Learn how to coexist with the tomato hornworm because it transforms into the hummingbird moth, a very beneficial pollinator who is much more than a garden pest!
Learn how to pick a watermelon, and be sure to choose one with seeds. The seeds are edible, medicinal, delicious when roasted, and great for urinary health.
Learning how to grow garlic is simple, so you should give it a try! Typically you plant the cloves and watch it grow. Let’s learn more about that and more about the benefits of garlic itself.
Do you know how to remove a tick? Have you ever been bitten by one? The other day I discovered a tick had bitten me so I tried to remain calm and formulate a plan for a safe, natural removal. Here’s how I did it and how you can too!
Enjoy this article on growing asparagus, transplanting asparagus, and healthy uses for asparagus roots. All you need to know to establish an asparagus bed.
Seeds, Seeds. Edible Seeds. Medicinal Seeds. Right now it’s all about seeds at our house. Every year we order more than actually gets planted in the ground. Sometimes that means…
Learn how to make a DIY butterfly garden to attract monarch butterflies. You can grow certain plants and do other things to make it hospitable for monarchs.
I love pressing flowers at harvest time and am excited to share my husband’s plant press design with you. I recommend making several so you can have a few drying projects going simultaneously. Enjoy!
Prickly Pear is one of few cold tolerant cacti. Both the fruit and leaves are edible. The fruit can be made into jelly, drinks, desserts, and even candy. It is native to the Americas, but has spread to many other parts of the world.
Malabar spinach (Basella alba [or rubra]) is a climbing vine in a class by itself. Though it’s not a true spinach, it has the same taste as regular spinach. Other common names include Vine Spinach, Red Vine Spinach, Creeping Spinach, and Ceylon Spinach.
Bees, yellow jackets, and wasps are a beneficial group of insects, but knowing their appearance and habits is important. For more information on staying safe around these insects, read this article and check out this awesome book on the subject.
Most people who grow sunflowers do so to harvest the seeds. Sunflower seeds or sunflower oil are a big deal and how cool to grow your own. But did you know there are many other reasons to grow the sunflower? Here are several other reasons you may want to grow sunflowers in your yard.
Red clover: a natural remedy for arthritis and asthma! It can be used in tea, as a flour additive, added to salads, added to soups, and even as a vitamin supplement! You can also pull the individual flowers from the flower heads (like when you were a child) and add them to rice dishes and casseroles.
This homemade window cleaner works great on windows and any other glass surface in your home. It is made from white vinegar and lemon balm, which is antibacterial and antiviral, giving it the kick it needs to clean and disinfect all your windows and glass!
I’m often asked how to plant a child garden, and how to get kids more involved with gardening. My main strategy is to excite their senses and to include them as much as possible, because kids love being involved! Here are 6 plant ideas to get you started.
I came up with this hummingbird food recipe because I love to watch the hummingbirds. Each year, I wait until about mid-April when they finally show up. I have fed them commercial nectars before, but realized it was cheaper and healthier to make my own.
Capsicum annuum (a.k.a. Cayenne peppers) is a digestive stimulant, a cardiovascular tonic, a first aid application for bleeding, a food, and so much more! For example, did you know that–botanically speaking–the pepper is a berry, not a vegetable?
For years I have collected bee swarms for people. When I started, I was doing it to add to my bee-yard, but soon learned it was a great opportunity to educate on swarms and honey bees in general. Here are answers to some of the most common questions I have heard over the years.