Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers. People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure. That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling. Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.
Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden
If your garden is located near or next to a home, barn or additional structure that was built before 1978 test your soil for lead before planting your garden. Otherwise, you might be ingesting lead through your plants or tracking lead based soil into your home. Continue Reading →
I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online. In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones. After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below. If they fail, the postmaster will get them back. Continue Reading →
It was a cold and rainy day today. The rain let up just enough for me to be able to film this short planting garlic video.
In Wisconsin we can plant our garlic in fall or spring. I plant my garlic in anywhere from late April – the end of May if planting in Spring. After the danger of frost. In fall, late October or early November.
Garlic is neither a spice or an herb. It is a relative of shallots, leeks, chive and onions. I use garlic in just about all my dishes. Growing it is enjoyable and simple.
To amuse myself today, I created a video on how to plant and care garlic for your viewing pleasure.
How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation
How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation. There was a time when I would hire a house and pet sitter for our home. At the time, we had 2 dogs and our children came with us during our travels. Back then, it was easier and less of a headache to just have a house sitter/pet sitter water our plants for us when she was letting out the dogs.
This DIY cold frame garden box was designed for garden boxes in areas of the country that receive frost. You can plant your vegetables earlier in the season and maintain them later in the season as well.
Today, I’m repotting a money plant. The money tree plant is a hardy, climbing plant that will grow in just about any soil or even flourish in water. Besides being called a Money Plant it is also called Devil’s Ivy and Golden Pothos. Continue Reading →
Water Rooting Lemon Grass – This was a project my daughter and I worked on last year. It worked really well! Just be sure to keep the pot watered well and bring the lemon grass in when the temps fall below 50 degrees.
Living directly in town I don’t have a lot of space to grow raspberries. I searched for ways for starting and maintaining a raspberry patch with little effort. Raised raspberry boxes was my choice. Continue Reading →
Many types of dahlias do not survive the snowy cold winters here. We have to lift them out of the dirt or purchase new ones come spring. I wrote up a quick guide to digging up and storing dahlias over winter.
It’s that time of year again in the midwest time to start getting roses ready for winter. It time to start thinking of the changing of seasons and old man winter will be slowly creeping in. If you want your roses to survive over the cold winter months, you will have to do some planning ahead. Your planning starts toward the end of the summer in the midwest. Continue Reading →
Raised Garden Bed Out of Dresser. Here is taking recycling to extremes one might think. I think it is a creative way to recycle and make use of something that would just end up in the landfill. For those of you without a lot of space or love vertical gardening this might just work for you.
I received a question via e-mail from a fellow gardener asking general questions about starting & maintaining Rhubarb plants. Someone knows I grow mammoth rhubarb plants 🙂 . I answered his questions back via e-mail and decided to share the information on the site too. Continue Reading →
Tulip Care After Blooming
In the spring, your garden is singing with color and it all looks so beautiful but soon the colors fade and start to look messy. Your tulips start losing their leaves and the stems start to dry up. Read on for tulip care after blooming.
Water seems to have a soothing, magically calming affect on the body. It is beautiful, sparkling, and gentle. Water gardens can add interest to an otherwise bland backyard. They can include waterfalls, ponds and fountains. Continue Reading →
This is how I germinate my seeds in the spring. I like to recycle materials whenever I can. I have been rolling newspaper into seeding pots and using milk jugs as mini greenhouses for years. Recycling Newspaper and Milk Jugs in The Garden allows me to grab everything I need in my kitchen.
Before I used this process, I can say I didn’t have much luck germinating seeds and growing a seedling past 2″ tall.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Than I can bet that a video is worth more. Enjoy!!
I have preserved flowers and herbs for many different projects over the years. There are several different ways to accomplish preserving flowers and herbs, but what it really boils down to is what kind of project you will do with the end dried herb or flower that matters. Continue Reading →