garden

TIPS FOR PRUNING HYDRANGEAS

There are various types of hydrangea bushes, the mophead hydrangea being the most common. Hydrangea pruning instructions may vary slightly with other types. Although hydrangea pruning care may differ, all hydrangeas can benefit from the removal of dead stems and spent blooms each year.

PLANTS THAT SHOO PESTS FROM YOUR GARDEN

Are you a magnet for insects? If you are, you know it. As soon as you walk outdoors it seems, annoying insects are attracted to you. Or perhaps you have a neighbor who can only visit you indoors during the summer months because of the outdoor pests they are bothered by. But it might help

GROWING YOUR OWN SPUDS

Growing potatoes in your garden can be lots of fun. With the variety of types and colors available, planting potatoes can add interest to your garden. Learn how to grow potatoes and when to plant potatoes in your yard with these simple steps. When to Plant Potatoes When growing potato plants (Solanum tuberosum), it is

WHO KNEW? GARDENING IS A HEALTHY HABIT!

Weed, Baby, Weed! (Or Plant, for That Matter) Gardening is a healthy habit! It burns calories, it works your muscles, and it increases your harvest. And while it’s good to dig in the dirt, the aftereffects can be a pain. That’s why it’s important to condition your core, and position yourself correctly so the right

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON GARDENING

You probably know someone (maybe even yourself) who has said, “Gardening is too hard. There is so much to learn. I just know if I plant something, I’ll kill it.” Well, of course you will. Everyone who has ever gardened since Adam and Eve has killed a plant. This is called learning. It’s how we

Getting Your Garden Ready For Winter

Cleaning The Garden In Autumn – Fall cleanup can make spring gardening a treat instead of a chore. Garden clean up can also prevent pests, weed seeds and diseases from overwintering and causing problems when temperatures warm. Cleaning out the garden for winter also allows you to spend more time on the fun aspects of

Attracting Ladybugs to Control Ravaging Aphids

Attracting ladybugs is one of the top wishes for many organic gardeners. Having them in the garden will help to eliminate destructive pests like aphids, mites and scale. Getting these beneficial bugs to come to your garden, and more importantly stay in your garden, is easy once you know a few simple facts and tricks.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP YOUR GARDEN FREE FROM WEEDS?

Hmm. That’s a tall order. Weeds common to your garden are naturally suited to the sun, soil, and water conditions of this area. That’s why it’s so hard to get rid of weeds after they’ve taken root. But if you prevent weed seeds from germinating, your garden can be weed-free. Here are some tips to

THE MAGIC OF MILKWEED AND THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Why would you purposely plant something with the word “weed” in its name? Well if you’ve ever seen the beautiful monarch butterfly (and we know you have), its very existence depends on milkweed.

Keep Coleus Looking its Best All Summer?

Coleus is probably one of the easiest plants to grow and propagate. In fact, the plants root so easily that you can even start cuttings in a glass of water. They can also be propagated by seed indoors about 8-10 weeks prior to the last expected spring frost.

ROOKIE GARDENING MISTAKES (Part II)

Our last article detailed four common mistakes new (and sometimes seasoned) gardeners make: 1. Unwise watering; 2. Failing to test your soil; 3. Planting garden ‘divas’; and 4. Planting too much. Read below to learn of 3 more rookie mistakes we often make.

WHAT THE HECK IS A BUG HOTEL? (A Tutorial)

Nature does a lot to help our fruits and vegetables along, especially by providing a bunch of beneficial insects to pollinate our crops and prey on pests. It’s impossible to say just how valuable these creepy crawlies are in keeping the cycle of garden life going, but we are very indebted to them!