Ornamental Kale - a jewel for the winter garden

Ornamental Kale - a jewel for the winter garden

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 | by S Mason

If your cold-weather garden is dreary, consider adding ornamental cabbages for a showy pop of red, purple, pink and white. When done in groupings, these lovely plants make a striking display, and while the cabbages don’t actually flower, the multiple layers of ruffled leaves stand in terrifically. They do best in cool weather so in most places they belong in the fall garden though they can be planted in spring in cooler climates. Cooler weather promotes greater leaf color so if you’ve planted in spring they may need afternoon shade in warmer climates.


Winter Garden Interest - Ornamental Dogwoods

Winter Garden Interest - Ornamental Dogwoods

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 | by S Mason

If you’re looking for a plant to provide interest in winter when most everything has gone dormant, look no further than ornamental dogwoods. These dogwoods are not trees but rather shrubs whose winter twigs provide incredible color – usually red or yellow.


Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 | by S Mason

After looking at hundreds of photographs of cottage gardens, I think it’s fair to say that the ones that I admire the most always feature a heavy dose of blue -blue geraniums lining a walkway or tucked in near the cottage edge or glorious Irises rising above a bed of phlox.


All About Cucumbers

All About Cucumbers

Posted on Jun 01, 2016 | by S Mason

Cucumbers (Cucumis Sativus) are members of the Cucurbitaceae family along with melons and gourds. They have been cultivated for thousands of years and are a summertime favorite.


The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Insects in the Garden

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Insects in the Garden

Posted on May 01, 2016 | by S Mason

Your garden is thriving, the leaves are green and full, and the produce or flowers are prolific. And then suddenly, they aren’t. Even the most dedicated gardener can be bested by bugs in the garden, but the trick to winning that battle is to be able to distinguish between the good bugs and the bad bugs.


Herbal Remedies from Your Garden

Herbal Remedies from Your Garden

Posted on Apr 01, 2016 | by S Mason

At one time, before scientists could create chemical compounds in a lab, physicians relied on herbal remedies for a wide array of ailments, many of which are still quite effective today. While you certainly wouldn’t opt to forgo the use of modern medicine if necessary, herbs and plants can be a more natural and gentle way to relieve many conditions.


Growing UP - Aeroponic Gardening

Growing UP - Aeroponic Gardening

Posted on Mar 01, 2016 | by S Mason

I have been seeing a lot online lately about a wide array of alternative gardening techniques - straw bale gardening, raised beds, no-dig gardens, hydroponics, and aeroponics. While I plan on trying all at some point, Aeroponics caught my attention due to its relative ease.


Home Composting

Home Composting

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 | by S Mason

To create an environment in which organic material can be broken down quickly and efficiently, you need to keep in mind the colors brown and green. Brown material is carbon rich and includes, wood chips, bark, pine straw, and dried leaves. Green material provides nitrogen and includes kitchen scraps and grass clippings. With time and experience you’ll learn the right ratio of brown to green, but ideally it should be around 25-30 Carbon : 1 Nitrogen. An easy gauge is to use about 2-3 parts brown material to 1 part green.





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