Martinis and Marigolds - Refreshingly Quick Tips for Home and Garden

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.

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.