Design Your Own Succulent Heart

Winning the Battle Against Japanese Beetles

For many new and veteran gardeners, Japanese beetles are a plague they often feel powerless to control. After trying several “modern” approaches, here’s a non-toxic technique that works.

An Introduction to Arisaema (Jack in the Pulpit – Cobra Lily)

I remember being fascinated by the bizarre Arisaema plants as I roamed the woods as a child in piedmont North Carolina. A spring trek though the woods would find the new leaves just pushing through the leaf debris, while the same trip a few days later would find the same plants with unfurling flowers. The diversity in the inflorescences within each species was so great, I spent most of each trek closely examining each specimen.

Simple Guidelines When Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

A raised bed vegetable garden is always a good alternative, especially when you’re growing crops at home. Gardening in this way will not require you to dig nor plow. It’s also relatively beneficial for those who hate to bend their backs, just to break up the earth for planting. So go all natural and reap the benefits to this garden arrangement by also getting into some organic vegetable gardening.

Harvest Your Own Produce Straight From Your Vegetable Garden

Eating vegetables everyday is a great way to keeping yourself healthy. But eating  fresh organics is way healthier and better? When you’ve got fresh vegetables, you can be assured that it’s newly picked, more crispier, and has more nutrients intact.

How to Manage Winter Vermicomposting

We all know that composting can help the environment a lot especially when it comes to recycling natural raw materials (scraps that we thought we won’t have use for anymore). But to use worm composting as your means to decompose different kinds of organic matter is even better. Since this process involves the use of compost worms, a more nutrient-packed product is produced. But what happens to your worms and compost when the winter season starts to approach? Well, winter vermicomposting is possible. Read on further to learn more about this.

Tips for Planning a Backyard Garden

How you landscape your backyard will depend largely on the shape and size of the yard. If privacy is an issue then one of the many fence variations, walls, rocks and evergreen trees will outline your yard while at the same time creating a privacy barrier. One thing many people don’t consider is that you want your garden to look good and beautify your yard in all seasons.

Orchids – Repotting Do’s and Don’ts

Want to be sure you won’t damage your orchid? Read this comprehensive list of orchid repotting do’s and don’ts.

Propagating Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus are cousins of the well-known tropical hibiscus and are native to North America. Also called swamp mallow or rose mallow, these hardy perennials die down to the roots in winter and re-grow the following spring.

Green Lacewing – A Beneficial Insect

Green Lacewing are a natural method of pest control for your organic gardens. The larvae is a natural enemy of aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mites, psyllids, thrips, whiteflies and the eggs of other pests. The adult primarily feeds on nectar and pollen, in the larvae stage is when they are a natural predator of a large variety of garden pests.

Sedums Care Free And Beautiful

Beautiful care free Sedums, truly a great plant that is almost maintenance free. Stonecrop Sedums bloom in the fall and they blooms continue to look good for months.

Growing Rosemary – Set It and Almost Forget It

I did forget my Rosemary. I dug it up to move it, and then was so busy I forgot about it for 3 days. It’s been over 2 years and my Rosemary plant is thriving. Rosemary is very forgiving, unless you overwater it.

More Woodland Plants

I am always looking for more plants to introduce in to the woodland garden. This spring I have already decided upon several to try astilbe ‘Maggie Daley’, Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’, and Cimicifuga (Actaea).

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