Each female monarch butterfly lays one egg on an individual milkweed plant, depositing up to 100 eggs daily. The only food source for the caterpillar is milkweed plants. For that reason, it is important to have a healthy milkweed population. Collecting and planting milkweed seed is a way to make sure we have a future healthy monarch population.
Choosing Healthy Garden Plants
When it comes to choosing healthy garden plants, you have two choices; planting seeds or buying plants. Both have their own benefits.
Look To Nature When Deciding When To Plant Yearly Vegetable Gardens
There as never been a fast and hard rule for timetables for weather. Each year planting is different and can vary from the past year. But, lucky Mother Nature gives us signs each year of when that time is. Look to nature when deciding when to plant yearly vegetable gardens.
Having the exact knowledge of when a seeding will pop up is important and there is a way to know when this will occur fairly easily. By creating a germination table and testing seed germination.
The first thing in garden making is choosing a location for your garden. Without a doubt, it means simply doing the best one can with conditions. The key to planting the location is the sun.
Beautiful Bonsai trees, for the most part, are extremely easy to keep and care for. You can keep an indoor Bonsai miniature, by trimming and pruning new growth as it appears.
It is time! Time for transplanting succulents that I have taken indoors for the winter months.
Saving Flower Seed
I remember as a little girl my great-grandfather and also my grandmother saving flower seed from the plants they loved to grow.
Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers
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.
In order to choose a plant, you need to know what plant in full sun really means. It is fairly simple, let me explain.
Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants
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.
Different Types of Plants for a Water Garden
Three types of plants for a water garden that are most common in ponds and water gardens. Overview of the different groups.
Fungus Gnat Indoor Houseplant Recipe
Have little black flies around your houseplants? Fungus gnats are what you have. Mix up this fungus gnat indoor houseplant recipe to kill the fungus gnat larvae in the infected soil.
• One part 3% hydrogen peroxide to four parts water.
Water the top layer of your plant soil. Reapply as needed.
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Display and Dry Hydrangeas
The hydrangeas are in full bloom and beautiful but you are wondering how to keep the beauty going all year. Simple trick here to dry them and it isn’t anything SPECIAL!
Fish Pellets as Fertilizer
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.
Today I went out and collected mulberries and I can’t wait to get started making a variety of treats, freezing and drying them. What are mulberries? What can you use them for? Read on.
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.
Growing Weeks Needed for Fall Crops
Wondering how many growing weeks are needed for a certain fall crop? I’ve made a simple guide to give you a clear idea. You will want to bookmark or save this guide for your mid summer plantings.
Why Feed Jello to Houseplants
Pink Garden Phlox
Perennial that is planted as the backbone in my flower garden. The Purplish-pink flowers provide crisp, clean color all summer long and into fall and a fragrance that welcomes any garden visitor.
Tomato Watering Tips
Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have the time to read blog posts and we would rather watch a video with fun and upbeat music. Who’s with me?
Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs
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.
Up until last year I didn’t even have a clue what lemongrass was. It is an obsession of my teenage daughter’s. To cut cost I really wanted to try my hand at growing lemongrass.
Grow Harvest and Dry Your Own Stevia Video
See how you harvest and dry it for use in flavoring your meals and beverages in the video.
Storing Tuberous Begonia for Winter
Did you believe you had to throw out your beautiful plants at the end of each season? Nope. Don’t! I’ll show you how easy storing tuberous begonia for winter really is.
Digging Up Canna Bulbs
In the Midwest we find ourselves digging up canna bulbs to store for winter.
If we chose not to; we will lose our plant and have to purchase new bulbs the following spring. Some gardeners prefer to purchase yearly.
Others, including myself, will lift our bulbs and reuse them.
10 Recycled Items to Start Seeds In
One of the reasons that I like to grow my own food is for the cost savings. Using recycled items to start my seeds cuts cost. Below are 10 different recycled items you can start your seedlings in.
Seedling Cold Frame Out of Recycled Lumber
Ladies, you can even build this seedling cold frame project! It is extremely easy.
What is Eating My Cabbage Plants
Yesterday, I received a question in my Facebook inbox that included pictures. It is an excellent question too. What is eating my cabbage plants?
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.
Houseplant Food Recipe
If you purchase the ingredients below (around $10.00) will you have a little over a year’s worth of houseplant food recipe, Not to mention the healthiest plants you have ever had before.
Today’s post is all about how I make milk jug greenhouses and start my seeds.
When you are searching for ways to start your seeds for the season, many people are not sure how, or even where to start.
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.
I try to keep myself busy with a multitude of home and garden project during the winter. This year, I wanted to test a theory a friend passed along about overwintering geraniums.
Growing Basil Cuttings
Winter is coming. Growing basil cuttings from your outdoor plants will make sure you have fresh basil to use indoors throughout the season.
Digging Horseradish Roots for Winter
Digging horseradish roots for winter serves two purposes. Preparing horseradish sauce and also storing the root for those that DO NOT get frost.
Collect Seeds From Your Rhubarb Plant
Question. “Can we plant the seed that is growing from our rhubarb?” Short answer. Yes, you can. However, there is a certain time to collect seeds from your rhubarb plant.
I’ll answer all your questions on what to look for during the growing season if this is what you wish to do.
Grow Rhubarb From Seed From Your Own Plant
Did you know you could harvest seeds from your rhubarb plants? Well, you can. Grow rhubarb from seed!
Repotting a Money Plant
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.
Starting and Maintaining a Raspberry Patch
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.