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Container Gardening Grab Bag 04/16

by Fern on April 16, 2010

in Birds Bees & Butterflies,Fruits & Vegetables

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This week’s grab bag is pretty eclectic, which is how I like it! We’ve got everything from a book giveaway, to photos of LOTB readers’ metal animal sculptures, to a garden gnome census. Oh, and be sure to check out my guest post on goodLife {eats}. It’s an overview of edible container gardening.

Great Blog Reading

My Own Links to Share

First, don’t forget about the April blog carnival. The topic is whimsical container gardens. I know several of you have awesome ideas for this topic, so let’s see ‘em! Second, I wanted to direct you to a search engine I created that will search over 20 different seed companies for whatever variety it is you desire. A pretty useful tool when you have your mind set on a hard to find plant (which is why I created it!).

Don’t Forget About Monarchs

Photo by mightyquinninwky©™

This time of year, Monarch butterflies are migrating north. Which is all well and good, except they have to fly through areas that are now heavily suburan and urbanized. Monarchs lay their eggs on one plant, and one plant only. Milkweed. When our prairies were mowed down to build homes or a new high rise, milkweed plants became fewer and farther between. You can help Monarchs out by planting a pot full of milkweed for them if you live in their migration path.

Metal Animal Sculpture

After yesterday’s post about armadillo and giraffe sculpture, several people shared photos of their (or their clients) animal sculptures. They add a lot of fun and whimsy to a garden:

Corny Gardening Joke

Photo by Darwin Bell

What should you put into your garden to watch over your beets? A metro-gnome!

Container Gardening in the News

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Katie @ goodLife {eats} April 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I just looked up milkweed. Lots of pretty different varieties. I think I am going to have to go back to the nursery this weekend…again. They just teased me today when I went in that I can’t get enough. It’s true though, I love planting and we have a large garden and backyard.

We have a lot of butterfly bushes in our area. In the fall they will be covered with upwards of 50 monarchs as they head down south for the winter. It’s an amazing sight!

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Robin Horton April 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Thanks so much for your shout out for the Webbys! We urban gardeners support each other!

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Matti April 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I love the grab bag. You uncover a lot of material I have not come across. Thanks Fern! Matti

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Mary C. April 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

thanks for another grab bag, and your gust blog was great!

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