Archive for the ‘Landscape’ Category

Keep Your Potted Plants Blooming

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Potted plants bring color to the deck or front door step. To keep them blooming and growing fertilizer is key. That’s how the grower got them so gorgeous and eye catching! (more…)

Planting 101: Healthy Soil

Monday, April 6th, 2015
It’s dirty nail season. This time of year, I have a hard time keeping my fingernails clean cause I am digging in the earth! (more…)

What the Plant Hardiness Zone Map Can Tell You

Friday, February 10th, 2012
My daughter wanted to plant a banana tree in our backyard. She’s brilliant; think of the money I would save! (Her eagerness to plant everything she likes to eat makes me giggle!) I would love to send my three monkeys out to the backyard to pick their own bananas. Those of you living in zones 8-11, I envy you. You CAN plant and grow a banana tree in your backyard. I live in zone 6; we cannot plant tropics, like the banana tree, it’s too cold. (more…)

Colonial Williamsburg: Gardening Advice from the 18th Century

Monday, December 12th, 2011
Can you imagine gardening in the 18th century? If not, I suggest you visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Historians have done a fantastic job re-creating early American gardens. Garden historians have used the writings of John Randolph who pinned, A Treatise on Gardening in 1793, as a guide to rebuilding the Williamsburg gardens. Here is a snippet of Mr. Randolph’s advice to the 18th century gardeners, including many of our founding fathers: (more…)

Leaves as Mulch!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Pictures of kids playing in leaves have been constant on my Facebook page the past few weeks. Children have big smiles as they are literally covered in nature. Of course, it makes me smile to see the fun they are having!  I often post a virtual high five to the parents for bringing the kids out to experience the effects of fall. I am a bit jealous as I scroll through pictures. My children do not get to experience a large pile of leaves unless we visit a different neighborhood. The trees in our landscape are too small to create a big fall mess (a negative aspect of living in a new housing development). (more…)

Tips for Growing Beautiful Mums

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
The chrysanthemums are in full bloom and irresistible to a two-year-old. On more than one occasion, I have caught my toddler pulling the mum flowers off one-by-one. I can understand her interest in the mums. Right now they are bright and bold; the splash of color my landscape needs this fall. (more…)

Gardening: You Reap What You Sow!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Between potty training, laundry (which I have decided breeds and multiplies in the laundry basket), and answering the dreaded “I’m hungry” plea, I have little time to keep up with current events. Thankfully, I have direct access to the computer and subscribe to my favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs. I don’t get to read all of them, but if I do find a moment of silence, I am a click away from being caught up. (more…)

Soil Test Report

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Recently, I shared a video with you demonstrating how I took a soil sample from my garden.  I brought my “bags of dirt” to our county extension office. For a fee of $10 per bag, the soil would be analyzed and the results would be mailed to me within ten days. (more…)

How to Take a Soil Sample

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Get the most out of your garden! Dee McKenna, Nutrients For Life blogger, takes you to her backyard and demonstrates how to take a soil sample. (more…)

Caring for your trees requires water, fertilizer, and pruning

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
While searching for the perfect tree to plant in our front yard, I asked the garden center owner, “When is the right time to plant a tree?” He responded, with years of experience and wisdom, “Ten years ago.”  He is exactly right! I love a home landscape with large, established deciduous trees. I might even be classified as a tree hugger; I bet I could even convince my three girls that it is fun to hug trees.  Trees have such a presence, adding value and beauty to the home. However, this is delayed gratification; as you know, it takes years for trees to mature to full size. (more…)

Sustainable agriculture is key to feeding a growing (and hungry) population

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Whew, nothing like 12 hours in a minivan to bring out the best in a family. We drove from Wichita to San Antonio for our much-needed summer vacation. The girls have been dreaming of petting dolphins and meeting a killer whale named Shamu. Sea World was our vacation destination and the most economical way of getting there was driving. I like driving, although less than 12 hours is more desirable. (more…)