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Unlike many parts of the US that are covered in snow now, we’ve had some rather hot dry days. And until yesterday it hadn’t rained for what seemed like months. Everything has gotten so dry and arid.
I can’t wait for spring, when the rain does its thing and flowers start popping up everywhere. Until then we can only dream…
It’s amazing to me that some flowers actually bloom in harsh winter conditions. Here are a few photos of winter blooming flowers.
I usually buy organic potatoes (which can get expensive) with all the intentions of using them to make some fabulous dishes. But for some reason, that never happens. They end up languishing in the bottom drawer of the fridge for months on end. Then I throw them away. It’s a vicious cycle that I cannot break.
It’s been about a year since we “acquired” this plant and it finally gave us a glimpse of its beautiful flowers. I say acquired because there is actually a story behind how I got the plant. Continue reading…
No space for a full fledge garden? Why not create a mini garden, some of these tiny portable gardens can be brought inside with the lift of a finger. Continue reading…
It all started when I brought home one little $2 plant. I decided that I wanted to pot it into a container that already had a plant in it. That created a chain reaction that led to the repotting of 16 plants. Continue reading…
Companion planting is the art of using plants together to benefit one another. They can protect each other from pests, disease, attract beneficial insects, provide shelter and some even make nitrogen available for the other plants.
Indoor air pollution has become more of a problem as homes become more and more energy efficient. Sealing windows and doors and making homes and buildings as airtight as possible will keep cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter from seeping out, but it will also keep all the pollutents in as well. Continue reading…
I was absolutely amazed the other day when ny husband pointed out that the leek I had planted was actually growing. Normally a growing vegetable doesn’t make me that excited, but this one was special.
Buying herb plants at the supermarket or nursery can get expensive; especially the organic ones. The easiest and cheapest way to multiply herb plants is by propagation. You can quickly get endless supply of organic herbs for your garden.
Before you begin planting there are a few things to consider. Doing these things will save you time and you won’t have to tear up your small garden later. Continue reading…
Location, location, location. No doubt you’ve heard this before when it comes to real estate, but it holds true in the garden as well. Don’t underestimate the importance of this when planting your garden. Sure, you followed the plant tag’s planting and maintenance instructions to a tee and yet your new plant is not doing as well as it should be. This can happen for a number of reasons, but sometimes it’s just a matter of where the plant is located. If you’ve already exhausted all your other options; adding the recommended fertilizer, checking for disease, etc. then maybe location is the key.
I believe butterflies are one of the greatest joys that come from having a small garden. Aside from being pretty they give you a peaceful feeling when watching them fly around. Attracting butterflies is not a difficult thing to do if you create the right conditions. Continue reading…
What are the main goals when growing you own food: eating healthy, saving time (not having to run to the grocery store) and most importantly saving money. Something else to consider is that you get more nutrient rich food. Best of all it’s super easy to do and will save you time and money. Continue reading…
One of the great benefits to having an edible garden is being able to go outside and pick your own fruits, vegetables and herbs whenever you like. This not only saves you money but it also saves you time. You’d be saving a trip to the supermarket and eating healthier all in one shot. Continue reading…