Posted in: PLANTS & FLOWERS

How to Make a Christmas Cactus Bloom – Easy Peasy

It’s that time of year when you see beautiful Christmas cacti in bloom at big box stores, grocery stores, and nurseries. You have this yearning desire to buy one. Well go ahead! They make a beautiful addition to the holiday decor. But what if you already have one that is not blooming? There is no […]

Posted in: BASIC INFO

How Late Can You Plant Spring Bulbs in the Fall?

There’s nothing more exciting, at least for a gardener, than to see the first push of life pop up from a cold, desolate landscape. It brings the promise of spring with warmer temperatures and longer hours of sunshine. You too can experience this little jolt of excitement by preparing your yard now. It is that […]

Posted in: DECORATING/ REPURPOSING

How to Decorate a Window Box for the Fall

I love window boxes. They add charm and interest to any house. In the fall when the summer blossoms begin to fade, the boxes begin to lose their beauty. Though, no need to fret! You can easily recreate your window box into a lovely fall display using clippings from your own yard. If you do […]

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Is Chrysantheumum Tea Really Good for Your Health?

Drinking tea is very much in vogue. Tea is second only to water, world wide, as the most preferred beverage. Three billion cups of tea are drunk daily, with black tea being the most popular. There are many health benefits to drinking tea. According to Penn Medicine, “numerous studies have shown that a variety of teas may […]

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Preparing Plants To Come Indoors For Winter – Easy Peasy

It’s the time of year to start preparing your plants to come indoors for winter. When the low temperatures consistently reach 50 degrees F (generally during late September, early October), you need to bring them inside to acclimate them to your inside environment before you turn on the heat. In order to ease the transition, […]

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Fall Flower Gardening Ideas – A Croton Plant

It’s that time of year again when the calendar points to a change of season. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Early fall is the time when your summer plants are in full bloom, but they eventually start to fade and look a little drab as the days march on. […]

Posted in: LIFE/ EMPTY NESTING

How to Save Our Soil – A Global Problem (Part 2)

As was noted in Part 1 of this series, soil degredation has become increasingly prevalent throughout the world. Studies show that if nothing is done to improve conditions and incorporate better practices, we will lose our topsoil within the next 60 years. Good topsoil has astounding benefits. It not only adds nutrients, including vitamins and […]

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Topsoil – On the Verge of Extinction (Part 1)

I recently read an article in a Time Magazine regarding soil. I was taken aback! As a gardener, I think I always took soil for granted, thinking it would always be there. All you had to do to make it better was amend it with some organic matter and voila! It becomes fertile and reusable […]

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How to Grow Asters – A Fall Beauty

When summer is winding down and the beauty of your summer blossoms starts to fade, Asters appear in all their glory. These daisy-like flowers begin blooming when the days become shorter and temperatures begin to dip. They, along with Chrysanthemums, are usually put on display with other fall ornaments such as pumpkins and gourds. You […]

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How to Care For a Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant

They were all the craze, those Fiddle Leaf plants. But for the last year or so their popularity has waned and they have been replaced by some new and improved plant. However, they haven’t with me or with my son! We both recently bought a Fiddle Leaf. I bought one for my daughter as a […]

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