A Spring Garden Checklist

A Spring Garden Checklist

Spring is 6 weeks away!  How exciting!  You’ve been looking through the seed catalogs and gotten all excited and you should be! I am!  Before spring planting arrives though, here are 13 tips for your spring garden checklist.

You’ve ordered your seed, they have arrived, and you are just waiting!  Before the actual planting dates get here though, you need to be ready for the day you get to start putting seeds into the ground.

Where you live may still be covered in snow and if so, you have extra time to take full advantage of being prepared when the snow melts away.  Read more

When to Plant Early Spring Vegetables

When to Plant Early Spring Vegetables

Spring Planting Schedule

It’s only January and planting season is right around the corner.  Today we will discuss a when to plant early spring vegetables.  Winter is not over by a long shot.  It’s been 3 long months since the garden was put to sleep for the winter but I’m ready to wake it up.

Can you tell that I’m not a patient person.  When things get on my mind, it has to be done, or it could drive me crazy. This time of year is especially difficult.

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5 Seed Ordering Tips to Save Time and Money

5 Seed Ordering Tips to Save Time and Money

Seed ordering tips:  Know how to warm up and brighten a cold wintry day?  It’s easy, sit down and start looking through seed the catalogs or log onto your favorite online seed company!  Bright and colorful pictures just send a rush of “spring happiness”  inside.  You just get filled with warm fuzzies.  I know all experienced gardeners know exactly what I’m talking about.  But if you are new to gardening you’ll quickly learn what I’m talking about.    

What if  you are new to gardening, or this is you first time starting with seed?  The task can become overwhelming and  expensive if you are not careful.  Well don’t fret, today I’ll share with you some  seed ordering tips to help you make the best seed choices for your garden and how to save money for the seasons to come.  

5 Seed Ordering Tips you need to know: 

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How to Read a Seed Packet

How to Read a Seed Packet

Simple Guide to Reading a Seed Packet

Not sure what to grow? What does all the stuff on the seed packet mean?  You have no idea what will grow in your area? You stand in front of the seed section at your local garden center all confused, in a seed frenzy, all the packets are screaming ‘take me. The colorful packets, the vegetables, herbs, and flowers it can be overwhelming.

Good seed companies provide a wealth of information on their seed packets. So when you learn how to read a seed packet, the “seed frenzy” will be better controlled. Of course all seed companies are different and if you are not careful, you will end up with a lot of seeds that will not grow in your area or seeds that you will NEVER use.

Today I’ll share a few of my favorite places to get seed, some simple guidelines on what to look for and how to read the seed packets. I hope you find this helpful so you make informed decisions and calm the “seed frenzy.”   Let’s begin…. Read more

How to Help Feed Pollinators into Late Fall

How to Help Feed Pollinators into Late Fall

The leaves are changing here in Tennessee.  The air is getting cooler in the evening and you can just feel fall in the air.  We are still working around the homestead getting things ready for the cold temperatures that we know are not far away.

Fall is a great time for the birds and bears.  Natural areas are full of seeds and berries, but our pollinators food source is quickly ending.  They have gone all summer feeding off the nectar and pollen in the flowers and then fall arrives and their food source is quickly slowing.

While cleaning up the garden, I noticed the zinnias, marigolds and verbena that were still blooming was swarmed by butterflies and bumblebees.  I had let a large basil plant go to flower and it too was covered with bees.

Pollinator on Zinnia

I’m so enamoured watching them.  They are so wise, totally focused on the task at hand, they know winter is just around the corner and they are doing all they can to prepare.  Read more

Garden Spiders, Are They Harmful?

Garden Spiders, Are They Harmful?

Garden Spider – Weavers of the Fascinating Web

The Argiope aurantia spider, commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black-and-yellow garden spider and some call it the writing-spider.  Is she good for the garden or not?  I agree she is shocking when you first come in contact with her but she is completely harmless, in fact, she is actually a good thing for the garden.

Argiope aurantia Spider

In the females, the abdomen is black with symmetrical patches of yellow.  Her legs are reddish-brown at the base and   black towards the tips.  She can grow up to 1.5 inches in body length and the female actually grows twice the size of the male. Read more