Whether you have a yard, a balcony, or a rooftop garden, I have 3 tips that'll help you create a lovely, earth friendly outdoor space that also happens to be less work!Read More
All sorts of insects (and spiders and all the rest) share our outdoor spaces, and knowing what they are and if they're helping, harming, or just hanging out in our gardens is pretty important!
Doing some backyard detective work is the first step in earth friendly pest control, and in creating a more ecologically balanced garden! But before you head outside, here are some tools I recommend that'll make the job easier and safer.Read More
Pruning can definitely be one of the more intimidating gardening tasks, especially since many homeowners fear that if they do it wrong they'll kill their plants. The good news is that plants share similar characteristics, and if you understand some basics about how they grow and when they bloom, you'll get a good sense of how to prune almost all of them.
Below you'll find videos that explain basic pruning techniques, and also how to prune specific plants to get the best results!Read More
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans use up to 48 gallons of water per day maintaining their lawns and gardens! That's a lot of water, and a lot of money. And the hard truth is that much of that water is lost to evaporation before it does any good for our plants.
One solution? Capture water that might otherwise go to waste, and divert it into the garden so it benefits our plants. No matter if your goal is to capture rainwater, or re-use grey water from inside your home, here are some projects that homeowners can DIY!Read More
Knowing your soil texture--the percentage of clay, sand, and silt in your soil--can help you become a better gardener! That's because soil texture play a big role in how quickly water moves through the soil, and how long it's available to plants to absorb. As a result, you can figure out how often to water and how often you may need to add nutrients to your soil.
Fortunately, you can determine soil texture in your yard with two simple DIY tests! Here's how:Read More
As gardeners, we wage a never ending war against weeds! And although it may seem simpler and quicker to use herbicides to "win" the war, the potential damage done to you, or your pets, or your garden's ecosystem may not be a worthwhile price to pay.
Fortunately, with the right technique and the right tools, you can definitely start winning the war without herbicides!Read More
If you're reading this post, I'm betting you have some garden tools laying around. Maybe a trowel, or hand pruners, or a shovel. . .and whatever the tool, at some point you'll need to maintain it. In fact, regular maintenance ensures your tools are going to be more effective, safer, and require you to put in less effort as you work.
Here are 5 helpful videos that show you how to maintain your garden tools!Read More
Do you have a lovely lawn that you want to convert to flower beds? Maybe not even the entire lawn, just that one bit, over there. . .the part that's covered in grass. The one you KNOW is going take so. much. work . to turn into a garden.
Here's my 6 step process for creating a garden bed from scratch.Read More
There are lots of projects out there that will help you attract more birds & butterflies to your garden. Basically, anything that provides the appropriate food, water, and shelter is going to do the trick!Read More
Invasive species are a huge economic issue, costing the US alone $120 billion per year due to the damage they inflict on plants, property, and other native species. As a homeowner it can seem overwhelming to think about fighting back. Invasives often have few to no natural predators, and may not respond to more earth friendly forms of control. So, what can you do?
A lot, actually! Here are 5 ways you can fight back.Read More