Butterflies In a Blooming Garden »

“The green grass and the happy skies court the fluttering butterflies.” – Terri Guillemets Let us not forget the flowers too! That is truly what the butterfly is seeking. When winter leaves and I see my first butterfly of the year, it excites me, because I know that spring has really arrived. Besides being graceful and beautiful [Read More...]

By: Kathy Cox on April 3, 2014   |   Design, Featured, Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Lawn and Garden Supplies, Organic Gardening No Comments...Yet

Growing Onions »

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Growing onions can be very easy but they do require full sun.  You may have heard the term or have seen on a onion package the words “long day” or “short day”. What does the term long day and short day mean? When you are shopping for onion varieties to plant in your vegetable garden, [Read More...]
By: Christie Schlueter on April 18, 2014   |   Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Organic Gardening, Seed Starting No Comments...Yet

Vine Options Worth a View »

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When we bought our current home 7 years ago, it had a two-car detached garage that we wanted to use, but it had no real driveway leading up to it, and a fir tree that we had to cut down to gain access to the garage. In doing this, it exposed us to our neighbors’ backyard, and [Read More...]
By: Kathy Cox on March 27, 2014   |   Design, Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Garden Tools, Lawn and Garden Supplies No Comments...Yet

Bringing Life to Planter Boxes »

A little over six years ago we bought the current house we live in. One of the things that drew me to the house was that yard was literally a blank slate. Grass and some trees, no shrubs, no flowers, not even bulbs that would come up later, so it was something I could truly make my [Read More...]
By: Kathy Cox on March 5, 2014   |   Composting, Container Garden, Design, Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Garden Tools, Lawn and Garden Supplies No Comments...Yet

Getting Started in Mushroom Growing »

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In a recent interview, I asked a Mushroom Grower for Forest Mushrooms in St. Joseph, Minnesota, who grows some of the best tasting mushrooms, how to get started in growing mushrooms at home.  This will be a great help in getting you started. Winter is usually a down time in many gardens. But for intrepid gardeners who [Read More...]
By: Christie Schlueter on February 27, 2014   |   Food, Foods, Monthly Tips, Organic Gardening No Comments...Yet

Gloxinias: The “Cheer You Up” Spring Plant »

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Gloxinias with those large blooms are sure to brighten up your mood in the spring before you are able to be outdoors. First of all, buy from a good garden center or florist, as the quality of plants will definitely be noticed. The Gloxinia loves moisture but also appreciates some shade as it is a [Read More...]
By: Christie Schlueter on February 18, 2014   |   Container Garden, Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Monthly Tips 1 Comment

Pruning Pointer Time »

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This season is the perfect pruning time, late winter, just before the spring growth spurt starts. Pruning this time of year gives plants only a short time before the wound sealing process begins. There are also no leaves to get in the way of evaluating where to prune. Pruning at the correct time will also [Read More...]
By: Christie Schlueter on February 7, 2014   |   Garden Tools, Monthly Tips No Comments...Yet

Covering the Facts on Groundcovers »

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For years, whenever someone mentioned groundcovers, the first thing that popped in my mind was ivy. I’m sure it was because growing up in the Pacific Northwest that was the groundcover of choice. It was used everywhere, on banks to help keep the soil in place, to parking lot strips (I guess so there was some green to [Read More...]
By: Kathy Cox on February 4, 2014   |   Coverings, Design, Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Lawn and Garden Supplies, Monthly Tips, Organic Gardening No Comments...Yet

The Best Gardening Books For The Best Gardening Looks »

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Yes, the internet has a plethora of information, but let’s face it, curling up with an iPad or laptop just isn’t the same as curling up with a book. So I am always on the lookout for great gardening books. Here are some suggestions of books that I own and feel are worth recommending. For [Read More...]

Heavy Snow on Evergreens »

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Evergreen boughs can break under the weight of heavy snow and ice, but use caution in removing it. There is a right way and a wrong way to do the job.  Do not brush the snow in a downward motion! Those branches may be very close to the breaking point from the weight of the [Read More...]
By: Christie Schlueter on January 28, 2014   |   Design, Garden Tools, Monthly Tips No Comments...Yet
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