March Garden Calendar

 

As I’ve stated many times, The Department of Horticulture at Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service has tons of a great publications. The particular one that I want to share a portion of with you today is Spring Garden Calendar (HO-91-W). This article outlines some monthly Spring activities that will help make our indoor […]

Adding Hours to Your Flowers

Cut flowers are a nice addition to bring a color into your home. Whether they come from the garden or from the florist, maintaining their beauty is the same.

All flowers have three important characteristics that determine how long they will remain attractive and useful:

It’s need for internal water content. It’s need for […]

Honeysuckle Named Color of the Year

Pantone LLC, the world-renowned authority on color and provider of professional color standards, has announced PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle is the color of the year for 2011.

While the color for 2010 was PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise and served as an escape for many, this year’s new chosen color is seen to be as encouraging and […]

Terrariums

Bromeliads work great in a terrarium environment

A terrarium is essentially a garden in an enclosed glass container that provides adequate humidity preferred by tender tropical plants. It can also be used to start new plants or freshly cut un-rooted plants. While many of you have probably seen a prepackaged terrarium kit that provides […]

Houseplant Problems

Root Rot: Several contributing factors include:

Overwatering Heavy soils (too much clay) Containers that lack adequate drainage holes.

Solution:

Always water thoroughly until water comes out the drainage holes. Do not water again until just below the surface of the soil is barely moist. Use a quality potting soil which will adequately allow for […]

Forcing Branches for Winter Color

Forsythia

As dreary as it can look outside for most of us in the wintertime, bringing a little early outside life indoors can surely brighten our spirits. As most early spring flowering trees and shrubs form their buds in the fall before going dormant, it’s possible to force them into early blooming for our […]

Herbs and Spices

Considering growing herbs or spices in your garden? Researchers have found strong correlations between a wide range of health benefits and many herbs and spices. While research is still quite preliminary, many of these herbs and spices have been treating modern ailments for thousands of years.

For your own safety, it’s always best to research […]

Growing Your Own Vegetable Sprouts

I remember as a child seeing my step-mother grow alfalfa sprouts in the kitchen in a mason jar. She would put on them on her sandwiches and salads. As a child, I never knew how much I would grow to appreciate these fresh tasting sprouts as much as I do today. Now, I want […]

When Life Gives You Lemons

Well, we’ve all heard the phrase, “When life gives you lemons”, but lemons are good for more than just making lemonade. And while I’ve actually never taken the time to make lemonade the old-fashioned way, I sure do love a good lemon shakeup at the Annual County Fair. Here are a few suggestions […]

Ten Ways to Green Your Home

There are countless ways to create a healthier and more environmentally friendly home. And many of them are fairly inexpensive to accommodate into your lifestyle. Here are 10 such ideas:

Clean your air ducts and fans regularly. This will help by eliminating the pollutants in your home that can lead to allergy problems. Replace […]