Companion Planting

I would suffice it to say, that most people have been bitten by the pesky mosquito. Citronella plants and oil have long been used as a deterrent. It has been widely known that plants contribute to medicine, bug repellant and a host of other benefits. The field of plants assisting one another is a subject of research and intense fascination. …

Favorite Tools 2018

When walking out to the gardens, I take a different bucket of tools each time. In the beginning, there are 5 main things I carry. A good shovel, a broom rake, pruning shears, a hori hori knife and my favorite of all, my nejiri gama hoe. You can find this little tool at www.gardenshoponline.com and it’s a “nejiri gama hoe …

Instant Color

Have you ever driven by a house in your neighborhood and envied their flower containers? Wondering how you could have the same beautiful look in front of your house?  I, personally, feel creatively challenged when I go to design containers for my garden so when I found this easy instant color idea. I was excited. The idea is go to …

Container Gardening

As yard size diminishes or people move into apartments, it isn’t always possible or practical to raise a full size garden.  Sometimes physical restrictions prevent the necessary ability to plant, weed, harvest or sustain a large garden.  All is not lost however as container gardening is well and thriving. A front porch or patio may need some perking up. We …

7 Easy Steps to Start Vegetable Gardening in Idaho

Idaho is unique in more ways than I can count and I have lived here most of my life. Most front of mind at this moment, Idaho weather! We are spoiled and cursed in our lovely state thanks to mother nature. Now I may have grown up in a greenhouse but it took quiet a lot to get me to …

Spring Evaluation 2018

As I get older, I lose a little patience with certain aspects of gardening. In my back flower bed, I have had a berm that was lovely for a while. The sumac died. A rose bush died, the quack grass grew rampant, and creeping Jenny disappeared under the weeds. The tulips didn’t bloom anymore. Even the gazing balls couldn’t help …

7 Easy Steps to Start Vegetable Gardening in Idaho

Idaho is unique in more ways than I can count and I have lived here most of my life. Most front of mind at this moment, Idaho weather! We are spoiled and cursed in our lovely state thanks to mother nature. Now I may have grown up in a greenhouse but it took quiet a lot to get me to …

Checklist to Plan our Garden Spaces

Spring is officially here and gardening planning is at the front of our minds. There are few basics that help everyone get started. Soil amendment: What are you planting in the space? Have you planted there before? Vegetables need the most nutrient base between them and flowers. Their plants feed on living matter so if you are going to grow …

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

In our busy lives driven by technology, deadlines and the struggle to find balance between all the demands of life, we often forget that we wouldn’t be here without the planet we inhabit. Today is a great day to remember the gift that this planet is! It is an annual thing always falling on April 22nd and more than 193 …