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Container Gardening Recipes

Container Gardening Recipes

Spring is finally here in PA! I I love this time of year because Mother's Day is our frost-free date. That means it's pretty safe to plant annuals and I get to do my favorite type of gardening - container gardening. I managed to sneak out a work this week to get a head start. I'll be sharing my finds and combinations in another post.

But til then, I thought I'd share some of my previous container plantings. Read on to get some spring inspiration.

8 Herbs to Grow This Summer

8 Herbs to Grow This Summer

You don't need a big garden to grow herbs. Every summer I grow them on the sunniest part of my deck in pots. Herbs make great container plants. They love lots of sun and well-drained soil. You can really get creative and not just grow them together in their own containers but add them to your floral containers as well. In the past, I have used chives instead of spikes for height in the center or back of larger container. I've also added trailing herbs like different varieties of thyme to the front of containers.

 Read on to find out are my top 8 must have herbs that live on my deck every summer.

Interesting Shrubs - Really?

Interesting Shrubs - Really?

In our effort to add really unique perennials and annuals to our gardens, we can overlook the value of shrubs. Maybe it's because they can seem a bit boring. But shrubs can provide a great filler for larger beds and become a nice backdrop for flowering perennials and annuals.My favorite reason to grow shrubs is that they can provide multiple seasons of interest.
Read on to find 4 of my favorite shrubs that add color, texture and interest to my yard.
Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

I live on land that hasn’t been timbered in decades and some the trees we have are over 80’ tall.  So I’ve got lots of spots in my yard that are in shade or part shade. Gardening in the shade can be tricky. I’m always looking for plants that do well under those conditions. I am especially fond of perennials because they come back every year. Many also spread or grow large enough to be dug up and divided, giving me more value for my money.

 

 

Read on to learn about a few shade loving perennials that have been working well for me. I've included their hardiness zones so you can see if they will be perennial for you, too.

Success with Mulching

Success with Mulching

In my opinion there is nothing like a freshly mulched garden bed. While it can be a lot of work, I love the tidy look when we've finished. Besides the aesthetics, mulch provides a few more benefits. Read on to find out how to get the most out mulching your flower beds and make your gardening life easier.
Spring Hair Cut

Spring Hair Cut

One of my favorite perennials is Variegated Liriope. The bright green and white foliage looks great from late spring into fall. I find that it really brightens up my shady front yard and provides a nice backdrop for annuals.

Liriope does not need much maintenance - except in the spring. In spring, it needs a good haircut. Read on to find out how a spring haircut helps this plant look great all summer long

Caring for Spring Bulbs

Caring for Spring Bulbs

After a long cold winter the site of spring blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils can be a spirit-lifting sight. But, you might be wondering how to best take care of them. And, what do you do with all that foliage once the flowers are gone?

In this week's tip, I'll give you a few easy steps to caring for your spring bulb plants so that they keep flowering every spring.

5 Easy Care Sun Loving Perennials to Plant This Spring

5 Easy Care Sun Loving Perennials to Plant This Spring

Perennials are a great way to add color to your flower beds. They have the advantage of coming back every year and many spread to fill in spaces, giving you more value for the money spent on them. 

Read on to explore 5 sun-loving easy to grow perennials to plant this spring

It's Finally Spring - What Can I Plant Now???

It's Finally Spring - What Can I Plant Now???

One of the questions people ask me most often as the temperatures get warmer is when can I start planting??? The answer is, it depends on what you want to plant. 

Read on to find out what you can plant now as spring finally arrives!

What Are Those Brown Patches in My Lawn?

What Are Those Brown Patches in My Lawn?

We had a pretty cold winter here in PA so I'm really happy that spring is here.

If you live in an area that received snowfall this winter, you might be noticing circular brown patches like the ones in the photo as your lawn tries to come back. 

If you live in an area that received snowfall this winter, you might be noticing circular brown patches as your lawn tries to come back. 

Read on to find out what is causing this and what you can do about it!

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 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.