Each spring, little families of aphids like to try snacking on the rose bush in my backyard. Even now that I have more experience maintaining my humble garden, it still can present the occasional bugger conundrum. (Googling beetle varieties really is not fun.)
It's hilarious to think that there will be a single cent left over after a whole-house renovation, but at the end of a hard week of sanding, painting, and hauling, I motivate myself with the promise of a manicure, someday....
Here's hoping you have a tons of fun things planned this summer, some of which entail hanging out, relaxing, or gardening in your backyard. Although it's tempting to run out and buy a bunch of expensive stuff to get ready, there are tons of low-cost things you can do to freshen up your outdoor space and make it fun and welcoming. Give some of these a try....
I love growing my own food. Sadly though, I have spent most of my adult life in tiny apartments with limited light and no outdoor space. Enter the Smart Herb Garden, a setup for growing herbs indoors in even the smallest and darkest of spaces, which promises success for even those with the "un-greenest" of thumbs.
It's hard enough making any big move, but add in actual living things like pets and plants and the stress of moving gets even tougher to handle. You might already be thinking about how to keep pets happy during the journey to a new home, but have you considered the well-being of your botantical friends, too?
It's about this time of year that the garden starts to call my name. Nothing is quite as rewarding, on a long summer day, than spending some time with your hands in the dirt, making green things thrive (unless it's eating the fruits of your labors afterwards). No matter your situation — whether you're an experienced gardener or a novice, whether you have an entire backyard or just a tiny patio — there's a project here to inspire you.
As the last of the daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs fade away, there is a natural desire to clean up the remaining shriveled flowers and the inevitable floppy leaves that were so welcome just a few weeks ago, but which now appear old and messy. But don't do it!! Here is why.
As someone who indulges heavily in both gardening and procrastination, the beginning of the gardening season is a bit of a stressful time. I want to plant all the things, but I also have the sneaking suspicious that I should have begun yesterday. If warmer weather has been sneaking up on you, here are some tips for getting your garden started — and creating a sucessful one once you do.