is the time to plant.

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