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February Gardening Checklist

Fellow Gardeners, The information, dates and techniques in this blog are as accurate as I can currently offer. During the past three decades I have cared for, nurtured and observed tens of thousands of plants. With the help of many gardening friends I have attempted to offer on these pages some useful information to help [...]

By | 2017-09-28T14:51:19+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Gardening, Gardening Checklist|4 Comments

Goat Cheese Potato “Lasagna”

INGREDIENTS: 5 lbs. Red New Potatoes 1 qt. Heavy Cream 10 oz. Goat Cheese 1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese - grated 2 Tbs. Garlic ½ bunch Italian Parsley - chopped Salt and fresh ground pepper PROCEDURE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream with chopped garlic. Thinly slice potatoes – preferably on a mandolin. Let the [...]

Christmas Decorating Trends for 2016

Christmas Decorating Trends 2016 This is my favorite time of the year, when you feel the chill of autumn in the morning air, and you can sense the Holidays approaching.  Just like in fashion, there are trends in Christmas decorating that are stand outs each year.  Here are some of my favorites… while remembering that [...]

By | 2017-12-01T09:33:46+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Christmas, Holiday|0 Comments

Perfect Paperwhites in Pots

One of the easiest and most popular winter duties is growing pots of beautiful, fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus.  Paperwhites provide clusters of white flowers and perfume the season when we you need it most, and you can time them to bloom exactly when you desire.  For a beautiful blooming centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table, start them [...]

By | 2017-07-19T15:12:39+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Fall, Gardening, Holiday, Home Decor|9 Comments

Easy Herbs for Winter

The most important word for cool weather herbs is SUN. Water deeply (as in: water slowly so that all the soil gets a drink, not just the top & sides of the pot or ground soil) once a week… and did I mention SUN? A lot of people want to grow herbs inside and while this [...]

Cool Tips for Successful Cool Season Tomatoes

One of the great pleasures of vegetable gardening is finding new and unusual varieties to grow and tantalize our taste buds. Heirloom tomatoes are one that have surged in popularity in the past several years. Tomato enthusiasts are finding bounties of bright, rainbow colored, sugar sweet flavored tomatoes that are harvested from their gardens with [...]

By | 2017-09-29T15:20:24+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Gardening|0 Comments

Extending Your Tomato Growing Season

One of the great pleasures of vegetable gardening is finding new and unusual varieties to grow and tantalize our taste buds.  Heirloom tomatoes have surged in popularity in the past several years.  Tomato enthusiasts are finding bounties of bright rainbow colored, sugar sweet flavored tomatoes that are harvested from their gardens with pride and consumed [...]

By | 2016-08-18T16:54:53+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Gardening, Tomatoes|2 Comments

What is Milkweed and How Do You Care for It?

Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. As a host plant, it provides the monarch larvae and adult butterflies with a food source. Milkweed belongs to the genus Asclepias, which has many different species spread out through America and Mexico. Asclepias line the migration path for these butterflies as they travel back and [...]

Designing with Succulents

Succulents and cactus have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. Their colorful, unique shaped foliage looks good year round – no flowers necessary.  They grow large and small so it’s easy to find one that will fit happily into the smallest pot, or grow up into a [...]