Gardening Tips

Thanksgiving Cactus Care – Tips for Growing Schlumbergera Truncata

Red crab cactus in flower.

The weather is getting colder outside, but this does not mean that gardening is over. Read on to get some tips for Thanksgiving cactus care and enjoy blossoms indoors even when there is snow on the ground! Thanksgiving cactus is not the only holiday cactus plant. There are several others. Each one blooms during the…

How to Clean A Cement Bird Bath in Just Minutes

clean 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…

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…

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. It’s time for another fun vegetable garden hack. This DIY Miracle Grow fertilizer is a more organic way to feed your plants. The homemade plant food recipe is easy to make and…

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…

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…

20 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year – Updated

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…

Fast Growing Forsythia Bushes Bring Summer Color to the Garden

Forsythia bush

For unbeatable spring color, try growing forsythia bushes.  These easy care bushes require very little care. Nothing screams spring in your garden quite like Forsythia. With their vibrant yellow color, these perennials are one of the first bushes to flower in the spring. The shrub is very hardy, and relatively easy to grow. These tips…

Vertical Gardens – Living Walls – Green Wall Planters

Living vertical planter

Vertical gardens make more use of available space by growing vegetables, flowers and herbs up a wall instead of taking up lots of growing space on the ground. I speak to people all the time who admire my large yard and gardens but say “I don’t have the room to do this.”  While a large…

Growing Hellebores – Lenten Rose – How to Grow Helleborus

Growing Hellebore

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

Creative Gardening Ideas – 20+ Recycled Garden Decor Ideas

I love to recycle existing items from around the house for my garden decor ideas. Creative gardening ideas really appeal to the whimsical side of me. I must admit that I am not a normal gardener.  I don’t enjoy conventional landscape plans. I don’t invest in fancy garden structures or planters.   To me, garden…