Benefits of White Vinegar for Flowers, Ants, Mosquito Bites and Weeds

There are many benefits of white vinegar… but contrary to popular organic garden lore, don’t use it on the weeds!! From homemade insect repellent and mosquito bite remedy to cleaning and getting rid of ants, there are many benefits of white vinegar as an essential home and garden staple. However… Don’t use acetic acid for … Read more

Hummingbird Food Preferences and Recipe

Ruby throated hummingbird feeding

People love to put out hummingbird food to attract these little jewels, and for good reason. Not only are hummingbirds delightful to see in your garden, they also eat lots of bugs, so go ahead and give them some hummingbird food to attract them, and they’ll help out with mosquitoes and other insects while they’re … Read more

Saving and Storing Seeds for Best Results

saving seeds, seed storage

Have you ever inherited garden seeds? Carefully opened a packet of seeds placed reverently in your hands by a family member or friend? Some gardens seeds are actually considered family heirlooms carefully selected for their superior qualities, and are passed down through generations. Saving and storing seeds is an art and tradition. Seeds are like … Read more

Birds That Eat Mosquitoes and Bad Garden Bugs

Eastern Bluebird eats mosquitoes

You can create a bird sanctuary for insectivore birds that eat mosquitoes for natural pest control in the garden. While some birds can be a nuisance in the garden, others are an essential part of a healthy garden ecosystem. We enjoy feeding birds in winter. Not only is it pleasurable to bird watch the local … Read more

Plant Labels and Garden Markers from Used, Old and Broken Things

Gardeners tend to be a frugal and crafty bunch. It just seems that gardening and do-it-yourself projects go hand in hand. We don’t like to be wasteful and throw out something that could be reused, so we enjoy sharing the creativity and ingenuity of crafty DIY Gardeners, such as these creative plant labels for garden markers. Recycle, … Read more

GARDEN NEWSLETTER: Rain, Sawfly Larvae, Cucumber Recipe and More

What a week! Our garden rain gauge showed 5 inches after 3 days of thunderstorms. Thursday, it began to dry out and we applied Serenade fungus spray to our tomatoes and Dipel to the kale, cabbage and broccoli.

We wanted rain and when it finally came, it poured… and poured… and poured some more! Then we saw the sawfly. What a week! Our garden rain gauge showed nearly 5 inches after 3 days of thunderstorms. Thursday, it began to dry out and we applied Serenade fungus spray to our tomatoes and Dipel to the … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Split Tomatoes and Green Tomatoes

Our backyard garden looks pretty wild these days. The timed drip irrigation has really helped. We had to increase the watering frequencies given the scant rainfall these past two weeks. What’s that joke…? “It was so dry we saw two trees fighting over a dog.” 😄 Audio Article With these dry spells comes the prospect … Read more

Top Tools we use for Yard and Garden

Favorite garden tools at the ready

If you like geeking out on garden gadgets, then you might enjoy perusing some of our favorites. These top tools are items we use regularly… including one plant we’re actually using as a tool and more! Please let us know your faves and we’ll add them to this list (or a new one; as this … Read more

Permaculture Natural Gardening with Permaculture Methods

Natural gardening and back to Eden.

Permaculture Natural Gardening “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” Bill Mollison1) Mother Nature’s lead using the principles of permaculture natural gardening just … Read more