Cutting perennial's dead foliage to the ground in the fall certainly won't hurt them. Once the stems are dead, they're dead! Cutting plants back also means one less task in the spring and keeps things looking neat and tidy. However, cutting back the dead stuff may hurt any beneficial bugs that have moved into their… Continue reading Should you cut back your perennials in the fall?
GROW WILD! INDIGENOUS PLANTS DEFINED ~ a plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention. When it comes to sowing wildflowers, the most common misconception is that you can wander out onto your lawn, shake one of those pretty cans of wildflower seeds into the wind, and nature… Continue reading How to Grow Wildflowers
I bought this bowl at a sale. I loved how it looked and the price made it irresistible, but I never quite knew what to do with it. One Christmas I filled it with ornaments and pressed it to the wall. Taking it down (and putting it up) was a bit of a tricky challenge,… Continue reading Bug Hotels
There are over 255 different species of bumblebees in the world. The largest is the Bombus dahlbomii which can grow up to 4 cm (1.6 inches) long. The smallest is the Perdita minima who measures in at less than 2 mm.Unlike honeybees, bumblebees do not die after stinging. Bumblebees flap their wings 130 times per… Continue reading Five Fast Facts about Bumblebees
To attract toads to your space simply provide cool, damp spots by using shade-loving lush-leafed plants such as hostas, lungwort or brunnera.
Ever wonder why Nature put the caffeine in the bean? Here’s why.
Unlike hives of honeybees the bumblebee enters winter in a hive of one. And it isn’t so much a hive as it is a hole.
Alfalfa is to Roses what Kale is to Humans. Ridiculously good for whatever ails you. Alfalfa is a common forage crop rich in nitrogen and other trace nutrients. You can purchase alfalfa in pelleted or meal form from any livestock feed store in 50 lb (22.6 kg) bags for a very reasonable price. You can… Continue reading Roses Love Alfalfa
When you find out a hurricane is roaring your direction your first thought is unlikely to be, “Bring on the gifts!” However, there is usually a brilliant life giving reason behind every natural climatic event, and hurricanes hand out several unique botanical gifts. Unfortunately, these “gifts” are often served up with a huge side order… Continue reading Five Gusty Gifts Hurricanes Give
One lone ladybug can consume 60 aphids a day making them a most welcome asset to anyone’s garden.