Composting Tips – Tricks for Creating Nature’s Black Gold

Compost pile

If you enjoy vegetable gardening or growing flowers, adding organic matter formed by composting will give you great results.  Have you always thought that making compost is difficult?  These Composting Tips will take the mystery out of it for you. Composting may seem like something that only our ancestors did, but many modern gardeners take…

Dieffenbachia Poisoning – How Toxic is this Houseplant?

Dieffenbachia plant

Dieffenbachia one of the most common indoor plants, is easy to care and great as an office plant. However the plant can be poisonous so there are some situations where it might not be a good fit. Dieffenbachia poisoning is talked about all the time when the plant is reviewed on line, but how toxic is it,…

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

No crust quiche

This crustless quiche Lorraine is a great alternative to the normal recipe.  It has all the flavors of a Julia Child’s traditional quiche Lorraine but has far less fat and calories and no crust. Trust me, you won’t miss those extras at all. It tastes amazing and makes a great addition to your collection of…

Borax Weed Killer for Creeping Charlie

Borax weed killer

Are you looking for an effective weed killer to control Creeping Charlie? Instead of resorting to chemical herbicides or Round Up, why not try this Borax Weed Killer? Established lawns are tolerant of Borax and this formula works well on them. Glechoma hederacea, also known as Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny or ground ivy, is a common…

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

DIY Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

Drip feeders are a great idea for vegetable gardening projects.  Many plants prefer the moisture at their roots instead of from overhead sprinklers which can encourage some leaf problems.  There are many retail products available, but this Soda Bottle Drip Feeder makes use or recycled materials and works really well. It is not just vegetables that will benefit…

Bleeding Heart – How to grow Dicentra spectabilis

There is something so romantic about the look of a Bleeding Heart* plant. After all, what is more romantic that the heart shaped flowers of this amazing plant? If you love growing perennials, this plant is a must have for your shady garden spot. Dicentra Spectabilis is a clear favorite among American gardeners. It is…

Crock Pot Curried Chicken – Paleo and Whole30 Compliant

Chicken Curry cooked in a crockpot

This crock pot curried chicken recipe will have your whole house smelling amazing while it cooks. Coming home to a dinner that is just about ready for the table is a treat on a busy week night! It makes a nice addition to my collection of crock pot recipes. My husband is fond of any…

Hearty Chicken Sunflower Kale Salad

Enjoy this chicken-sunflower-kale-salad with a glass of seltzer water

This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Today we are making a Chicken Sunflower Kale Salad. When summer arrives, my goal is to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. Lunch for me means…

Mosquito Repelling Plants – Keep Those Bugs Away!

Mosquito on a leaf

With summer comes lots of outdoor living.  Sadly, that can mean lots of mosquitoes. I don’t like to use chemical products but, thankfully, Mother Nature has the perfect answer – Mosquito Repelling Plants! We can grow annuals and perennials that will keep the bugs away naturally. With all the hype about West Nile Virus, it…

How to Keep Ants Out of the House

It is ant season again! As soon as the weather starts to heat up, and particularly after a warm rainy day, ants decide that indoors is a good place to be. Sure, you can kill ants with various home remedies, but are there are lots of other things that you can do to keep ants…

Turkey Stuffed Peppers – Paleo – Whole30 – Gluten Free

These stuffed peppers with ground turkey are healthy and clean.

Stuffed peppers normally have lots of rice and cheese in the recipe. Since I am trying to have really clean recipes lately, these turkey stuffed peppers are a healthier way to enjoy this traditional dish. My husband loves to “find bargains” for me when we grocery shop.  The other day he came upon a basket of…

How to Grow Lamb’s Ear – (Stachys byzantina)

Stachys byzantina is also known as Lamb's Ear.

Remember going to the petting zoo with your kids and touching baby lambs? This the feeling of the leaves of Stachys byzantina, also known as Lamb’s Ear. If you love growing perennials, you need to give this hardy plant a try. It is easy to grow, has a lovely texture and the prettiest flowers on…

Transplanting Monkey Grass – Division is Simple and Easy to Do

Liriope is commonly known as monkey grass or spider grass. It is a versatile and easy to grow ground cover that tolerates heat well and can be divided easily. Transplanting monkey grass is a simple process if you keep just a few things in mind. As far as growing perennials is concerned, it is one of…

Growing Strawberries -Tips and Tricks for Best Success

One of the joys of summer time is the flavor of home grown strawberries.  Growing strawberries is very easy as long as you understand the type of plant that you are trying to grow. Of all the fruit plants, strawberries are one of the easiest to grow and so rewarding.  The taste of the berries makes…

Amazing Rose Photos

Roses are one of the most popular flowers. They make great cut flowers, are right at home in any perennial garden, and are easy to grow. Roses also come in an astounding number of shades, sizes, and petal colors. These amazing rose photos show the versatility of the popular plant. This rose by Shakespeare says…

Italian Sweet Potatoes – Easy One Pot Side Dish

Italian sweet potatoes

These Italian sweet potatoes combine with fresh herbs and diced tomatoes for the most amazing full flavored side dish.  They are wonderful served with any protein and even taste great as leftovers the next day as part of a cooked breakfast.Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in recipes.  You can substitute them in any recipe that…

Water Spout Planter – Raindrops Keep Falling on my Plants!

Planted New Guinea impatiens

I love to tinker with my planters to come up with interesting ways to display my plants, both indoor plants and those that I keep outdoors.  This water spout planter in my latest creation. It’s unusual, whimsical and I just love the way it turned out. When I was shopping in TJ Maxx recently, I…