Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit. This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall. It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes. Continue Reading →
The Canadian goldenrod and a few additional goldenrod varieties are host plants to gall fly larva. The Gall fly produces goldenrod galls which become the food source of gall fly larva over the course of the winter. The insect has a fairly interesting lifecycle. Continue Reading →
The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. The term pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus meaning “capped” which refers to the red crest on the top of the birds head. Continue Reading →
Today, my home has the wonderful aroma of pumpkin spice from this super simple recipe for pumpkin spice bars. Moist, pumpkin bars with vanilla cream cheese frosting with my morning coffee. Oh, yes…please. Continue Reading →
At some point, you will have to contend with slugs in your vegetable garden and flower gardens. Use this simple trick to slay slugs and snails on your container plantings and if you already have an infestation try this homemade recipe on your hostas and flowers.
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The weather turns colder and immediately you turn your attention to bringing in some of your outdoor plants. A day or two goes by and you find a wealth of small flies hanging around your plants. Ugh! Fungus Gnats. Let me share with you how to get rid of fungus gnats on houseplants.
Want to complement your flower garden next year? A lively and healthy yard is one way to do this. A green lawn starts in the fall. One of the ways you can achieve a lush, healthy, carpet of green grass for next year is to aerate your lawn this fall. Because fall lawn aerating promotes greener lawns. Continue Reading →
If you can find a tea kettle with a handle they look mighty sweet hanging on garden posts, decks, and fences. Plant flowers of the opposite side of the color wheel as the teapot’s color. This makes a BOLD visual statement in a flower garden.
As the year goes on and the weather turns a little cooler I find myself drying more fruits and berries for the birds. It is a fairly easy process no matter if you use the sun, oven or the microwave drying method. All 3 ways to dry fruit for the birds work well.
Use these tips to use less soil in your planting containers. We all have those x-large outdoor pots that need to be filled with soil for holding beautiful flower arrangements, herbs and produce. Over the years I have used several items to serve this purpose. Some were excellent choices and some, poor choices.
Dried flower potpourri dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who incorporated it as part of their royal rituals. Today, the art of drying florals is making a come back and are included in potpourri, sachets and blended with fragrant and richly scented essential oils. Continue Reading →
This pressure cooker buffalo chicken soup is a hearty, cheesy dinner solution that takes 15 minutes to prep and cook. Whip up a batch over the weekend and separate out into single serve portions for weekday lunches. Continue Reading →
Achillea or better known as yarrow is one of the flowers that I grow in my flower garden for cutting purposes. There are over 1000 varieties of this beauty. The plants range from small border type plants to giant, show-stopping backdrops. Continue Reading →
Neem oil is fantastic if you purchase the correct kind and use it properly. Most of the time when I hear someone complain that Neem oil didn’t work for them it is because they were misguided. So, here is the low down on Neem Oil For Plants. Continue Reading →
I was hoping to find a winning combination to replace my chocolate topping addiction – looking for something I could make from whole ingredients and that would give my sweet tooth a kick but wouldn’t interfere with my waistline goals too much. Continue Reading →
The Eastern American Toad thrilling video – (thrilling) is the sound they make. The thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time and you normally hear them in May in Wisconsin.
Currently, this is what the little pond down the street from me sounds like. The video contains one image of the toad so you know what critter to look for and the audio sound – so you too, can identify the thrilling sound the Eastern American Toad makes.
PS – Yes, the name of the sound they make is called thrilling 🙂
With fresh herbs growing plentiful in my deck boxes and having a fresh supply of oranges for the Baltimore Orioles, I decided to whip up a batch of rosemary and orange vinegar. The most difficult portion of this recipe is the two week wait time!