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Plant a Menagerie for Kids

If we want to share our love of gardening with the kids in our lives, we need to give them something fun to remember. Tickle their fancy with plants named after the animals they resemble - in a pot, in a plot or as a secret to share.  Bat-faced cuphea (Cuphea llavea) Lamb’s ears (Stachys [...]

By |2020-02-11T10:43:36-05:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Plant a Menagerie for Kids

Provide Safe Nesting Materials for Birds

Providing nesting material helps birds save energy otherwise expended looking for it, but what materials? Birds will construct nests with whatever they find. When filling nesting balls or leaving nesting material outdoors, make sure it's non-toxic, untreated materials that don’t absorb moisture, degrade or entangle baby birds ...

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Provide Safe Nesting Materials for Birds

Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

This time of year, my p.o. box runneth over - with a bounteous crop of specialty mail order seed catalogs that get my mouth watering. With giant chemical companies owning and controlling most of the global seed market, I urge you to seek out independent seed houses. They tell you who they are right up front.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:09-04:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

Perennials That Look Good in Winter

How do we make gardens that still look like gardens in the winter? It’s worth scoping out what perennial foliage still looks good in your garden in cold weather. Gather these "foul weather friends" together for winter garden beauty.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:09-04:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Clues, Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Perennials That Look Good in Winter

Gather A Garden Wreath

Complete the cycle of the seasons by gathering greens and other plants from the garden to make a holiday wreath that will give you pleasure all winter long.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:09-04:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Gather A Garden Wreath

Clean Up the Garden Gradually

No need to cut the whole garden back in fall. Standing stems and seedheads provide food for birds, shelter for overwintering insects - and good excuses to go outside to tidy up a little bit at a time on a nice winter day.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:09-04:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Clean Up the Garden Gradually