Yard & Garden

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 […]

Planting bulbs

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 […]

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 […]