Last updated: November 16, 2017
Have you been putting off winterizing your garden?
Fall is a busy time. Many of us have kids who go back to school – and all that comes with preparing for that. Many of us have clubs and organizations that begin again in the fall and we resume things we may have taken a break from during the summer.
Last updated: November 14, 2017
This summer marked a huge change for organic food lovers. Amazon bought Whole Foods and immediately marked down prices.
Last updated: November 1, 2017
Hardy agave plant covered in snow
Did you know that some desert plants can survive in cold climates?
Months ago, in my cold and rainy Michigan town, I was shocked to discover a neighbor had a cactus bed apparently thriving on the street side of their house.
Could this possibly be cactus, I wondered? It certainly looked like cactus: spiny lobes, low-growing. I couldn’t imagine how this desert plant would survive here, much less thrive and look very healthy. After all, in the not-so-distant past in this state, we’ve had winter temperatures of 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
Last updated: October 25, 2017
I love learning about new plants, don’t you? It seems like, no matter what plant you choose to learn about, someone, somewhere has tried it in a new location or made it do something new. The beautiful thing about plants in human hands is that there will never be an end to the combinations that are possible. Plants do new things all the time and people continue to surprise me with their creativity.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about new things to do with container plants on my front porch. It would be nice to have something that can transition to cold weather so I don’t have to be digging in cold soil once the frost sets in. Here in Michigan, you never know when that will be. We could have snowy weather from October through May. Or we could have fairly warm weather straight through December.
9 Container Plants for Fall and Winter
Last updated: October 17, 2017
Rice fields terrace gardening at Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Vietnam.
My family and I drove through Iowa one summer on our way to Colorado. I have to say that Iowa might be our nation’s best-kept secret. Of course, it’s not a secret to everyone. It was just a secret to me.
I should have remembered the movie, Field of Dreams. The beauty of the rolling hills and farms was inspiring. I felt like I was in the shire depicted by J.R.R. Tolkien in the Lord of the Rings series.
Last updated: October 11, 2017
The new film, Blade Runner 2049, depicts an earth in barely-restrained crisis. Its population has ruined all ecosystems and filled the world with trash – among other things.
Actually, these crises are just the backdrop for the main plot of the story. It has very little to do with trash production or with the synthetic food humans are driven to consuming.
Last updated: October 4, 2017
If you’ve caught the gardening bug, you may know instinctively that this activity is especially good for your health. It seems that gardeners have known this for centuries – maybe even longer.
Maybe it’s in our DNA. Human beings were made to live outdoors and commune with nature as much as any wild animal. Scientific studies are showing that we can find evidence for what gardeners have always known was true. If you want to be healthy, take care of the earth!
The opposite of this is showing its ugly face in our national health crisis. Numerous documentaries have shown how our current practices are making us ill:
Last updated: September 27, 2017
Aloe vera plant
Have you thought about what you might bring inside to add interest and warmth to your house as we head into cold weather?
You may be interested in a certain look for a specific corner of your room. If you are an HGTV fan, you may have seen designers pairing different types of potted plants for indoor décor. What plants should you consider?
Last updated: September 19, 2017
Are you fed-up with trying to coax life out of your sun-loving plants in a less-than-desirable location? Do you love the trees in your yard but wish you could have the colorful garden your sunny neighbors seem to grow effortlessly?
It might be that you need to embrace your shade and grow something different. Don’t try to fight nature. Instead, dig into these unusual and marvelous shade-loving plants to find inspiration for those tough spots in your yard.
Last updated: September 19, 2017
How many of us were actually listening when we learned about flowers and reproduction in grade school science class?
Most people probably have a vague memory of how it all works – pistils and stamens, pollen and seeds and all that – but not until you try your hand at growing plants does it really start to add up.