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Pike Nurseries Playing in the Dirt Blog

Timely tips and ideas throughout the year to inspire you and help you succeed while Playing in the Dirt!
  • 20 Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

          1. Stack them high:  Make a pumpkin topiary.   2. Quick fix: Decorate a pumpkin in two minutes or less with a black stocking.   3. Drill down: Get out the handy power tools and drill patterns in the side of the [...] Read Full Article
  • Get Your Garden 'Party Ready' for Spring

    Spring is a great time of year for a garden party. Outdoors, there are layers of fresh, bright green foliage, vibrant colors, and mild temperatures. The holidays encourage us— St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day are all ideal outdoor spring celebrations.  After-Winter Tidying How do you make sure your garden is [...] Read Full Article
  • Gardening in Containers

    Gardening in Containers Whether one has a yard or not everyone can garden. Even the humblest, recycled container can hold a garden.  Small-scale gardening of any sort—in containers or just in a limited space—uses the same principles and good practices that gardening on any scale takes. And while the mistakes are minimized [...] Read Full Article
  • Coneflowers are Butterfly Magnets

    Easy-care coneflowers have undergone a remarkable transformation. No longer shy Midwestern beauties, they’ve burst into entirely new color ranges and gotten gussied up in new flower forms. Native to America’s heartland, coneflowers (Echinacea) are tough and hardy. Large daisy-like flowers have distinctive, raised centers of brownish-orange to black. Sturdy, straight stems [...] Read Full Article
  • Daylilies Deliver

    Get that mental picture of the ubiquitous, narrow-petaled golden daylily right out of your mind.  Today’s daylilies are so much more than that.   New Colors To begin with, prepare to be bowled over with ravishing color. Cranberry red, dark purple, vivid pink, blackish-red, butterscotch, burnt orange, ivory cream, and startling combinations of [...] Read Full Article
  • Terrarium Toppers

    When it's rainy outside, move indoors! Create a mini indoor garden in glass. Get creative planting your terrarium to show off your personal style. Not only is it fun to choose plants for your terrarium ( Top 10 Terrarium Plants ), it's also fun to choose decorative elements to use a [...] Read Full Article
  • Orchid Gardens

    Orchid Gardens  Orchids are beautiful long lasting flowers. They bloom for weeks and even months at a time. And, they are actually quite easy to grow! Just place them in a spot in your home that receives bright but indirect light and water them once a week.  A great way to show [...] Read Full Article
  • One Door Three Ways

    A wreath, garland, and pots is all you need to create a festive Christmas doorway in any style. Here we take those elements and show them in a traditional, natural, and whimsical design. What's your favorite style?         Get the [...] Read Full Article
  • Christmas from the Garden

    The Holly and the Ivy aren't the only greenery that can be cut from the garden to use in Christmas decorations. There are many evergreens, berries, and branches that make beautiful and fresh displays. It's also quite fun and rewarding to walk through your garden with your pruners cutting from [...] Read Full Article
  • Deck the Halls

      Decking your home for Christmas with fresh garland adds beauty and fragrance. Garland can be used to decorate indoors and out. Drape garland on your mantle, adorn your doorway, wrap it around your staircase and your mailbox. The options are endless.   Types of Garland Cedar Garland is the easiest type of fresh garland [...] Read Full Article
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  • Birds & Butterflies

    Ideas for attracting birds & butterflies to your garden.

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  • Garden Care

    Read tips and advice for general garden care.

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  • Trees & Shrubs

    Learn more about the best trees and shrubs for your yard and the best practices for caring for specific trees and shrubs.

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  • Container Gardening

    Learn about container gardening with articles on making your own container garden, caring for container gardens and more!    

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  • Holidays

    Ideas for holiday decor and gifts!

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  • Annuals & Perennials

    Read about the best annuals and perennials for your garden and how to keep them looking beautiful.

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  • Indoor Gardens

    Ideas for enjoying an indoor garden.

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  • Edible Gardening

    Click to read more about different types of edible gardens and how to start your own!

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  • Shade Gardening

    Learn the best tips for shade gardening!

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  • Outdoor Living

    Tips and ideas for enjoying some outdoor living.

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