Gardening Tips

Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

Wooden shoe planters

Some of the most interesting planters and those that recycle items used for other purposes.  These unique boot and shoe planters make great use of old shoes and boots. Some have seen their better day and some look like new but all showcase indoor plants in new and unusual ways. Do you have some old shoes…

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring – Early Spring Garden Tips

Spring gardening Check list

The warm weather is right around the corner. That means it is time to start thinking about ways to get your garden ready with these spring garden tips. Whether you are interested in vegetable gardening or just love to grow flowers, these tips will be helpful Many areas of the country are still under a…

Heuchera Plant Care – Growing Coral Bells for a Shade Garden

Coral Bells

Heuchera is a Native American perennial plant that is found all over the country.  It is more commonly known as Coral Bells and comes in many shades of purple, rose, green and variegated varieties.   The plant makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the…

Bonsai Garden – Bonsai Tree Care – Small Trees – Big Impact!

Caring for bonsai trees

Gardeners often use the term “bring the outdoors inside” when they refer to indoor plants.  Take this term to another level with a bonsai garden. Read on for bonsai tree care tips and more info about this fascinating topic. These mini trees are spectacular in form, have a big impact, and can be grown both indoors…

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

Many of us have very cold temperatures going on right now but it’s never too early to plan ahead for vegetable gardening. These Cold Hardy Vegetables are perfect for the cool weather of early spring and good one to think about planting soon. The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it…

Forcing Forsythia Indoors – How to Force Forsythia Blooms

Vase of forsythia that has been forced indoors

I love anything that gives me a jump start on spring.  Forcing forsythia indoors lets me have the showy yellow flowers of the well known harbinger of spring – forsythia bushes – to enjoy indoors well before they give you their cheery spring greeting outside. Luckily, it is very easy to force forsythia blooms in…

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Care – How to Grow Florist Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Flowering kalanchoes are plants that are often seen around the holidays and in the winter months.  The plant is also known as Florist Kalanchoe.  These tips for kalanchoe blossfeldiana care will show you how to care for and get this plant to keep blooming all winter long. Winter is a time for dormancy for many…

Growing Onions indoors – 6 Ways to Grow Onions in Containers

Grow onions indoors

Onions are easy to grow both outdoors and inside.  They are one of those vegetables that I never seem to have enough of because I use them every day for cooking. This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love…

Growing Helleborus – Lenten Rose – How to Grow Hellebores

Growing Hellebore

If you like the idea of a plant that flowers in winter while there is still snow on the ground, try Growing Helleborus.  Lenten Rose is another name for hellebores. The blooms come in lots of different shades and shapes. I first heard of Helleborus perennial several years ago when I spent a season trying…

Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

Feeding Tips for Birds

How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter?  These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  It is…

Christmas Cactus – How to Get it to flower Each Year

Christmas cactus in bloom

A Christmas cactus is the perfect festive plant to have in bloom this time of the year. If taken care of correctly, it will be the star of your indoor plants collection. They can be a little tricky to get to flower if the conditions aren’t just right, though. What is a Christmas Cactus? Christmas…

Planting Garlic – Tips for Growing and Harvesting

Planting growing and harvesting garlic tips

Planting Garlic works best if you do it in the fall. It is very easy to grow and gives you bulbs to use in cooking for much of the year.  Be sure to get the heads for planting from a reputable supplier. There are many types members of the allium family. Garlic is one of…

How to Clean A Cement Bird Bath in Just Minutes

Clean cement bird bath

After a long summer of use, a bird bath can be getting pretty grimy this time of the year. It is easy to clean a cement bird bath to make it a safe and fun place for birds to enjoy. All you need are a few common supplies and minutes of your time. I admit…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

If you are fond of growing perennials, you really should try daylilies. They are one of my favorite perennials. There is such a variety of bloom style, color and temperament. and they are very easy to grow. There are so many types that it is hard to know what you have in your garden. This…

31 Creative and Whimsical Bicycle Planters for your Garden and Yard

Creative bicycle planters

I love to find ideas about recycling or re-purposing household items in garden projects. Someone else’s trash can always be a garden treasure.  Bicycle planters make great garden accents for both annuals and perennial plants. Many bicycles have baskets or back carriers which are the ideal spot to tuck away some flowers and vines.  The frames…

21 Pruning Tips for Great Looking Plants

14 pruning tips

If you study the habits of any gardener who has wonderful looking plants and shrubs, you will know that proper pruning is a key to their success.   These pruning tips will help you make sure that your shrubs and garden plants will look their best, season after season. Done correctly, pruning will add to the…

Growing Echinacea – How to Care for Purple Coneflowers

Coneflower care

If you like the look of cottage gardens, you’ll love purple coneflowers (echinacea purpurea). These tips for growing echinacea will have butterflies, birds and bees flocking to your garden in droves! This easy care perennial draws insects and birds to it, making sure that neighboring plants will have plenty of pollinators all season long. This coarse…

18 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year

Best cold hardy perennials

There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the southern part of the USA, to very hardy perennials that keep coming back after a freezing winter outside. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a…

Plants That Don’t Need Deadheading

Plants that don't need deadheading

A lot of my time spent in maintaining my summer garden is spent in deadheading. So, finding plants that don’t need deadheading to add to my garden beds is something that I am always in search of. We all love to garden but some chores are not our favorites, for sure. Deadheading flowers is at…

Home Made Miracle Grow – Make your Own Homemade Plant Foods

Homemade Miracle grow and other plant fertilizers

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…

14 Rose Colors Meanings for a Thoughtful Bouquet

Roses mean different things depending on the color chosen. They express love and many other emotions. Click through to find out more.

Roses are perennial plants that come back each year in your garden and have a very long blooming season.  They are one of the most popular garden plants.  Do you know what the different rose colors meanings are? This lovely flower is often given as a gift.  The reason is simple – each rose color means something…