Why Gardening by the Moon Works

“With the waxing of the moon, the earth exhales.” – Ute York Lunar gardening is fun and makes so much sense! The gravitational pull of the moon on the earth affects water on our planet. The moon’s pull is stronger than the sun because, even though the sun is larger, the moon is closer to […]

Hip Hip Hooray for Rose Hips

Allow your roses to form hips. Did you know that, like many plants that produce fruit, the formation of rose hips is a signal to the rose to go dormant for the season? Rose hips provide wonderful color in the garden and are a good source of vitamin C for birds in the fall and […]

Renew Your Garden Tools!

Winter is the time to get your garden tools in shape… hand tools such as shovels, picks, trowels, loppers, etc. should be cleaned, sharpened and well oiled. Steel wool can clean off any rust or caked-on dirt. And pure white vinegar works to remove rust too: pour into a bucket or small plastic tub. Submerse […]

Verbena Bonariensis – Verbena on a Stick

Verbena Bonariensis is tall and airy and one of my fave flowers. It blooms like crazy all summer into fall. I plant it next to walls and fences for a stunning effect. Here I mixed it with white cosmos – purple and white is such a great garden combination. The lavender clusters are held high […]

A Great True story about Organic Soil

On April 29, 2010 Anne Raver of the New York Times asked: “How does Tony Avent, the horticultural mythbuster, grow so many plants successfully in his garden? Rule No. 1: he uses the same mix of 40 percent native soil, dug on his own land, and 60 percent compost for every plant. ”The soil for […]