The use of a rain barrel can help reduce pollution, improve water quality, conserve water, improve plant health and save money.
Last year you may have seen larger, pricier tomato plants labeled as “Grafted”, at your local greenhouse and in catalogs. If not, you will certainly come across them this year, as they are a hot trend. So, what’s the scoop? What? Grated tomato plants have the root system (root stock) of one variety melded to […]
Terrariums seem to cycle in and out of style every few decades, but are always enchanting. The current day terrarium trend fits perfectly with our desires to connect with nature and the “be green” joy of reusing and repurposing a variety of objects. They are also wonderful outlets for creativity and self-expression. While the basic […]
Benefits of Mulching Long before modern day use as a purely decorative element, mulch had an established history of benefitting plants, soil and gardeners. This is still its highest calling. A good layer of beneficial mulch can reduce stress on plants by regulating soil temperatures and reducing moisture loss and competition from weeds. In the […]
Garden toads are unobtrusive and beneficial garden residents. Toads that are native to your area, not someone’s exotic pet released into the wild, are a sure sign of a healthy ecosystem and do their share by consuming plant munching insects. A few steps on your part will ensure these hopping helpers are safe, happy and present […]
A trend that passes fad and goes straight to fabulous – fabulous food that is! This trend took a jump several years ago and is still growing…on decks, balconies and patios in every region! The desire to enjoy fresh food, with less space and time needed than for a full-fledged garden, is a key reason […]
Did you know… Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana. The largest zucchini weighed 65 pounds and was 7 feet 10 inches long Zucchini were introduced to North America by Italian immigrants in the 1920’s There are at least a half […]
A Paradise of Re-purposed Rescues Recycling in the garden can be a trash-to-treasure happy ending for your storage space, the environment and your garden! Here is a sampling of creative ways in which potential discards can be used for containers, edging or fencing, labeling, supports and just plain fun in the garden.
By now your garden should be overflowing with a bounty of crops that you have been nurturing all summer long. Along with your green beans and tomatoes, there is one crop that is ready to take over! The seemingly innocent zucchini that was relatively quiet all season has now started producing so many little green […]