Using Fireplace Ashes in the Garden

Winter is officially here, with weather forecast encouraging us to take “Old Man” seriously. And won’t hot soup on the stove and a fire in the fireplace be so good?! Not every living space can accommodate a fireplace though, so for those who don’t have one read on anyway –…

Along Came the Spiders…

Several gardeners have commented on what seems to be very healthy spider populations this fall. Is it weather patterns? Abundant food sources? They really like ‘hanging out’ around our houses, creating those ‘I didn’t see that web!’ moments? As gardeners, we know the vast majority of spiders are categorized as…

Another Kind of Pet–Consider a Houseplant!

You have very little space for a dog, cat, or even parakeet. Or you travel frequently during the week. Or you have allergies that fire up like crazy in the presence of our furry friends. But you don’t like coming home to an empty space, where the only thing alive…

Tips for Watering Backyard Vegetables

Nothing says summer like the bounty of your backyard vegetable garden. However, that bounty can be greatly reduced if you are not watering properly. First, we should talk about the why’s of watering. I know, I know–the main reason is obvious, right? Plants need water to survive. Yes, that is…

More than House Flies – Horse Flies!

Flies are part of life in the south. House flies are around almost twelve months of the year, for them we wield bright yellow fly-swatters. While annoying, we’ve learned to cope with their presence and behavior. However, our warm humid weather encourages the appearance of another kind of fly that…

What’s with All the White Clover?

“When’s the last time we’ve seen such a healthy stand of clover as this spring? What is going on and what do we do?” It’s been several years since we’ve seen so much white clover in our lawns. Weather patterns this winter/spring encouraged clover varieties to flourish, particularly the white…

Spring Is Blooming and Buzzing with Mining Bees

What signals spring louder than bird calls and azalea blooms? Green leaves on maple trees, blades of grass popping up in the zoysia lawn, oh and don’t forget several weeks of sneezing thanks to wind-blown pollen. Another sign of spring? The emergence of insects, both the pests and helpers. In…

Two Purple Flowering, Fragrant, and Aggressive Plants

On a warm day, sun shining, breeze barely lifting newly sprung leaves, the tantalizing purple odor drifts into our windows or catches in our noses as we walk through neighborhoods or city streets. Is it a tree? A vine? A bit confusing but actually two very separate plants that share…

Protecting Backyard Fruit from Frost

As edible landscapes gain in popularity, many gardeners have opted to include fruiting trees, blueberries and even strawberries in their gardens. Nothing is better than walking outside and harvesting a piece of delicious fruit at the peak of freshness. However, upcoming cold snaps could cause major frost damage to our…