Use It or Lose It

When the gardens begin to put forth their bountiful produce, we have a short window of time to use up the produce. Some you can preserve, can, dry or freeze. Some, you have to use right up or lose it. Despite our best efforts, we can’t use it all up. Neighbors are wonderful to share with and sometimes my chickens …

Secrets to a Healthier Garden

With 40 years of gardening under my belt and my Master Gardener Certification, I NEVER profess to know it all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I find that the more I learn, the less I know. However, with that in mind, I would like to share some secrets I know to have a healthier garden. Start with healthy plants. …

Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

It wasn’t until a few years ago, that a revolutionary idea came into my brain. (I am a little behind the times.) Because they were pretty, because they drew the bees in, I decided to plant flowers in my vegetable gardens.  As I’ve watched and learned, there are definite benefits to this ecosystem that is beneficial to all concerned. Also, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

November Plant of the Month! Pothos

Most of us who love houseplants know the staple plant hanging by their window, the famous Pothos. Its botanical name is Epipremnum aureum which is quite the mouthful. Sometimes it is also known as Devil’s Ivy. Pothos is also widely known as one of the easiest houseplants to grow and maintain. They originate from the Solomon Islands. This species has …