Indoor Greenhouse Garden for Seed Starting and More

Right now—at the time of updating this article—it’s winter. January 13, 2019, to be exact. Once again, probably like you, we’re drooling over pouring through all the seed catalogs to see what vegetables we might grow this coming growing season in our indoor greenhouse. We’re in zone 7a, and it’s getting close to time to … Read more

How to Decide What Vegetables to Grow

Gardeners Are Investors It may be unusual, but I like to decide what vegetables to grow in the same way I pick stocks to invest in. Gardeners are investors. We invest our time—lots of time—money, energy and effort into our garden. If we plan well and tend it daily, our garden pays big dividends. Audio … Read more

Consider Growing Catnip for Mosquito Repellent and Medicinal Benefits

cats on catnip

Catnip is for people too, with many uses and benefits. Everyone knows that most cats love catnip, but fewer realize that catnip is not just for cats. In fact, growing catnip is a good idea, even if you don’t have cats! Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is a delightful, soothing and medicinally beneficial herb for humans too! So … Read more

Growing Longevity Spinach—Gynura Procumbens—a Medicinal Protein Vegetable

We’re really enjoying our longevity spinach! Related to but not the same as “Okinawa spinach”, longevity spinach (scientific name gynura procumbens, from the family Asteraceae), is a  low-growing, semi-succulent leaf vegetable very popular in Southeast Asia, its home turf. Audio Article – Growing Longevity Spinach: Why is the Gynura Plant Called Longevity Spinach? Nicknamed “longevity spinach”, this amazing plant has … Read more

Top Gifts for Gardeners and Plant Lovers

Gifts for gardeners

Gardener’s Wish List The holidays are approaching faster than you can dash through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh! If you’re looking for gifts ideas for those plant lovers in your life (or for your list to Santa!), we’ve a great list of possibilities for gardeners. We love tools and gadgets that make gardening … Read more

Peonies: a Fragrant Late Spring Flower to Last and Love

The peony flower, (genus: paeonia) is one of the most elegantly iconic flowers associated with late spring. We eagerly await those first peony buds to open up to reveal luscious, showy flowers. And the scent? It’s sweet and intoxicating. It’s no wonder that peonies are considered by many gardeners to be the perfect flower for … Read more

Smart Tips for Winterizing Your Yard and Garden

winter garden features

The days are shorter, and there’s a decidedly cold nip in the air. Your friends are enjoying hot toddies and planning ugly Christmas sweater parties. On the other hand, there you are—experiencing a bad case of gardening withdrawal. Don’t be down about it. Instead, use your time winterizing your yard and garden with an eye … Read more

Plant Covers for Frost Protection

Plant covers, row covers

What Temp Is Frost? Living here in the western Piedmont of North Carolina, we have the fortune of gardening well into fall.  The first local “Frost Alert” has been issued and it looks like our more tender crops will be taken out by Mr. Jack. We still have a bumper crop (for our little space) … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Hurricane Michael Came and Went

More Rain and Wind than Hurricane Florence We live in the north central Piedmont of North Carolina. Last Thursday, the remnants of Hurricane Michael remained strong enough to give us a lashing and drenching. Local forecasters had warned only of flash flooding. The storm track had shifted further north and west. Trees came down, low … Read more

Knockout Roses – Stand Out Fall Flowers

Those of us who live in temperate zones are indeed fortunate to have more time to enjoy the late bloomers of fall. Our garden blooms have certainly diminished but those that remain are all the more appreciated. One of those is our Knockout Roses. #flower #flowergarden #Porches #Landscapes #CountryLiving #CurbAppeal #roses #Perennials #Shade #Ideas #Planters #Small #Entrance #Walkways #ColorCombos #DIY #Spring #Balconies #OrnamentalGrasses #Backyards #Outdoors #Shrubs #Tips #Spaces #Hydrangeas

Those of us who live in temperate zones are indeed fortunate to have more time to enjoy the late bloomers of fall. Our garden blooms have certainly diminished but those that remain are all the more appreciated. One of those is our Knockout Roses. Knockout Roses These patented knock out roses are not strutting their … Read more