Growing Swiss Chard – Cold Hardy Cut and Come Again Vegetable

Swiss chard plant

Swiss chard is one of the easiest and most versatile of vegetables for home gardens. Its colorful stems and big, crinkly leaves are packed full of nutrients. Read on for tips on growing Swiss chard. What is Swiss Chard? Swiss Chard – beta vulgaris subsp. vulgarisis a leafy vegetable in the beet family, but it…

Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

Botanical Gardens in Springfield Missouri

If you enjoy walking trails that immerse you in a tranquil lake scene, with 113-acres of lovely themed gardens, the Springfield Botanical Gardens are for you. My husband and I spend the summer touring and writing about botanical gardens around the country.  We recently spent some time in Missouri and discovered this little gem of…

14 tips to Make Caring for Shasta Daisies a Breeze

Shasta daisy

The Shasta daisy has lovely summer blooms. Caring for Shasta daisies is easy. It is a fairly low maintenance perennial plant that naturalizes to give more and more blooms each year and is great for filling in garden beds and bare spots in your garden. These care tips will help you to get the most…

Growing Dill – Planting, Storing and Harvesting Dill Weed

Tips for growing fresh dill

Fresh dill is a very popular kitchen herb. It is highly aromatic and really easy to grow. The flavor dried dill just can’t compete with that of the fresh herb. Let’s check out some tips for growing dill. Dill (Anethum graveolens) is native to the Southwestern part of Asia. The herb is harvested for its leaves, which…

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…

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. 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…

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 botanical gardens, such as the JR Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina. This botanical garden features plants that…