Yard & Garden

Favorite houseplants for home or office

Growing plants indoors can add a soft green touch, create a focal piece, or incorporate nature indoors, transforming any room. Houseplants vary greatly in color, texture, size and shape — there is something perfect for any spot. The most important thing to consider when growing houseplants is placement for favorable conditions: light, temperature and humidity. […]

Berry good

According to Garden Trends Report by the Garden Media Group (GMG), victory gardens were spurred by the increase in home cooking in 2020. GMG says 31 percent of people would like to grow fruits in their backyard, and berries are at the top of their lists. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries can be grown in containers […]

Kitchen scrap gardening

Skip the compost bucket or garbage can and grow beautiful houseplants, kitchen window displays and future garden additions from your leftover vegetables and fruits. Kitchen scrap gardening is a fun winter activity. Practice the concepts of reusing and recycling while experimenting with leftover plant parts. Many fruits and vegetables can be regrown with a little water […]

Make your home merry and bright with poinsettias

Millions of poinsettias are purchased each year as decorations and gifts. What most consumers do not know is poinsettias require a lot of love and attention or they won’t make it to your holiday festivities. Buy poinsettias this holiday season from local growers and keep them vibrant with a few “don’ts” from a previous poinsettia grower. […]

No dirt required

Growing houseplants adds a natural element to your space, but comes with challenges familiar to new growers: am I over- or under-watering? Air plants are named for their process of getting water – through the air. With more than 500 species, they are some of the easiest plants to grow in your home or office given […]

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Bury bulbs now for a colorful spring

Daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinth bulbs seem to materialize from snow on the saturated ground, provoking gardeners to celebrate the coming spring. However, gardeners are not planting these hardy bulbs in the spring soil, but the previous fall to over-winter in their garden beds. Bulbs require a chilling period in order to grow and flower. […]

Easy to grow and pollinator friendly

Would you like to contribute to pollinators like bees and butterflies but don’t know where to start? Starting a pollinator garden can be somewhat confusing. Instructions include information like providing rich sources of nectar through native plants and selecting annuals throughout the entire growing season while implementing plants that serve as larval sources like milkweed for […]

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Favorite perennials for the sun

While designing a perennial flower bed, you get to be creative while adding personal favorites and touches to the garden. A few years before my grandmother passed, she asked me to help her design the flower bed along their south-facing deck. My vision for the area was a cottage-style garden – a mix of color, […]

Back to the basics

Looking back, we may realize this was the year we had a surge in cultivating new gardeners and nature enthusiasts. While most people who read gardening articles look for new tips and interesting information, there are brand new gardeners who can do without technical jargon and nuanced garden issues. So, let’s go back to the basics. […]

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Control weeds the natural way

Gardeners are always looking for ways to have a healthy garden with little weed growth. Often, it is difficult to have both. A well-fertilized garden will not only allow for healthy vegetables but weeds and grasses too. There are some all-natural methods that gardeners can use to supply nutrients for a great garden while keeping […]