Category: Backyard

The Battle Against Squash Borers…Success! (So Far)

The Battle Against Squash Borers…Success! (So Far)

We have always loved growing and harvesting squash, zucchini, pumkin, and watermelon. But for the past 2 years, by mid-June through July, our beautiful plants would suddenly wilt and die. After learning about the Squash Borer moth (Melittia satyriniformissyn.Melittia cucurbitae) with its bright orange body and black wings and the devastation its larvae cause, we … Continue Reading

Growing And Propogating Alaska – African Marigold

Growing And Propogating Alaska – African Marigold

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of traditional marigolds. But this larger version with full, delicate foilage and large, showy blooms caught my attention. The seeds I bought were labeled “Alaska”, but are actually “African”. I’ll admit that when I bought this seed, I expected a white or off-white marigold because that what the … Continue Reading

The Battle To Get Rid Of Creeping Charlie

Creeping charlie isn’t our nickname for a creepy neighbor. It’s a lawn weed that can quickly take over your yard. It is also referred to ground ivy because of its vine-like spreading tendency. It has bright green scalloped leaves and pretty little purple flowers in spring. Creeping charlie (Glechoma hederacea) likes moist, shady areasbut, once … Continue Reading

Pruning and Propagating Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)

We transplanted Nandina to camoflauge 80 feet of chain link fence of a neighboring property. The dense layers of delicate leaves and clusters of deep red berries are beautiful year round. There are some considerations to keep in mind when growing Nandina, which include invasiveness and toxicity. While researching poisonous plants, we learned that almost … Continue Reading

Saving And Storing Seeds

Saving And Storing Seeds

Saving seeds from your backyard, flower beds and garden not only saves you money, but it is the best way to grow exactly what you want and what you know grows well on your property. There are certain colors of flowers that I love that aren’t always available at our local nursery each year. And … Continue Reading

Controlling Black Scale On Olive Trees

Controlling Black Scale On Olive Trees

While checking on plants in our greenhouse, our small potted olive tree appeared to be dying. With Spring only a few weeks away, it should have been sprouting new growth. Instead, its leaves were dirty and/or turning brown. There were also a lot of ants traveling along its branches. And on closer inspection, there were … Continue Reading

Pruning Pepper Plants

If you spend a fewminutes doing a Google Scholar search for “pruning peppers”, you will quickly see that researchers found that pruning peppers (in a commercial setting) does not necessarily increase yield. A healthy pepper should be bushy with lots of branches and foilage.But what if your pepper is tall, lanky and just looks underwhelming? … Continue Reading

Creative Projects For Repurposing Faux Wood Blinds

Creative Projects For Repurposing Faux Wood Blinds

If you have leftover slats after adjusting the length of your faux wood blinds, or you are replacing existing blinds, hang onto those slats because you’ll find they have a lot of uses for projects and crafts around the home. Whether you’re looking for a way to repurpose leftover slats, or want to upcycling slats … Continue Reading

Growing And Propagating Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia)

Angel Trumpets are known for their huge, beautiful flowers that hang down in large clusters. Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia) is often confused with Devil’s Trumpet (Datura). Angel Trumpet is more like a semi-woody tree with one or more primary trunks that havebranches which createa canopy from which large flowers hang facing downward. Datura is more like … Continue Reading