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.
These natural lawn care tips will help you have a beautiful lawn without all the expensive, harmful chemicals. And don’t forget, long stretches of lawn invite bats and bluebirds, both of which are voracious mosquito and other bug eaters!
The practice of companion planting–or purposefully planting things together–can enhance the beauty, health, growth, and flavor of your harvest. Scratch open a bare patch of soil, let it be for a few weeks, and you’ll see how nature intended companion planting!
This DIY Hanging baskets tutorial teaches you how to create your own beautiful hanging arrangements. And remember, they’re not just for flowers! I grow cherry tomatoes and common herbs because the baskets are close to my kitchen.
Lasagna Gardening? No, it has nothing to do with pasta, lasagna gardening is for anyone who wants a great garden! The steps are simple and you can vary them to suit your needs. Learn more about it and how to do it now.
This homemade hand scrub gently exfoliates away stubborn dirt from my hands. I always include some gentle exfoliants as well as some nourishing oils to help keep my hands looking clean and moisturized.
Learning how to grow moss is a fun and easy project that can involve the whole family. While some people are looking for ways to get rid of moss, others are trying to find ways to grow it. Let’s learn how to do it and several reasons you may want to grow it.
The process of making a homemade mosquito trap is much the same as a homemade wasp trap, the only difference is the bait. Today we show you how to make both! I’m usually content to leave them alone, but when mosquitoes, hornets, and wasps start biting, they have to go!
Like with all tools, garden tool maintenance is important. When I put my garden tools away for winter, I clean them off but usually forget about them until spring rolls around. Today I vow to take better care of them! Care to join me?
DIY seed tape makes it easy to start plants in rows and learning how to make seed tape on your own allows you to control which seeds are being used. You know how old the seeds are, what fertilizer was used, and you can make tape with any seeds you’d like.
This year, put away the tiller and plant some perennial vegetables. You will eat earlier, work less, and build your soil all at once! Delicious edibles pop up with the first warm days allowing you to eat fresh garden produce much earlier than normal.