Upcycling Stuff from Your Home for the Garden

Gardening is all about the cycle of life. The soil produces food, and the food waste goes back into the soil to increase fertility so it can grow more food. Obviously, recycling and upcycling go hand-in-hand in the garden and…
Growing Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum minor) are colorful annuals that are easy to grow in almost any sun or soil condition. Their blooms are always either bright yellow, orange, or red, and it comes in three forms – dwarf, semi trailing, and climbing…
How to Grow Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a native perennial plant of India that is grown for both function and beauty. The plant produces broad leaves and an interesting flower stalk that ranges in color from deep red to white. Turmeric is a…
Fruit Tree Guild Guide

Starting a fruit tree guild sounds complicated but it’s actually quite simple and very rewarding. A fruit tree guild is simply a mini ecosystem growing at the base of the tree that provides benefits to the tree. The plants growing…
Growing Hydrangeas at Home

Hydrangeas are easy to grow and are unrivaled in bloom size, producing balloon-sized blooms in shades of pink, blue, purple and white (sometimes they all grow on the same shrub!). These large blooms are long-lasting when cut and used for…
How to Grow Poinsettia

The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the one flower that is associated with Christmas, though it’s not a flower at all. The “blooms” are actually red plant bracts that are a different color than the plant leaves. This perennial plant is…
Growing Sweet Potato in Your Garden

Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are easy and rewarding to grow with a little garden space. The plant also produces an attractive vine while the sweet potatoes are developing underground. Sweet potatoes can be successfully grown in a home garden when…
How to Grow Lavender

Lavender (genus Lavandula) is a classic flowering garden plant/herb because it’s easy to grow and has many different uses. Lavender can be used for beautifying the garden, soap making, medical applications, plus it’s edible. The spikes of purple flowers also…
How to Grow Aloe Vera

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis), aka ‘the burn plant’, is a plant that has been grown for thousands of years, both for its beauty and medicinal purposes. In ancient Egypt, the plant was called the “plant of immortality” and it is…
Introduction to Drip Irrigation Systems

Watering the garden is one of those gardening chores that surely elicits drudgery at least from time to time. Some of the options to water a garden include installing a lawn or garden sprinkler, or watering the garden the old…