Gardening Advice

October 11, 2021
Do you know your winter squash? The squash is part of American history, having started as a native vegetable grown by the Wampanoag. Today, there are dozens of squash varieties, ranging in shape, size, and color! They're so convenient because they will last many weeks (or months) and easily worked into so many dishes. Here's a quick guide to our favorite types of squash for eating and…
October 8, 2021
As gardeners, we are connected to all people who have come before us, caring for the earth and learning how to best grow crops. Ready for the best gardening techniques? Let’s have a look at some age-old gardening wisdom that's still relevant today. A Long History of Gardening Gourds, beans, and peppers were being cultivated in Mexico by 5,500 BC, and by 5,000 BC, maize was being grown in…
October 6, 2021
Did you know that houseplants clean the air? We've long known that indoor plants improve our mood and reduce stress levels. There's just something about having something green and alive that you care for which brings happiness. But did you also know plants purify the air?  During the colder months, we spent a lot of time indoors. Certainly, healthy indoor air is a top priority. …
October 6, 2021
By using organic soil amendments, you can turn poor garden soil into a nutrient-rich paradise. What do we mean by "soil amendments"? What are some great soil amendments? Here is a brief overview listing some of the best amendments for your garden! Which Nutrients Do Plants Need? Just like humans, plants need a wide range of nutrients to keep them growing healthy and strong. Soil…
October 2, 2021
Let's not be in a hurry to cut down plants that have interesting seed heads in the fall. The birds fully appreciate having a smorgasbord of seeds to choose from and we love watching them! Listed here are 12 plants that have great seed heads for birds which I came across on my walk.  While bird feeders are always nice, wild birds like to forage for their own bird food. Plants with…
October 1, 2021
Many tender bulbs—canna, dahlia, elephant ears, gladiolus, tuberous begonias, and other summer favorites—will not survive cold winters outside in colder regions. Instead of taking a risk and leaving them outdoors, it's a good idea to dig and store them indoors instead. Many of these bulbs are expensive, yet easy to keep, so it is worth the trouble! These summer-flowering favorites all grow…
September 28, 2021
Summer's over! Time to breathe some new life into your landscape with fresh fall containers. Remove those tired summer annuals that have finally given up the ghost and replace them with something new and cold hardy. Here's a list of cool-weather plants for those fall containers. Many of the plants gardeners in colder areas grow as annuals are actually tender perennials hardy in zones 8 to 11…
September 27, 2021
This fall—in the yard and in the woods—be on the lookout for deceptively beautiful berries. Some of these berries are poisonous. Even if you don't plan to pop a berry into your mouth, it's helpful to know which plants in the landscape have poisonous berries. Here are the most common poison berries of fall.  Poisonous Berries in Fall If your kids have been active participants in berry…
September 27, 2021
Lavender grows best outdoors, but you can keep these aromatic gems alive through winter inside, too. Plus, lavender is not only pretty—its scent also brings a sense of calm to every room. Here are some lovely lavender varieties and advice on how to overwinter lavender. Is Lavender a Perennial or Annual? A fragrant and colorful plant native to Europe and Western Asia, lavender is a sun-loving…
September 27, 2021
If this was your first year growing garden fruits and vegetables, you probably have found that much of your homegrown produce does not look like what you see in the store. Don't be discouraged! It is what's on the inside that counts! Learn more about that "ugly" produce. Experienced gardeners know that imperfect produce is actually more normal and natural than the grocery store specimens…
September 27, 2021
Grab the bounty of fresh herbs while you can—and let's dry those leaves for tea. It's simple. See both how to dry your herbs and also how to make a good cup of herbal tea! Grow Your Own Herbs for Tea If you grew some of the plants mentioned in this Calming Herbs post, hopefully you have been enjoying them in iced and hot teas over the summer. Even though fall is here, the party doesn…
September 27, 2021
Let's make our fall vegetable garden cleanup easier! Here are 11 tasks to do in autumn before the weather gets uncomfortably cold. Tidying up your garden prevents problems later and means less work in the cold springtime. Which Vegetables Can Withstand Frost? Not all vegetables need to be removed and cleaned up. Some vegetables are hardy or semi-hardy and can stay in the ground…