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Getting A Jump On Spring Gardening - 3 Things You Can Do Now

Getting A Jump On Spring Gardening - 3 Things You Can Do Now

We've had quite a mild winter here in PA. And boy do I have spring fever. I just can't wait to get out and plant.

Sadly, it's not quite time to start planting yet, but there are a few things that all of us can do to get a jump on spring gardening season.

 

A Few of My Favorite (Costco) Things

A Few of My Favorite (Costco) Things

The only good thing about the winter and hiding inside is that I've had some time to do some cooking. I do love to cook when I have time. And lately, I've really been getting some new (and old) inspiration.

Read on to find out how I've been able to use buying in bulk to find new cooking inspiration.

NOTE: Even if you don't have a Costco near you, read on. Many of the things I mention in this article are available in other grocery stores. And there's a few recipe suggestions as well.

Growing Herbs Indoors Made Easy

Growing Herbs Indoors Made Easy

I see lots of people in gardening groups just itching to plant even though it's still cold outside where they live. Houseplants are great but some of us are looking for more. However,  I found a way to add to my indoor gardening and have delicious herbs to use in my cooking.

Read on to find out how to grow herbs (and other plants) indoors quickly and easily.

Orchid Update

Orchid Update

I thought it might be a good time to share my insights from two years when I decided to teach myself about orchids, so if you've got a case of the winter blahs maybe it's time for you to jump in and try growing orchids yourself.

And if you already have orchids, maybe treat yourself to a new one.

Read on to find out more about growing Orchids!

Give Your Houseplants a Spa Day

Give Your Houseplants a Spa Day

Winter can be tough on all of us including our houseplants.

So if you're yearning to do a bit of gardening, why not give your houseplants a spa day?

Read on for a few quick tips on the care you give your plants now that will keep them healthy through the long winter months.

5 Cures for Ailing Houseplants

5 Cures for Ailing Houseplants

Houseplants can really add to our indoor decor. But for many folks, growing them is not as easy as the gardening websites would have us believe. Yellow, brown or dropping leaves, insects, fungus, and general bad health can plague us all. Fortunately, most houseplant problems can be traced back to a few easy to solve causes.

Read on to find out how to cure what ails your houseplants.

5 Pet Friendly Houseplants

5 Pet Friendly Houseplants

A while back I wrote an article about 5 easy to care for houseplants that also clean the air. If you missed it, you can check it out here. One of our readers posed a great question. She asked whether any of these were toxic to pets. Unfortunately all except the spider plant were. 

So she got me thinking that since so many of us have pets, it might be good to find some plants that we could grow indoors and that wouldn't be toxic to our furry friends. 

Read on to find our more about 5 Houseplants that are considered safe for dogs and cats

Divine Design - 5 Tips for Successful Garden Planning

Divine Design - 5 Tips for Successful Garden Planning

As the cold temperatures are here for many parts of the country, it might seem a strange time to think about what to plant this spring. But this time of year is a great time to work on planning your garden.

Good garden design starts with thinking before digging.

Read on for my 5 Tips for Successful Garden Planning. 

Then curl up by the fire with a few plant and seed catalogs, pen and paper and your favorite beverage and start dreaming of spring.

Flocking to the Feeders

Flocking to the Feeders

EDITOR'S NOTE: The winter months are upon us. And now that the holidays are over and spring is a few months away, there's not much to do in the garden. So what's a gardener to do?

Well, our resident blogger Paula Marolewski, really enjoys the birds that visit throughout the winter. Please enjoy Paula's article with some helpful tips to get birds to flock to your feeders.

 

5 Tips for Turning Resolutions into Reality

5 Tips for Turning Resolutions into Reality

The New Year is finally here. And with it comes the time-honored tradition of making New Year's Resolutions. 

For most us, resolutions don't really work. Studies have shown it. While stating what you want to see happen in your life is always a good idea, many times things don't change. But in 2018 I found a way to achieve at least some of the goals I set for 2018.

Read on to find out the 5 things I did to Turn Resolutions into Reality

Beauty in Every Season

Beauty in Every Season

As 2020, with all of it's challenges, draws to a close, it's a great time to reflect on what this year brought to us and take time to appreciate the good things it had to offer before moving on to 2021.

Most of us have a favorite season of the year. But part of the joy of gardening is that, as we actively engage with nature in the intimacy of our own yard, we can find beauty in every season.

Read on as Paula shows us the beauty she finds in every season of her garden. 

 

My 5 Favorite Holiday Beverages

My 5 Favorite Holiday Beverages

It's no secret that I like a good cocktail. I really don't like soda. In fact, I don't like super sugary drinks (including ones with alcohol) at all. And while I try to drink a lot of water, it's well -  boring. So I look forward to something more interesting. However, there are times when I don't feel like drinking alcohol. I'm always looking for something fun and festive (including non-alcoholic options) to drink when I'm at a party or out to dinner.

Since the holiday party season is upon us, I thought I'd share 5 of my favorite drink options. Read on to find out what I'm drinking this holiday season!