Gardening Tips

Growing Determinate Tomato Plants – Perfect for Containers

Determinate tomato plants

Determinate tomato plants are also known as “bush tomatoes”. They are smaller than normal tomato plants and generally need no staking but still produce well. Nothing tastes quite like a home grown tomato.  They are sweet and juicy and so easy to grow.  But they also take a lot of room, so are not so…

Wellfield Botanic Gardens – A Fun Filled Day in a Living Museum

Wellfield Botanican Gardens

The Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana are like a living museum with art, nature, and structure all coordinating beautifully. The waters of Christiana Creek stream through the gardens, which are a combination of nature, art and hardscaping that is sure to delight. The Botanic Gardens feature 36 acres of lush gardens against a backdrop…

10 Easy Ways to Control Squash Bugs for Pest-free Gardens

Controlling Squash bugs

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 get rid of these destructive pests for good. Last summer I had…

Asiatic and Oriental Lilies – What is the Difference?

Asiatics vs Oriental lilies

Asiatic and Oriental Lilies may look similar but they actually have several differences. All types of lilies are grown by home gardeners for their dramatic and colorful flowers on long, sturdy stems. Each type has their own particular growing needs, which may make one a better choice for your gardening needs. Although these types of lilies…

Why Heirloom Vegetable Seeds? – 6 Advantages for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom seeds

If you enjoy vegetable gardening, you may have heard about heirloom vegetable seeds. These are vegetables grown from heirloom seeds which are an open pollinated variety of seeds developed prior to 1940. There are many advantages for growing this type of vegetable. Experts vary in their definition of heirloom vegetables, but typically they will agree…

Growing Melons – How to Grow Cantaloupe & Honey Dew

We tend to think of edible gardens as those that grow vegetables but there are also many fruits that can be grown just as easily at home. There are several types of melons that are right at home in a vegetable garden.  Growing melons such as cantaloupe and honeydew require a few things:  plenty of sunshine and…

Earth Day Activities – Crafts, Food and Fun

Earth Day April 22

Ever since it was established in 1970, people around the world take part in Earth Day Activities as a way to celebrate National Earth Day on April 22. This day is now a worldwide event where more than 1 billion people take part in a day of action. Here are some things that you can…

Care of Boston Fern – Growing Nephrolepis Exaltata

Fern Green Fantasy is a small version of the Boston fern

Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis is one of the most popular indoor plants, and can also be grown outdoors in some parts of the country.  Care of Boston Fern means providing extra humidity to keep the fronds fresh and fluffy and not giving the plant too much sunlight.  Luckily for gardeners who don’t seem to possess a green thumb,…

Planting Forsythia – When and Where to Plant Forsythia Bushes

Tips for planting forsythia shrubs

Forsythia bushes delight us each spring with their burst of cheery yellow flowers. This deciduous perennial bush has arching branches with flowers that come before the leaves appear.  Planting forsythia is all about timing and spacing. The two best times are early spring and mid fall depending on your hardiness zone. The forsythia flower bursts into…

Growing Cilantro – How to Grow, Harvest and Use Fresh Cilantro

Love it or hate it, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is still one of the most popular herbs for kitchen gardens . Growing Cilantro is quite easy as long as you take care to keep it away from the hottest heat. Cilantro is a staple of Mexican and Asian cooking. It makes a great garnish and is best served…

Echeveria Neon Breakers – Grow this Amazing Succulent for Great Color

Echeveria Neon Breaker rosette

Echeveria Neon Breakers is a Renee O’Donnell hybrid of the succulent Pink Frills crossed with an unknown parent.  It is a drought tolerant succulent with green leaves that have pretty pink frilly edges and deep margins. This pretty succulent is very popular for many reasons. It has highly colored leaf margins, especially when the plant…

Hosta Minuteman – Tips for Growing Plantain Lily

Hosta Minuteman perennial

Hosta Minuteman is a delight in a shade garden with it’s deep white margins. It makes a great container plant and will stand out against other plain green hostas in any shady garden spot. This plant is one of the few hostas that don’t mind more sun as long as you take care to keep…

Harvesting Watermelons – When is a Watermelon Ready to Pick?

Harvesting watermelons

Home grown watermelons are one of the real sweet treat pleasures of summer. How do you know when your watermelon is ready? There are lots of tips that will help you with harvesting watermelons. Just remember that patience is a virtue with this summer favorite. Vegetable gardening is a love of mine and watermelons are…

Planting in Compost – A Gardening Experiment (Updated)

Compost piles are mounds of nutrient rich organic matter.  Generally soil is mixed with compost to enrich it.  Instead of doing growing my vegetables the normal way in soil that is enriched with compost, I experimented this year with planting in compost itself.  This type of planting works best in a rolling compost pile rather…

Uses for License Plates – Using Number Plates in DIY Projects

Uses for License Plates

Have you ever thought about using number plates in DIY projects? There are dozens of uses for license plates if you just think outside the box a bit. The colors and designs lend them selves to loads of home decor projects, both inside and outside the home. My husband is a collector of old license…