10 DIY Outdoor Self Watering Irrigation Systems For Potted Plants And Planters

We use several different methods to keep our outdoor potted plants watered depending on where the plant is located and the size of the planter.  Making self-watering systems really cuts back on the frequency of manual waterings, and improves the amount of water delivered to each plant. No offense intended to some of the other … Continue Reading

Alternative Methods For Watering Houseplants Comparison

Alternative Methods For Watering Houseplants Comparison

If you are looking for ways to water your houseplants while you are away on vacation, or just looking for a way to streamline watering all your container plants, there are a lot of options to choose from.  There are plenty of products you can purchase, and many DIY methods of watering plants as well.  … Continue Reading

Mushroom Growing Kit Results And Review

Mushroom Growing Kit Results And Review

Given how much we enjoy gardening, it seemed worth it to give a mushroom growing kit a try.  We love cooking with mushrooms and if we can manage to grow them in a kit, maybe there’s a chance we could start growing them regularly as a hobby for our own consumption.  The kit seemed like … Continue Reading

Plant Watering Stakes And Watering Globes Review

Plant Watering Stakes And Watering Globes Review

Keeping plants in the house over the winter always ends up one of two ways in our home; they are either over watered or under watered most of the cold winter season.  We can’t ever seem to find a happy balance between indoor humidity levels, and neglect or too much attention.  After participating in a … Continue Reading

Growing Kiwi From Seed

Growing Kiwi From Seed

This should fall under the”Saw a bunch of seeds inside a fruit and figured I’d try to grow some” category, because that’show this project started. After a couple of internet searches, I learned they would sprout on wet paper towels inside a ziplock bag after a month. I scraped out about 50 seeds, cleaned them … Continue Reading

Fostering Monarch Caterpillars With Alternate Food

Fostering Monarch Caterpillars With Alternate Food

We planted Milkweed late last year after hearing of the Monarch Butterfly decline. This year, the plants were getting bigger and starting to fill out. By mid-August, the tall plants appeared to be dying. On closer inspection, the stalks and leaves of the plants were covered with thousands of bright orange aphids. But the true … Continue Reading

How To Propogate Mona Lavender (Plectranthus)

How To Propogate Mona Lavender (Plectranthus)

Mona Lavender is said to be in the same plant family as Swedish Ivy (notice the purple undersides of the leaves?). I won’t go into how to care for it other than it likes half sun/shade and moderate watering outside, and likes to be ignored inside (I only water when almost dry). I’ve managed to … Continue Reading

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