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…

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…

Renovation Pruning Forsythia Shrubs vs Hard Pruning Forsythia

Renovation pruning vs hard pruning of forsythia

Forsythia bushes have a wonderful arching habit will makes them a great focal point when planted in a large garden bed. All shrubs need pruning, but what do you do when you have totally overgrown forsythia shrub?  It’s either time for hard pruning or renovation pruning for them. Rejuvenating forsythia gives them a new lease…

Earth Day Activities – Crafts, Food and Fun for April 22

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,…

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. Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure…

Hosta Minuteman – Tips for Growing Plantain Lily

Hosta Minuteman perennial

Hosta Minuteman is a delight in a shade garden with its 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…

Growing Dracaena Fragrans – How to Grow Corn Plants

Dracaena Fragrans

Large, showy indoor plants are a delight in the home. Growing dracaena fragrans gives the feeling of being in a corn field. The striped yellow and green leaves bring a lot of softness to any corner of a room. The image above is a lithography from 1880 showing the plant in all its glory.  It is…

Flowering Houseplants – 15 Blooming Indoor Plants

Flowering houseplants

When the weather outside is too cold for gardening, flowering houseplants bring a touch of the garden into your home.  Blooming indoor plants add color and decor to any indoor setting and are cheerful year round. My first attempt at gardening started with houseplants. I remember coming home one day to the aroma of the…

Pruning Forsythia – How and When to Trim Forsythia Bushes

Pruning forsythia helps the plant to be managed

Forsythia flowers give us one of the first splashes of color in early spring gardens. But to get that color and a well shaped shrub, it’s important to trim forsythia bushes correctly. Pruning forsythia requires some basic knowledge of how the plant is meant to grow. Check out this article for more information on forsythia…

Liriope Muscari Variegata – Growing Variegated Lilyturf

Growing Liriope Muscari Variegata is easy.

Liriope Muscari Variegata is an evergreen perennial that easily spreads to form a deep carpet of grass-like plants that makes a great ground cover or border plant. This form of liriope aptly has the common name “variegated lilyturf.” This interesting perennial plant has vibrant yellow stripes along the arching dark green foliage.  I love the…