There are two types of gardeners in the world: clumpers and splitters. I admit it-I am a clumper. I cringe at the idea of cutting my babies up into pieces. I would rather leave them alone so they can get big. Wait, not big-huge. I want huge Hostas. Digging them up and dividing them can set them back and, to be honest, I do not like doing that because it takes some varieties forever to reach a good size. A solution I came up with is minimally invasive, and it does not set my Hosta back like digging up the entire clump does. This is perfect if you want to share a small piece or if you need a few eyes for a project. You can take off more than I have shown, I just prefer to keep it to a minimum. Just a note: I do this in Spring before the Hostas leaf out so I can see what I am doing, but you can do it at any time of year.
Aloe Veraplants are a succulent. Like all succulents, Aloe is relatively slow growing. Aloe are a common houseplant, and can be purchased everywhere. They don't need repotting often but when they do, there are some tricks. Aloe can also be planted in warm-weather outside gardens with hardiness zones 10b or above, where temperatures remain above 40 degrees Fahrenheit year round. But outside planting requires dry conditions. They prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade. Aloe are a plant which has real benefits. Cutting a leaf and rubbing the jell like substance found inside on minor cuts and minor burns can assist with healing. Be sure to check with your doctor first. The leaves that have been removed will not grow back, but the plant will continue to grow new ones. Beyond it’s healing properties, Aloe is said to help clear benzene and formaldehyde from room air. These chemicals are a byproduct of wall to wall carpeting, chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. So having them around helps make a home -healthy!
Having fallen in love with the many beautiful iris available from private growers on Ebay, I ended up with over 50 rhizomes, and while they arrived well marked with their names on their existing leaves, I knew the winter would destroy the markings and I would not be able to tell them apart come Spring. So, what to do? I was lucky enough to have on hand some wooden fencing from Dollarama (a Canadian dollar store) and decided to use these as my stake. Now the hard part, how to mark them in a way to survive the elements of northern Maine.After much thought I decided to sandwich a photo and description of each plant between self-adhesive laminating sheets. These were available at my local Walmart. I chose the 4 x 6 (roughly) sheets that would hold 4 name tags nicely. Once the labels were laminated, I cut the sheet into 4 strips allowing ample room around each label to assure good adhesion of the lamination. Now for the fun part!! I took apart the fencing and realized I could repurpose the wire that held the individual stakes together and use it to secure my laminated tags to the stakes. I drilled a 1/8-inch hole in each stake and each label (believe me, those laminating sheets are tough!!) and secured with the wire I had left over from disassembling the fencing. Voila!! I now have individual stakes labeled with a photo and description for each of my 50+ irises and will probably continue to label the rest of the plants in my garden. This is a super easy, rainy day project with a long-lasting benefit.
We wanted to add storage cabinets to our home office, but didn't have time to construct the cabinets from scratch. Instead we opted for stock unfinished kitchen cabinets from our local home improvement store and it was perfect.
Every year I aim to do better with my container plantings, and with that in mind, this spring I have sought out some expert advice.
Beckie Fox is not only editor-in-cheif at GardenMaking magazine, she is also the author of a book on container gardening: The Potted Garden: Creating a Great Container Garden. Who better to turn to for a little bit of sage advice?
Gardening experts at Longfield Gardens help us understand why soil is so important.
Soil (dirt) is the foundation of your garden. It holds the nutrients and is the 'house' for the root systems. If you already have good soil that is rich in nutrients, dark in color and drains well, then you are well on your way to a beautiful garden! If you do not have good dirt, and if the planting site is in a good location (meaning it does not hold standing water), then you can make your garden foundation healthier with a couple of simple fixes.
If your soil looks dry and is composed mostly of clay (see above right), or if it's sandy and not holding together, you can add organic matter (compost) or black dirt to the soil. ...
A backyard can be a beautiful place, unfortunately, mine has not been. It's been a sort of a jungle with a lot of baby trees from fallen acorns, weeds, and overgrown monkey grass. After working to clear it out, I knew what I wanted to do next was start a container garden!
If you've seen any of my posts in the past regarding anything outdoors, I'm sure you already know that I'm not much of a gardener; however, I do try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. What can I say, I'm the Jane of all trades with a brown thumb! I think my problem is that I "set it and forget it" (I know there was once an infomercial where the presenter said that often)--I plant the seed and I forget about watering it, or I overwater it. I'm hoping this little experiment I came across will prove to be a turning point in my gardening skills--at least it's super cute for now--and it's a great way to grow things in a small space!We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
I always have hanging baskets, all over the place! On stands, on my trees anywhere I can find a place that needs some color, and every year have to replace the coconut liners, this year they had gone up to $4 a piece 🙄 You can buy a new basket and liner for $5.00! It was going to cost me a fortune this year, I use to get them at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, but that still adds up when you have a lot of hanging baskets! And then there is the dreaded don't to forget to water them everyday in this Arkansas heat they dry out fast and there is nothing worse than killing a plant right off the top of the season, so I created a heat tolerant , permanent liner and well maybe once in a while I might put a new coconut liner in but that is a big maybe, lol, but not every year anymore! Save $$$ to buy more plants!
I am excited to share this post with you today! This is a cheap, easy and very effective homemade lawn food that you can use in place of fertilizer.One of our most viewed posts last year was this homemade plant food recipe (click the blog post for link).What readers enjoyed most, was the science backed aspect of how it worked!I love hearing all of your success stories on it too! In fact, my father in law uses this exclusively in his garden now.First, let’s talk about this recipe, then we will share with you the amazing chemistry behind why this works so well! And if the ingredients seem crazy to you, don't worry! We explain everything in detail! We have also talked with lawn care professionals to make sure you are getting the best solutions.
Mary and I both love to mow. In fact, we have a friendly ongoing competition to see whose “stripes” in the yard look the best. But both of us agree that we never want a great looking lawn at the expense of having to use chemicals.
I have to admit – in my mid twenties, I was one of those “have to have the perfect lawn” people. You quickly fall into those crazy, never-ending fertilizing and weed-killing cycles. Then of course, having to follow up with the recommended bug and insect control applications in between – until at some point – you expect to see your lawn glow from all the chemicals.
A few of my favorite things that are trending these days are...pothos , barn wood, & copper. Yep simply click on any of those links and you will lose yourself to the world of pinterest inspiration. I know because just typing in those words was oh so tempting after seeing all the pics pop up!! But with that said it's one thing to pin a pic and another to actually do a project. Today I challenge you to bust out the power tools and get zestin' with me!! Today's project was not only inspired by plants, wood and copper- but also Brooke's zesty project. Remember when she made this awesome air plant holder? Well now it's my turn to put my own spin on it!!
I started May 28th planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled in the bottom rim and a second row up about 10 inches. I buried the can to where the top holes just barely were above the ground, put in two shovels full of compost, then I fill the can up with water ever 2 days and tried not to water the leaves.
These four plants are now 5 ft 4 inches in less that a month and a half and loaded with green tomatoes and about a hundred sets of tomato blossoms.
OK, all of you seasoned gardeners, it’s time to look away. This secret to perfect, easy to work with garden soil is probably something that you’ve known for a long time. It’s probably something that seems obvious and like something you assume everyone knows. It’s probably something you were taught at a young age growing up, or figured out on your own just from a lot of time spent out in the garden.