Need a cold frame storage solution in a hurry? Take a page from a Hard Working Hillybilly’s book for this DIY straw bale cold frame. He is a genious!
Composting with Worms
Have you heard about composting with worms? Vermicomposting? Worm farming? It is a wonderful eco-friendly way to create nutrient rich vermicompost. Plus, worm tea for your soil.
I am wholeheartedly committed to growing all the fresh produce that I can this growing season. This led me on a hunt to locate ways to achieve my goal. A straw bale garden is my solution.
The do’s and don’ts of poinsettia care. Keep your plant healthy and blooming throughout the Christmas season.
Storing Dahlias Over Winter
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.
Planting Horseradish Root
In this article I will go over basic planting horseradish root. I’ll tell you where to obtain horseradish root, when and where to plant, and basic care for your root.
Getting Roses Ready for 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.
Raised Garden Bed Out of Dresser
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.
How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant
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.
How To Change the Color of Hydrangeas
How to change the color of hydrangeas. Yes, for the most part you can change the color of hydrangeas, with the exception of white hydrangeas.
Wondering why your rhubarb has stalks growing from it? Why does it? It is normal? Should I remove it? All your questions will be answered in this video.
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.
Tomatoes Have Dark Spots on Bottom
You can’t wait to pick your first red ripe tomatoes of the season. As the tomato grows larger you notice your tomatoes have dark spots on bottom.
It quickly turns from a water soaked patch to a dark colored lesion. Some of your tomatoes have a small patch, some larger, what the heck is it?
An Introduction to Water Gardening
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.
Recycling Newspaper and Milk Jugs in the Garden
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.
Growing Loofah Sponges
Did you know you could grow loofah sponges in your garden? It wasn’t until two years ago that I knew this was possible. I met a fellow gardener that did exactly this.
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.
Is Your Christmas Cactus Not Blooming?
Is your Christmas cactus not blooming? The darn things are fussy I tell you, downright fussy! My first Christmas cactus I received as a gift. It met a horrible fate. I swore to stick with poinsettias.
My grandmother’s Christmas Cactus the other hand always had blossomed and bloomed each Christmas. It thrived. I asked for some advice. Wanting to give this plant another shot.
Growing garlic in Wisconsin, means I need to plant my garlic cloves during September or October to allow the cloves to produce a root system.
They will start to grow green tops before winter but stop growing as the frost arrives.
Taking Sedum Cuttings to Make New Plants
One thing I like about sedum autumn joy plants is that they grow in just about any soil.
They add greenery and texture to the gardens through the summer. In the fall, they display vibrant red coloring. The perfect, pleasing harmony to my flower gardens.
I take plenty of cuttings to grow additional plants just to give away.
Rain Barrels to Survive Droughts
Rain Barrels to Survive Droughts – If you’re a gardener that has an unlimited supply of water, consider yourself lucky! There are many gardeners who live in drought zones where the garden and lawn watering rules are very constrictive to the health of gardens and plants.
I was never one to be able to keep African violets alive, let alone getting an African violet to bloom. My grandmother was the master of healthy violets.
There are several ways to cage or stake tomatoes and each one boils down to matter of gardeners preference.
Increase or Decrease Your Soil pH
pH represents how acidic or alkaline it is. Soil pH is determined on a scale from zero to 14, with seven being a neutral pH that is neither acidic nor alkaline. If your soil pH is outside the range of 6.0 to 7.0 you may need to increase or decrease your soil pH.
Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You
If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you might want to have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down by choosing a garden that is perfect for you. But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience and work load easier on yourself and your plants.
Tomato Watering Tips
Keeping tomatoes healthy and happy is all about controlling their water intake. Tomatoes get their water from their roots. Easy tomato watering tips for healthy plants.
Flower Bulbs in Fall for an Easter Centerpiece
Each year I’d purchased a spring flower arrangement for my Easter table. The flower arrangement was either a tulip, daffodil or hyacinth potted plant. Now, I just plant flower bulbs in fall for an Easter centerpiece.
Fall Bulb Planting Basics for Spring Flowers
Planting your spring flowering bulbs in fall can be a risky business. You are not guaranteed to a have a beautiful blossoming flower garden come spring.
Follow my Fall Bulb Planting Basics and I can give you every confidence in your ability to succeed.
Fall Guide to Winter
This is the portion of the year I dislike the most. I try and find any reason I can not start my fall prep. Which is why I have a fall guide to winter checklist. Something I can cross off in stages.