Category Archive for: ‘Gardening’

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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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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DIT Succulent Zen Garden

Find Peace of Mind in a Mini Succulent Zen Garden

Tap into your inner bliss and capture the intimate essence of nature by creating your very own miniature succulent zen garden. One of my resolutions for this year has been to make more time for self-love and self-care. So far, I’ve fallen in love with my home yoga practice, enjoyed long soaks in a hot bath, and have found myself eager …

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Garden Therapy Back Yard Play Garden Tour 13

The Art of Espalier: Growing Fruit Trees in Small Spaces

Growing espalier fruit trees in the home garden is a wonderful way to grow edibles in small spaces and in decorative ways. Training and pruning fruit trees to grow along walls or fences, keeps the fruit at an easily accessible height, and turns an otherwise standard tree into a garden showpiece. Espaliers can be fruit trees or ornamental, evergreen or …

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