Category: Backyard

Starting Seeds – Sprouting and Transplant Made Easy

Starting Seeds – Sprouting and Transplant Made Easy

The Problem I’ve tried virtually all the seed sprouting tricks posted on Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet. I sprout a lot of seeds, so I wanted to find a quick and efficient process. Since I harvest most of my own seeds, not all of them sprout. I don’t want to start them in soil … Continue Reading

DIY Homemade Rabbit Repellent Recipe

DIY Homemade Rabbit Repellent Recipe

There are plenty of articles and websites that say rabbits can be deterred by dogs. Apparently the rabbits on our property do not read. We have a bull mastiff and a great pyrenees that rountinely patrol the yard (granted they don’t chase anything). The bunnies just hop out of view when the dogs go outside. … Continue Reading

DIY Homemade Mole and Vole Repellent Granule Recipe

DIY Homemade Mole and Vole Repellent Granule Recipe

It’s sodisappointing when you realize that the reason your beautiful tomato plant has wilted overnight is because a vole ate its roots. And it’s equally frustrating when small trees and shrubs never really thrive, because their roots are routinely nibbled on by voles and undermined by mole tunnels. The commercial repellent granules we bought definitely … Continue Reading

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)

Pruning and Propagating Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)

We transplanted Nandina to camouflage 80 feet of chain link fence along our neighbor’s property. The dense layers of delicate leaves and clusters of deep red berries are beautiful year round and are prefect for hiding the fence. There are some considerations to keep in mind when growing Nandina, which include invasiveness and toxicity. While … 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