Powerhouse Keystone Species – Plant an Oak and Aster

Sample plan of a pollinator garden

As earth stewards of our amazing planet, we can appreciate the potential importance of all species to the continued existence of a complex ecosystem. But there are some that stand out and do the heavy lifting. Specific integral species are more important than others to the sustainability of an ecosystem and are called ‘Keystone Species’ …

Jump Start Your Spring Chores

The grass is starting to green up and bulbs are peeking through the soil and spring is around the corner. Gardening chores come fast and furious once warm weather hits and sometimes you don’t have time to fit all the tasks in. To jump-start your gardening year, you can hit the ground running early to …

Pollinator-Friendly Seed and Nursery Directory

After picking out dead honeybees from a honeycomb frame recently, I pledged to use only plants that are neonic free. Neonics or neonicitonoids have been implicated in recent bee declines as well as other factors, such as loss of habitat and the game changer bee parasite- varroa mite. There are a number of studies that …

Late Winter Blooms and Fragrance

Late winter is always a tough period for me. Patrolling my property on warm sunny days in late winter, I am ready to see something blooming and if at all possible - fragrant. This seems a difficult task in late February and early March, but there are three candidates that came through with flying colors. …

Winter Aconites-First Sign of Spring

Bring the little blooms in to brighten your home and they are extremely fragrant!e

Sunny yellow blooms fringed with a fringed ruff poking through snow is my first sign that spring has sprung. Eranthis hyamalis, or Winter Aconite, in the buttercup family, is a spring ephemeral, which means that it is a short-lived plant above ground with a burst of blooms, then disappears, remaining under ground until next winter. …

Winter Interest with Native Plantings

Redbud in winter

The cold and dreary days of Winter seem endless in January and February, especially during a pandemic when we are not getting out as much as we're used to. But by providing food and shelter for native animals and birds, with good selections of native plants, we can brighten up our landscapes and our lives. …

Succulent Valentine Offerings

Having a bunch of succulents on hand from various projects, I wanted to create something special for Valentine's Day. Rooting succulents is easy and I wanted to make the rooting process attractive as well as productive. Succulent cuttings simply involves cutting a 3" terminal branch and removing the lower leaves. Leave them out for a …

A Garden For Cutting & Arranging

Formal arrangement

A cutting garden - a piece of earth used primarily for cutting flowers and bringing into the house for arranging in vases - sounds kind of elitist. Like a prim and proper English lady who has a team of gardeners, and ventures out to the garden with a floppy straw hat with her "secateurs" to …

Become a Smarter Seed Starter – Best Tips for New & Experienced Gardeners

Everybody is into seed starting this spring because of the new interest in gardening for people forced to stay at home. New gardeners frequently think that you just throw some seeds from a seed packet into potting soil and place them in a bright window and hope for the best. But there are tricks and …