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Trending Thursday: Garden Trends 2014 Whitepaper Revealed.

 

Restoring Balance in Life and the Garden

Garden Media Group Unveils Top Lifestyle & Garden Trends for 2014

Balance of work and play make for a happy life, and the same can be said for life in the garden. People are now seeking enjoyment in quality of life as the economy continues to improve, and chic outdoor décor and essential greenery will be balancing gardens in 2014.

 

This time around, though, frivolity and wasteful spending are out. “Consumers are vowing to restore balance to their lives,” says Susan McCoy, trend spotter and president of Garden Media Group. “People are determined to be happy again, but not at the expense of what’s important in their lives. They are being thoughtful in their actions and mindful of their impact on the economy, their locale, and the environment.”

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Bamboo SunsetThe Green Man has been creating meditative, zen, and relaxation gardens for more than 2o years. A quiet contemplative space is just what most people need after a stress filled week at the office.

It seems that the green industry is now catching up to what many of us have been practicing in our personal lives for many years.

The gardening industry is starting out 2014 on a strong note; this year has been dubbed the year of mindfulness. In fact, mindfulness is named one of the top ten trends that will shape the world this year.

People are growing weary of being constantly connected to their digital screens.

They want a way to detox, to unwind and rediscover peace, and this movement is spreading quickly.

Happiness is being redefined, and gardening fits into the mindfulness movement perfectly.

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No matter what path you take, whether it is prayer, Zen, Vipassana, Shambhala, or another form of formal meditation, a garden is a great place to practice.


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The Advantages of Mulching | Home Guides | SF Gate.Mulched Bed

Mulch prevents weeds from growing in a planting bed.

Mulch not only beautifies planting beds with an attractive layer of material over bare soil, it also has several positive benefits, such as making garden maintenance easier while improving the health of your plants. Organic mulching materials, like straw, wood chips, leaves and grass clippings, offer the greatest benefits.

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The New York Times: A Landscape in Your Pocket. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw2-7tqA8

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How to Create a Hanging Succulent Planter | Brit + Co.

Inspired by the Japanese gardening method Kokedama, this funky arrangement involves wrapping clay and moss around the root of the plant before wrapping it in string. If you’re a budding gardener, this is a great way to start learning about gardening hydroponics gardening without traditional use of soil or gardening aeroponics gardening using air as a growth medium. Now, let’s get to it!Supplies:- succulent plant- dry Sphagnum Moss- moss you can pick some yourself or buy it in a bag- potting soil- clay mud or Bonsai soil- twine or ribbon to wrap around your moss ballTools:- scissors- gardening trowel- clippers- container to mix soils

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How To Start An Organic Garden | Big Blog Of Gardening.

 

If you want to start an organic garden, whether it be a vegetable, fruit or flower garden, these eight posts will get you on your way to beautiful blooms and pesticide-free produce whose taste will knock your socks off.

Starting organic gardening: the basics

Organic gardening relies on more than just substituting organic fertilizers for chemical fertilizers. It’s a different way of thinking about gardening. Learn the basics when you start your garden and you’ll be on your way to beautiful flowers and record vegetable harvests in no time.

 

Organic gardening rule #1: feed the soil

One of the most important concepts of organic gardening is: Feed the soil and you’ll feed the plant. When you learn what separates good garden soil from not so good garden soil, you’ll spend less time struggling with your garden and more time enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.

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