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Planting Your Garden to Attract Bees

Bees are responsible for pollinating hundreds of agricultural crops and flowering plant species worldwide. In the United States alone, bees pollinate about 150 different crops. The gardening experts at Southern States recommend that your garden planning this year include bee friendly plants.

Gardening with Children

Children can learn many things in a garden. Working with plants and the soil teaches them about nature, the life cycle and the importance of nurturing. This year, set aside space in the family garden for your kids to try their hand at it. No matter what their ages, gardening can be educational and fun.

Urban Gardening – A Growing Trend

If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that just about any hobby can be achieved at home regardless of where you live and the size of your living space. The same can be said when it comes to gardening your own fruits and vegetables. Every day, throughout the suburbs and urban communities, more and more people are choosing to start their own gardens to try and get that farm-to-table taste in their own homes.

Evergreen Shrubs

One of the saddest things about changing seasons and colder weather approaching is seeing dead plants and bare spots in your garden and yard. If you’re looking to spruce up a barren yard, then evergreen shrubs are the perfect solution to fill that space in. Evergreens are not only aesthetically pleasing but can serve many other purposes depending on where you plant them and what you are planning to use them for.

Butterfly Gardening

Adding the beauty and color of butterflies to a landscape can be an enjoyable and educational experience. A successful butterfly garden is one that contains all the components that butterflies need for food, shelter and breeding, while providing all the beauty and design that appeal to the gardener.

Protecting Plants From Late-Season Freezes

Spring is an exciting time in the garden, and many gardeners are eager to get their plants and seeds into the ground, but cold weather can often catch us by surprise. If you have freshly planted seeds or seedlings in your garden and are expecting a frost, there are some things you can do to minimize loss.

Planting a Cut Flower Garden

Have you always wanted to have fresh, cut flowers for arrangements but didn't want to cut the blooms from your beautiful flower garden? Just start your very own cutting garden and have fresh flowers all spring and summer long. Learning how to grow a cut flower garden can be easy. The gardening experts at Southern States can offer some great tips to help you get started.

How Birds Act As Pollinators

When we think of pollinators and attracting pollinators to our yard, we often think of bees and other insects, but birds are one of the most important pollinators on our planet. In North America, hummingbirds are one very important species of bird pollinators, but globally there are more than 2,000 bird species that help more than 300 families of flowering plants reproduce.

How to Compost Properly

In the winter months, it can seem as though there is very little to do in the garden. One very beneficial thing you can do as you prepare for spring is to begin composting your organic material to create a rich soil conditioner that will feed and support your garden all year long. Composting is a process that can take months, so plan ahead to ensure your compost is ready when you begin to plant.

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