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January 3, 2022
The sunny orange blossoms on my Clivia miniata plant contrast nicely with the bleak landscape outside the window this time of year and give hope for spring. They seem to arrive just when we need them the most, after the craziness of the holidays has settled down and the cold of winter has settled in. Learn more about clivia! What Are Clivias? Most clivias are grown as…
January 3, 2022
If you are as eager to get the garden party started as I am, it is hard to refrain from starting them too early. When should you really start your seeds indoors? There is always some debate about when is the best time to start seeds. If you sow seeds too early, you need to be prepared to keep potting them up into bigger pots. Here in New Hampshire, I run a plant business with my…
January 3, 2022
Winter is when we need to see green plants the most, but environmental factors such as dry air, cold temps, drafts, and low light make it difficult to keep them growing at their best. Here are some tips for taking good care of your indoor garden during winter! Winter Care for Houseplants Humidity is important. Home humidity in winter can be as low as 10 to 20%, but our plants…
December 23, 2021
One of my orchids had babies! Yes, many orchids grow little baby plants, or “keiki.” You can remove these plantlets and pot them up to grow more orchids. Here’s how it’s done. I have a Phalaenopsis “moth orchid” which is one of the more common orchids, especially for beginners. This orchid and many others (including Vanda, Dendrobium and Catasetum) can be easily propagated by…
December 21, 2021
Why not try your hand at creating a terrarium? These miniature gardens under glass have been experiencing a revival—and we can see why. It’s a mini ecosystem at work. An entire forest in a jar! Learn how to make a terrarium in five steps—to bring joy all winter long. What Are Terrariums? Originally popularized during the Victorian era, terrariums have made a big comeback. A…
December 21, 2021
What is hugelkultur, anyway? When I first heard the word, I thought it must be a new kind of yogurt, but no—it’s a type of raised garden bed! Hügelkultur can be translated as “mound culture”—in which plants or crops are grown on raised beds with a mounded shape and form. Many swear that it takes raised beds to the next level. Find out why… What Are Hugelkultur …
December 20, 2021
It's winter, the dormant season. Plant and tree growth has slowed to a crawl or stopped completely. This is the perfect time to try out a winter landscaping exercise we'll call the "Four Directions" or "Four Winds."  In Native American culture (Lakota), people would pray by calling on the spirits of the four cardinal directions—South, West, North, and East. Called the "…
December 20, 2021
How long do garden seeds last? How do you tell if your old seeds are still good? Let’s find out! Wintertime is the season when these questions matter. The gorgeous seed catalogs arrive in the mail, tempting you with beautiful photographs. But before you go crazy, it’s time to inventory your leftover seeds to avoid duplication and determine viability. How…
December 20, 2021
It’s a new year—and a brand-new growing season. It may not be as exciting as the first tomato ripening or the first flower opening, but it’s a time of promise, of optimism, and of a tangible sense of opportunity. Here are my 8 gardening resolutions. I hope they inspire your plans! My garden has disappeared under a thin coverlet of white, which thankfully hides all the chores left…
December 20, 2021
There is no magic bullet for keeping your garden and indoor plants free from insect pests. Some tricks I have learned over the years are ways to cope with bugs without resorting to nasty chemicals. Here are my tips, including homemade insecticidal sprays (soap sprays). Pay Attention to Your Plants Before resorting to using pesticides (even organic ones), consider the following techniques…
December 20, 2021
Whatever you may think of snow (and snow removal!), remember the old saying, "A good winter with snow makes all the plants grow." If you are a gardener who lives in a winter wonderland, consider the benefits of snow! I had almost forgotten how pretty the snow can be, hanging in the trees, blanketing the ground, covering up all the outdoor projects left undone. The neighbors will never know…
December 17, 2021
Want to start your first vegetable garden? How hard can it be? Just stick a few seeds in the ground and stand back, right? If only it were that easy! Here are 10 garden planning tips to consider before you dig in. 10 Tips For Starting a Garden 1. Pick the right location—ideally, a sunny site! Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of sun a day. Some crops such as lettuce and spinach…