Control Squash Bugs 10 ways – How to Kill Squash Bugs

Squash bug

Trying to control squash bugs can seem an insurmountable task when you find them in your vegetable garden. These bugs can do a huge amount of damage, particularly to young plants. These 10 easy tips will keep your garden pest-free. Take charge and find out how to kill squash bugs for good. Last summer I…

Growing Tarragon – Planting, Using, Harvesting Tips – French Tarragon

How to grow tarragon

Tarragon is a perennial herb with an anise-licorice flavor that is often used in French cuisine. Follow these tips for growing tarragon in your kitchen herb garden. What is tarragon? French Tarragon, artemesia dracunulus, is also known as estragon.  It is a member of the asteraceae (sunflower) family.  Tarragon is a type of perennial herb…

Home Made Miracle Grow – Make your Own Homemade Plant Fertilizer

DIY Miracle-gro

Make your own home made Miracle Grow as well as several other plant foods easily with epsom salt, baking soda and household ammonia. This DIY Miracle Grow fertilizer is a more organic way to feed your plants. The homemade plant food recipe is easy to make and works really well! Many people who garden do…

Regrow Spring Onions in Water – Fun Gardening Hack

Regrowing spring onions

Growing onions is a pretty easy from a gardening standpoint, but did you know that you can also regrow spring onions in water? At times like these, when some food items are in short supply, knowing how to get more bang for your buck is a win in anyone’s book! If you use a lot…

Hosta Stained Glass – Sun Tolerant Variegated Plantain Lily

Hosta "stained glass"Variegated hosta that is sun tolerant.

This variegated hosta is called Hosta Stained Glass. It is a sun tolerant hosta variety that adds a vibrant and dramatic punch to any semi sunny border or garden bed. My husband and I love to tour the JR Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina. This botanical garden features plants that do well in our…

Vegetable Garden Problems and Solutions – Troubleshooting your Garden

Blossom end rot

There are many vegetable garden problems that can plague the average gardener. Fortunately, there are also easy solutions to those problems.  Not everything about vegetable gardening turns out as expected. Troubleshoot your garden with these easy tips to get a bumper harvest this year! You have spent the first part of spring getting vegetable garden…

Natural Squirrel Repellent Ideas – Keep Squirrels out of The Yard!

Red Squirrel feeding

Dealing with squirrels has been an ongoing problem for me in one way or another for several years.  Do you have a problem with squirrels?  If so, these natural squirrel repellent ideas may prove useful to you. If you read my blog often, you may remember reading about the squirrels in my vegetable garden a few…

Planting Forsythia – When Where and How to Plant Forsythia Bushes

Tips for planting forsythia shrubs

One of the earliest plants to bloom in spring is forsythia, but when should it be planted? Planting forsythia is all about timing and spacing. The two best times are early spring and mid fall depending on your hardiness zone. Forsythia bushes delight us each spring with their burst of cheery yellow flowers. This deciduous…