Category : Garden How-To

Fairy cottage miniature garden by Shirley Bovshow with stone house, succulent room and mini garden decor

Make a Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden: Beginner’s Guide Video

  There’s no doubt about it, “Fairy” and “Miniature” gardens are strong trends in gardening today. You can’t read a garden magazine or browse Pinterest and Facebook without coming across these charming and very personal fairy and miniature themed gardens. I made…

1 Comment / 2575 View / December 16, 2012


How Plants Are Bred to Become “Proven Winners” Plants: Video

I was invited to tour one of the growing facilities for Proven Winners plants, in Bonsall, California at EuroAmerican Propagators to learn how their plants are developed. It all begins with testing…lots of testing.   Every plant that is introduced…

No Comments / 392 View / June 27, 2012


Controlling Weeds in Your Strawberry Garden Patch

  Strawberry plants and controlling weeds are an ongoing concern in the strawberry patch. In order to give your strawberry plants a fighting chance against water-sucking, nutrition-hogging weeds, you must prepare your garden soil months in advance of planting!  …

No Comments / 263 View / June 18, 2012


How To Make a Bog Filter For Small Pond With Garden Pot

It’s important to balance your pond with both biological and mechanical filtration in order to keep the growth of algae under control. I want to share information to make a simple and natural bog filter for your small water garden…

3 Comments / 5212 View / November 3, 2011


Pumpkin Planter: Fall Mums

To many people, the fall season signals the time to decorate their porch with mums. In an effort to be original, I tried something a bit different this fall. Inexpensive, easy to do and adorable!   My materials included: Pumpkin…

1 Comment / 257 View / October 12, 2011


Tips To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

It won’t be long before the short, cold days of winter are upon us again. As gardeners, we need to be prepared for the winter season and put together an action list for the garden before December rolls around.  …

No Comments / 69 View / October 11, 2011


Sandy and Rocky Garden Soil Solution

If you are experiencing sandy or rocky soil you may be losing valuable nutrients that would otherwise be available to your plants through excess leaching. Because of the high water filtration rates in sandy as well as rocky soils, these…

No Comments / 526 View / September 10, 2011


How To Improve Clay Soil

With the exception of coastal areas or the southwestern desert, most people who live in North America have to deal with clay in their soils. Clay has a tendency to become compacted, reduce water infiltration rates and lock up key…

1 Comment / 224 View / September 2, 2011

Lawn with bare patch due to compaction by lots of traffic

Guide to Eliminating Yellow or Bare Spots on Lawn

  Guest blog post by NatraTurf (Courtney Tompkins). Most bare and yellow spots on lawns, or spots that aren’t flourishing, are caused by compaction and crusting within the top few inches of the soil. Water and oxygen are not able…

1 Comment / 125 View / August 24, 2011


How to Repot Water Lilies

  To me, a water garden isn’t complete without water lilies. There are so many choices…tropical, hardy, day bloomers, night bloomers, pinks, purples, blues, yellows. One is never enough.   Water lilies and aquatic plants are easy to grow as…

2 Comments / 2810 View / August 19, 2011