I love Mexican sunflowers. Botanically named Tithonia rotundifolia, they add pops of bright reddish-orange color in my perennial border. These Central American natives bloom nonstop once they get going in mid-summer, only surrendering when hit by frost. Mexican sunflowers are not fussy about their soil as long as it is well drained. They are, however,… Continue reading Growing Mexican Sunflowers from Seed
When I speak to groups about the benefits of composting, I begin by asking how many people are not already composting at home. Always amazed at the number of hands that are raised, I inquire why not. I am taking on the most common reasons folks give for not composting. After reading to the bottom… Continue reading 6 Excuses Not to Compost…All Rejected!
My very generous friend, Shawna Coronado, is moving in several months and starting to prepare for the move by gifting some of the things she will be unable to take with her. When my husband and I borrowed my brother-in-law’s truck a few weeks ago to pick up some awesome purple chairs for the garden,… Continue reading Raised Garden & Garden Planter/Bar Project
All landscapes come with unique challenges. Pam Penick took her landscape’s challenge – a very steep slope in the backyard – and not only found a solution, she created a beautiful garden oasis. Do you want to see how she did it? Take a walk through her landscape with me. The front yard was planted… Continue reading Garden of Pam Penick
It won’t be long before seed starting begins at my house. Besides the joy of watching seedlings emerge and grow into full-size plants, starting plants from seeds gives me the chance to fill my gardens with more plants. Let’s face it…if you want a LOT of flowers and vegetables, it can get very expensive purchasing… Continue reading Getting Ready for Seed Starting