Homemade Fly Repellent – Keep Flies Away with Pine sol

Pine-sol homemade fly repellent

This homemade fly repellent formula uses the common household cleaner Pine Sol. The reason it works is because of pine oil. Read on to discover why this fly spray works. We all know how bothersome flies can be in any outdoor gathering. Keeping them away often means using harsh chemicals. What if I told you…

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…