Yard & Garden

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 […]

Sowing seeds for a bountiful harvest

‘Tis the season for garden seed catalogues. If you’re like me, you are perusing through catalogues that advertise 15 varieties of watermelon, 50 varieties of peppers and even more tomato varieties. They all look amazing and make claims of vigorous, great flavor and disease resistance. So, which do you choose? My solution is to ask an […]

Explore your senses

Walking through any garden can be calming, educational, inspiring, energizing or a combination of all. A new trend in gardening is creating intentional gardens [gardens with a specific purpose] such as a sensory garden. Sensory gardens are areas designed to stimulate one or more of the five senses: sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. Often geared […]

2020 horticulture trends

It’s a new year and many are reflecting on their 2019 gardening season and making resolutions for 2020. If you are like me, you started missing gardening in early November, can’t wait for temperatures to rise and strive for all those grand resolutions. When I can’t garden, I read trend reports from the Horticulture Industry. A […]

Houseplants anyone can keep alive

Plagued with a brown thumb that kills just about any plant? Have no fear, there are some houseplants out there that are pretty darn indestructible for even the most neglectful gardener. Houseplants seem to be making a comeback in popularity, likely due to the millennial generation’s love of trendy indoor plants. This means your selection […]

Selecting the perfect holiday tree

Nothing represents the holidays more for me than the smell of fresh evergreens and the perfect tree. Many family’s holiday traditions revolve around heading out to select just the right tree from the tree lot. Today, you can purchase trees from garden centers, pop-up lots, big box stores and, of course, tree farms. Before you head […]

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Caring for holiday plants

Once the gardening season wraps up, gardeners don’t necessarily stop gardening, we just move it indoors. The holiday season is a wonderful time to enjoy growing seasonal plants indoors. Here are a few tips for growing and maintaining a selection of the most popular holiday plants: poinsettias, holiday cactuses and amaryllis. Poinsettias When choosing a poinsettia, […]