Author Archive for: ‘Stephanie’

Japanese Anemone Windflowers

The Easy Way to Start a Garden from Scratch (That Won’t Break the Bank!)

In my last home I had good friends, almost family, who had a beautiful garden. My lovely neighbors rented a house and didn’t have a huge budget to start a garden from scratch so they devised a smart and frugal way to start an impressive garden without breaking the bank. And guess what? They did it in just a few …

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Aromatherapy Closet Fresheners

These Aromatherapy Closet Fresheners are a Crafty Way to Outsmart Moths

I love bugs. I mean, I’m a gardener and I can see the benefit of all insects, even those who want to munch on my veggies or decimate my flowers. But I have very little tolerance for pests IN the house. Sure the occasional spider doesn’t phase me, but moths are my mortal enemy. Here is my story on how I …

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6 Ways To Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones At Home

Forge Your Own Path: 6 Ways to Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones

Making your own concrete stepping stones is a way to create functional art for the floor of your garden. Stepping stones are necessary for being able to move throughout the garden without disrupting the soil but they also create focal points and structure, and add a little bit of personality! Learn how to use concrete to make six different kinds of …

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Plant These In Your Veggie Garden And Ward Off Pests

These Powerful Herbs & Flowers Deter Pests Naturally in the Vegetable Garden

Did you know that flowers have super powers? Some stop nematodes in their tracks. Others attract aphids away from your veggies. And some are just so darn powerful that they will repel every tick, cockroach, and bedbug in sight! Pretty and powerful? Now that’s the kind of organic gardening I can get behind! These super flowers deter pests in the …

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Ball Spring Trials 2016

Plant Fashion Week at the California Spring Trials

Last week I was invited to attend the Ball Horticulture display gardens at the California Spring Trials. The California Spring Trials can best be described as Fashion Week for plants: growers put on elaborate displays to present what’s new and notable in their upcoming plant lines. Ball launched the upcoming 2017 innovations in their many brands including Burpee and Wave. …

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Ladybug Hunting Aphids On A Yellow Lupin

Attracting Beneficial Insects

Last year my husband came home panicking about the ‘bugs’ all over our plum tree.  We only have room for one fruit tree so any chance that we may not get to eat all those amazing Italian prune plums is reason to panic.  But I was aware of these “bugs” (aphids) and I had actually been allowing them to multiply …

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