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10 Top Gardening Stories of 2017

2017 has come and gone and it was another successful year – but then again my opinion is very biased. We posted numerous in-depth articles and lots of Favorite Plants. And Garden Fundamentals YouTube manged to add a new video before the end of the year; the myth of leaving leaves on the lawn.

You are going to see changes this year and I think you will like them all.

  • I will continue posting on this blog so nothing will really change here except that you can expect more posts about garden design.
  • Early in the year I will be posting several new videos on YouTube.
  • The new Facebook Group; Garden Fundamentals now has 334 members and is growing quickly. If you have not joined yet, do so right now so you don’t miss any of the great discussions going on there.
  • You might have noticed a change in the site header and our logo. I’m trying to brand all of the Garden Fundamentals sites into one family. I also hope to give this site a whole new look this summer.

Please join Garden Fundamentals Facebook Group now!

Around the middle of January I will be sending out the first issue of Garden Fundamentals News – our new monthly newsletter, which will be chocked full of gardening information. This will be an important way for me to communicate with you. If you have not already subscribed you can do so using the form on the banner to the right.

It is now time to look back at 2017 and review some of the best posts of the year: the 10 Top Gardening Stories of 2017.

Aspen Grove Gardens, my garden, 2017

Aspen Grove Gardens, my garden, 2017

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Garden Fundamentals – Meets Facebook

First of all, let me thank all of my regular viewers for making this such a popular site. We are approaching 200,000 visitors, and that is fantastic.

If you are not a regular viewer, please subscribe by entering your email in the top right hand corner, under “Subscribe to this Blog”. This will provide you with an email notice each time I make a new post.

We have had a lot of good comments on the site, but comments on blogs are not a great way to communicate and discuss topics. I want to expand the ability to connect with you, my readers, and to connect all of you to each other. To meet this goal I have set up a Facebook Group, called Garden Fundamentals.

Facebook: Garden Fundamentalshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/GardenFundamentals/

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Fertilizing Gardens the Right Way

Fertilizing gardens is a popular topic and every gardening book and website will give you advice. There are thousands of products on the market claiming they are the best ones for your garden. The problem is that almost none of this information is correct.  Most gardeners are wasting time and money on fertilizer they don’t need. Even worse is the fact that they are wasting a valuable natural resource and polluting the environment.

If you garden, please take the time to understand fertilizers. I know this is not a glamorous topic, but it is very important to the garden and the environment.

Fertilizing Gardens, using correct NPK ratios

Fertilizing Gardens

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10 Top Gardening Stories of 2016

2016 was the first full year of publishing Garden Fundamentals and we released 44 posts. The goal was to publish in-depth articles with a high level of accuracy – I think we have done that. Based on comments, many of you enjoyed them. To celebrate the new year I have selected the 10 most important posts of the year and present them again for your viewing pleasure.

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10 top garden posts of 2016

10 top gardening stores of 2016

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Arisaema franchetianum

Arisaema franchetianum‘Hugo’:photo by Robert Pavlis

Arisaema franchetianum‘Hugo’,photo by Robert Pavlis

It is late June in the shady garden and out of nowhere appears a spotted finger sticking out of the ground. It grows quickly unfolding a huge tripartite shinny leaf. Each lobe is almost as large as my hand. But the real treasure is hidden below the leaf – a striped cobra that needs to be seen to be believed.

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