Martinis and Marigolds - Refreshingly Quick Tips for Home and Garden

Planting Bulbs for Spring Color

Planting Bulbs for Spring Color

Fall is a great time for gardening. Cool temperatures make for a great climate for both gardeners and new plants. While it may be tempting to put away your tools and forget about gardening until spring, fall is the perfect time to plant for spring color. And one of the most colorful spring plants that do need to be planted now are spring flowering bulbs.

Read on to find out how to plant bulbs this fall for spectacular color next spring.

Fall is Here - Time to Think Spring!

Fall is Here - Time to Think Spring!

Fall is a great time to prepare for spring! You see there are so many things going on in the garden in the spring, that it’s almost too much to get done. And while spring is a really inspiring time to start new things in the garden, fall is actually a better time for certain garden tasks.

Read on for details on 5 Fall Projects that you can do in the fall to make spring gardening season a lot easier. 

Gourd Décor

Gourd Décor

Gourds are one of my favorite parts of fall! From the classic orange pumpkin to the weirdest wart-covered wonder, I love them all. Setting up my “gourd décor” each year is a special event, since it gives so much scope for the imagination. 

Read on to find out how Paula Marolewski uses gourds all throughout her fall landscape!

Dealing with Deer

Dealing with Deer

I have a live-and-let-live approach to dealing with wildlife that sometimes can be destructive. As long as things don’t get too out of hand, we share and deal with the downside. 

In the past the deer have browsed on the lower limbs of trees on their way to other feeding grounds. Not a problem until last summer when I found that they had eaten every single daylily flower (and there were lots) and munched on my favorite begonias. And this year they’ve added flowers from the pots on the front porch to their menu.

Read on to find out what options I've explored and what I'm doing about it!

Controlling Insect Pests in Your Garden

Controlling Insect Pests in Your Garden

As gardeners, we deal with lots of challenges in our gardens. Unwanted insects in your garden are just that: unwanted. Unwanted insects may eat and destroy your vegetables and prized flowers, something both farmers and home gardeners have in common. Organic gardening is a means of controlling unwanted insects naturally, without the use of dangerous pesticides.

Read on to find out how to control garden unwanted insects naturally that are also cheap, easy and good for the earth.

An Herb and A Spice in One

An Herb and A Spice in One

While visiting my favorite Mexican restaurant recently, I stopped by the front door to admire the garden the cook and his friend had planted. I saw tomatillos and peppers and one of my favorite herbs, cilantro. It reminded me how much I love this plant.  And it also reminded me of how frustrating and fun it can be to grow all at the same time.

Read on to find out why planting cilantro is a great idea.

The Easy Way to Create a New Garden Bed

The Easy Way to Create a New Garden Bed

Knowing that Labor Day is just around the corner usually makes me sad. But this year I am really looking forward to cooler temperatures and planning ahead for the spring. You may have heard that fall is a good time for planting shrubs and perennials. The fall is also a great time to create a new garden bed. My method uses some very simple steps and time to create a bed that is ready for spring planting. Read on to find out how to create a new garden bed The Easy Way!
Creating a Garden Butterflies Will Love

Creating a Garden Butterflies Will Love

Butterflies can add even more beauty to already beautiful landscape. It’s fun to see them enjoying all of the flowers that we planted.

 Butterfly gardens require several things to be successful. Read on to find out how to create a garden that butterflies will 'flock' to.

Grilling the Garden

Grilling the Garden

With summer in full swing, the bounty of fruits and vegetables available is almost overwhelming. Grilling is an ideal way to cook not only meats, but fruits and vegetables as well.

 

Never done it before? Don’t worry - the good news is that grilling perfect produce is easy. Read on for  a few helpful hints to make your fruit and veggie grilling a success.

Getting Started with Composting

Getting Started with Composting

Composting your kitchen and garden waste is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you dispose of in the trash.  By composting, you can generate a free source of nutrient-rich material to help improve your garden.

Read on for quick and easy steps to get started with composting.

Spending Too Much Time Watering?

Spending Too Much Time Watering?

In most of the US the heat of the summer is upon us. This is the time of year that we see our plants drooping under the hot summer sun and we need to spend more time watering. Hmmm or do we?

Not if you use my secret weapon. Read on to find out how to decrease the time you spend watering your flower beds, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your garden. 

It's Too Hot to Plant - Now What?

It's Too Hot to Plant - Now What?

The heat of summer is upon us in most of the US. While it might be tempting to continue planting, the next optimum time to plant perennials and shrubs is fall.

So what' a gardener to do besides maintenance chores?  (And hopefully by following our tips you don't have too many of those!)

Read on for 5 of my favorite gardening-related and relaxing things to do now that the rush of Spring planting is over.