Quick Easy-Up Getaway
As the cool days of Spring turn into the warmer nights of Summer our thoughts turn to an enjoyable evening outside listening to the night sounds, drinking lemonade, and enjoying the calming effects of the dark. For some Summer is the harbinger of the firefly, for others all they can see and hear are the sounds of mosquitoes.
If you feel trapped in your home by summer pests, erecting a simple screened gazebo could be a quick and [...]
Roses have been grown for their beauty and fragrance for centuries. They’re used to mark almost every important occasion in our lives. They’re held in such high esteem that many people grow them in their own special gardens, showcasing them.
However, growing these beauties is not as easy as it looks. Depending on your climate they can be under almost constant siege by pests or diseases. Hot or cool humid climates spell disaster, unless you keep up a regular preventative regimen. [...]
Well, actually not total darkness, but as far as many plants are concerned shade is almost as bad. How can you have an attractive yard with colorful flowers if your yard is mostly shade?
It’s easy. There are dozens of shade plants to choose from and some of the spring blooming perennials can be grown in most shade during the summer months and do just fine. Also, many shade plants have beautiful, colorful foliage, as well.
From trees and shrubs, to perennials [...]
Most people have heard of Spring-cleaning for your house, but now is the time to spruce up your yard, as well. Getting the yard under control early in the season makes it easier to keep up throughout the summer.
The first thing everyone notices in a yard is whether the lawn is mowed or not. The level of manicure in your yard is often seen as a direct measure of the rest of your life. An unkempt yard is seen as [...]
There’s nothing like the first real dish that comes from a spring garden. This week we had our first garden salad. It was loaded with all kinds of greens, not just lettuce. We enjoy a lot of the oriental greens, so we had tatsoi, mizuna, and hot spicy mesclun mix. We also included spinach and chard. You can grow your own greens, or pick up interesting greens from your local oriental or international market.
The “piece de resistance” though were the [...]
One morning I heard a lot of noise in my backyard, dogs barking like crazy. We don’t own any dogs. I looked out the window to see what is going on. To my amazement there were two hunters on my property, with guns slung over their shoulders and their dogs bounding all over my yard. Now I live on one acre in a small subdivision on the edge of rural country. Never in my life did I expect to see [...]
OK, so you’ve got a great batch of seedlings and you’re anxious to get them out in the ground, now that the last frost date has past. Hold your horses! Do things right and you’ll be rewarded with happier healthier plants.
First, just because the last frost date has passed doesn’t mean that there won’t be any more frosts. You need to look at how your Spring is going. Is it warmer than normal, colder, lots of rain, dry, etc. Putting [...]
Tiny, yet fierce, hummingbirds often bring visions of fairies, elves, and other magical creatures. They are so tiny that it seems impossible for them to survive in the harsh outdoors.
Their delightful antics and scolding chirps can be a regular part of your landscape. All you have to do is plant flowers that attract them. Almost any tubular flower will bring them buzzing. Hostas are a huge draw for hummers. I have some planted outside my in-home office window and early [...]
Guest post written by Betsey Hillbright
A lot of the time I’ll fix frozen sides or stuff like that that is already prepared when I fix meals. But I mean I just cook for one most of the time, except for the few times that I fix dinner for my boyfriend too. But the last time I went to the grocery store I bought some frozen sweet potato fries that just weren’t that good. I decided that instead, next time I [...]
Butterflies are colorful, beautiful, and fascinating. Walking into a field of wildflowers and the butterflies will swarm around you creating the effect of the flowers taking flight.
There are many ways to attract butterflies to your yard. It is important to provide not only nectar plants for the butterflies, but also food plants for the caterpillars that will grow to be a butterfly.
Locate your butterfly garden somewhere you frequent, maybe next to a patio, or near your front or back door. [...]