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A Bit of Chrysanthemum History

“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.” (Chinese philosopher)

More than just a late-season garden booster, Chrysanthemums are used throughout the world in medicine, pest controls, edibles and teas. They are plants that have continually proved their worth, in both utility and beauty, since ancient times. […]

Fall Edibles

The end of summer is in sight and what is a vegetable gardener to do? You might be enjoying the last hurrah of cherry tomatoes and peppers, but don’t let the bounties of your harvest end there. When the temperatures cool, there is a fresh opportunity to grow different edible plants. […]

Exploring New Gardening Ideas

One of the best things about gardening is being able to experiment with new products, plants and methods. Whether you are an experienced gardener or just getting started, growing your plants using straw bales may be just what you’ve been looking for! Straw bale gardening is simple to start, a breeze to maintain and the results are magnificent. […]

That’s The Spirit!

Herb Infused and Inspired Beverages for the Adult Gardener

Picture yourself on the patio, enjoying the summer breeze and the company of friends as you sip on a cool, refreshing cocktail that you created with the herbs from your garden. Herb inspired cocktails as well as handcrafted infused liqueurs are gaining popularity and with good reason! They are simple to make and a joy to share! […]

Keeping Things Watered While on Vacation

Even if you don’t have the luxury of a personal gardener or volunteer plant sitter, leaving your gardens or containers to take a vacation doesn’t have to induce guilt and concern. A range of DIY or ready -made options are available to keep your green friends watered during your absence.

For Containers

DIY self-watering devices include upturned […]

Quick Tips for August

Deadhead – remove finished blooms from perennials to encourage more and tidy up, but don’t be afraid to leave a few of those that have visual interest or provide seed for birds.
Keep Harvesting- regular harvesting of herbs and vegetables ensure best flavor and fullest productivity
Preserve – can, freeze or dry the season’s bounty to enjoy […]

Herbs for Weight loss

Herbs are an inexpensive and easy to use assist for those looking to lose weight or just eat healthier. No, there’s nothing fat-melting or magical about them. They simply help one easily reduce fat and calorie intake by assuring food tastes great without heavy sauce or dressing. When sauces or dressing are still desired, they can be created by adding herbs to healthy choices such as olive oil, gourmet vinegar or Greek yogurt – which each have their own additional health and weight loss benefits. […]

Funky, Fun & Informative Plant Books

Take a break from the garden and turn on your reading lamp or e-reader to enjoy some truly entertaining titles that give insight into obscure and fascinating plant facts. […]

Air Plants…easy, artsy, fun…for every level of gardener

Air Plants are funky, fun and trending right now! Air Plants (Tillandsia genus) live on air in the sense that they pull moisture and nutrients from the air through their leaves, rather than from soil. They do not possess true roots, but root-like structures that help them anchor to trees and rocks. Many have colored foliage or interesting blooms and often the leaves mature from green to red before flowering and then dying. No worries, though…they live several years and produce offshoot “pups” to continue the family line! […]

Tips for Annual Selection & Care

Choose Well

To ensure attractive healthy annuals all season, choose full, well branched plants with good foliage color and – on flowering annuals – an abundance of buds. Don’t go for the biggest plants or most open blooms, these are more likely to be leggy and burned out too soon. If the latter is all you find, you can improve their appearance and longevity by pruning them back by about one third to encourage branching and fresh growth. […]